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1986

January

1

The Netherlands take over the Presidency of the Council of the European Communities. Spain and Portugal join the European Communities.

26

Presidential elections are held in Portugal.

February

17 and 28

The Single European Act modifying the Treaty of Rome is signed in Luxembourg and The Hague.

26

Marshall ruling. The European Court of Justice clarifies the principle of equality of treatment between women and men, including the dismissal policy.

March

16

Legislative elections are held in France.

April

30

Nouvelles Frontières ruling. The European Court of Justice decrees that the rules of the Treaties, including the competition ones, are applicable to the field of air transport.

May

1

The Third ACP-EEC Convention, signed in Lomé, Togo, on 8 December 1984, comes into force.

4-6

A Western Economic Summit is held in Tokyo, Japan.

21

Legislative elections are held in The Netherlands.

29

The European flag, adopted by Community institutions, is raised for the first time in front of the Berlaymont building to the music of the European anthem.

June

11

The Parliament, the Council and the Commission sign a joint declaration against racism and xenophobia.

22

Legislative elections are held in Spain.

26-27

A European Council is held in The Hague, The Netherlands.

July

1

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

September

15-20

In Punta del Este, Uruguay, the Ministers of 92 nations agree on a new round of multilateral trade negotiations (Uruguay round).

December

23

A European Council is held in London, United Kingdom. It looks closely into the fight against terrorism, clandestine immigration and drug trafficking.

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