With his prowess in rhetoric and persuasion, this Belgian politician was important for inspiring European integration through the formation of the Benelux, a customs union between Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg. At the Messina Conference, he was chosen as chairman of a committee for the preparation of a report on the creation of a common market, which would be established as the European Economic Community. He was seen as a staunch European, and he was considered to be a driving force behind European cooperation.
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