May 30, 1986 |
The European Communities flag was hoisted officially for the first time in front of the organization's executive commission headquarters Thursday, in the presence of the commission's president, Jacques Delors. The blue flag, with a circle of 12 golden stars symbolizing the 12 member states, was officially approved by the communities' council of ministers last month.
December 25, 1988 |
The brightly lit circular chamber where the European Parliament meets is in a dramatic, modern building that seems a fitting place for making decisions that shape Europe's future. The flaw in the symbolism is that the building, the Palais de l'Europe, does not belong to the European Parliament. It is rented from the Council of Europe.
January 23, 1991 |
The European Community on Tuesday delayed consideration of $1 billion in food aid to the Soviet Union to reprimand the Kremlin for its crackdown in the secessionist Baltic republics. A $540-million technical assistance program to that country may also be reconsidered in response to violence by Soviet troops in Latvia and Lithuania, the European Parliament's budget panel chief said in Strasbourg, France.
October 4, 1989 |
Despite intensive U.S. government and industry lobbying, the 12-nation European Community on Tuesday approved a non-binding quota that will limit imported television programs to no more than half of all transmissions in member countries. The law, which sets common television standards throughout the community, excludes news, sports, advertising and teletext services from the quota provision. It was adopted at a meeting of EC foreign ministers in Luxembourg by a 10-2 vote.
January 13, 1989 |
Britain and the European Community launched separate monopoly inquiries Thursday into a hostile Anglo-German takeover bid for leading British electronics firm Plessey Co. The bid, made in November by Siemens AG of West Germany and Britain's General Electric Co. (GEC), is worth $3 billion (1.7 billion pounds) and, if successful, would create one of Europe's biggest electronics concerns. Industry analysts said the investigations would give Lazard Bros.
January 28, 1989 |
Officials of the European Community held their first formal talks with PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat on Friday and said they will try to speed up the convening of an international peace conference aimed at ending the Arab-Israeli conflict.