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1977

January

1

The United Kingdom takes over the Presidency of the Council of the European Communities. The decision of the EU countries to extend limits of their North Sea and Atlantic fishing zone to 200 miles comes into force.

6

The new Commission, appointed in December 1976 with Mr Jenkins as its president, takes office.

18

A cooperation agreement is signed with three Mashreq countries (Egypt, Jordan and Syria), following the April 1976 Agreements with Maghreb countries (Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia).

March

23

The motion of censure against the Commission tabled in the Parliament on March 10, fails to secure the necessary majority.

25

The Community celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the signature of the Treaties of Rome.

25-26

A European Council is held in Rome, Italy.

28

Portugal formally applies to join the European Communities. São Tome and Principe, Cabo Verde and Papua New Guinea sign several agreements with the Community for accession to the Lomé Convention.

April

5

The European Parliament, the Council and the Commission sign a joint declaration on the respect of fundamental rights.

May

3

The Community and Lebanon sign a cooperation agreement in the context of the overall Mediterranean approach.

7-8

Downing Street Summit: The Community participates in some of the discussions at the economic summit of western industrialised countries for the first time.

17

The sixth VAT directive on the establishment of a uniform basis of assessment for value added tax is formally adopted by the Council.

23

The sixth session of the Third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea is held in New York, USA.

30-2/6

After eighteen months of discussion, the Conference on International Economic Cooperation closes with a ministerial conference. The twenty-seven participants agree on the transfer of resources, the quality and quantity of official development assistance and raw materials. Major efforts continue in the spheres of agriculture, foodstuffs, infrastructure and industrialisation.

June

1

The Treaty reinforcing the budgetary powers of the Parliament enters into force.

15

The Commission proposes the creation of a new Community borrowing instrument to finance structural investment.

29-30

A European Council is held in London, United Kingdom.

July

1

Belgium takes over the Presidency of the Council of the European Communities. Extension of Common Customs Tariff (CTT) to the new Member States, that is: Denmark, Ireland, and United Kingdom.

28

Spain formally applies to join the European Communities.

September

19-23

The Commission attends the World Energy Conference in Istanbul, Turkey.

26

At the 32nd session of UN general assembly, Mr Simonet, the president of the Council, outlines the Community external policy.

October

4

Opening of the Belgrade follow-up to the Helsinki Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe.

25

The Court of Auditors of the European Communities, which replaces the Audit Board (EEC and Euratom) and the ECSC Auditor, holds its inaugural meeting in Luxembourg. The Council decides that the Joint European Torus (JET) project in controlled nuclear fusion is to be based in Culham, United Kingdom.

November

9

Mr Michael Murphy is elected president of the Court of Auditors.

December

5-6

A European Council meeting is held in Brussels, Belgium.

13

The first meeting of the International Fund for Agricultural Development, set up on recommendation of the November 1974 World Food Conference, is held in Rome, Italy.

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