From 25 to 28 February 1949, in Brussels, the International Council of the European Movement holds its inaugural session, at the conclusion of which it adopts a Proposal for the establishment of a European Court of Human Rights.
From 25 to 28 February 1949, in Brussels, the International Council of the European Movement holds its inaugural session, during which European activists call, in particular, for the adoption of a European Charter of Human Rights and adopt the statute for a European Court. In the centre: Winston Churchill, former British Prime Minister; seated: Paul-Henri Spaak, Belgian Foreign Minister.
From 25 to 28 February 1949, the first congress of the International Council of the European Movement determines the individual, family and social rights which might be guaranteed in law by a European Charter for Human Rights and adopts the statute for a European Court.
On 25 February 1949, commenting on the opening, the same day in Brussels, of the first Congress of the European Movement, the Luxembourg daily newspaper Tageblatt identifies the issues involved in the meeting and paints a picture of the main pro-European organisations.
On 26 February 1949, the Luxembourg Communist daily newspaper Zeitung vum Lëtzeburger Vollek criticises the opening of the first Congress of the European Movement in Brussels the previous day, and harshly criticises its main supporters.
On 27 February 1949, the Belgian Socialist daily newspaper Le Peuple speaks to the French socialists Léon Jouhaux and Guy Mollet, who give their impressions of the first Congress of the European Movement which has just finished in Brussels.
On 2 March 1949, the Luxembourg daily newspaper Tageblatt gives an account of the first Congress of the European Movement, which met from 25 to 28 February in Brussels, and emphasises the determination of the participants to work diligently for the establishment of a united Europe.
On 3 March 1949, in an article in the French daily newspaper Le Monde, René Courtin, Member of the French Council for a United Europe, assesses the work of the first Congress of the European Movement held in Brussels from 25 to 28 February 1949.
In March 1949, the European federalist activist Eugen Kogon, founder of the journal Frankfurter Hefte, assesses the action taken in recent months in favour of a united Europe and emphasises the role that Germany might play in its establishment.
In April 1949, commenting on the outcome of the first Congress of the European Movement in Brussels, Raymond Silva, Secretary-General of the Union of European Federalists (UEF) and of the Planning Board for a European Centre for Culture, emphasises the importance of federalist ideals and of public support for the building of a united Europe.
On 6 April 1949, a European Movement delegation — composed of Duncan Sandys, Chairman of the Executive Committee; Robert Bichet, Hendrik Brugmans, Michel Rasquin and Paul Van Zeeland, Vice-Chairmen of the Executive Committee; André Philip, General Representative; Joseph Retinger, Secretary-General; and also Enzo Giacchero, Karl Wistrand and Ronald W. G. Mackay — attends the London Ambassadors’ Conference on the Establishment of a Council of Europe in order to present it with a new memorandum on the future European Consultative Assembly.
From 20 to 25 April 1949, the European Movement holds an Economic Conference in Westminster at the end of which a series of monetary resolutions and resolutions concerning the establishment of a European Economic and Social Committee are adopted.
From 20 to 25 April 1949, the European Movement holds an Economic Conference in Westminster during which the report submitted by the International Economic and Social Section on the implications of the establishment of a Common Market in Europe is examined.
On 28 November 1949, the former British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, gives an address at Kingsway Hall in London in which he supports the idea of a European union and stresses the importance of the European Movement in this process.
On 26 January 1950, the International Executive Committee of the European Movement adopts a resolution calling on the member countries of the Council of Europe to conclude a pact for the creation of the European Union.