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The Rey Commission is the European Commissionmarker that held office from 2 July 1967 to June 30 1970. Its President was Jean Rey.


The Rey Commission
It was the first Commission of the merged European Communities. It was the successor to the Hallstein Commission and was succeeded by the Malfatti Commission. The Commission worked to reinforce the Community's institutions and increase the powers of the European Parliamentmarker. It also campaigned for an elected Parliament, which was achieved later in 1979. It oversaw the competition of the customs union in 1968.

Rey played an important role the Summit of The Hague in 1969, where the European leaders decided to relaunch European integration with two new initiatives: on the one hand, Economic and Monetary Union of the European Union (EMU), and on the other hand, European Political Cooperation (EPC), which foreshadow the euro and the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union today.

Finally, in 1970, the last year of this mandate, Rey managed to win the European governments' support for his proposal to give the Community "own resources". This meant that the EEC no longer depended exclusively on contributions by the member states, but could complete these with revenues from customs duties, levies on agricultural products from outside the Community, in addition to a share of the VAT revenue.


The commission was composed of 14 members, 3 from Italy, West Germany, and France, 2 from Belgium and the Netherlands and 1 from Luxembourg.

Portfolio(s) Commissioner Member state Party Notes

Secretariat General, Legal Service and Spokesman’s Service
Jean Rey PRL

Sicco Mansholt PvdA

Social Affairs, Personnel and Administration
Lionello Levi Sandri PSI

Research and Technology, Distribution of Information
and Joint Research Center.
Fritz Hellwig CDU

Economic and Finance, Statistical Office
Raymond Barre none
Budgets, Credit and Investment, Press and Information Albert Coppé CVP
Internal Market and Regional Policy Hans von der Groeben none
Competition Maan Sassen KVP
Development Assistance Henri Rochereau
Industrial Affairs Guido Colonna di Paliano Resigned 8 May
1970, not replaced.
Foreign Trade, Enlargement

and Assistance to developing countries
Jean-François Deniau UDF
Transport Victor Bodson LSAP
Wilhelm Haferkamp SPD
Foreign relations Edoardo Martino

Summary by political leanings

The colour of the row indicates the approximate political leaning of the office holder using the following scheme:
affiliation number of commissioners
right leaning / conservative 5
liberal 2
left leaning / socialist 3
unknown/independent 4


  1. Discover the former Presidents: The Rey Commission, Europa , Accessed 23 August 2007
  2. But was an advisor to the CDU party

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