Italy's former Minister of Communications, Signor Franco Maria Malfatti, succeeded Monsieur Jean Rey as President of the European Common Market's Executive Commission on Thursday, July 2.
GV EXT. EEC building
MV Rey receives Malfatti
CU & LV Rey introduces delegates to Malfatti
CU & MV Rey addresses Malfatti (3 shots)
MV Rey concludes & Malfatti replies (2 shots)
MV Both men shake hands, delegates applaud
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Background: Italy's former Minister of Communications, Signor Franco Maria Malfatti, succeeded Monsieur Jean Rey as President of the European Common Market's Executive Commission on Thursday, July 2. Speaking at a brief ceremony in Brussels, Signor Malfatti stressed the need for greater democratic control in the Community.
Signor Malfatti will head a new streamlined nine-man Commission which will draft and administer Common Market policy for the next four years. Under Monsieur Rey, the commission consisted of 14 members, the result of a fusion in 1967 of the executives of the three European Communities -- the Coal and Steel Pool, the European Economic Community and the nuclear energy organisation, Euratom. The new, smaller Commission met for the first time later on Thursday.
Speaking at the handing-over ceremony in Monsieur Rey's 13th floor office at E.E.C. headquarters, Signor Malfatti said that the coming years would see the Common Market develop from a customs union to an economic and monetary union with integrated policies. He pointed out that this would give a greater role to the now consultative European Parliament, political forces, trade unions, public opinion and the Press.
Signor Malfatti's term of office as President is for two-years, and can be extended. The outgoing President, M. Rey, expressed his wished for Signor Malfatti's success and introduced him to senior E.E.C. administrators.
The new President, one of four newcomers to the Executive Commission, is said to be enthusiastic about British entry into the common Market. Britain's application for membership is now being heard at Luxembourg.
Other members of the Commission (including the 3 Vice-Presidents) come from France, West Germany, Italy, Holland and Luxembourg.