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1993

January

1

Denmark takes over the Presidency of the Council of the European Communities.
The single European market enters into force.

February

1

Negotiations on the accession of Austria, Finland and Sweden begin in Brussels. Europe Agreement on trade-related matters signed with Romania.

March

8

Europe Agreement on trade signed with Bulgaria.

April

5

Negotiations on the accession of Norway begin in Luxembourg.

May

14

The Commission adopts a Green Paper on remedying environmental damage.

18

In a second referendum, the Danish people vote in favour of the Treaty on European Union.

June

19-24

The Community takes part in the United Nations World Conference on Human Rights.

21-22

A European Council is held in Copenhagen, Denmark. The Council confirms that the accession of Austria, Finland, Sweden and Norway is to be accomplished by 1995 and assures associated countries of central and eastern Europe that they will become full members as soon as they satisfy the political and economic conditions.

July

1

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

7-9

A G7 summit is held in Tokyo, Japan.

19

The Council adopts a new Tacis programme for Independent States of the former Soviet Union.

August

2

The United Kingdom ratifies the Treaty on the European Union.

September

29

The Commission adopts a Green Paper on European dimension of education.

October

8-9

The Community attends the Vienna Summit organised by the Council of Europe.

20

The Commission adopts a Green Paper on guarantees for consumer goods and after-sales services.

25

An interinstitutional conference is held in Luxembourg. The Council, the Commission and the Parliament adopt a declaration on democracy, transparency and subsidiarity; they approve the Parliament's draft decision on the Ombudsman's duties and the draft text on working methods of Conciliation Committee in the co-decision procedure.

29

A European Council is held in Brussels, Belgium. The Council confirms that the second phase of economic and monetary union will come into effect on 1 January 1994 and it identifies several matters for joint action to be undertaken by the Union under the common foreign and security policy. A decision is also taken on the location of several Community offices and agencies.

November

1

All ratification procedures are completed; the Treaty on the European Union enters into force.

16

The Commission adopts a Green Paper on access of consumers to justice and the settlement of consumer disputes.

17

The Commission adopts a Green Paper on European social policy options for the Union.

December

5

The Commission adopts a White Paper on growth, competitiveness and employment: The challenges and ways forward into the 21st century.

6

The Council and the Commission reach agreement on a code of conduct governing public access to official documents.

9

Boris Yeltsin, Jacques Delors and Jean Luc Dehaene, the president of the European Council, sign a declaration on strengthening relations between the Russian Federation and the European Union, particularly in the political field.

10-11

A European Council is held in Brussels, Belgium. It draws up an action plan for growth, competitiveness and employment, and in the field of justice and home affairs. It also decides to convene a conference to conclude a stability pact for Central and Eastern Europe.

13

The Council concludes an agreement creating the European Economic Area.

15

The delegations of the states participating in the Uruguay Round (GATT) negotiations sign an agreement in Geneva opening way for most extensive liberalisation in history of world trade.

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