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Operation Welcome

How Strasbourg Remained a Seat of European Institutions, 1949–1979


Claudia Leskien

An accepted narrative within European integration history is that the issue in which city to locate European Community headquarters was decided on the intergovernmental level between the member states. In the present volume, this view is expanded with the example of Strasbourg by arguing that activity at the local level is an important factor as well.
A set of highly active political and associational local agents used different strategies to consolidate the city’s position against competing cities and the European Communities. This study finds that a highly specialised group of municipal politicians and civil servants were an important factor for bringing the European institutions to the city.


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Article XI. Appendixes


311 Article XI. Appendixes Section 2.01 Appendix I: Most active multipositioned actors The following table presents the most involved multipositioned actors – those who were involved in welcoming European parliamentarians and/or securing the European institutions to the city in two or more different capacities. The actors have been collected from the sources in the municipal archive of Strasbourg, the departmental archive of Bas- Rhin and the archive of the Council of Europe. Their posts have been partitioned into four different categories: – Public European denotes a city or departmental administration office created in response to the European presence in Strasbourg. – Private European denotes involvement in an association created in response to the European presence in Strasbourg. – Ordinary administration denotes an ordinary city or departmental administration post involved in an aspect of Operation Welcome. – Other position/organisation denotes associations and organisations involved in welcoming the institutions, but not ones created for that purpose. Additionally, membership of the EP or PACE is denoted under “European Institutions”. Several actors with multiple positions not included in this list did not seem to be particularly active in day-to-day business and they only were specified in several member lists of private European organisations. Operation Welcome 312 Name Public Euro- pean Private Euro- pean Ordinary administration Other position/ organisation European Institutions Adam, Daniel 1976: Bipartite Committee Ca. 1982-: Cercle euro- péen de Stras- bourg (Comité de direction, Commission du bâtiment) 1960s: Service de Contentieux (involved in constructions) 1978: Working party to study the financing of the IPE 1970s:...

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