• Short Summary

    Formal trade links between Eastern bloc countries and the Common Market are now possible following official recognition by the Communist Economic grouping, COMECON, of the EEC Commission's authority to negotiate on behalf of its member states.

  • Description

    Formal trade links between Eastern bloc countries and the Common Market are now possible following official recognition by the Communist Economic grouping, COMECON, of the EEC Commission's authority to negotiate on behalf of its member states. As a result, formal negotiations are likely next year, although no date or venue have yet been fixed.

    SYNOPSIS: Mr. Mihai Marinescu, Deputy Premier of Rumania and President of COMECON's Executive Committee, announced the Communist recognition of the EEC Commission's competence when he met EEC representatives in Brussels on Wednesday (21 September). He was welcomed by Belgian Foreign Minister Henri Francois Simonet, who's President of the EEC Council. Mr. Simonet later told a press conference an individual state could not negotiate with COMECON. So he had left Mr. Marinescu's party to speak with EEC External Affairs Commissioner Wilhelm Haferkamp and other Common Market representatives.

    Until now, COMECON has refused to deal with the Common Market as an entity. The EEC, in turn, has treated COMECON as an organisation merely for inter-governmental cooperation. Last year it rejected COMECON proposals for formal trade links.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAC3DSSM92UNLXP84562IJIFZFH
    Media URN:
    VLVAC3DSSM92UNLXP84562IJIFZFH
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/09/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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