On 15 January 1969, in an interim report, the Monetary Committee of the European Economic Community gives an initial assessment of its study into methods for improving monetary relations within the EEC.
On 5 December 1968, the Commission of the European Communities sends a memorandum to the Council of Ministers on the economic and monetary problems and the approach that might be adopted by the Community to address these issues.
On 12 February 1969, the European Commission presents a memorandum to the Council on the coordination of economic policies and on monetary cooperation within the Community. The Council adopts the memorandum, known as the Barre Plan, on 17 July 1969.
In this opinion, the Monetary Committee of the European Economic Community welcomes the content of the memorandum from the Commission to the Council of 12 February 1969, which calls for greater economic and monetary cooperation within the Community.
On 10 July 1969, the Committee of Governors of the Central Banks of the Member States of the European Economic Community delivers its opinion on the Barre memorandum of 12 February 1969. The Committee particularly emphasises the coordination of the Member States’ economic policies and the possibility of short-term monetary support within the Community.
On 12 February 1969, Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner with special responsibility for economic and financial affairs, Raymond Barre, presents his plan for European monetary cooperation which highlights the need for joint action at European level.
On 17 July 1969, in Brussels, the Council of Finance Ministers of the Six, represented here by its President, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing of France, adopt the European Commission's Barre Plan for the coordination of economic policies and monetary cooperation at Community level, represented here by Commission President, Jean Rey.
In his editorial of 22 July 1969, Emanuele Gazzo, Editor-in-Chief of Agence Europe, welcomes the Council decision of 17 July 1969 to accept the Commission memorandum (Barre Plan) on the coordination of economic policies and on monetary cooperation between the Six.
On 4 December 1969, in its coverage of the decisions taken at the Hague European Summit of 1 and 2 December, the French daily newspaper Le Monde considers the monetary policy of the Six and their determination to establish an economic and monetary union.
In April 1970, Raymond Barre, Vice-President of the European Commission with special responsibility for Economic and Financial Affairs, shares with the readers of the monthly publication Communauté européenne his hopes for the European Economic Community (EEC) in terms of monetary unification.
In November 1970, the British Foreign Office — which is involved in negotiating the conditions for the United Kingdom’s accession to the European Communities — publishes its official reaction to the Barre Plan for the coordination of economic policies and monetary cooperation at Community level.
In June 1971, Raymond Barre, Vice-President of the European Commission with special responsibility for Economic and Financial Affairs, grants an interview to the Swiss monthly economic publication Vision in which he sets out his proposals to eliminate monetary problems in Europe.
In this interview, Paul Collowald, former Deputy Spokesman for the European Commission, discusses the work of Raymond Barre, Vice-President of the Commission with special responsibility for Economic and Monetary Affairs from 1967 to 1972.
On 11 February 1965, the Brussels daily newspaper Le Soir considers the impact of the proposals put forward by General de Gaulle, President of France, to reform the international monetary system, with particular regard to the possible introduction by the Six of a European currency.
In the October 1968 issue of the monthly publication Communauté européenne, the French journalist, Jean Lecerf, compares the Werner Plan with the plan proposed by the Action Committee for the United States of Europe (ACUSE), both of which call on the Six to adopt a single currency.