Foreign and Commonwealth Office: UK Presidency of Council of the European Union: Registered Files (WPP and WP Series)

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Details of FCO 104
Reference:FCO 104
Title: Foreign and Commonwealth Office: UK Presidency of Council of the European Union: Registered Files (WPP and WP Series)
Description:

The series contains registered files (WPP series) covering the UK Presidency of the Council of the European Communities. This covers the period from 1 January 1977 to 30 June 1977, and the period from 1 July 1981 to 31 December 1981.

Date: 1976-1981
Related Material: For files of the European Integration Department, see also: FCO 98
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Former reference in its original department WPP and WP Series
Legal status: Public Record
Language: English and French
Creator: Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 1968-
Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 1977 Conference Unit, 1977-1977
Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 1981 Conference Unit, 1981-1981
Physical description: 107 file(s)
Immediate source of acquisition: Foreign and Commonwealth Office , from 2009
, from 2009
Accumulation Dates: 1977 and 1981
Accruals: Series is accruing.
Administrative / biographical background:

The Presidency of the Council of the European Communities was primarily to organise and chair all meetings of the Council and troubleshoot and solve disputes between member states. The Council is presided over for a period of six months by each member state in turn in accordance with an established rota.

The Conference Unit was set up to co-ordinate the administrative arrangements for the 1977 London meetings of NATO Ministers, Commonwealth Heads of Government and those arising from the British Presidency of the European Community. The registry was set up to include political co-operation files which were divided into groups in line with political co-operation and geographical working groups. Political co-operation files and the UK Presidency secretariat files relating to political co-operation were handed over to the European Integration Department on completetion of the six months of the UK Presidency.

A similar Conference Unit was set up to co-ordinate the administrative arrangements for the 1981 London meetings.

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