This judgment, known as the 'Cassis de Dijon judgment', is a keystone of the development of case-law relative to the prohibition of quantitative restrictions on imports and of measures having equivalent effect on the free movement of goods (Article 30 of the EEC Treaty, now Article 28 of the EC Treaty).
On 14 June 1985, the European Commission submits to the Council its White Paper on the completion of the internal market which sets out a timetable for the measures required for the completion of the single market by 31 December 1992 at the latest.
On 27 November 1985, the Economic and Social Committee (ESC) of the European Communities delivers its opinion on the European Commission’s White Paper ‘Completing the Internal Market’. The opinion is adopted by 90 votes in favour, 14 votes against and 17 abstentions.
On 28 and 29 October 1981, the Economic and Social Committee adopts an opinion on the prospects for the Communities’ policies in the 1980s. After reviewing the economic situation in Europe, it concludes that the Communities should move towards a genuine European union based on the existing treaties and new guidelines set by foreign policy.