at the 1985 IGC were based on Delors' White Paper and the Dooge
Report. The Milan European Council of 28 and 29 June 1985
decided to convene an Intergovernmental Conference (IGC). The IGC
was issued with a triple mandate: to step up the completion of the
Single Market by 1992, to improve the way in which the Community
institutions worked and to implement a common foreign and security
22 July 1985, on the basis of favourable opinions from the
European Parliament and the Commission, the Council of Foreign Ministers
formally convened an IGC to review the draft submitted on 5 July
by the Luxembourg Government. The IGC met five times at Foreign
Minister level between 9 September and 28 November 1985.
At the same time, France presented a draft European Act to its partners,
incorporating some of the subjects covered in the document distributed
in July by the Commission, which called for the amendments to the
EEC Treaty and the new treaty on political cooperation to be combined
in a single legal instrument — a Single Act.
Following very lengthy and difficult discussions,
the Luxembourg European Council of 2 and 3 December
1985 succeeded, almost in extremis, in securing the approval
of the national delegations on a final declaration, clearly a
product of compromise.
on the statements by the President-in-Office of the Council on the
outcome of the European Council meeting in Milan, 09.07.1985,
Official Journal of the European Communities (OJEC). 09.09.1985,
n° C 229, p. 69.
the European Communities, Opinion
on the convening of an intergovernmental conference, 22.07.1985,
Bulletin of the European Communities. July/August 1985, n° 7/8,
of the Presidency, Bulletin of the European Communities. November
1985, n° 11, pp.9-17.
following the debate on the statements by the Council and the Commission
after the meeting of the European Council on 2 and 3 December 1985
in Luxembourg, Official Journal of the European Communities
(OJEC). 31.12.1985, n° C 352, pp.60-61.
to the European Parliament, 11.12.1985, Official Journal of
the European Communities (OJEC). pp.112-116.