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1978

January

1

Denmark takes over the presidency of the Council of the European Communities.

February

2

Djibouti deposits the instruments of accession to the Lomé Convention with the General Secretariat of the Council.

6

The Barcelona Convention on Protection of the Mediterranean, signed in February 1976, comes into force.

13

Negotiations open between the Community and Yugoslavia for a cooperation agreement to replace the trade agreement expiring on August 30.

March

6-11

The Community attended the ministerial meeting of the UNCTAD Trade and Development Board, which was held to discuss the indebtedness of developing countries.

9

Simmenthal ruling. The European Court of Justice consolidates the principle of preminence of Community law.

22-24

EEC-Japan consultations held in Tokyo, Japan on the steps to be taken to overcome the problems caused by Japan's balance of trade surplus with the Community.

28-19/5

The Community attends the seventh session of the Third UN Conference on the Law of the Sea as an observer.

April

3

The Community and the People's Republic of China sign a trade agreement, which comes into force on June 1.

7-8

A European Council is held in Copenhagen, Denmark. An agreement is reached on the first direct elections to the European Parliament; the heads of state or government associate themselves with the joint declaration of the Parliament, the Council and the Commission on the respect of fundamental rights.

May

19

The Commission adopts a favourable opinion on the membership application of Portugal.

June

6

The Council decides in favour of the Community membership application of Portugal and opens negotiations.

29-30

The Community opens negotiations with the USA on problems arising from the application of the Toxic Substances Control Act to Community products.

July

1

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

6-7

A European Council is held in Bremen, Germany. An agreement is reached on a common strategy to achieve a higher rate of economic growth in order to reduce unemployment and to plan setting up a European Monetary System (EMS).

13

A joint statement is adopted on the status of the "Tokyo round".

16-17

The Community participates fully for the second time in the Western Economic Summit held in Bonn, Germany.

24

Negotiations for a new African, Caribbean, Pacific (ACP)-EEC convention to replace the Lomé Convention expiring on March 1, 1980 officially open at a ministerial meeting in Brussels.

25

The Council adopts the decision setting 7 - 10 June 1979 as the dates on which the first direct elections to the European Parliament are to be held.

September

26

The Council adopts several cooperation agreements with Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon and additional financial protocols with Israel, Portugal and Malta.

27

The Solomon islands deposit the instruments of accession to the Lomé Convention.

October

9

The representatives of the governments of the Member States meeting within the Council signed the Convention on the Accession of Denmark, Ireland and the United Kingdom to the Convention on Jurisdiction and the Enforcement of Judgments in Civil and Commercial Matters.

24

The new Convention on multi-lateral cooperation in the north-west Atlantic is signed in Ottawa, Canada.

November

1

The Cooperation agreements with Maghreb countries (Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia) and the Mashreq countries (Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon) and additional financial protocols with Israel, Portugal and Malta enter into force.

9

The Fourth Tripartite Conference in Brussels, Belgium examines the stimulation of growth through intensified structural readaptation measures, certain work-sharing measures and a greater role for the services sector in the future.

29

The Commission gives a favourable opinion on the application for membership of Spain. Negotiations will open on February 5, 1979.

December

4-5

A European Council is held in Brussels, Belgium. It establishes the European Monetary System based on a European currency unit (the ECU) and decides to set up a committee to consider adjustments to institutional mechanisms and procedures in the context of enlargement.

19

The representatives of the governments of the Member States renew the terms of office of Mr. Jenkins as president of the Commission for the January 6, 1979 to January 5, 1981 period.

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