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Ec (Spain And Portugal)

Volume 77: debated on Friday 19 April 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information about the costs of entry to the EEC of Spain and Portugal, not at present available to Her Majesty's Government, he expects to become available by the time the treaty of accession is ready for ratification.

The Commission estimates that at the end of transition enlargement will represent a cost to the Community budget as a whole of between 0·1 per cent. and 0·2 per cent. of the VAT own resource base annually. A comprehensive estimate of the costs of enlargement will be possible only in the light of developments between now and the end of the transition period. But as full information as possible, based on the latest available Commission figures, will be given to the House when it considers the treaty of accession.