Formation of the European Free Trade Association

  • Robert Middleton
Part of the Trade Policy Research Centre book series


In April 1948 the Organization for European Economic Cooperation (OEEC) was established to administer Marshall Aid and promote the economic recovery of Western Europe.1 Among the purposes of the OEEC was the progressive freeing of trade and payments between the member countries. When it became clear, following the Messina conference in 1955, that the member states of the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) intended to establish a general customs union between themselves, the other members of the OEEC began active consideration of ways and means to overcome the threatened “division” of Western Europe.


Free Trade Member Country European Economic Community Stockholm Convention Free Trade Area 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Copyright information

© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Middleton

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations