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Volume 130: debated on Wednesday 30 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress is being made in negotiations to associate Austria more closely with the EEC.

The European Economic Community—Austria free trade agreement of 1972 provides a basis for economic co-operation. EC-EFTA ministerial meetings take place regularly to promote co-operation in specific fields. Progress has been made recently in areas of interest to Austria, including transit procedures and frontier controls.