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1979

January

1

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

17

Tuvalu is the 55th African, Caribbean, Pacific (ACP) state to join the Lomé Convention.

February

5

Spanish accession negotiations formally open in Brussels.

6

The Council formally adopts the guidelines for the Community regional policy and the amendments to the 1975 regulation establishing the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

20

Cassis de Dijon ruling. The European Court of Justice decrees that no major issues regarding health or the environment can be raised in opposition to the import of foodstuffs from other Member States on the sole condition that the product in question has been legally manufactured and has entered the market in a given EU country.

26

Dominica is the 56th African, Caribbean, Pacific (ACP) state in the Lomé Convention.

March

6-7

The Commission attends the first Conference of Ministers responsible for Social Security in the Council of Europe member countries with an observer status.

12-13

A European Council meeting is held in Paris, France. It settles March 13 as the date on which the European Monetary System (EMS) is to enter into force. It also discusses the economic and social situation, the common agricultural policy and energy.

13

The European Monetary System enters into force.

16

Jean Monnet dies.

19-27/4

The Community attends the first part of the eighth session of the Third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea with an observer status.

19-8/4

A United Nations Conference of Plenipotentiaries meets and adopts a Constitution whereby the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) will become a specialised agency.

April

4

The Commission adopts a memorandum on the accession of the European Communities to the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.

12

The General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) multilateral trade negotiations (Tokyo Round) reach their final phase.

May

7-3/6

The Community attends the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) held in Manila, Philippines with an observer status.

28

The acts relating to Greece's accession to the Communities are signed in Athens, Greece.

June

7-10

The first elections to the European Parliament by direct universal suffrage are held.

15

The first session of Spanish accession negotiations is held at deputy level.

21-22

A European Council meets in Strasbourg, France. The Council reaches an agreement to work out a joint energy strategy and it examines the problems linked to convergence of Member States' economic performances.

28

The Greek Parliament ratifies the Treaty of Accession. Santa Lucia joins in the Lomé convention becoming the 57th African, Caribbean, Pacific (ACP) State in the Convention.

28-29

A Western Economic Summit is held in Tokyo, Japan.

July

1

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

16-24/8

The Community attends the second part of the eighth session of the Third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea.

17-20

First mini-session of the directly elected Parliament is held in Strasbourg, France. Ms Simone Veil is elected president by an absolute majority in the second ballot.

25

Meeting of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) Council of Representatives.

31

The Commission transmits a directive to the Council on the right of Member State nationals to reside permanently in the territory of another Member State.

September

18

The thirty-fourth session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly opens. The President of the Council presents EU support for the continuation of the dialogue between developed and developing countries and stresses the importance of the European Monetary System (EMS) and of direct elections to the European Parliament.

19

The Community and its Member States sign a Council of Europe Convention on Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats.

October

4

The Court of Justice issues an advisory opinion on Community powers in relation to international agreements with particular reference to the stabilisation agreement for natural rubber.

30

Kiribati joins in the Lomé convention.

31

The second African, Caribbean, Pacific (ACP)-EEC Convention (Lomé II) is signed in Lomé, Togo.

November

20

The Council endorses the results of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) multilateral trade negotiations.

26-30

At their annual meeting, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) Contracting Parties formally approve the "Tokyo Round" results by consensus.

29-30

A European Council is held in Dublin, Ireland. The points discussed include the convergence of Member States' economic performances and budgetary questions, the procedural arrangements for examining Committee of Wise Men's report on adjustments to institutional mechanisms and procedures and the proposals for regulation of agricultural markets.

December

13

The Parliament debates the results of the "Tokyo round" and a series of Commission proposals on commercial policy.

17

The Community signs the "Tokyo round" agreements.

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