In Brussels on Wednesday (December 20) the European Common Market (EEC) agreed to reduce the transitional period leading to full community membership for Greece.
In Brussels on Wednesday (December 20) the European Common Market (EEC) agreed to reduce the transitional period leading to full community membership for Greece. But despite the concession Greek political leaders were still unhappy with some parts of the agreement.
SYNOPSIS: It was a full day of talks at the EEC's Brussels headquarters. Greece was the first European country to become an associate member of the community and since trade between the two parties has developed considerably.
Greek representatives were greeted at the talks by West German Foreign Minister Hans Dietrich Genscher. Despite the compromises made to Greece a Greek spokesman said after the talks that their Foreign Minister George Rallis still considered differences between the two sides in the entry negotiations to be immense. Mr Rallis is now reported to be considering a formal reply. One key area of difference has been the free movement of labour. EEC officials said Greece was offered a basic transition period of five years and that free movement would be achieved as soon as possible after that. West Germany had earlier insisted on a fixed right-year transition period.