Towards the Common Market
The success of the negotiations for the ECSC pointed out a possible solution to the problems raised for Western Europe by the programme of trade liberalization - sectoral integration . Not that the Schuman proposals them selves were in any direct or important way a response to the trade liberalization programme . As far as the iron and steel industry was concerned it was scarcely conceivable that a business of such fundamental industrial and strategic importance should have been swept into that programme . In the event, however, the ECSC provided a timely barrier against the issue ever being raised . In many other sectors the pursuit of trade liberalization was running into real difficulties by the end of 1 950, difficulties which were made only more painful by the agreement on the EPU.