Walter Hallstein was the first President of the European Commission from 1958
to 1967, a committed European and a decisive proponent of European integration.
As President of the European Commission, Hallstein worked towards a rapid
realisation of the Common Market. His energetic enthusiasm and powers of
persuasion furthered the cause of integration even beyond the period of his
presidency. During his mandate, the integration advanced significantly.
The one-time Secretary of State in the German Foreign Ministry originally attained
international recognition through the ‘Hallstein Doctrine’ of the 1950s, which
shaped German foreign policy for years to come, and had at its core the linking of
the young democracy with western Europe.