This judgment, known as the 'Cassis de Dijon judgment', is a keystone of the development of case-law relative to the prohibition of quantitative restrictions on imports and of measures having equivalent effect on the free movement of goods (Article 30 of the EEC Treaty, now Article 28 of the EC Treaty).
On 19 October 1987, Felipe González Márquez, Spanish Prime Minister, gives an address at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence in which he outlines the reasons which led his country to accede to the European Communities and calls for the establishment of an integrated common space in Europe and the implementation of better cooperation in terms of European foreign policy.
On 26 November 1987, Leo Tindemans, Belgian Foreign Minister from 1981 to 1988, delivers an address to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Antwerp on the establishment of the single internal market in Europe.
In his editorial of 4 February 1988, Emanuele Gazzo, Chief Editor of Agence Europe, emphasises that the collective political will of the Member States of the European Community is a prerequisite for the attainment of the economic objectives of the Twelve.
The ‘Europe 1992’ operation seeks to prepare the 12 Member States of the European Communities for the establishment of the single market. In its 9 May 1988 edition, the German magazine Der Spiegel analyses the obstacles to be overcome in order to achieve this objective.
On 12 July 1988, two years before the signing of the Schengen Agreement, Emanuele Gazzo, Chief Editor of Agence Europe, criticises the increasingly slow pace at which the Twelve are progressing towards a Europe without frontiers.
On 9 November 1988, at a seminar on Jean Monnet in Copenhagen, Martin Bangemann, German Minister for the Economy, gives an address on the economic repercussions and political prospects of the introduction of a European internal market.
On 30 November 1988, at the 5th seminar for food industry entrepreneurs in Cologne, Federal Chancellor Helmut Kohl gives an address on the implications and advantages of the future internal market for German trade and industry.
On 22 June 1989, during the international conference organised in Cologne by the Junior Chamber International, Rudolf Seiters, Head of the German Federal Chancellery, gives a speech on the role of the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) in the completion of the European Internal Market.
In an article published in the Portuguese journal Cadernos de Economia in March 1990, Victor Martins, Portuguese State Secretary for European Affairs, analyses the challenges facing Portugal in the Europe of the 1990s.
On 23 April 1991, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe expresses its concern at some of the consequences of the single market due to be established on 1 January 1993 and calls on the Twelve to implement the European Economic Area (EEA).
In this interview, Catherine Lalumière, former State Secretary to the Minister for Economic Affairs, Finance and the Budget with special responsibility for Consumer Affairs (1983–1984), explains why she represented France on the Internal Market Council, a role which brought her into contact with European issues for the first time.
In an article published in the journal Internationale Spectator in March 1992, Piet Dankert, State Secretary in the Netherlands Foreign Ministry and former President of the European Parliament, emphasises the need to deepen the European Union before continuing to widen it.
In June 1992, the French monthly newspaper Le Monde diplomatique analyses the way in which Margaret Thatcher, British Prime Minister, intends to impose her neo-liberal conception on the Common Market of the European Communities.
Conclusions of the Commission White Paper on ‘Growth, competitiveness, and employment’, which was approved by the European Council on 11 December 1993 and recommends increased cooperation in research and development, the adoption of a new development model taking into account the environment and qualitative needs, and action to be taken regarding the employment market.
In spring 1992, in an article published in the Spanish magazine Política Exterior, Carlos Westendorp, Junior Minister in the Spanish Ministry for European Affairs, outlines the challenges which will arise when the single market becomes a reality in 1993.
On 1 January 1993, commenting on the completion of the European internal market, the French daily newspaper Le Monde considers the impact of the free movement of goods, capital and services between the twelve Member States of the European Economic Community (EEC).