Paul Hoffman speaks at ERP Meeting in Paris
Chateau de la Muette, Paris, France
PAUL HOFFMAN ADDRESSES E.R.P. MEETING IN PARIS.
SCU Mr Paul Hoffman, Marshall Plan Administrator, addressing conference. SCU Hoffman chatting to Van Zeeland, Belgian Foreign Minister. GV Pan over conference. MS. Hoffman addressing conference. LS Conference breaking up. MS Men putting their papers away. MS Hoffman shaking hands with M. Petshe, French Finance Minister. MS Hoffman, Van Zeeland and Petshe chatting. MS Arrival of Mr Franz Blucher, heading the German delegation. MS Exterior view of the Chateau with cars arriving. MS Mr Osten Unden, Foreign Minister of Sweden. MS Arrival of M. Robert Schumann, France. MS Towards Paul Hoffman arriving. SCU Head and shoulders of Hoffman. SCU Mr Van Zeeland (2 shots). MS Mr Averill Harriman, Roving Ambassador to the European Nations, chatting to another delegate. MS German delegation. Press cameraman standing behind them. MS French delegation. MS Arrival of Mr Franz Blucher, German, surrounded by cameraman. SCU Blucher poses for cameras. SCU Blucher walks up steps. SCU Others walking up steps. MS. Mr Hoffman speaks:
NATURAL SOUND: Mr. Hoffman's speech. 'We in the E.C.A. and you in the O.E.E.C. have come to know each other well. Through working with you towards our common objective we have come to hold the O.E.E.C. in high esteem and our feelings toward its members is one of deep friendliness. Since 1947 we have confounded both the Communists and other cynics by proving first that we could successfully start economic recovery in Western Europe and second, that we could join in the foundation for security against attack upon our Atlantic community. We have seen anxiety give way to hope. Today I'm asking you to turn hope into confidence. The time has come to consider carefully what more must be done to hold the ground already gained and to assure the further progress that is vitally needed. CU. My conviction is based in the first place on the acute realization of the very short time still remaining during which American short-run dislocations, which a programme of integration will involve. There is another very important reason for speed - the people and the Congress of the United States and I am sure, a great majority of the people of Europe have instinctively felt that economic integration is essential if there is to be an end of Europe's recurring economic crisis. A European programme to this end - one which showed real promise of taking this great forward step successfully, would I strongly believe, give new impetus to American support for carrying through into 1952 our joint effort towards lasting European recovery. For all these reasons, I do make this considered request, that you have ready, early in 1950 a record of accomplishment and a programme which together will take Europe well along the road towards economic integration.'