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1959

January

1

The first steps are taken in the progressive abolition of custom duties and quotas within the EEC.

7

Robert Schuman is re-elected president of the Parliamentary Assembly.

February

2

Etienne Hirsch is elected president of the Euratom Commission.

March

3

The European Court of Justice adopts its procedural regulations.

20

The European Investment Bank (EIB) grants its first loans.

May

5

The European Council accepts the USA's "Dillon proposal" on multilateral trade negotiations (General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade framework). The Commission, assisted by a special Committee appointed by the Council, will lead these negotiations.

June

8

Greece applies for association with the EEC.

22

The EEC national fiscal administrations set up three working groups to review the feasibility of harmonising indirect levy legislation.

25-26

The first meeting of Member countries' experts on dumping is held. They review regulations to be put into place to avoid intra-community dumping.

July

20-21

Seven countries of the Organisation for European Economic Co-operation (OEEC), namely Austria, Denmark, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, decide to establish a European Free Trade Association (EFTA).

31

Turkey applies for association with the EEC.

September

10

Negotiations for the association of Greece to the EEC start.

11

Piero Malvestiti is elected president of the ECSC High Authority.

27

Negotiations for the association of Turkey to the EEC start.

October

13

Pierre Wigny, the Belgian minister for foreign affairs, floats the idea of uniting the High Authority of the ECSC and the two Commissions (EEC and Euratom) established by the Rome Treaty in a single institution.

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