The E.E.C Roadshow, 22 July 1978
Saturday 25 March 2017 saw the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, an international agreement that brought about the creation of the European Economic Community (E.E.C). The Irish Council of the European Movement (ICEM) Archives (UCDA P204) contains material relating to its principal function: to explain the European Community at both the general and technical level, to spread the idea of the essential unity of Europe and the desireability of greater unity among the nations of Europe, and to encourage and promote studies to this end. ICEM has been responsible for organizing public meetings and local studies conferences; sending representatives to study European institutions in Brussels; encouraging schools and colleges to use publications they have made available; and providing documentation on all aspects of European integration.
The high point of the ICEM activities was reached in 1972 when the Council played a major part in helping to create an environment in which an overwhelming majority of Irish people voted to join the enlarged European Community. Ireland became a member of the EEC on 1 January 1973. Below is a photocopied press cutting from the Cork Examiner concerning the EEC mobile exhibtion visiting Cork on 22 July 1978. Inside the roadshow was a series of information panels focusing on how the European Community works and its relevance ot the people.