In Athens, the Greek Parliament has held a heated debate over the country's proposed entry to the European Economic Community (EEC).
GV PAN EXTERIOR Parliament
SV Greek Opposition leader, Andreas Papandreou takes his seat
TV Prime Minister Constantine Karamanlis takes his seat
TV Mr. Karamanlis rises, walks to microphone and addresses Parliament
TV Members applaud
TV Papandreou addresses Parliament
Mr. Papandreou also criticised the Greek Government's return to the military 'leg' of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) which, he said, was being negotiated under pressure from the West. The Communist Party did not participate in Tuesday's debate -- as a protest for not being officially recognised in Parliament.
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Background: 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.