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    Representatives of 14 Liberal parties from eight of the nine European Economic Community (EEC) countries met in Stuttgart, West Germany on Friday (26 March) to form Liberal Federation.

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    Representatives of 14 Liberal parties from eight of the nine European Economic Community (EEC) countries met in Stuttgart, West Germany on Friday (26 March) to form Liberal Federation.

    Only Ireland, which does not have a Liberal party, was not represented at the federation's constituent assembly. According to the London Times newspaper this marks the first move so far made towards a??? Community-wise political movement in preparation for direct elections ??? Parliament, due to take place in 1978.

    The host of the Liberal assembly was Hans-Dieter Genscher, West German Vice-Chancellor and Foreign Minister. President-elect of the assembly is Luxemburg's Prime Minister Gaston Thorn, who is also President of the United Nations General Assembly.

    The British delegation was headed by Jeremy Thorpe, the Liberal party leader, accompanied by Mrs. Margaret Wingfield, the party's President.

    One of the main items on the agenda was the adoption of a ??? Declaration" to mark the creation of the federation. The ??? of this declaration gives priority to the protection and ??? the rights and freedoms of the individual.

    It also emphasises the need to guarantee human and civil rights on a European level and calls for the right of every citizen of the EEC to be able to appeal to the European Court of Justice when his civil rights are impaired by decisions of Community institutions.

    SYNOPSIS: Representatives of 14 Liberal parties from eight European Economic Community countries met in Stuttgart, West Germany on Friday to form a Liberal Federation. The meeting was hosted by West German Foreign Minister Hans Genscher. President-elect of the Federation is Luxemburg Prime Minister Gaston Thorn.

    According to the London Times newspaper this marks the first move so far made towards a Community-wide political movement in preparation for direct elections to the European Parliament, due to take place in 1978.

    The British delegation was headed by Liberal party leader Jeremy Thorpe. One of the main items on the agenda was the adoption of a "Stuttgart Declaration" to mark the creation of the federation. Its draft gives priority to the protection of the rights and freedoms of the individual.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2NXDWZDZQBM9UXAMHMJXWJQ5V
    Media URN:
    VLVA2NXDWZDZQBM9UXAMHMJXWJQ5V
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/03/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:52:00
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    /
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    N/A

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