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1958

January

1

The Treaties of Rome enter into force. The EEC and EURATOM Communities are put into place in Brussels. The Parliamentary Assembly in Luxembourg and the Court of Justice are common to all three Communities.

7

Walter Hallstein is elected president of the EEC Commission. Louis Armand is elected president of the Euratom Commission. Paul Finet is elected president of the ECSC High Authority.

26

Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands decide to create the Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER) to prepare the work of the Councils.

February

10

Member States set into place a harmonised tariff for coal and steel. A derogation is granted to France and Italy. Both will be allowed to request higher rights for a period of two years for some products.

March

19

The session setting up the European Parliamentary Assembly is held in Strasbourg, France. Mr. Robert Schuman is elected president of the Assembly. This assembly is to substitute the ECSC one.

April

15

The first Council regulation sets up German, French, Italian and Dutch as the official languages of the Communities.

20

The first Official Journal of the European Communities is published. It replaces the Official Journal of the ECSC.

22

The Council names the members of the Economic and Social Committee (ESC).

May

13

The deputies of the Parliamentary Assembly sit for the first time according to political groups rather than nationality.

19

A meeting is held in Brussels, Belgium, to constitute the ESC.

21-27

The Parliamentary Assembly adopts its internal regulation.

July

3-11

A conference held in Stresa (Italy) lays down the basis of a common agricultural policy (CAP).

7

In Geneva, Switzerland, Walter Hallstein signs a formal liaison and collaboration agreement between the EEC and the International labour Organisation (ILO).

October

7

The European Court of Justice that replaces the ECSC Court of Justice, is set up in Luxembourg.

December

4

The governors of the EIB Council adopt the first directives regarding the credit policy of the Bank.

29

The European Monetary Agreement enters into force.

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