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3 Trade Agreements with Israel Under Study by Eec Council of Ministers

Three proposals for trade agreements with Israel were under study by the Council of Ministers of the European Economic Community (ECC) which is meeting here. They call for a non-preferential trade agreement, proposed by France; a limited preferential agreement, supported by Italy and Belgium; and an unlimited preferential agreement supported by Holland, West Germany and Luxembourg. The preference applies to tariffs and other levies on goods sold to ECC countries.

A commission of the EEC went on record in May, 1967 and again in October, 1968 in favor of an unlimited preferential agreement with Israel covering all industrial products and assuring the maintenance of Israel’s competitive position for its agricultural products with those of other Mediterranean countries associated with the ECC.