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The Single European Act (1987)

Simon J. Nuttall

in European Political Co-operation

Published in print July 1992 | ISBN: 9780198273189
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191684005 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198273189.003.0008
The Single European Act (1987)

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This chapter discusses the codification of the European Political Co-operation with the Single European Act, which came into effect on July 1, 1987. Since 1970, the EPC had no legal basis and the codification gave it a personality in international law. At became associated with the legal and institutional order in the European Community. The movement towards codification was started as early as June 1979 in the European Parliament by Altiero Spinelli, a lifelong federalist who aimed to secure for his vision of a European Union a broad measure of parliamentary support that would transcend party and national divisions.

Keywords: European Political Co-operation; Single European Act; codification; European Parliament; Altiero Spinelli; political co-operation

Chapter.  7940 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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