Greece seems certain to become a full member of the European Economic Community (E.E.C.) within?
Greece seems certain to become a full member of the European Economic Community (E.E.C.) within three years.
This was the opinion of Dr. Garret FitzGerald, the Irish Foreign Minister who is chairman of the E.E.C. Council of Ministers, after his first session in Athens on Wednesday (25 June) with the mixed Greek-E.E.C. Parliamentary Committee. It was the body's first since links between the Common Market and Greece were virtually suspended in 1967 after the army seized power.
The return to civilian rule and democracy has revived Greece's E.E.C. aspirations.
Greece is currently an associate member of the Community. Before his first session with the Parliamentary Committee, Dr. FitzGerald met with Premier Constantine Karamanlis and told him Greece's application for full Market membership had been received and was being considered.
After the committee meeting Dr. FitzGerald told newsmen the precedent of Ireland had shown that it should take two to three years for the transition from associate to full membership.
The move by Greece for full membership has caused ripples of disapproval in Brussels where the nine member nations had been looking forward to a period of consolidation rather than further expansion in the wake of Britain's final, emphatic "Yes" to membership.
Italy and Britain are concerned Greece's membership will bring increased competition in the agricultural sector and lower their allocation from the European Regional Fund. West Germany is worried a tenth E.E.C. membership create yet another brake on the movement towards economic and monetary union.
The Greek-E.E.C. Committee will remain in session until Friday (27 June) when a communique will be issued covering all the problems of Greece's full membership.