On 14 February 1984, by a very large majority (237 votes to 31, with 43 abstentions), the European Parliament adopts the draft Treaty on European Union, also known as the ‘Spinelli draft’, which has the ultimate aim of establishing a federal European Union.
On 15 February 1984, the Belgian daily newspaper Le Soir analyses the content of Altiero Spinelli’s Draft Treaty establishing the European Union, adopted the day before in Strasbourg by the European Parliament.
On 26 May 1984, the French newspaper Le Monde considers the national and European consequences of the speech given to the Strasbourg European Parliament on 23 May 1984 by French President François Mitterrand.
On 23 October 1985, the European Parliament adopts a resolution on the proceedings of the IGC on the European Union in which it criticises the refusal of the IGC to take account of the draft treaty drawn up by the European Parliament.
Altiero Spinelli (1907–1986), European federalist and rapporteur for the Institutional Committee of the European Parliament charged with drawing up, between 1981 and 1984, a Draft Treaty on European Union.
Italian Euro-MP, Altiero Spinelli, photographed in 1984 in front of the ‘Crocodile' restaurant in Strasbourg where the foundations were first laid for a parliamentary project in favour of a federal Europe.