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1988

January

1

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

February

2

A ministerial meeting between the Community, its Member States and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) states is held in Brussels, Belgium, to discuss the internal market.

11-13

A European Council is held in Brussels. It reaches an agreement on all conclusions relating to "The Single Act: A new frontier for Europe" dossier.

March

29

The Commission publishes the results of "Europe 1992 - The overall challenge", a study carried out at its request by a group of independent experts to assess the advantages of the single market.

April

24 and 8/5

Presidential elections are held in France.

May

10

Legislative elections are held in Denmark.

June

5 and 12

Legislative elections are held in France.

14

The Commission presents the European Council with a Green Paper entitled "Copyright and the challenge of technology - Copyright issues requiring immediate action".

15

A cooperation agreement is signed between the Community and the members of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf; a joint political declaration is published.

19-21

A Western Economic Summit is held in Toronto, Canada.

27-28

A European Council is held in Hanover, Germany. It stresses the importance of the social aspects of progress towards the objectives of 1992, voices environmental concerns and appoints a committee to lead to the monetary union; it also agrees to reappoint Jacques Delors as President of the Commission.

July

1

Greece takes over the Presidency of the Council of the European Communities. The interinstitutional agreement on budgetary discipline and improvement of the budgetary procedure, approved in June, enters into force.

September

26

A trade and economic cooperation agreement between the Community and Hungary is signed in Brussels. The European Council adopts a declaration regarding the American law on trade and competitivity (the "Trade Act"). It expresses its concerns about the protectionist potential of the law.

October

7

The Community ratifies the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer.

12-13

Opening of negotiations for the renewal of the African, Caribbean, Pacific (ACP) - European Economic Community convention.

24

The European Council adopts a decision establishing a Court of First Instance of the European Communities.

December

2-3

A European Council is held in Rhodes, Greece. It takes stock of progress towards 1992, emphasising the significance of work on environmental protection and the importance of developing Europe's audiovisual capacity.

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