Del Bo Authority

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The Del Bo Authority was the last High Authority of the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC), between 1963 and 1967. Its president was Rinaldo Del Bo of Italy. Del Bo was briefly followed by Albert Coppé's interim Authority.

There were only five High Authorities, this being the last, before ECSC was merged with the European Atomic Energy Community and the European Economic Community in 1967 to become the European Community.

When they were created, the Authorities of the Atomic Energy and Economic Communities were called "Commissions", and that name was kept after the three bodies merged rather than "High Authority", hence no Authority exists today.

Del Bo's term was until 19 December 1963 but had it extended on 10 January 1964 until 8 March 1967 when he resigned.[1]


In addition to Rinaldo Del Bo of Italy, as President, the Authority comprised:[1]

Dirk Spierenburg of Netherlands, First Vice-President (until he resigned on 7 June 1965)

Johannes Linthorst Homan of the Netherlands

Albert Coppé of Belgium, Second Vice-President (interim president from 8 March 1967

Paul Finet of Belgium (coopted on 10 January 1964, died on 18 May 1965)

Jean Fohrman of Luxembourg, succeeding Finet on 30 June 1965

Fritz Hellwig of Germany (coopted on 10 January 1964)

Karl-Maria Hettlage of Germany (from 14 December 1962, succeeding Potthof)

Pierre-Olivier Lapie of France

Roger Reynaud of France (resigned September 1963, reappointed 10 January 1964)

Albert Wehrer of Luxembourg


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