The Formative Years (1970–1973)

Simon J. Nuttall

in European Political Co-operation

Published in print July 1992 | ISBN: 9780198273189
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191684005 | DOI:
The Formative Years (1970–1973)

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This chapter discusses the formative years of the European Political Co-operation (EPC) from 1970 to 1973. The directives issued by the 1969 Hague Summit were carried out within the year and the Luxembourg Report of 1970 established the ground rules for the EPC. The first ministerial meeting was held in November 1970 and the EPC was tested by the issues concerning the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe and the Middle East. Foreign ministers of Member States readily accepted the EPC and within three years substantial progress had been made both in policy and in developing procedures which would enable it to produce a second report. The second report was the Copenhagen Report of July 1973, which consolidated the achievements of the EPC.

Keywords: European Political Co-operation; 1969 Hague Summit; Luxembourg Report of 1970; Member States; Copenhagen Report of 1973; ministerial meeting; political co-operation

Chapter.  11372 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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