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Australia's relations with the European communities



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EMBARGO: Not to be published or broadcast before 15.00 hours Wednesday, 24 May 1972.

DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

©24 May 1972 .AUSTRALIA'S RELATIONS WITH THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIESThe Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Nigel Bowen, announced today that a meeting of Australian Heads of Mission in the capitals of the European Communities will be held in Brussels 30-31 May. .The meeting will be attended by the Australian Ambassadors to the member countries of the enlarged Communities, the Australian Ambassadors to the OECD in Paris and to the Permanent Office of the ·United Nations in Geneva, the. Deputy High Commissioner in London responsible for Foreign Affairs matters, and senior representatives .from the Treasury and the Department of Trade and Industry. The . .meeting will be convened by the Australian Ambassador to the European Communities, Mr A.J. Eastman, C.B.E., who will be joined by Dr J.W.C. Cumes, , First Assistant Secretary, International Organisations Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs. .The meeting in Brussels is timed to follow the OECD Ministerial Council meeting in Paris 24-26 May, and will provide an . opportunity for Australian representatives in Europe to review in detail Australia's future relations with the enlarged European Communities. .The Minister recalled his statement made in the House of Representatives on 9 May 1972 that relations with the member countries of the enlarged Communities are of great concern to Australian foreign policy..../2.

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Mr Bowen said on that occasion that Australia would need

to keep clearly before the individual countries of the Communities,

before the Commission in Brussels, and before such influential bodies

as the OECD, the growing strength and potential of Australia and our

wish to maintain and expand our close and traditional ties with, the

countries concerned.

Mr Bowen noted that the views of the meeting would provide

the Government with timely advice concerning the handling of Australia's

relations with the enlarged European Communities. .