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European Union Intergovernmental Conference

The heads of state and government of the European Union's Member States met in Turin, Italy, on 29 March 1996, to open the Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) on reform of the EU, which is expected to run for about 15 months. The IGC has been called to prepare the EU's institut...
The heads of state and government of the European Union's Member States met in Turin, Italy, on 29 March 1996, to open the Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) on reform of the EU, which is expected to run for about 15 months. The IGC has been called to prepare the EU's institutions and procedures for the envisaged enlargement to take in the Central and Eastern European Countries.

The President of the European Commission, Mr. Jacques Santer, presented his proposal for a "Confidence Pact for Jobs", and also emphasized the Commission's desire to see more funding allocated to the following priority measures: the trans-European networks, research and development, and measures in support of SMEs. All these measures were intended to support the drive for job creation. He received strong support from Mr. Klaus Hänsch, President of the European Parliament, and he said that it was now up to the Member States' ministers to carry on the work which the Commission had started.
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