Britain, Ireland, Denmark and Norway, the four applicants for entry into the European Economic Community opened formal negotiations with the six member nations in Luxembourg on Tuesday (June 30).
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Background: Britain, Ireland, Denmark and Norway, the four applicants for entry into the European Economic Community opened formal negotiations with the six member nations in Luxembourg on Tuesday (June 30).
Mr. Anthony Barber, the newly appointed British European Affairs Minister with the responsibility for negotiating Britain's entry into the Common Market, outlined his country's position. He warned that Britain could not join the Community unless the Farm Budget burden and other financial costs were shared fairly, but added that he was confident of success.
Sir Alec Douglas-Home, Britain's Foreign Secretary joined Mr. Barber at the conference table in a personal gesture to emphasise the importance Britain attaches to the negotiations.
From here the negotiations split up into bilateral contacts between the six - France, West Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg - and the individual applicants.
All four countries applying outlined what they saw as their major problems to be overcome in the negotiations for entry into what is already the world's largest trading community with 250 million people.
The negotiations were formally opened by the EEC's outgoing President of the Council of Ministers, M. Pierre Harmel; after today he hands over to the West German Economic Minister Karl Schiller. The Presidency rotates among the member-nations every six months.
M. Jean Rey, President of the E.E.C. since July 1967 hands over to Signor Franco Malfatti on July 2.