Meeting in Paris on 10 and 11 February 1961, the Heads of State or Government of the Six decide to establish an Intergovernmental Committee, to be chaired by the French diplomat, Christian Fouchet, with the task of submitting proposals on European political cooperation (EPC).
In May 1961, the Dutch Members of the High Authority and of the Commissions of the EEC and of Euratom draw up a joint memorandum with a view to the Conference scheduled to be held in Bonn on 19 May but actually postponed to 18 July.
On 19 June 1961, Albert Borschette, Luxembourg representative to the European Communities, sends ,a letter to Eugène Schaus, Foreign Minister, in which he expresses his disappointment at the substance of Paul-Henri Spaak’s memorandum on European political cooperation.
On 18 July 1961, at a meeting in Bad Godesberg, a suburb of Bonn, the Heads of State or Government of the Six reiterate their determination to continue their efforts to achieve political union in Europe.
„Geduld Europa – alles braucht seine Zeit!“ Am 19. Juli 1961, einen Tag nach der Tagung der Sechs in Bad Godesberg (Bonn), illustriert der deutsche Karikaturist Herbert Kolfhaus die Bemühungen der Sechs um die europäische politische Zusammenarbeit und betont insbesondere die Rolle des deutschen Bundeskanzlers Konrad Adenauer und des französischen Staatspräsidenten de Gaulle in diesem Prozess.
On 19 October 1961, during a meeting of the European Political Commission, France’s partners discuss the draft Treaty (Fouchet Plan I) submitted by Christian Fouchet, which provides for the establishment of an indissoluble Union of States based on intergovernmental cooperation and respect for the identity of peoples and of the Member States.
On 19 October and 2 November 1961, in accordance with the task conferred upon it by the Conference of Heads of State or Government of the Six, in Bonn, on 18 July 1961, the Fouchet Committee submits a first Draft Treaty on European Political Union (Fouchet Plan I).
On 18 January 1962, at the end of a meeting of the European Political Commission, a summary report sets out the reactions of France’s partners to the second version of the draft Treaty on European Political Union (Fouchet Plan II).
On 20 January 1962, having rejected the second version of the Fouchet Plan (Fouchet Plan II) submitted by France on 18 January 1962, France's five partners subsequently publish an alternative to the Treaty on European Political Union.
On 25 January 1962, after a meeting of the European Political Commission, a summary report on negotiations on the Fouchet Plan (Fouchet Plan II) sets out the positions taken by the various European countries regarding the implementation of a Treaty on European Political Union.
Christian Fouchet, French Ambassador to Denmark from 1958 to 1962 and Chairman of the Intergovernmental Committee set up by the Paris Summit of 10 and 11 February 1961 in order to draw up a plan for European political union.
On 6 March 1969, in an article published in the French Conservative daily newspaper Le Figaro, Christian Fouchet, UDR MP and former Chairman of the Committee responsible for studying the plans for a political union of the Six, recalls the reasons for the failure of a political Europe.
In April 1972, ten years after the failure of the Fouchet Plan, the French diplomat Christian Fouchet reports in the French daily newspaper Le Monde the reasons that resulted in the failure of an attempt to achieve political union in Europe.
In his memoirs, Christian Fouchet recalls the reasons that led to the successive failure of the Fouchet Plans I and II on European political union and harshly criticises the disagreement among the Benelux partners.
In seinen Memoiren erwähnt Robert Marjolin die schwierigen Verhandlungen über das Projekt einer politischen Union Europas und erinnert an die eigentümliche Haltung der drei Partner der Benelux-Staaten.
On 8 November 1961, Albert Borschette, Luxembourg Permanent Representative to the European Communities, sends his Foreign Minister a letter in which he considers the positions taken by Italy, Belgium and the Federal Republic of Germany regarding the French draft of the Treaty on European Political Union (Fouchet Plan II).
On 9 January 1962, Henri Brugmans, Rector of the College of Europe in Bruges, delivers a lecture to the Strasbourg Institute of European Studies concerning the Fouchet Plan and the problems of European political integration.
On 20 January 1962, the French Foreign Minister, Maurice Couve de Murville, sends a circular to France’s diplomatic representatives informing them of the substance of the most recent meeting of the Committee studying plans for European political union, held on 18 January 1962.
In seinen Erinnerungen kommt der deutsche Bundeskanzler Konrad Adenauer auf sein Treffen zurück mit Charles de Gaulle am 15. Februar 1962 und beschreibt das Drängen des französischen Staatspräsidenten auf die Verwirklichung einer europäischen politischen Union wie sie der Fouchet-Plan vorsieht.
On 12 February 1962, Albert Borschette, Luxembourg’s Permanent Representative to the European Communities, writes a letter to Eugène Schaus, Luxembourg Foreign Minister, setting out the institutional grounds which led France, on 18 January 1962, to propose a new project to its European partners (Fouchet Plan II) for a Union of European States which is less ambitious than the previous plans.
On 16 February 1962, Pierre Pescatore, Political Director in the Luxembourg Foreign Ministry, drafts a note on the talks between General de Gaulle and Chancellor Konrad Adenauer in Baden-Baden concerning European political cooperation.
On 3 March 1962, Étienne de Crouy-Chanel, French Ambassador to the Netherlands, informs Maurice Couve de Murville, French Foreign Minister, of the political reasons for the rejection of the Fouchet Plan by the Belgian and the Netherlands Governments.
On 25 April 1962, commenting on the failure of diplomatic negotiations over the Fouchet Plan II, the Italian daily newspaper Corriere della Sera argues in favour of an agreement between the Six on European Political Union.
On 15 May 1962, while answering journalists' questions on the failure of the Fouchet Plan, General de Gaulle attacks the theories of supranationality and Atlanticism in order, once again, to defend his vision of a Europe of States.
In May 1962, following the failure of the Paris Conference of ECSC Foreign Ministers, Fernand Dehousse comments, in an article published in the monthly Courrier socialiste européen, on the serious disagreements persisting between the Six with regard to the creation of a political Europe.
Im Mai 1962 gibt die monatlich erscheinende Zeitschrift Communauté européenne einen Auszug der Erklärung des niederländischen Außenministers Joseph Luns wieder, die dieser am Tag nach dem Außenministertreffen der Sechs am 17. April 1962 in Paris zum Thema eines Vertrages über eine politische europäisch Union abgegeben hat.
Bei seinem offiziellen Staatsbesuch in Frankreich vom 2. bis 8. Juli 1962 diskutiert der deutsche Bundeskanzler Konrad Adenauer mit dem französischen Staatspräsidenten Charles de Gaulle über das Gelingen einer europäischen politischen Zusammenarbeit.