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The Commission held its 1000th meeting on 21 February 1990. To mark this event and to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Robert Schuman's declaration, the Commission would like to highlight the important role of young people in the future of the Community. To encourage commitment among the young, the Commission has decided to invite 1000 primary and secondary schools in the twelve Community countries to submit projects illustrating why they are in favour of European integration; it is offering a price of 1000 ECU to the winning school in each of the Member States. The Commission also marked the occasion by receiving the artist Jean-Michel Folon, who presented an original watercolour on Europe; this will be used to help project the Community image in information campaigns between now and 1992. The first meeting of the European Commission took place on Thursday 6 July 1967. The Commission is the decision-making executive arm of the Community and has existed in its present form since 1 July 1967, the date on which the Treaty merging the institutions of the three Communities, the ECSC (founded in 1951), and the EEC and Euratom (both founded in 1967), signed in Brussels on 8 April 1965 entered into force after ratification by the six founder Member States. Up until then, each of the Communities had its own Council and its own executive (the High Authority in the case of the ECSC and two separate Commissions in the case of the EEC and Euratom), and each institution had a separate administration. The Merger Treaty of 1965 established a single Council and a single Commission but left the scope of the three Community Treaties unchanged. Since then the Commission has exercised different powers according to the legal framework it is operationg in, since the three Communities, albeit now under the same umbrella, retain their distinctive personality. The first meeting of the Commission, chaired by its President, Jean Rey, was mainly concerned with the difficult task of reorganizing what was still a young institution.