The European Commission President, Mr. Roy Jenkins, has just ended two days of talks in?
The European Commission President, Mr. Roy Jenkins, has just ended two days of talks in Madrid about Spain's application to join the European Economic Community.
SYNOPSIS: The talks were held at the Moncloa Palace, the officials residence of the Spanish Prime Minister. The European Commission President, Mr. Roy Jenkins, was making his first official visit to Spain, and observers see this as an indication of the increased contact between the European Economy Community and Spain in recent months. Mr. Jenkins was met by the Spanish Prime Minister, Senor Adolfo Suarez, and other politicians.
There was apparently no fixed agenda and the talks ranged over a number of issues connected with Spain's application to join the European Community. Mr. Jenkins said the Commission welcomed the application "completely and enthusiastically". But at a news conference later he gave no mention of a date for Spanish entry, though he said the Commission intended to proceed with what he called "all delibarate" speed on its report of the application. This report has to be submitted to the European Council of Ministers, probably by early next year. According to Reuters, informed Spanish sources said Spain's Minister for Relations with the European Community, Senor Leopoldo Calvo Sotelo, wants his country to become a full member between 1981 and 1983, and he pressed Mr. Jenkins to agree to rapid negotiations so this could be achieved.
Mr. Jenkins visit included an audience with King Juan Carlos. At the end of his talks Mr. Jenkins said that although there would be problems in Spain's adaptation to the EEC, both shared a common political purpose and the European Community would be incomplete without a democratic Spain.