The Rey Commission (1967–1970) is the first single Commission, resulting from the Treaty merging the executive bodies of the three European Communities, signed in Brussels on 8 April 1965. The Commission is composed of 14 members. Second row from the left: Jean-François Deniau, Guido Colonna di Paliano, Wilhelm Haferkamp, Hans von der Groeben, Albert Coppé, Emmanuel Sassen, Henri Rochereau, Victor Bodson and Edoardo Martino. First row: Raymond Barre, Sicco Mansholt, Jean Rey, Lionello Levi Sandri and Fritz Hellwig.
On 15 February 1971, Sicco Mansholt (left), Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for Agriculture, Michel Cointat (centre), French Agriculture Minister, and Franco Maria Malfatti (right), President of the European Commission, talk in the margins of the Council of Agriculture Ministers of the Six in Brussels.
On 27 September 1975, Belgian Prime Minister Leo Tindemans gives an interview to the Dutch section of the European Movement in which he describes the objectives and procedures of his mission to define the notion of a ‘European Union’.
On 3 July 1968, reacting to the problems involved in funding the common agricultural policy (CAP), the French National Federation of Farmers’ Unions (FNSEA) is worried about the difficult situation in which French agriculture currently finds itself.
In September 1951, the Organisation for European Economic Cooperation (OEEC) publishes a report which focuses on how the organisation was founded and its working methods, along with its general policies.
On 13 April 1951, at the Fifth Benelux Economic Congress in Rotterdam, Johannes Linthorst Homan, who would subsequently become director of European integration in the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs from 1952 to 1958, gives an address on agriculture in the Benelux and speculates on the future of agriculture for Western Europe. He looks at the state of European cooperation on agriculture and engages in a discussion with Maurice Piette from the Belgian Agricultural Alliance on a possible future organisation for European agriculture.
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.