Hearings began in luxembourg on Tuesday (17 October) on Portugal's formal application to join the European Economic Community.
GV Meeting venue in Luxembourg
SV INTERIOR: EEC President Mr Roy Jenkins shakes hands with Correia Gago, Foreign Minister of Portugal
GV Netherlands delegates in meeting
CU Mr Jenkins speaking in English
CU PULL OUT TO SV Mr Gago speaking in French
JENKINS: "We are aware of the economic problems you face at the moment and we appreciate the efforts your government has already made to strengthen and reorganise your economy, efforts which will need to be further intensified if you are to face the challenge of full membership."
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Background: Hearings began in luxembourg on Tuesday (17 October) on Portugal's formal application to join the European Economic Community.
SYNOPSIS: Making Portugal's application was the Portuguese Foreign Minister, Mr Correia Gago, who received a worm welcome from the Common Market President, Mr Roy Jenkins. But he pointed out some problems.
Speaking for Portugal, Mr Gago said Portugal accepted the treaties which brought the Common Market into being, its developments, and its plans inside and outside the Common Market.
And because the Common Market.
And because the Common Market was growing, he said, Portugal also accepted the developments that would take place inside the organisation, notably the hoped-for political, economic and monetary union which would take place before Portugal was admitted.
One of Portugal's problems regarding its application has been its Balance of Payments position and lack of monetary stability, and these subjects were expected to be discussed in the hearings.