It was the successor to the Jenkins Commission and was succeeded by the Delors Commission. With a current economic crisis, it had to speed up enlargement to Greece, Spain and Portugal while making steps towards the Single European Act in 1985. However, with a period of eurosclerosis, due to economic problems and British vetoing over the Community budget, Thorn was unable to exert his influence to any significant extent.
Summary by political leanings
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||6|
|Left leaning / Socialist||4|
|Unknown / Independent||6|
- Discover the former Presidents: The Thorn Commission, Europa (web portal), Accessed 23 August 2007
- Eppink, Derk-Jan (2007). Life of a European Mandarin: Inside the Commission. Ian Connerty (trans.) (1st ed.). Tielt, Belgium: Lannoo. p. 24. ISBN 978-90-209-7022-7.