Grand-Duke Jean of Luxembourg on Tuesday (9 January) officially opened the modern new headquarters of the European Court of Justice.
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Background: Grand-Duke Jean of Luxembourg on Tuesday (9 January) officially opened the modern new headquarters of the European Court of Justice.
Justice ministers of all members of the enlarged Common Market, most EEC commissioners and many other officials looked on as the Grand-Duke snipped a tricolour ribbon held by two children.
The modern and lavish new building, overlooking the capital of the Market's smallest member, cost 5 million pounds. It is owned Luxembourg which rents it to the Common Market on an indefinite lease, for 330 thousand pounds yearly.
In an inaugural speech, Luxembourg's Prime Minister Pierre Werner said it was hoped the new building world become a trus home for European legal thought.
Later in the day the new court was used for the swearing-in of the 13 commissioners of the expanded community. The commissioners, delegates from the member nations, pledged themselves to perform their duties independently of their government's national interests. The pledge was taken before the robed members of the European court.
SYNOPSIS: The high court of the newly-expended Common Market moved into lavish new headquarters on Tuesday when the European Court of Justice building was opened in Luxembourg. The official opening was conducted by Grand-Duke Jean of Luxembourg, seen here arriving in the royal car on the Kirchberg Plateau, overlooking Luxembourg City. Luxembourg, smallest Common Market member nation, built the massive steel and glass headquarters at a cost of five million pounds. It is being leased beck indefinitely to the court at a yearly rent of 330 thousand pounds.
The ceremony was attended by the justice members of the nine members of the European Economic Community, most EEC commissioners and several members of the court. Later in the day four new members of the 13-man court were sworn in . The ceremony took place exactly 20 years after the court was first created.
Luxembourg Prime Minister Pierre Werner told the gathering he hoped that the modern headquarters would become a true home for European legal thought.
In a later ceremony the 13 commissioners of the enlarged commission of the Common Market took their oaths of office. New commission President Francois-Xavier Ortoli of France, seen here signing the oath, declared the ceremony marked a new phase in the growth of European union.
One of Britain's two commissioners, Sir Christopher Soames, signed the pledge taken by all commissioners, to act independently of the interests of their own governments. The commissioners, selected from the member countries of the Common Market, initiate and carry out the policies of the Community.