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1986: Towards a single market
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Spain and Portugal join and take the community's number up to 12.

A year after EC citizens got their first European passports, the European flag is raised above the Commission's Brussels headquarters to the tune of Europe's common anthem.

The Single European Act, which modifies the Treaty of Rome is signed and comes into force the following year. It sets up a framework for the Single European Market by increasing the Commission's powers and introducing qualified majority voting for a number of issues.

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