Mr. Roy Jenkins, President of the European Economic Commission spoke to newsmen on Friday (18?
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: JENKINS: "I think so far as the attitude of the Soviet Union is concerned, its really better that I should leave the Soviet Union to answer that question itself. Mr. Ishkov, the Minister, has already answered a question on that and its hard really for me to say exactly what the Russian attitude is. But the Russians are negotiating with the Community, and they know that the Commission has the responsibility under the treaties to present the position of the Community. And that indeed is what has been done. There is a question of impending negotiations with Spain, relating to Spain's position, without regard to accession to full membership of the Community. There is an interim negotiation which is necessary because of the Spanish position in relation in particular to the three new member states of 1973, needs to be settled in the course of the next few months. And we in the commission are anxious to get on with that detailed but important negotiation, and to be in touch with the Spanish government as soon as it is convenient to them and to us. We're ready. So far as the border question is concerned, clearly there is a possibility after Spanish elections have taken place of a Spanish application following the Portuguese application. And it will be our desire, which I think is generally helpful to Spain that in looking at the Portuguese application, while we wouldn't in any way make it conditional of course on a Spanish application following, but we would wish to look at it in a general Iberian context, so that we said now, here's what we are proposing should be the solution to Portugal, does it fit in reasonably with what we might do for Spain at a subsequent stage.
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Background: Mr. Roy Jenkins, President of the European Economic Commission spoke to newsmen on Friday (18 February) about the Commission's recent work. It was the second of what he promised would be regular meetings with the press.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Jenkins discussed such topics as the EEC-Soviet fishing negotiations and Spain and Portugal's prospective membership of the Community.