On 22 October 1958, a working party on the European elections is set up within the Political Affairs Committee of the European Parliamentary Assembly. On 30 April 1960, it publishes the ‘Dehousse report’ on the election of the Members of the Assembly by direct universal suffrage, to be adopted on 17 May 1960.
On 4 February 1963, Gaetano Martino, President of the European Parliamentary Asssembly, expresses his support for political union in Europe and emphasises the relations to be established between the European Parliament and the six national parliaments.
On 15 September 1964, the Luxembourg Ambassador to West Germany, Jean-Pierre Kremer, reports to his Prime Minister, Pierre Werner, on the indignation of some German MPs who are also members of the European Parliamentary Assembly. They are opposed to the fact that the European Parliamentary Assembly was not consulted about its future headquarters. This opposition comes despite the fact that these discussions were held in order to secure the support of German MPs for the European Parliamentary Assembly being based in Luxembourg.
On 11 May 1965, Gaetano Martino, Member of the European Parliament and former Italian Foreign Minister, delivers a speech in which he seizes the opportunity provided by the debates taking place in Strasbourg on the financing of the common agricultural policy (CAP) to call for increased powers for the European Parliament and its election by direct universal suffrage.
In this interview, Gaston Thorn, former Member of the European Parliamentary Assembly (EPA) and of the European Parliament, takes a critical look at the Assembly's role in Community debates and issues during the 1960s.