• Short Summary

    THE HEADS-OF STATE MEETING OF THE EUROPEAN FREE TRADE ASSOCIATION AGREED TODAY (MONDAY) TO SEEK A HIGH-LEVEL MEETING WITH THE EUROPEAN COMMON MARKET IN THE HOPE OF CLOSING THE GAP BETWEEN THE RIVAL TRADE BLOCS.

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    THE HEADS-OF STATE MEETING OF THE EUROPEAN FREE TRADE ASSOCIATION AGREED TODAY (MONDAY) TO SEEK A HIGH-LEVEL MEETING WITH THE EUROPEAN COMMON MARKET IN THE HOPE OF CLOSING THE GAP BETWEEN THE RIVAL TRADE BLOCS. THE BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, MR. HAROLD WILSON, PROPOSED SUCH A MEETING DURING THE OPENING SESSION OF THE CONFERENCE BEING HELD IN VIENNA.

    A COMMUNIQUE ON TODAY'S TALKS OF THE SEVEN EFTA COUNTRIES SAID THAT A MEETING OF THE TWO BLOCS, AT MINISTERIAL LEVEL, WOULD BE DESIRABLE AS SOON AS THERE WERE PROSPECTS OF FRUITFUL RESULTS. IT ADDED THAT A SUITABLE TIME FOR A MEETING WOULD BE AFTER THE EFTA CONFERENCE IN COPENHAGEN IN OCTOBER.

    THIS IS THE FIRST HEADS-OF-GOVERNMENT CONFERENCE HELD BY THE ASSOCIATION SINCE ITS INCEPTION FIVE YEARS AGO. ALL SEVEN MEMBERS -- AUSTRIA, BRITAIN, DENMARK, NORWAY, PORTUGAL, SWEDEN AND SWITZERLAND -- ARE REPRESENTED, AS IS THE ONLY ASSOCIATE MEMBER, FINLAND.

    MR. WILSON'S PROPOSAL WON IMMEDIATE SUPPORT FROM THE OTHER PRIME MINISTERS, WHO LATER DISCUSSED THE LIKELY CONSEQUENCES FOR EUROPE WITH THE DEEPENING DIVISION RESULTING FROM THE CONTINUED SEPARATE EVOLUTION OF EFTA AND THE COMMON MARKET. THEIR COMMUNIQUE DECLARED THAT A HEAVY RESPONSIBILITY RESTED ON GOVERNMENTS TO ENSURE CLOSER CO-OPERATION BETWEEN THE TWO BLOCS AND TO PROMOTE THE GROWTH OF TRADE AND THE WELFARE OF ALL PEOPLES OF THE CONTINENT.

    THE CONFERENCE WILL HOLD ITS FINAL SESSION TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

    (IT WAS ANNOUNCED JOINTLY IN LONDON AND IN VIENNA TODAY THAT BRITAIN WILL ADOPT THE METRIC SYSTEM OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES. THE CHANGE WILL BE EFFECTED GRADUALLY, TAKING FROM 10 TO 20 YEARS.)

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAR0OOUV94WBZFI662AE1Z3NVU
    Media URN:
    VLVAAR0OOUV94WBZFI662AE1Z3NVU
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/05/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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