On 29 May 1957, the Governments of Germany, Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands send a memorandum to GATT, in which they specify the purposes and prerogatives of the future European Economic Community (EEC).
On 30 September 1957, the French Foreign Ministry’s Directorate of Economic and Financial Affairs assesses the compliance of the European Economic Community (EEC) with the rules of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT).
On 25 January 1962, in an address given to the US Congress, US President John F. Kennedy appeals for increased powers of action with regard to the tariff negotiations on international trade to be held with the EEC.
On 1 December 1963, the French daily newspaper Le Monde considers the complex nature of the forthcoming tariff discussions between the European Economic Community and the United States in the context of the ‘Kennedy Round’ Conference, due to begin on 4 May 1964 at the GATT’s Geneva headquarters.
On 17 November 1964, the French daily newspaper Le Monde describes the difficult nature of the negotiations taking place between the six Member States of the European Economic Community and their international partners during the ‘Kennedy Round’ on further reductions in international tariff barriers.
On 2 January 1965, the Italian daily newspaper Corriere della Sera comments on the progress of the GATT tariff negotiations between the European Economic Community (EEC) and the United States and outlines the impact that the initial provisions of the ‘Kennedy Round’ will have on the European iron and steel industry.
On 7 March 1967, during an address given at the Bank of Rome, the Italian MP, Mario Pedini, emphasises the importance of the Kennedy Round negotiations for the commercial policy of the European Economic Community (EEC).
On 16 May 1967, Eric Wyndham White, Director-General of the GATT, analyses the outcome of the Geneva Trade Agreement, which provides for a reduction in customs tariffs between 50 countries, including the United States and the Six.
On 17 May 1967, the German daily newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung welcomes the agreement reached the previous day in Geneva between 50 countries, including the United States and the six Member States of the European Economic Community, with a view to further liberalising international trade.
On 20 May 1967, the German daily newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung welcomes the results secured in Geneva by the six Member States of the European Economic Community (EEC) and the United States during the ‘Kennedy Round’ multilateral negotiations on the liberalisation of international trade.
For the first time in 1967, the Six speak with one voice during the GATT tariff negotiations (the Kennedy Round). Jean Rey, European Commissioner for External Relations, played a leading role in the Kennedy Round negotiations.