Thoughts of Altiero Spinelli (16 December 1974)

At the Paris Summit of 9 and 10 December 1974, the meetings of the Heads of State or Government are put on a formal footing. After that date, such meetings are known as meetings of the European Council. Altiero Spinelli, Member of the European Commission, fears that this constitutes a step backwards towards a situation where intergovernmental conciliation procedures will be given precedence over the Community method. Spinelli sees the determination of the Heads of Government to arrogate to themselves the determining of ‘the overall concept of the EU’ as a threat to the role of the Commission as the originator of political initiatives.

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Source: Archives historiques des Communautés européennes, Florence, Villa Il Poggiolo. Dépôts, DEP. Emanuele Gazzo, EG. Les institutions et les organes communautaires, EG.B.A. Commission, EG.B.A-04. Commission des Communautés européennes: présidences Ortoli, Jenkins et Thorn, EG-95.

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