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Extracts from a speech by Mr. H. Vredeling, Vice-President of the European Commission, to the FNV (Dutch Trade Union Federation). Eindhoven, 17 March 1979

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untitled KOMMISSI::·~·N .FOR DE EUROP!lEISKE F!lELLESSKABERS- KOMMISSION DER EUROPAISCHEN GEMEINSCHAFTEN-c IP(79) 55 COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES - COMMISSION DES COMMUNAUTES EUROPEENNES- COMMISSIONE DELLE COMUNITA EUROPEE - COMMISSIE VAN DE EUROPESE GEMEENSCHAPPEN •• •••• •• •• • • • ••••••••••••••• ••• •• • • ••••••• • ••• • •• • ••• ••••••••••••••••• • •• • • • •••• . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . • ••• •• ••• •• • • •• • ••• • •• •••• •••••• • • • • • • • • • • • ••• •••••••••••••••• • • • •• • • • • • • • • ••••••• • • •• • ••••••••••••••• •••• • • • • • •••• • • TALSMANDENS GRUPPE SPRFCHERGRUPPE SPOKESMAN'S GROUP GROUPE DU PORTE-PAROLE GRUPPO DEL PORTAVOCE BUREAU VAN DE WOORDVOERDER PRESSE-MEDDELELSE MITTEILUNG AN DIE PRESSE PRESS-RELEASE INFORMATION A LA PRESSE INFORMAZIONE ALLA STAMPA MEDEDELING AAN DE PERS Brussela, ~6 Maroh, 1979 EXTRACTS FROM A SPEECH BY MR H VREDELING, VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION, TO-THE FNV (DUTCH TRADE UNION FEDERATION) IN EINDHOVEN ON SATURDAY, 17 MARCH ''Today we have a chance such as we have never had before to raise for serious discussion and negotiation an important question such as worksharing in the nine countries of the Community. If after all that we again fail to make full use of the opportunity then it is our own responsibility. It is the responsibility of us all, the Commission, the Trade Union Movement and the employers and particularly of all the Governments to introduce a European system of work sharing." ''The attitude adopted by the Ministers of Labour and Social Affairs and the Heads of Governments a week ago was positive enough. Their communiqu•s offer at least hope that a European approach to this problem will be launched. But the communiqu~s are no more than words. All I can do is express my hope that these words will be trans

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