The enlarged Common Market summit opened in Paris today (Thursday). French President Georges Pompidou welcomed?
The enlarged Common Market summit opened in Paris today (Thursday). French President Georges Pompidou welcomed the various European ministers and, in his opening speech, laid particular stress on progress towards economic and monetary union between the partner states, and the creation of a European monetary cooperation fund.
The heads of the nine delegations gave set speeches in the first three-house session, setting out their country's individual priorities for the future of the European Economic Community (EEC). During the next day and a half of meetings, they will try to iron out the major differences between their countries and put the various areas of accord into a final communique.
None of the opening speeches brought any surprises - except that of Dutch Prime Minister Barend Biesheuvel, who warned his colleagues that his country would block progress towards economic and monetary union unless the members of the Community "injected a real dose of democracy into their public institutions."
The main areas of debate for the two-day conference are the establishment of regional policy, a social policy, stronger links between the EEC and the developing world, and, of course, the economic and monetary union.