On 8 September 1952, Konrad Adenauer, Chancellor and Foreign Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany, and Walter Hallstein, Junior Foreign Affairs Minister, arrive at Luxembourg Town Hall to attend the first meeting of the ECSC Special Council of Ministers.
Minutes of the first meeting of the Council, held in Luxembourg from 8 to 10 September 1952, in the version submitted to the Council on 22 September 1952 and approved unanimously at the second meeting of the Council held on 1 and 2 December 1952.
On 8 September 1952, in Luxembourg, the German Chancellor, Konrad Adenauer, delivers the opening address at the ECSC Special Council of Minsters — having been appointed its first President on the basis of the alphabetical order of the names of the Member States — in which he outlines the Council’s objectives.
On 8 September 1952, Jean Monnet, President of the ECSC High Authority, replies to the opening address delivered by the German Chancellor, Konrad Adenauer, who, as President of the ECSC Special Council of Ministers, inaugurates its first meeting.
Minutes of the second meeting of the Special Council of Ministers of the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC), held in Luxembourg on 1 and 2 December 1952, in the version submitted to the Council on 16 December. One of the items on the agenda was the question of future ECSC levies.
List of participants at the inaugural meeting of the Councils of the European Economic Community (EEC) and the European Atomic Energy Community (EAEC or Euratom), held in Brussels on 25 January 1958, in their capacity as representatives of the ECSC High Authority and of the EEC and Euratom Commissions.
In his opening address at the inaugural meeting of the EEC and EAEC Councils, held on 25 January 1958 in Brussels, Victor Larock, Belgian Foreign Minister and President-in-Office of the Councils, emphasises the economic and social objectives of the Common Market and of Euratom and defines the two Communities as a step towards a future integrated European union.
In an address delivered at the inaugural meeting of the EEC and EAEC Councils, held on 25 January 1958 in Brussels, Paul Finet, President of the High Authority of the ECSC, notes that, despite the differences in their tasks and structures, the three Communities are working towards the same aim: European integration.
Address delivered by Walter Hallstein, President of the Commission of the European Economic Community (EEC), at the first meeting of the Councils of the EEC and the EAEC held in Brussels on 25 January 1958.
Diagram illustrating the merger of the executives that resulted from the entry into force on 1 July 1967 of the Treaty of 8 April 1965 establishing a Single Council and a Single Commission of the European Communities.
This film, produced in 2004, gives an overview of the Council of the European Union. It outlines the composition, powers, operation and activities of the institution which represents the Member States of the European Union.