The President of the European Commission, Mr. Roy Jenkins, has said this week that enlargement?
SV Mr. Mario Soares introducing Mr. Roy Jenkins, In Portuguese PAN TO photographers
SV Roy Jenkins speaking in English
JENKINS: "I am here to learn and not to negotiate. As you know, the commission will present to the nine member governments of the Community its opinion on Portugal's application early next year. That work, as a result of regular contacts at all levels is now well advanced. No one seeks to hide the economic problems involved. I would like, however, at the outset of my visit, to repeat with all emphasis the warm welcome of the Commission for Portugal's application for membership. I believe it is imperative for the community to give a forth-coming response to Portugal, as indeed to the other applicant countries, while facing the implications in a realistic and constructive manner. Enlargement is necessary and desirable but it must lead to a strengthening and not a weakening of the European Community."
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Background: The President of the European Commission, Mr. Roy Jenkins, has said this week that enlargement of the Common Market is necessary. Arriving in Portugal on Thursday (10 November), Mr. Jenkins spoke of the desirability of accepting new members into the EEC but said it was important to ensure that enlargement led to a strengthening, rather than weakening of the Community. Opponents to enlargement believe the inclusion of Portugal, Greece and Spain could lead to a further watering down of the EEC.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Jenkins was visiting Lisbon to study Portugal's application to join the Common Market by 1981. he was introduced to newsmen at a news conference by Portuguese Prime Minister Mario Soares and explained his mission: