Fontainebleau Agreement

Fontainebleau Agreement in Europe

Description of Fontainebleau Agreement

The Concise Encyclopedia of the European Union describes fontainebleau agreement in the following terms: [1] In 1984, frustrated at the EC’s lack of progress, President François Mitterranddetermined to use the French presidency to resolve a number of outstanding issues at the Fontainebleau meeting of heads of government. Spain’s and Portugal’s accession was pushed forward, the budget resources were augmented, the rise in agricultural spending was to be moderated, and studies were initiated for creating a political union and a ‘People’s Europe’. Above all, the long-running problem of the excessive British contribution to the budgetwas solved. The Fontainebleau Agreement gave the UK its abatement, known also as the British rebate, thereby terminating a dispute originated by Margaret Thatcher in 1979.

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Notas y References

  1. Based on the book “A Concise Encyclopedia of the European Union from Aachen to Zollverein”, by Rodney Leach (Profile Books; London)

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