On 6 March 1976, German daily newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung comments on the reticence of the French Government regarding the principle of electing the European Parliament (EP) by direct universal suffrage.
On 13 July 1976, the daily newspaper La Libre Belgique comments on the agreement reached the previous day, at the Brussels European Council, on the number and the distribution of the seats in the European Parliament, due to be elected for the first time in spring 1978.
On 16 November 1978, the Belgian House of Representatives and Senate pass a law called 'loi Boël' laying down the provisions concerning the first elections to the European Parliament by direct universal suffrage.
In May 1979, the federalist magazine L’Europe en formation deplores the fact that the first elections to the European Parliament by direct universal suffrage do not lead to joint manifestos and to a coordinated electoral campaign in Europe.
In June 1979, in its coverage of the outcome of the election of the European Parliament (EP) by direct universal suffrage, the french periodical Le Monde. Dossiers et documents focuseson the voting procedures of the various Member States.