On 22 September 1984, at the ossuary in Douaumont (near Verdun), the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG), Helmut Kohl, and the President of the French Republic, François Mitterrand, stand hand-in-hand as they pay tribute to the soldiers from the two countries who died in combat during the First World War.
On 22 May 1992, at the 59th Franco-German Summit held in La Rochelle, François Mitterrand, President of France, and the German Chancellor, Helmut Kohl, announce jointly the establishment of a Franco-German European Army Corps and invite the Member States of Western European Union (WEU) to take part.
On 22 May 1992, on the margins of the 59th Franco-German Summit held in La Rochelle, Roland Dumas, French Foreign Minister, outlines the geopolitical implications of Eurocorps to Radio Monte-Carlo reporters.
Meeting on 19 June 1992 in Bonn, the Foreign and Defence Ministers of the member States of Western European Union (WEU) adopt the Petersberg Declaration which provides for the strengthening of WEU’s operational role and which determines its role in Europe’s security policy and the state of its relations with the other Member States of the European Union and NATO.
On 2 June 1993 in Beaune, at the Franco-German Defence and Security Council, France and Germany emphasise their determination to promote a European Defence and Security Identity within the European Union.
The form and colour of the Eurocorps emblem symbolise the defence of Europe. The yellow stars stand for the the European Union, the sword for its armed might. The outline of the European continent represents both the limits of the European Union and Eurocorps’ commitment to peace and security on behalf of Europe and the Atlantic Alliance.
On 29 June 1994, in the light of the lively debates sparked by the participation of German soldiers in the Bastille Day parade on the Champs-Elysées in Paris, Alain Lamassoure, French Minister Delegate for European Affairs, emphasises to the National Assembly the essential role played by Eurocorps in European defence policy.
On 14 July 1994, the Eurocorps takes part in the military parade along the Champs-Élysées in Paris to mark the French National Day. For the first time since the end of the Second World War, German soldiers march on French soil as a symbol of Franco-German reconciliation in a European context.
‘Careful to make a good impression: German soldiers from the Eurocorps on the Champs-Élysées.' In July 1994, the German cartoonist, Horst Haitzinger, refers, in his own inimitable fashion, to the participation, on 14 July, of German soldiers in the parade held on the Champs-Élysées in Paris to mark the French national day.
Produced in 1996 by the European Parliament, this film clip shows images dedicated respectively to the meeting in Verdun, on 22 September 1984, between François Mitterrand, President of the French Republic, and Helmut Kohl, German Chancellor, who stand in silent remembrance before the tombs of the German and French soldiers who fell on the battlefield in the First World War; to the military procession of 14 July 1984 on the Champs-Élysées in Paris in the presence, in particular, of François Mitterrand, Édouard Balladur, French Prime Minister, Helmut Kohl, Felipe González, Spanish Prime Minister, Jacques Santer, Luxembourg Prime Minister, and Jean-Luc Dehaene, Belgian Prime Minister; and, finally, to the inauguration, on 5 November 1993, in Strasbourg, of the Eurocorps in the presence, in particular, of François Léotard, French Defence Minister, Volker Rühe, German Defence Minister, and Leo Delcroix, Belgian Defence Minister.
On 21 January 1993, at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) Headquarters in Brussels, General John Shalikashvili, Supreme Allied Commander, Europe (SACEUR), and the French and German Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Jacques Lanxade and General Klaus Naumann, sign an agreement establishing operational links between the NATO military structure and the Franco-German Eurocorps.
On 19 May 1993, in Rome, the Foreign and Defence Ministers of the Member States of Western European Union (WEU), meeting as the WEU Council of Ministers, welcome the fact that all the Member States are currently deciding which of their military units and headquarters they are prepared to make available to WEU for various possible tasks. The Council particularly welcomes the designation of the European Corps (Eurocorps), the Multinational Division (Central) and the UK/Netherlands amphibious force as forces answerable to WEU.
On 31 January 1995, Édouard Balladur, French Prime Minister, addresses the Eurocorps staff in Strasbourg in order to pay tribute to the activities undertaken by Eurocorps and to praise the political will of certain European countries to create a European defence identity.
On 1 December 1995, the French daily newspaper Le Monde describes the establishment and the tasks of Eurocorps, the first component of a European defence pillar comprising Belgian, French, German, Luxembourg and Spanish troops.