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Eec (Enlargement)

Volume 885: debated on Thursday 6 February 1975

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asked the Minister of Overseas Development what arrangements have been made in the draft convention between the European Community and the ACP countries to permit the accession of Mozambique, Angola, Namibia and Southern Rhodesia after their independence

Provision is made under Title VII of the new EEC-ACP Convention for the accession of States whose economic structure and production are comparable with those of the existing ACP countries, subject to the approval of the ministerial governing body of the Convention. Guinea-Bissau is already party to the Convention. This provision would allow the accession of other such territories as those mentioned by my hon. Friend if, on coming to independence, they wished to seek it.