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    In Athens, the Greek Parliament has held a heated debate over the country's proposed entry to the European Economic Community (EEC).

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    In Athens, the Greek Parliament has held a heated debate over the country's proposed entry to the European Economic Community (EEC). Greece's accession to the EEC is now certain, but political leaders oppose some parts of the agreement reached in Brussels in December.

    SYNOPSIS: The Greek Parliament met on Tuesday (16 January) to discuss foreign policy questions, including entry to the Common Market. The Greek left-wing Opposition leader, Mr. Andreas Papandreou, is opposed to full membership of the EEC, and prefers a special agreement, such as that between the Common Market and Norway.

    But Greek Prime Minister, Constantine Karamanlis, say membership of the EEC will create the conditions needed for accelerated growth of the Greek economy. No date has, as yet, been fixed for Greece's entry to the Common Market.

    Mr. Karamanlis admits that there are still problems to be overcome. The main difficulty stems from the lack of modern technology on Greek farms. Most farmers work on smallholdings, and they cannot compete with the productivity in other EEC countries. Many EEC countries were worried about a possible flood of Greek migrant workers. But Greece's negotiating team has agreed to delay the right of migrant workers to seek work elsewhere.

    Mr. Papandreou, who leads the Panhellenic Socialist Movement, told Parliament that if his party comes to power, it will call for a referendum on Greek entry to the EEC. He said the terms of Greece's accession served neither the short- nor the long-term interests of the Greek people. Mr. Papandreou said that the economic future of Greece --a small regional country -- would be in the hands of tough directorate in Brussels.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADGKIGGGTK2H6V201SPQYFZO4U
    Media URN:
    VLVADGKIGGGTK2H6V201SPQYFZO4U
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/01/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:43:00
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    N/A

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