On 3 February 1981, Agence Europe publishes the full text of the address given on 28 January 1981 in Florence by Emilio Colombo, Italian Foreign Minister, in favour of strengthening European Political Cooperation.
On 13 October 1981, in London, the Foreign Ministers of the Ten adopt a report on European Political Cooperation (EPC) that sets out a more coherent approach to international issues and to matters of security.
In his editorial of 16 October 1981, Emanuele Gazzo, Director of Agence Europe, comments on the scope of the report on European Political Cooperation (EPC) adopted three days earlier in London by the Foreign Ministers of the Ten.
On 12 April 1983, Hans-Dietrich Genscher, West German Foreign Minister, gives his views in the European Parliament on the report by Belgian MEP Lambert Croux concerning the establishment of European Political Cooperation. He also emphasises the importance of the plan for a Solemn Declaration on the European Union.
On 12 January 1982, at a conference held at the Royal Institute for International Relations (IRRI–KIIB) in Brussels, Viscount Étienne Davignon, Vice-President of the Commission of the European Communities, stresses the importance of political cooperation in Europe as a means for allowing the Ten to respond effectively to international events.
The London European Council (26 and 27 November 1981)
On 23 November 1981, in the run-up to the London European Council of 26 and 27 November, the British daily newspaper The Guardian emphasises the particular situation of the United Kingdom and Germany with regard to their contributions to the Community budget.
On 25 November 1981, the day before the London European Council, the French newspaper Le Monde examines the ability of European countries to overcome their differences and to re-launch European integration.
On 17 May 1982, German cartoonist Walter Hanel emphasises the joint efforts of German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt and French President François Mitterrand to revive the moribund process of European integration. US President Ronald Reagan observes the scene from a distance.
Group photo taken at the London European Council held on 26 and 27 November 1981. The Heads of State or Government of the Europe of the Ten address a number of delicate issues, including the Community budget, the common agricultural policy and the revival of the unification process.
The Stuttgart European Council (17 to 19 June 1983)
In May 1983, in the monthly publication 30 jours d’Europe, Gaston Thorn, President of the Commission of the European Communities, explains the importance of the Stuttgart European Council for the future and destiny of Europe.
On 19 June 1983, at the time of the signature of the Solemn Declaration on the European Union, German Chancellor Helmut Kohl reaffirms the importance of moving forward the process of European unification.
In a speech to the European Parliament on 30 June 1983, West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl gives an account of the Stuttgart European Council and emphasises the importance of the implementation of common European Political Cooperation.
British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Federal Chancellor Helmut Kohl and French President François Mitterrand on their arrival at the Stuttgart European Council held on 17–19 June 1983. At the end of the Council, the Heads of State or Government sign a Solemn Declaration on European Union.