25 March 2018: 110th anniversary of the birth of Henri Rochereau
The 25 March 2018 marks the 110th anniversary of the birth of Henri Rochereau, a French politician and former Member of the European Commission. Born 25 on March 2018 at Chantonnay (Vendée, France), Henri Rochereau was Doctor in Law of the University of Paris. He started his political career as Senator for the Vendée (from 1946 to 1959) and seated in and presided several commissions of the French Senate. In 1956, he served as Delegate to the European Parliament. As French Senator still, he led several French government economic missions. On 28 May 1959, he was appointed French Minister for Agriculture, within Michel Debré's government, and held this position until the 24 August 1961. In 1962, he was appointed Member of the Commission of the European Economic Community (EEC) in charge of Social Affairs and Overseas Development (President of the group) within the 2nd Hallstein Commission (from 10 January 1962 to 30 June 1967). He was renewed within the Rey Commission as Member of the Commission of the European Communities (CEC) in charge of Development Aid (2 July 1967 to 30 June 1970). Henri Rochereau passed away on 25 January 1999 in Paris.