The nine European heads of State, members of the European Economic Community arrived in Rome for the Common Market summit and to take part in a ceremony celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome.
The prime Minister of Ireland and foreign minister arriving at Fiumieino airport, Mr. Roy Jenkins and Vice-president Ortoli arriving. The Danish Prime Minister and Chancellor of Germany, Helmut Schmidt arriving.
Prime Minister so nine eec countries arriving at the Campidoglio (rome city hall) for the 20th anniversary celebration ceremonies.
Official state lunch at the Quirinale palace, hosted by Italy's President Giovanni Leone for the nine heads of state.
Meetings underway at Palazzo Barberini.
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Background: The nine European heads of State, members of the European Economic Community arrived in Rome for the Common Market summit and to take part in a ceremony celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome.
A bitter confrontation is considered possible when members of the European council meet under the direction of British Prime Minister James Callaghan. The dispute is over the attendance of common market commission president Roy Jenkins at the Western nations economic summit meeting in London in May. France has refused to agree to Mr. Jenkins' presence but other European nations insist that he should attend. France opposes his participation arguing that community matters will not be discussed at the May conference. Unless France changes its position and permits some form of common market representation in London, Holland reportedly will push for a joint walkout by the smaller nations right after the anniversary celebrations in Rome. Bonn, Rome and London apparently see no objection to the community being represented at the May summit.
If the issue is resolved, the heads of government will go on to discuss the economic and monetary crisis in the Community and to discuss its foreign relations, especially with the Carter administration and Russia.