BRUSSELS (Dec. 21)
Israel and the European Economic Community started yesterday a new round of economic and tariff negotiations on the eve of the entry of Britain, Ireland and Denmark into the Common Market. The negotiations aim at ensuring that Israel’s exports will not be hurt by the entry of the three new members into the EEC. The EEC experts opened the session by proposing an additional agreement providing for the existing status quo for 1973 and reportedly told the Israelis that during that period the community would draw up a “global approach to all the countries in the Mediterranean area.”
The Israeli delegation led by Ambassador Moshe Allon has reportedly agreed to this suggestion and the two delegations are due to start drawing up now the new protocol and lay the basis for the EEC’s basic approach to the Mediterranean problem as a whole. The EEC earlier this week concluded an agreement with Egypt, Lebanon and Cyprus granting them the same customs facilities granted to Israel. Citrus exports from these three countries will henceforth enjoy a 60 percent reduction in customs, the same reduction granted to Israel.