In 1974, Sicco Mansholt, former Vice-President of the Commission of the European Communities and Commissioner with special responsibility for agriculture, recalls the causes and the development of the empty chair crisis.
In February 1972, Sicco Mansholt, European Commissioner with special responsibility for agriculture, writes to Franco Maria Malfatti, President of the Commission, and to the other Members of the Commission encouraging them to address in a ‘testament' the most serious current problems.
On 8 April 1972, commenting on the French referendum on the ratification of the Treaty on the accession to the European Communities of the United Kingdom, Ireland, Denmark and Norway, to be held on 23 April, the RTL editorial team in Paris ponders on the implications of the proposals put forward by Sicco Mansholt, President of the European Commission, for a fundamental reform of the common agricultural policy (CAP).
On 28 March 1972, British Labour MP, Tony Benn, writes a letter to Sicco Mansholt, President of the European Commission, in which he sets out the reasons for Labour's opposition to the accession of the United Kingdom to the European common market.
On 26 August 1952, Sicco Mansholt, Netherlands Minister for Agriculture, sends a letter to Stephan Louwe Louwes, Chairman of the National Consultative Committee for the Integration of European Agriculture, in which he speculates on the geographical limits of a possible European Agricultural Community.
On 31 March 1971, following the demonstrations by European farmers in Brussels, Sicco Mansholt, European Agriculture Commissioner, writes to the President of the Belgian Farmers’ Union and invites him to speak in a public debate about the implications of a reform of the common agricultural policy (CAP).
On 29 April 1971, Sicco Mansholt, European Agriculture Commissioner, denounces the attitude of the officers of the European Confederation of Agriculture (ECA) as the crisis involving European farmers unfolds.
Le 19 octobre 1972, à l'occasion de l'ouverture du sommet de Paris, Sicco Mansholt, président de la Commission des Communautés européennes, prononce un discours sur les enjeux de l'intégration européenne et fait un état des lieux des différentes politiques communautaires.