Monnet, Jean (1888 - 1979)
- Jean Monnet (Photo: European Commission)
The “Monnet method” or the “community method" are terms which are both used to mean supra-national decision-making on the basis of laws proposed by the EU Commission instead of intergovernmentalism, with each state retaining its sovereignty.
- A cognac dealer and leading civil servant in the League of Nations before the Second World War.
- In 1955 he established the “Action Committee for the United States of Europe” calling for further supra-national integration.
- His ultimate aim was always the same: a European federal co-operation, as described in his “Mémoires” of 1976.
- Monnet hoped to unite Europe’s peoples, not only its states.
NotesThe EU Parliament has bought Monnet’s house and turned it into a museum.