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    The Polish Communist Party opened its seventh congress in Warsaw on Tuesday (9 December) before Eastern bloc leaders and delegates from eighty Communist, Socialist and National Movements.

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    The Polish Communist Party opened its seventh congress in Warsaw on Tuesday (9 December) before Eastern bloc leaders and delegates from eighty Communist, Socialist and National Movements.

    Seven party leaders from the Soviet bloc were included among delegates. It was the first major top-level gathering of Eastern bloc leaders and other Communist delegates since the 35-nation Helsinki conference on detente last summer.

    Leaders attending the Warsaw conference include the Communist Party Secretary-General Soviet leader, Mr. Leonid Brezhnev, the Polish Party head, Mr. Edward Gierek, Herr Eric Honnecker of East Germany, Mr. Gustav Husak of Czechoslovakia, Mr. Janos Kadar of Hungary, Mr. Todor Zhikov of Bulgaria and Mr. Yumdzaginya Tsedenbal of Mongolia.

    Rumania's President and Party leader, Nicolae Ceaucescu was the major absentee from the Congress. China and Albania were not invited.

    Poland invited Socialist representatives from Italy and France....as well as Communists. Fifteen other Socialists and Progressive Movements were also asked to send delegates, in line with Poland's Popular Front Policy of maintaining contacts with what it calls democratic groupings in the West.

    Opening the congress, Mr. Gierek gave a glowing progress report on the country's standard of living but warned of an economic slowdown after the boom of the 1970s and said price increases were in the pipeline for next year.

    In common with most other Communist Bloc states in Eastern Europe, Poland is battling with the problems of poor harvests, a shrinking hard currency market in the wake of the West's recession, large foreign debt repayments and raw material price increases from both East and West.

    The four-day Congress was called to discuss Poland's economic future and international relations.

    SYNOPSIS: Eastern bloc leaders and delegates from about eighty Communist, Socialist and National Movements were in Warsaw for the start of the Polish Communist Party congress on Tuesday. It was opened by Polish Party leader, Mr. Edward Gierek, seen here arriving at the conference with the Polish Prime Minister, Mr. Piotr Jaroszewicz.

    Mr. Gierek gave a glowing progress report on the country's standard of living and he indicated that Poland's five year food price freeze was almost over. The congress also heard a report from the First Secretary of the Silesia district, Zdzislaw Grudzien.

    Later speakers included Soviet Communist Party leader, Leonid Brezhnev. The four-day congress was called to look at Poland's economic development and international relations.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7JJG22FY23G5G2NOQZDGWKW79
    Media URN:
    VLVA7JJG22FY23G5G2NOQZDGWKW79
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/12/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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