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1992

January

1

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

February

3

The Council adopts measures to help Croatia, Slovenia, the Yugoslav Republics of Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

7

The Treaty on the European Union is signed in Maastricht by the foreign and finance ministers of the Member States.

19

The Commission adopts a green paper on the impact of transport on the environment.

March

18

Finland formally applies to join the European Communities.

April

4

The Escudo enters the exchange-rate mechanism of European Monetary System.

May

2

An agreement on the European Economic Area signed in Porto, Portugal.

20

Switzerland formally applies to join the European Communities.

June

2

A referendum is held in Denmark, the people vote against the ratification of the Treaty on the European Union.

3-14

The United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) is held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Community takes part in it and signs some international Conventions on Global Climate Change and Biological Diversity.

18

A referendum is held in Ireland, the people vote in favour of the ratification of the Treaty on the European Union.

26-27

A European Council is held in Lisbon, Portugal. It underlines the importance of respecting the timetable for the ratification of the Treaty on the European Union.

July

1

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

2

Luxembourg ratifies the Treaty on the European Union.

6-8

The eighteenth Occidental Economic Summit is held in Munich, Germany. The members of the seven most industrialised countries in the world look into the definition of a new partnership with the rest of Europe and the world, based on the progressive rooting of common values.

31

Greece ratifies the Treaty on the European Union.

August

7

The Council adopts a regulation on the extension of the economic aid programme (PHARE) to Slovenia.

25

An international conference on former Yugoslavia opens in London, United Kingdom.

September

20

A referendum is held in France, the people vote in favour of the ratification of the Treaty on the European Union.

October

7

The Commission grants further emergency aid for the victims of war in former Yugoslavia.

12-13

A donor's conference for aid to Somalia is held in Geneva, Switzerland. The Community participates in view of its future donations.

16

An extraordinary European Council is held in Birmingham, United Kingdom. It adopts a declaration on "A Community close to its citizens".

26

Italy ratifies the Treaty on the European Union.

November

4

Belgium ratifies the Treaty on the European Union.

25

Norway formally applies to join the European Communities. Spain ratifies the Treaty on the European Union.

December

2

The Commission adopts a white paper on the future development of the common transport policy.

6

A referendum is held in Switzerland, the people vote against the ratification of the Agreement establishing an European Economic Area.

11

Portugal ratifies the Treaty on the European Union.

11-12

The European Council is held in Edinburgh, United Kingdom. It offers Denmark special arrangements to enable it to hold a second referendum on the ratification of the Treaty. It endorses the Delors II package and agrees that accession negotiations with Austria, Sweden and Finland will start on January 1st.

15

The Netherlands ratifies the Treaty on the European Union.

18

Germany ratifies the Treaty on the European Union.

21

Mr André Middelhoek is elected president of the Court of Auditors.

23

The Commission adopts a Green Paper titled "Pluralism and Media Concentration in the Internal Market - An assessment of the need for Community action".

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