• Short Summary

    When the six Common Market countries grow to become nine in January next year, several hundred new people will have to find room to work in and around the EEC headquarters buildings in Brussels.

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    When the six Common Market countries grow to become nine in January next year, several hundred new people will have to find room to work in and around the EEC headquarters buildings in Brussels.

    So far more than six thousand people work at the huge glass "Berlaymont" building and the Council of Ministers' "Charlemagne" building next door.

    But more than 200 of them have been given a "golden handshake" in an attempt to find space for the staff of the three new member nations.

    Applicants for the new jobs -- which include to-level administrators, general office staff, translators and interpreters -- are sitting examinations and being interviewed in their home countries.

    When the successful applications arrive, they will be expected to renounce their nationalistic feelings and become "Europeans". To a large extent this renunciation works -- and a British official at the Berlaymont may well be advocating one policy while a fellow countryman in an office down the road is hoping to undermine it.

    But most never completely sever the ties... both the British and the Danes, for example, have their own local pubs. Meanwhile... in spite of a pay strike at the EEC headquarters, the ministerial work will eventually continue to bring a clearer view of a Europe more closely linked now than at any time in history.

    SYNOPSIS: When Britain, Denmark and Eire join the Common Market in January, several hundred new staff will have to find room to work in the huge glass Berlaymont building or the Council of Ministers' Charlemagne building next door. Six thousand people work there already, but two hundred have been sacked to make room for the staff of the new nations.

    Although the operation looks like a vast paper-bound bureaucracy, by national standards it is remarkably efficient... the "Eurocrats" have to deal with problems ranging from the Cyprus wine trade to the future of Euratom... the Community's scientific and nuclear physics section. By comparison a British Ministry could employ twenty thousand people to handle a third of the work.

    When the new people arrive they are expected to renounce their nationalistic feelings to become "European"... and, to a large extent, this worked.

    Applicants for the new jobs are sitting examinations in their home countries, but those recommended still have to be approved by the Council of Ministers in Brussels. To guard against parochialism, EEC rules forbid any-one staff member having a follow-countryman immediately above or below him.

    Meanwhile, Brussels is working to retain its place as the virtual capital of Europe... and a metro system is being extended to speed traffic.

    But old customs die hard, and when not on duty the Danes, for example, will be able to eat and drink their lager in familiar surroundings.

    The British, too, are well catered for. There are at least three English-type pubs... and a brand of beer sold all over Brussels is one of Britain's most famous... Not only the ministers have british car. Most, incidentally, have Euro license plates and special car parks.

    Inside the Charlemagne building there are normally as many as ten conference is progress son any one day. but now all this has ground to a halt as the staff strike over pay claim. However, the hope is that from January the first, the ministers will have a clearer view of the new united Europe.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA105WNY7XHTH4F0EBB8EIKGH9C
    Media URN:
    VLVA105WNY7XHTH4F0EBB8EIKGH9C
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/12/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:14:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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