Jacques Delors


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Delors, Jacques

(Jacques Lucien Jean Delors) (zhäk lo͞osyăN` zhäN dəlôr`) 1925–, French economist and politician and European statesman, president (1985–95) of the European Commission. Beginning in the 1940s, he held a series of posts in French banking and state planning, eventually becoming (1969) an adviser to Gaullist Prime Minister Jacques Chaban-Delmas. In 1974 he joined the French Socialist party, and from 1979 to 1981 he served in the European Parliament. Under President François MitterrandMitterrand, François Maurice
, 1916–96, French political leader, president of France, 1981–95. Initially a supporter of Pétain's Vichy government during World War II, he joined the Resistance in 1943.
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, Delors served as economics and finance minister (1981–83) and economics, finance, and budget minister (1983–84), helping to revive the French economy. In 1985 he became president of the European Commission, the executive body of the European Community (EC; now the European UnionEuropean Union
(EU), name given since the ratification (Nov., 1993) of the Treaty of European Union, or Maastricht Treaty, to the European Community (EC), an economic and political confederation of European nations, and other organizations (with the same member nations)
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 [EU]). With British commissioner Lord Cockfield, he crafted and won approval of the Single European Act (1986), which laid the groundwork for the creation of a single EC market in 1993. Delors also oversaw the transformation of the EC into the EU, which moved the EC nations toward a single currency and greater cooperation on defense.
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Hollande's proposals revived similar suggestions put forward by former European Commission President, Jacques Delors, which were rebuffed by Berlin in the 1990s and which are likely to be rejected again today.
Reviving an idea originally put forward by former European Commission chief Jacques Delors, Hollande proposed "a government of the euro zone (with) a specific budget as well as a parliament to ensure its democratic control".
The malleability of postmodern politics stands in stark contrast to the resoluteness that prevailed under Winston Churchill, Konrad Adenauer, Charles de Gaulle, Alcide de Gasperi and even Jacques Delors.
Plenty of time has passed since the first visionary ideas of the former President of the European Commission, Jacques Delors, about Europe without frontiers, as a symbol of understanding and unity of nations, in the name of common progress, during which we have to come to clearly understand and perceive the contours and importance of one of the paramount geopolitical projects of the end of the 20th and the beginning of the 21st century.
The EU summit meeting at Hanover in 1988 commissioned the group, chaired by the president of the European Commission, Jacques Delors, to submit new proposals on the road toward monetary union.
The 1980s saw a growing divide between Britain and Brussels, where the socialist Jacques Delors had taken the helm at the European Commission and was steering towards a more federal Europe and a single currency.
Just as a husband who has been repeatedly shot in the head by strangers during his brother in law's paint-balling stag-trip may wonder how he got talked into this expensive, cold and painful outing, today's eurosceptics ask how Britain ended up in a club conceived by the likes of Jacques Delors.
In the late 1980's, for example, then-European Commission President Jacques Delors, raising the prospect of a two-speed Europe, suggested that one or two countries might need a "different kind of marriage contract".
HS2 is an integral part of the EU plan devised by Jacques Delors for the Trans-European Network (TEN's) which is to integrate all of Europe's transport and communications systems.
Jacques Delors, President of the European Commission from 1985 till 1995, the man who basically constructed the Single Market, already explained in 1988 what the European project should be about: 'My own feeling is that we are not going to manage to take all the decisions needed between now and 1995 unless we see the beginnings of European government, in one form or another.
I was invited by Jacques Delors to join a committee to draw up a shortlist for the European Book of the Year on which I still serve," he wrote.