The Treaty of Maastricht came into force in February 1992, after being signed by EU members in Maastricht, Netherlands. The Maastricht Treaty was an important elitist accomplishment that presaged what later became the EU currency, the euro. Maastricht has since been superseded by the Lisbon Treaty that centralized even more power within the EU's Brussels' located government. The Maastricht Treaty created pillars:
• European Community
• Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) pillar
• Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) pillar
The European Community included the EU Commission, the European Parliament and the European Court of Justice, and thus was the most important one as this was the EU governing pillar. Each pillar however, was an elaboration of what had already been put in place. The Lisbon Treaty, too, was an elaboration, building on what had come before. The Justice and Home Affairs pillar involved law enforcement, criminal justice and judicial configurations.
The Maastricht Treaty, like all other Treaties before and since was merely a way station. What has clearly emerged from the endless elaborations of EU governance is that the core of adamant Eurocrats will not stop their endless reconfigurations of the EU until it is a full-fledged super state with its own military, intelligent agencies, civil police force and all the other trappings of power that will allow the EU to compete directly with the US, leveraging its 500 million population against America's 300 million.
The EU is seemingly a product of German and French desires for more influence on the world stage. But in fact, the EU is very obviously an Anglo-American elaboration, for Britain and America virtually ruled a shattered world after World War II. If the Anglosphere elite had not wanted an EU, it would never have gotten its start, nor would it have evolved into what it is today.
The Anglo-American power elite seeks world government and the EU is a stepping-stone in that direction. It is intended to put considerable pressure on the US and North America, causing Canada, the US and eventually Mexico to merge into one super state out of self-defense. The eventual goal is apparently for all such regions to come together to create a coordinated global government. Such an activity used to be considered entirely hypothetical. It is far from hypothetical as the EU continues to progress toward nationhood. The Maastricht Treaty was an important elitist milestone in that journey.