Yugoslavia's Minister for Trade with the European Economic Community, Mr. Stojan Andov, arrived in Brussels?
Yugoslavia's Minister for Trade with the European Economic Community, Mr. Stojan Andov, arrived in Brussels on Monday (23 April) for talks aimed at improving trade between his country and the Common Market. He was accompanied by Mrs. Ziberna Milica of Yugoslavia's External Trade Federation. Although Yugoslavia is a member of the Soviet equivalent of the EEC -- COMECON -- President Tito has been urging trade groups to investigate broader international markets.
SYNOPSIS: The Yugoslav delegation was greeted in Brussels by EEC Commissioner for External Affairs, Mr. Wilhelm Haferkamp. The talks are seen as a step towards strengthening links between Yugoslavia and the EEC -- laid out in the Joint Declaration of Belgrade in December, 1976.
Yugoslavia attaches great significance to this declaration and regards it as a way of extending the existing ties between the two parties -- both political and economic.
When he visited Belgrade in September, 1978, Mr. Haferkamp stressed that without a stable and independent Yugoslavia co-operation and security in Europe would be at risk.
In the 1976 declaration Yugoslavia says it wishes to be treated as a European, Mediterranean, and non-aligned state. Yugoslavia and the EEC have been active trading partners since 1970 when they signed a three-year trade agreement.