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Bonn-Rome Initiative

Volume 13: debated on Monday 23 November 1981

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asked the Lord Privy Seal what undertakings have been made by Her Majesty's Government in respect of the recent Bonn-Rome initiative for furthering integration of the European Economic Community; and if they regard this topic as suitable for linkage with other current issues.

We have received the texts of the German/Italian proposals from the Governments concerned. We are at present studying these proposals. No undertakings of any sort have been given. The Government believe that the proposals should be examination to other topics currently under discussion in the Community.

asked the Lord Privy Seal when and by what means he expects to release a document containing the Bonn-Rome proposals for furthering the political integration of the European Economic Community.

Statements were made in the European Parliament on 19 November by Herr Genscher and Signor Colombo and details of the German/Italian proposals have been made public. I have placed a copy of the German/Italian proposals in the Library of the House. I should stress, however, that the proposals are a draft only and reflect the views only of the two Governments concerned. We are now studying the proposals.