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1981

January

1

The Netherlands take over the Presidency of The Council of the European Communities. Greece becomes the 10th member of the European Community.

20

The new Commission takes office with Mr Thorn as its president.

March

12

The Parliament adopts a regulation that will improve its internal functioning as well as strengthen the influence of its advice and amendments.

18

The republic of Vanuatu signs the second Lomé Convention.

23-24

A European Council is held in Maastricht, The Netherlands. It mainly discusses economic and social perspectives.

30

The Council decides to increase the European Court of Justice's number of judges to eleven and the number of advocates-general to five.

April

26

Presidential elections are held in France.

May

26

Legislative elections are held in The Netherlands.

June

7 and 21

Legislative elections are held in France.

11

Legislative elections are held in Ireland.

23

Signature of an agreement for commercial and economic cooperation between the Community and India.

29-30

A European Council is held in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. It mainly discusses economic and social perspectives and relations between the Community, the USA and Japan.

July

1

The United Kingdom takes over the Presidency of the Council of the European Communities.

19-21

A Western Economic Summit is held in Ottawa, Canada.

September

1-14

A United Nations Conference is held in Paris, France, on the least advanced Countries.

October

18

Legislative elections are held in Greece. At the same time the Greek people elect their members to the European parliament. Mr Pierre Lelong is elected President of the Court of Auditors.

22-23

A North-South Summit is held in Cancun, Mexico. The urgency to reach a consensus on global United Nations negotiations is recognised.

November

7

France and the Federal Republic of Germany present the Genscher-Colombo plan, a draft "European act" to improve institutional mechanisms.

8

Legislative elections are held in Belgium.

26-27

A European Council is held in London, United Kingdom.

December

8

Legislative elections are held in Denmark.

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