European Communities Pavilion

1.  Common Market Setup

The Map in the entrance hall depicts the setup of the European Community, whose institutions have the task of promoting social and economic progress through joint action among the six member countries by eliminating intra-European barriers.

2. Europe Yesterday and Today

Set side by side, a 17th century tapestry and a nuclear research device (used in a European Atomic Energy Community research centre) symbolize on the one hand Europe's glorious past and on the other the priority it accords to progress.

3. The Great Europeans

Present-day Europe is the result of over two thousand five hundred years' development, shaped by illustrious Europeans.

This exhibit is devoted to 140 of these personalities, whose work has had a major influence on Western civilization in the field of music, art, literature, philosophy, natural science, technology and medicine. There are also a number of items illustrating this historical development, such as the Gutenberg Bible, the first book in the world to be printed with movable type.

European Communities floor plan
graciously provided by
Bruno Paul Stenson, MA.
A booklet containing the main data on the work of nearly 1000 "Great Europeans" (from among  several thousand) is on sale at the bookshop.

4. Living Together

Despite having a common civilization, the peoples of Europe have long been divided by bloody strife. The Europeans of today want no more wars but to live together in peace, with their various languages and cultures.

This trend in Europe towards peace and unity, of which the European Community is the first phase, is the subject of a large-scale artistic representation.

5. Towards European Unity

The building of the European Community, which is the first concrete expression of this trend towards unification, has been proceeding steadily for nearly twenty years. The chief milestones which have so far been passed along this road are shown in order of achievement in a vast luminous design.

6. The European Community Institutions

For the attainment of the aims which it has been set, the Community has the following institutions with power to act for the common good: the Council of Ministers, consisting of representatives of the Member States; the Common Market Commission, the European Commission, the High Authority of the Coal and Steel Community, the executive bodies composed of independent personalities; the European Parliament which exercises parliamentary supervision; the Court of Justice, which is responsible for ensuring compliance with the law.

7. Modern Art in Europe

Some sixty works have been selected by experts from the six member countries to illustrate the principal modern movements in painting and sculpture in Europe. A catalogue is on sale in the hall.

8. Bookshop

Near the staircase leading to the upper floor is a Bookshop offering a wide range of works concerning the various aspects of Europe i.e., in addition to art and culture, the problems currently involved in European integration from the political, economic and social standpoints.

9. Record Library

In the Record Library, visitors can listen to the outstanding masterpieces of European music either by the loudspeaker system or by means of individual equipment.

10. Features and Activities of the Common Market

On the upper floor, a number of animated pictures with sound tracks show the salient features of the Common Market -- world's No. 1 trading power, one of the leading industrial production areas -- as well as providing a general idea of its activities in the form of:

    -- cooperation among the six countries concerned, particularly in the fields of trade, industrial production, agriculture and research;

    -- efforts to raise living standards and facilitate the resettlement of workers as a result of the world;

    -- the steady expansion of relations between the Common Market and the rest of the world;

    -- the appearance of a new form of teaching, suitable for children of different languages and nationalities: "The European School".

11. Film Performances

A non-stop film programme enables visitors to acquaint themselves more fully with some of the Common Market's principal activities.

There is also a series of short films depicting some of the six Community countries' most spectacular technical or industrial achievements.

Details on the programme and the times of showing are available in the Pavilion entrance hall.

12. North America and the Common Market

While retaining all its traditional charm, the Europe of the Common Market is undergoing radical changes and becoming an economic entity on a world-wide scale. This movement is paralleled by a growth of trade with Canada and the United States.

13. The European in His Own Environment

This stand, which occupies the entire periphery of the upper floor of the Pavilion, shows how the European "décor" has struck the happy medium between the old and the new, between tradition and the most recent trends.

14. "Common Market" Sampling Room (entered from outside the Pavilion)

The variety and quality of European food can be appraised in the Sampling Room, where the visitor can make a choice from among the very wide range of specialties (cheeses, fine cooked meats, pastry, wines, liqueurs, etc.), as well as selecting the type of table service (glasses and crystal ware, earthenware and china, supplied by manufacturers in the six Community countries) desired for the occasion.

All that is required is for the visitor to make his choice from among the various wares exhibited and to fill in a card which he can obtain at the entrance to the Sampling Room.