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Commission urges new liberal trade moves. Bulletin from the European Community. No. 38, October-November 1959

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OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 19591 NO. 38 BELGIUM, FRANCE, GERMAN FEDERAL REPUBLIC, ITALY, LUXEMBOURG, THE NETHERLANDS COMMISSION URGES NEW LIBERAL TRADE MOVES Hallstein Proposes Reduction of Transition Period in Five-Point Program The Common Market's executive body, the European Eco- nomic Commission, has made practical new proposals to break the deadlock between the Six and the other mem- ber nations of the Organization for European Economic Cooperation (OEEC). The new proposals, which were drawn up by the Commission for a special committee rep- resenting the Commission and the six national governments, were outlined by Commission President Walter Hallstein before the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Septem- ber 24. The setting for President Hallstein's. statement was pro- vided by Dutch Catholic member P. A. Blaisse who pre- sented a report of the Parliament's Foreign Trade Policy Committee on a proposed European Economic Association. In the course of M. Blaisse's presentation, he asked whether the Commission really wanted a multilateral European Eco- nomic Association at all. Many members, he added, had grave doubts whether it did. In reply, President Hallstein admitted that the new pro- posals of the Commission made no mention of a multilat- eral European Economic Association but declared that the Commission was not against it. However, he said that the Commission recommended another approach. "The method we have adopted," he said, "is to let the fundamental ques- tion rest for awhile and to seek a way out of the present deadlock." Moreover, President Hallstein asserted, M. had put the question (concerning a European Economic Asso- ciation) in too general a form. He said the Commission could not answer yes until four conditions were fulfilled: 1. it must be technically possible; 2. it must be politically acceptable, since the Commission itself could not decree a solution; 3. it must not prejudice the existence of the Community; and 4. it must ta

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