Wednesday, 14 February 1962
Dáil Eireann Debate
The Taoiseach: With your permission, Sir, I propose to circulate in the Official Report the text of the Bonn statement of the 18th July, 1961, which is generally referred to as “the Bonn Declaration”.
The heads of State or Government of the Federal Republic of Germany, Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg as well as the Prime Minister and the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, desirous of affirming the spiritual values and political traditions which form their common heritage, united in the awareness of the great tasks which Europe is called upon to fulfil within the community of free peoples in order to safeguard liberty and peace in the world, anxious to strengthen the political, economic, social and cultural ties which exist between their peoples, especially in the framework of the European Communities, and to advance towards the union of Europe;
Convinced that only a united Europe, allied to the United States of America and to other free peoples, is in a position to face the dangers which menace the existence of Europe and of the whole free world, and that it is important to unite the energies, capabilities, and resources of all those for whom liberty is an inalienable possession; resolved to develop their political co-operation with a view to the union of Europe and to continue at the same time the work already undertaken in the European Communities;
1. To give shape to the will for political union already implicit in the Treaties establishing the European Communities, and for this purpose to organise their co-operation, to provide for its development and to secure for it the regularity which will progressively create the conditions for a common policy and will ultimately make it possible to embody in institutions the work that has been begun;
2. To hold at regular intervals meetings whose aim will be to compare their views, to concert their policies and to reach common positions in order to further the political union of Europe, thereby strengthening the Atlantic alliance. The necessary practical measures will be taken to prepare these meetings. In addition, the continuation of active co-operation among the Foreign Ministers will contribute to the continuity of the action undertaken in common. The co-operation of the Six must go beyond the strictly political field, and will in particular be extended to the sphere of education, of culture, and of research, where it will be ensured by periodical meetings of the Ministers concerned;
The heads of State or Government are convinced that by thus organising their co-operation they will further the application of the Rome and Paris Treaties. They also believe that their co-operation will facilitate any reforms which might seem opportune in the interests of the greater efficiency of the Communities.
(a) To have a study made of the various points of the Resolution of the European Parliament of 29 June, 1961, on the subject of political co-operation among the Member States of the European Communities.
 (b) To associate public opinion more closely with the efforts already undertaken, by inciting the European Parliament to extend the range of its debates to new fields, with the co-operation of the Governments.
“The Conference of heads of State or Government, meeting in Bonn on 18 July, 1961, has taken note of the report drawn up by the Study Committee on the subject of co-operation in the field of higher education and research.
It has envisaged the establishment of a Council composed of the Ministers of National Education or the Ministers whose responsibilities include international cultural relations, assisted by a committee of experts, as well as the negotiation of one or several conventions on the following subjects:
Mr. Dillon: Purely on a procedural point, I note the Taoiseach said he  proposes to circulate the text of the Bonn statement in the Official Report. I wonder is that a desirable procedure? Would it not be better to circulate it separately? We do not want to reach the stage in Dáil Éireann, a stage which has been reached in certain other deliberative assemblies, in which any of us desiring to have something recorded in the records of the Dáil can, by leave of the Chair, get it inserted. We have never done that heretofore so far as I know. Might I suggest to the Taoiseach it might be a better procedure simply to send a copy to each individual Deputy?
The Taoiseach: I do not think I am really establishing a precedent. The Deputy asked for the text of the statement. I am proposing to circulate it with the Official Report. It is not a very long statement, and it is desirable that all Deputies should read it.
The Taoiseach: The Declaration was, of course, published in the newspapers at the time and it has been referred to frequently since. A copy has been available in the library. It is quite clear that membership of EEC is open only to states which accept the Bonn Declaration.
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