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    A UNIFIED EUROPE - ENTHUSIASM FOR IT SEEMS TO BE FADING. THAT'S WHAT DELEGATES WERE?

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    A UNIFIED EUROPE - ENTHUSIASM FOR IT SEEMS TO BE FADING. THAT'S WHAT DELEGATES WERE TOLD TODAY (MONDAY) AT A MEETING OF THE WESTERN EUROPEAN UNION ASSEMBLY IN ROME.

    THIS VIEW WAS PUT FORWARD BY THE WEU ASSEMBLY'S RE-ELECTED PRESIDENT, DR. CARLO SCHMIDT OF WEST GERMANY. HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE TENTH ORDINARY OPENING MEETING WHICH LASTS THREE DAYS.

    BRITAIN, FRANCE, WEST GERMANY, AND ITALY EACH HAVE 18 REPRESENTATIVES IN THE ASSEMBLY. BELGIUM AND HOLLAND HAVE SEVEN EACH AND LUXEMBOURG THREE.

    DR. SCHMIDT ALSO CALLED FOR EUROPEAN ASSEMBLIES TO BE ELECTED BY UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE TO GIBE THE PEOPLES REPRESENTED BY THE UNION A DIRECT INTEREST IN ITS POLITICAL INITIATIVES. HE TOLD THE MEETING THAT THE BUILDING OF EUROPE WAS GOING THROUGH A DIFFICULT PERIOD AND THE ENTHUSIASM THAT USED TO BE FELT IN THIS ASSEMBLY NOW SEEMS FAR AWAY. IF EUROPE IS TO BE REALLY THE EUROPE OF THE PEOPLES, THEY MUST BE ASSOCIATED, THROUGH THEIR DIRECT REPRESENTATIVES WITH THE POLITICAL INITIATIVES AND SUPERVISION, AND IN THE CASE OF THE ASSEMBLY, WITH THE SUPERVISION OF EXPENDITURE ON DEFENCE AND MILITARY EQUIPMENT, HE SAID.

    DR. SCHMIDT ALSO CRITICISED THE WEU COUNCIL OF MINISTERS - THE SUPREME BODY - FOR NOT CHANGING ITS PROCEDURES AND RELATIONSHIP TO THE ASSEMBLY. HE URGED THE COUNCIL MEETINGS BE INSTILLED WITH POLITICAL REALITY AND SAID THE W.E.U. SHOULD NOT BE A FALSE WINDOW FOR THE SAKE OF SOME KIND OF SYMMETRY IN INTERNATIONAL DIPLOMACY.

    HOWEVER, HE DID SAY THAT THE EUROPEAN ASSEMBLIES HAD MADE A MAJOR CONTRIBUTION TO UNIFYING EUROPE AND THE UNION ITSELF HAD DONE CONSIDERABLE WORK THIS YEAR IN PICKING UP THE BROKEN THREADS OF COOPERATION BETWEEN THE SIX COMMON MARKET COUNTRIES AND BRITAIN.

    AMONG THE TOPICS WHICH THE ASSEMBLY ARE DISCUSSING ARE POLITICAL CONSULTATIONS WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF NATO AND THE COORDINATION OF ECONOMIC POLICIES OF THE EUROPEAN SEVEN.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAHSVQVBUUZNWBGNQN0MR5KHVR
    Media URN:
    VLVAAHSVQVBUUZNWBGNQN0MR5KHVR
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/06/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:07:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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