So this important conference launched the basis for furtherintegration
1956: Spaak Committee recommends a European Economic Communityand a European Atomic Energy Community.
EEC based mainly on free movement of workers, goods, servicesand (check). Landmark treaty in regards of European integration
Rome, 25 March 1957: The EEC and Euratom Treaties are signed betweenFrance, Germany, Italy, and Benelux countries.
1958 Treaties enter into force after ratification
April 1965: Merger Treaty
Bit of a bizarre treaty agreement. At the time there were at least 3communities and thus at least at least as many governinginstitutions. (coal and steel, atomic, eec)
June 1965: De Gaulle (French president at the time) rebels againstCommission plans on CAP funding and leaves Council: the
crisis and veto on more QMV
At some point he was quite upset they were going to put a cap onthe common agricultural policy budget.
Till about a decade ago, a chunk of the EU funds were dedicated tohelping farmers; about 70% at htis time
He stopped attending the councils and effectively prevent the lawmaking machine on the body as matters essentially needed anunanimous vote
January 1966: Luxembourg compromise, an ‘agreement to disagree’.
Basically meant that president De Gaulle would sit in the counciland French representatives would participate and take an activepart in the law making of the EEC but if they felt issues weresensitive, the right to vveto that proceeding was more or lessacknowledged
1973 - The ‘First enlargement’ (UK, Eire and DK)
Uk and 2 other European countries join the EEC
The 1980s and the ‘Mediterranean enlargement’:
1986 Spain and Portugal