An agreement covering economic, technical and financial co-operation between Tunisia and the European Economic community (EEC) was signed in Tunis on Sunday (25 April).
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Background: An agreement covering economic, technical and financial co-operation between Tunisia and the European Economic community (EEC) was signed in Tunis on Sunday (25 April).
The agreement was signed for the EEC by Gaston Thorn - President of the Council of Ministers of the European Community and Prime Minister of Luxembourg - and Claude Cheysson - European Commissioner for Development Aid. Representing Tunisia at the signing was the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Habib Chatty.
The agreement, which has no time limit, replaces another accord that the two sides reached in 1969 that was of a purely commercial nature.
Under that agreement, Tunisia was allowed to export agricultural and industrial products to the EEC countries without the usual restrictions on quantity or custom duties.
The new accord covers a wider area of economic, technical and financial co-operation. Tunisian workers will be able to work within the community without fear of discrimination and will receive the same wages as European workers.
Later in the day, M. Thorn and his delegation dined with the Tunisian President, Habib Bourguiba, at the Palace of Carthage.
Similar agreements are expected to be signed soon in Algeria and Morocco, and the EEC group will be travelling to these countries after leaving Tunisia.