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The Jenkins Commission was the European Commission that held office from 6 January 1977 to 6 January 1981. Its President was Roy Jenkins.


It was the successor to the Ortoli Commission and was succeeded by the Thorn Commission. Despite stagnating growth and a higher energy bill, the Jenkins Commission oversaw the development of the Economic and Monetary Union of the European Union from 1977, which began in 1979 as the European Monetary System, a forerunner of the Single Currency or euro.[1][2] President Jenkins was the first President to attend a G8 summit on behalf of the Community.[3]



  1. ^ Kaltenthaler, Karl (1998). Germany and the Politics of Europe's Money. Duke University Press. p. 42. ISBN 0-8223-2171-8. Retrieved 2007-11-23. After EC Commission President Roy Jenkins proposed a fixed exchange rate mechanism for the European Community in 1978, Helmut Schmidt picked up on the idea and convinced Giscard of the idea's merits
  2. ^ Discover the former Presidents: The Jenkins Commission, Europa (web portal), Accessed 23 August 2007
  3. ^ "EU and the G8". European Commission. Archived from the original on 2007-02-26. Retrieved 2007-09-25.

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