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Towards a people's Europe. European File 3/86, February 1986

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Tovvards a people's Europe Commission ofthe European Communities Directorate-General for Information. Communication and Culture Rue de Ia Loi 200- B-1049 Brussels 3/86 February 1986 'The European Community is all very well but what does it do for me? What .l effect does it have on my everyday life?' At the June 1984 meeting of the European Council, the Community Heads of State or Government set up an ad hoc · committee for a people's Europe to suggest ways of strengthening the identity and improving the image of the Community, partly in order to answer the above questions, The committee was made up of the personal representatives of the Heads of State or Government and the President of the European Commission. It was chaired by the Italian representative, Mr Adonnino. Before winding up its work, it sent two reports to the European Council, the first in March 1985 and the second ¥n June 1985. The Heads of State or Government approved the reports and asked the Community institutions and member governments to implement rapidly their conclusions. Urgent measures with long term implications Some of the proposals ofthe People's Europe Committee are new. Others endorse and extend work already in progress. The Committee made reference for example to numerous demands from the European Parliament and proposals from the European Commission for the abolition of all frontier checks by 1992. But the personal representatives of the Heads of State or Government put the greatest emphasis on measures capable of being rapidly implemented while the political will exists. The committee has not, therefore, covered the whole field. It has concen- trated on measures which will have an impact on people's everyday lives and help further the closer union of the peoples of Europe. Such a union is a fundamental objective of the Community, whose aims are not purely or even essentially economic. The European treaties aim, by strengthening 'the unity of economies', to 'confirm

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