President Antonio Ramalho Eanes of Portugal reaffirmed his country's support for the ideal of an economical integrated and politically democratic Europe, during an address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Monday (13 November).
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SV INTERIOR President Eanes with Council of European Parliament
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Background: President Antonio Ramalho Eanes of Portugal reaffirmed his country's support for the ideal of an economical integrated and politically democratic Europe, during an address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Monday (13 November). President Eanes visited France on his way to Britain for a three-day state visit.
SYNOPSIS: Officials of the European Parliament, including President Emilio Colombo, were among those waiting to greet President Eanes. More than two years ago, Portugal became the nineteenth member of the Council of Europe, and is now officially applying to join the European Common Market (EEC). Negotiations on the conditions of Portugal's entry into the EEC began in Luxembourg last October.
Senhor Eanes addressed a formal session of the Parliament, and his speech centred upon the role he hoped his country would play in the future of Europe. He said his presence in Strasbourg, as Portugal's first elected President for more than fifty years, bore witness to Portugal's commitment to democracy. He stressed that the reduction of economic disparities between his country and the rest of Europe would need exceptional effort from the entire Portuguese people.
President Eanes said ten percent of Portugal's population now lived and worked in Common Market countries. This fact encouraged closer union among European nations, which was one of the Treaty of Rome's major aims.