Britain's Roy Jenkins on his first day as head of the European Common Market Commission on Thursday (6 January), made a plea for help for weaker member states so that the Common Market can achieve its goal of European union.
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 7: JENKINS: "We must combat the growing divergences in the economies of our member states, not of course by weakening the strong -- but by strengthening the weak. Above all we must remember our underlying and continuing purposes, our means are and have been economic, our end remains as it was from the beginning -- political. It is to make the European union.....
Another problem facing the community's decision taking council of ministers is to decide how to share out fish quotas now that the Common Market has adopted 200 mile territorial waters.
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Background: Britain's Roy Jenkins on his first day as head of the European Common Market Commission on Thursday (6 January), made a plea for help for weaker member states so that the Common Market can achieve its goal of European union.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Jenkins is replacing outgoing President Francois-Xavier Ortoli of France. Of the 13 men in M. Ortoli's team, six -- including M. Ortoli himself -- will figure in Mr. Jenkins' new team.
Direct elections to a European parliament -- to which the commission will be accountable -- will take place during Mr. Jenkins' term of office. A major problem facing Mr. Jenkins is the community's common agricultural policy which is the biggest drain on the community's budget and beset with disputes among the nine member states. Mr. Jenkins gave a brief press statement before presiding over his first executive session outlining what he hopes to do in his period of office.
...committed to the principles of justice, of individual freedom of intellectual integrity and social fairness and this is the time even in the teeth of difficulties, which certainly exist, for a new and decisive advance."