In Brussels, Greece is negotiating to become the tenth member of the European Economic Community.?
In Brussels, Greece is negotiating to become the tenth member of the European Economic Community. On Monday (6 November) Greek representatives, Foreign Affairs Minister George Rallis and E.E.C. Minister George Komtogeorgis, attended a meeting with members of the E.C.C. Council of Ministers. Greece has been an assoc ate member of the Community since 1961, and is expected to become a full member by January 1981.
SYNOPSIS: The meeting at the Charlemagne building in Brussels, was one in a series of discussions setting out the terms of Greek membership Mr. Rallis and Mr. Komtogeorgis are expected to have a treaty to deliver to the greek parliament for ratification early in the new year.
Greece will have five votes in the European Council of Ministers, the same as Belgium and Holland. According to the Greek Prime Minister, Constantine Karamanlis, the country is looking to membership of the community to create the conditions needed for accelerated growth of the Greek economy.
But Acting President of the EEC's Council of Ministers, Klaus you Dohnanyi, said that he most difficult part of the negotiations are still to come.
The difficulties centre on the adoption of modern technology in agriculture. Greek farmers work on smallholdings and productivity is not competitive with the amounts produced in other EEC countries. This problem is compounded by a lack of organised marketing facilities. Greece will be given seven years to convince farmers to modernise and apply all the EEC rules on agriculture and tariffs.