The recently enlarged Council of Ministers of the European Economic Community (EEC) held its first meeting at the Egmont Palace in Brussels on Monday (15 January).
The recently enlarged Council of Ministers of the European Economic Community (EEC) held its first meeting at the Egmont Palace in Brussels on Monday (15 January). The nine foreign Ministers, representing member countries, included Sir Alec Douglas-Home (Britain), Mr. Brian Lenihan (Republic of Ireland), and Mr. Ivar Noergaard (Denmark), whose countries signed the EEC Treaty of Accession at the Egmont Palace a year ago. Strict security precautions were in force to prevent any repetition of an incident last year when the British Prime Minister, Mr. Heath, had ink thrown over him by an anti-market demonstrator. No incidents were reported. The ceremonial inaugural meeting included speeches from the new Ministers who expressed great confidence in the future of the EEC and in their abilities to contribute towards its efficiency. The Council, the EEC's decision-making authority, later began its first working session in central Brussels...failing to agree on trade policy with Norway.
SYNOPSIS: Brussels' Egmont Palace, where a ceremonial inaugural session of the newly-enlarged European Common Market was held on Monday. Strict security precautions were in force to prevent any incidents such as occurred a year ago when the EEC Treaty of Accession was signed by Britain, the Republic of Ireland and Denmark. At that ceremony a woman threw ink over Britain's Prime Minister.
Britain's delegation on Monday was led by Sir Alec Douglas-Home who was later to clash with M. Schumann of France in the Council's first working session on trade with Norway. The Republic of Ireland was represented by Mr. Brian Lenihan, and Denmark by Mr. Ivar Noergaard. The three new member countries each pledged themselves to work towards a united Europe.