The Ortoli Commission is the European Commission that held office from 6 January 1973 to 5 January 1977. Its President was François-Xavier Ortoli.


It was the successor to the Mansholt Commission and was succeeded by the Jenkins Commission. It was the first Commission since the first enlargement at the start of the year. It managed the extended Community during the instability of the Yom Kippur war, the 1973 oil crisis and the Turkish invasion of Cyprus.[1]


Portfolio(s) Commissioner Member state Party affiliation
President François-Xavier Ortoli  France Gaullist
Development cooperation Jean-François Deniau (resigned on 12 April 1973)  France UDF
Development Claude Cheysson  France Socialist Party
Vice President;
Social Affairs
Patrick Hillery  Ireland Fianna Fáil
Vice President;
Economic and Finance, Credit and Investments
Wilhelm Haferkamp  West Germany SPD
Research, Science, Education Ralf Dahrendorf  West Germany FDP
Competition Albert Borschette  Luxembourg
Vice President;
Taxation, Energy
Henri François Simonet  Belgium PS
Agriculture Pierre Lardinois  Netherlands KVP
Internal Market, Customs Union Finn Olav Gundelach  Denmark
Vice President;
External Relations
Christopher Soames, Baron Soames  United Kingdom Conservative
Regional Policy George Thomson  United Kingdom Labour
Industry and Technology Altiero Spinelli[2]  Italy Italian Communist Party
Vice President;
Parliamentary Affairs, Environmental Policy, Transport
Carlo Scarascia-Mugnozza  Italy

Summary by political leanings

The Ortoli Commission

The colour of the row indicates the approximate political leaning of the office holder using the following scheme:

Affiliation No. of Commissioners
Right leaning / Conservative 4
Liberal 1
Left leaning / Socialist 6
Eurocommunist 1
Unknown / Independent 3

See also


  1. ^ Discover the former Presidents: The Ortoli Commission, Europa (web portal), Accessed 23 August 2007
  2. ^ Replaced on July 13, 1976 by Cesidio Guazzaroni.