The Enlargement of the E.E.C. and the Asian Commonwealth Countries

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Among the most significant developments on the international economic scene in recent years have been those associated with the enlargement of the EEC, some of the problems of which have long been anticipated and some of the consequences of which are even today difficult to foresee.

This study examines problems that may arise for Commonwealth Asian countries from the accession of new countries to the EEC in the field of trade, with a view to seeking appropriate solutions.




The European Economic Community of six members was enlarged to nine on January 1, 1973, by the accession of UK, Denmark, and Ireland to the Treaty of Rome. After a transitional period, the new member states are required under the Treaty of Accession to align their external tariff and agricultural protection systems to those prevailing in the EEC. The enlargement of the EEC will have far reaching economic consequences for the developing Commonwealth countries as UK harmonises her economic policies with those of the EEC.


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