20 years of the Maastricht Treaty
The Treaty on European Union, or Maastricht Treaty, was signed on 7 February 1992 in Maastricht, The Netherlands, and entered into force on 1 November 1993.Its purpose was to prepare for the European Monetary Union and introduce elements of a political union (citizenship, common foreign and internal affairs policy).The main changes it brought are the establishment of the European Union and introduction of the co-decision procedure, giving Parliament more say in decision-making; and new forms of cooperation between EU governments – for example on defense and justice and home affairs.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
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||Arrival of Hans-Dietrich Genscher, German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs;Arrival of Mark Eyskens, Belgian Minister for Foreign Affairs;Arrival of Gianni De Michelis, Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs;Arrival of Guido Carli, Italian Minister for Finance;Arrival of Uffe Ellemann-Jensen, Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs;Arrival of Antonis Samaras, Greek Minister for Foreign Affairs;Arrival of Theo Waigel, German Federal Minister for Finance;Maastricht, The Netherlands, 07/02/1992.(7 shots)
||General view of the meeting room
||Jacques Delors, President of the CEC
||Round table: Hans-Dietrich Genscher and Theo Waigel; Francisco Fernández Ordóñez, Spanish Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Carlos Solchaga Catalán, Spanish Minister for Economic Affairs and Finance; Mark Eyskens and Philippe Maystadt, Belgian Minister for Finance; Uffe Ellemann-Jensen and Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Danish Minister for Economic Affairs. (4 shots)
||Declaration by Aníbal Cavaco Silva, President of Portugal and President in office of the Council (in PORTUGESE)
||Declaration by Ruud Lubbers, Dutch Prime Minister (in DUTCH)
||Signatures ceremony: for Belgium: Mark Eyskens and Philippe Maystadt; for Denmark: Uffe Elleman-Jensen and Anders Fogh Rasmussen; for Germany: Hans-Dietrich Genscher and Theo Waigel; for Greece: Antonis Samaras and Efthymios Christodoulou, Greek Minister for Finance; for Spain: Francisco Fernández Ordoñez and Carlos Solchaga Catalán; for France: Roland Dumas, French Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Pierre Bérégovoy, French State Secretary for Economy, Finance and Budget; for Ireland: Gerard Collins, Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Bertie Ahern, Irish Minister for Finance; for Italy: Gianni de Michelis and Guido Carli; for Luxembourg: Jacques Poos, Luxembourgish Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Jean-Claude Juncker, Luxembourgish Minister for Finance and Labour; for the Netherlands: Hans van den Broek, Dutch Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Wim Kok, Dutch Minister for Finance; for Portugal: João de Deus Pinheiro, Portuguese Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Jorge Braga de Macedo, Portuguese Minister for Finance; for the United Kingdom: Douglas Hurd, British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, and Francis Maude, British Financial Secretary to the Treasury.(12 shots)
||Original documents (5 shots)
||Intervention to the EP from Jacques Delors on the financial prospects post-Maastricht; social and economic cohesion; competitiveness and high technology; foreign affairs of the EC, 1997 (in FRENCH)