The nine Members of the ECSC High Authority at their inaugural meeting in Luxembourg on 10 August 1952. From left to right: Paul Finet (BE), Léon Daum (FR), Enzo Giacchero (IT), Franz Etzel (DE), Jean Monnet (FR), Albert Coppé (BE), Dirk Spierenburg (NL), Albert Wehrer (LU) and Heinz Potthoff (DE).
Appointed by the Six at the Conference held in Messina, Italy, in June 1955, the Frenchman, René Meyer, succeeds his compatriot, Jean Monnet, who resigned in late 1954, as President of the High Authority of the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC), seen here at a conference in Luxembourg.
During the month of February, the European Commission adopts its Annual Policy Strategy, setting the framework for the budgetary and legislative cycle of the coming year, with a view to presenting it to the European Parliament and the Council and to undertaking a dialogue over the following three months. On the basis of the results of this dialogue and the budgetary process, the Commission adopts its Legislative and Work Programme for the coming year.