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1969

January

1

Luxembourg takes over the Presidency of the Council of the European Communities.

February

6-7

A Western European Union (WEU) Council meeting takes place in Luxembourg.

July

1

The Netherlands take over the Presidency of the Council of the European Communities.

6

Mr. Jean Rey is re-elected president of the Commission.

16

The Commission submits a memorandum to the Council on replacing the financial contributions of the Member States by Communities' own resources and on increasing the budgetary powers of the European Parliament.

22-23

The Council resumes the examination of the application for EC membership of the United Kingdom, Denmark, Ireland and Norway. It asks the Commission to bring up to date the opinion it rendered on the matter in September 1967.

29

Signature of the second Yaoundé convention.

August

10

Upon request of the Council, the Commission brings up to date the opinion it rendered on the EC membership application of the United Kingdom, Denmark, Ireland and Norway.

26-23/9

The ninth session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) is held in Geneva, Switzerland. The discussion is mainly centred around UNCTAD's contribution to the second UN Development Decade.

October

1

The Commission submits a supplementary opinion on the applications for EC membership of the United Kingdom, Denmark, Ireland and Norway.

15

The Commission submits a draft decision to the Council on providing the Community with the instruments it needs to promote a regional development policy.

November

12

Stauder ruling. For the first time, the European Court of Justice comments on the protection of the individual, maintaining that the general principles of Community law, the respect of which the Court is to ensure, include the fundamental rights of the individual.

December

1-2

A summit is held in The Hague, the Netherlands. The heads of state or government confirm their willingness to advance towards a genuine economic and monetary union and the close alignment of social policies this entails, and reaffirm their agreement on the principle of the enlargement of the Community.

11

Mr Rey, president of the Commission, expresses his satisfaction before the European Parliament with the decisions taken at the summit concerning the completion and strengthening of the Community.

31

The 12-year transitional period laid down by the Treaty on the European Economic Communities (EEC) for implementing the common market, comes to an end.

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