The French liked the idea of an atomic energy community, but were cooler on the idea of a general common market. The other governments held reverse views. However, despite all this, the governments agreed that the drafting of two Treaties, one to create the general common market and one to create an atomic energy community, should begin. Intensive negotiations followed and the two Treaties were subsequently signed in Rome on March . These were duly ratified by the national parliaments. The EEC (and Euratom) came into being on January . In practice by far the most important of these two Treaties was that which called for the creation of the EEC.
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