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1957–1971 – Seeking equality between member states

The European Economic Community was created in 1957, by signing the Treaty of Rome. Full employment was sought during the first period of the ESF life. The member states had different levels of unemployment rate. Professional and geographic mobility was meant to eliminate such differences, it became the main objective.

Funds were allocated for supporting of unemployed, partly employed people, disadvantaged people and for re-qualifying of personnel in the companies.