A two-day meeting of the Foreign and Finance Ministers of the European Economic Community (E.E.C.)?
A two-day meeting of the Foreign and Finance Ministers of the European Economic Community (E.E.C.) began in Luxembourg today (Monday 8th June) to finalise the Community's joint negotiation position before entry talks begin at the end of the month.
A main task of the meeting was to ask the states concerned what specific links they would want with a Community enlarged to include Britain, Ireland, Denmark, and Norway. Delegates are believed to have reached agreement on how the entry of these countries should be negotiated. After formal negotiations, the first working session between the "six" (Belgium, Netherlands, West Germany, Luxembourg, Italy, and France) and Britain is scheduled to begin on July 21st.
One remaining uncertainty is whether Britain will be represented by a Labour of Conservative team..something which won't be known until after the British General Elections, on June 18th. The Ministers of the "six" have agreed to postpone discussion of the British economy and sterling until the issue has been raised with Britain early in negotiations. It was thought desirable that entry of the candidate countries be linked with New Common Market ties with Switzerland, Sweden, Austria, Portugal, Iceland, and associate-member Finland....Britain's partners in FETA (European Free Trade Area).
A team of British observers was in Luxembourg during the Ministerial Meeting.