Monnet, Jean (1888 - 1979)

Jean Monnet (Photo: European Commission)
French architect and draftsman of the Schuman Plan, which led to the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) and ultimately to the current European Union. Monnet became the first President of the ECSC.

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.



The EU Parliament has bought Monnet’s house and turned it into a museum.