The Netherlands take over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
The Commission adopts a Green Paper on vertical restraints in the EC competition policy.
An agreement is reached on basic telecommunications services within the World Trade Organisation (WTO) framework.
The Parliament adopts a resolution on results of the temporary committee of inquiry into bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).
The European Commission and the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) adopt a joint statement establishing regular political dialogue and sign an Euro-Mediterranean interim association agreement for five years.
A commemorative ceremony is held in the Capitol, Rome, Italy, for the 40th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome.
The parties involved in the Commercial agreement on information technology products within the World Trade Organisation (WTO) framework, draw up the definitive list of their commitments.
The Commission adopts the Green Paper titled "Partnership for a new organisation of work".
Equal pension rights for widows and widowers: the European Court of Justice extends the principle of equal treatment of women and men to the granting of survivors' pensions under occupational insurance schemes.
The Africa, Caribbean, Pacific (ACP) - EU Council of Ministers adopts a decision approving the protocol governing accession of South Africa to the Lomé Convention.
The EU signs co-operation agreements with Cambodia and Laos.
The Commission adopts its 1997-1998 anti-fraud work programme.
The Court of Auditors publishes the special report on European Union humanitarian aid between 1992 and 1995.
The Council establishes a convention on the service of judicial and extra-judicial documents in civil or commercial matters. The Council establishes a convention on the fight against corruption involving officials.
The Council adopts a regulation establishing a European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia. The Council adopts a common position defining the strategy of the Union as regards Albania.
The Commission adopts an action plan for the Single Market.
The Commission adopts a Green Paper on supplementary pensions in the Single Market.
The European Council meets in Amsterdam and reaches a consensus on a draft Treaty. It approves various proposals facilitating the smooth passage to the third phase of the Economic and Monetary Union, adopts a resolution on growth and employment and clears the way for launching the enlargement process.
The Commission adopts a Green paper on Community patent and patent system in Europe.
Luxembourg takes over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
The Commission presents the "Agenda 2000 - for a stronger and wider Europe" and its opinions on the applications of 10 Central and Eastern European countries.
The Western European Union (WEU) Extra-ordinary Council adopts a declaration, to be annexed to the final Act of the Amsterdam Treaty, on its role and its relations with the EU and the Atlantic Alliance.
The third international Donor's Conference for reconstruction of Bosnia-Herzegovina is held in Brussels.
The Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the Member States of the European Union sign the Treaty of Amsterdam.
The Commission adopts the final report to the Parliament's temporary committee of inquiry monitoring recommendations on bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).
Marschall vs Land Nordrhein-Westfalen ruling. The European Court of Justice judges that a national law which guarantees priority for women in promotions in the public sector, in cases where there are male and female candidates who are equally qualified for the post in question, does not conflict with Community law provided that certain conditions are satisfied.
An Extraordinary European Council on employment is held in Luxembourg. Guidelines for Member States' employment policies in 1998 are agreed upon.
The Commission adopts a White Paper on renewable energy sources.
An international conference on climatic change is held in Kyoto, Japan and concludes with commitments by industrialised countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The Commission adopts a Green Paper on convergence in the communications, media and information technology sectors. An International convention on anti-personnel landmines is signed in Ottawa, Canada.
The Council agrees to ban tobacco advertising.
The European Union and Mexico sign an agreement on economic partnership, political co-ordination and co-operation.
An agreement is reached on financial services within the World Trade Organisation (WTO) framework.
The European Council meets in Luxembourg and takes the decisions needed to launch the enlargement process. It also adopts a resolution on economic policy co-ordination.