14 May 2017:110th anniversary of the birth of Hans von der Groeben
The 14 May 2017 marks the 110th anniversary of the birth of Hans von der Groeben, former Member of the Commission of the European Economic Communities (EEC), and later Commission of the European Community (CEC). Hans von der Groeben was born on the 14th of May 1907 in Langheim, East Prussia. He was educated at the Charlottenburg University of Technology and later studied law and economics in Berlin, Bonn and Göttingen. In 1933 he became an official of the German Ministry for Food and Agriculture. In 1945 he became a member of the Finance Ministry of the Land of Lower Saxony. With the inauguration of the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) in 1952, he became chief of one of the ECSC's subdivisions. In 1955 he was chairman of the German delegation at the Intergovernmental Conference on the Common Market and Euratom in Brussels and, in 1955-56, was one of the contributors to the "Spaak Report" which set forth the aims and means of establishing the EEC. In 1956 he served as Chairman of the Common Market Inter-governmental Committee at the Brussels Conference called to draft the treaty establishing the EEC. From 1958 to 1970, Hans von der Groeben will occupy the positions of Member of the Commission of the EEC in charge of Economic and Financial Affairs, Competition (President of the group), Agriculture and Overseas Countries and Territories, and Member of the Commission of the EEC in charge of Competition (President of the group), under the presidency of Walter Hallstein, and of Member of the CEC in charge of Internal Market (commercial and fiscal) and Regional Policy, under Jean Rey. Hans von der Groeben passed away on 6 March 2005 in Rheinbach.