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This ninth meeting of the delegations of the House of Representatives and of the European Parliament was, in the judgment of the participants, the most successful to date. Partly this was due to the well-balanced and well-prepared delegations on both sides and partly to the good blend of experienced members and those participating for the first time.

The American delegation of 15 members was the largest ever to participate in one of these programs; it was composed of five members of our committee, an equal number from the Committee on Ways and Means with the remaining five from three other House committees. This combination brought a wide range of interests and experience to the provocative papers and presentations made by both delegations.

Our practice of meeting in different countries of the European Community's nine members has been extremely useful for both the American and the European participants. The exceptional graciousness of our Irish hosts helped both delegations to gain an excellent understanding of both the diversity and character of Ireland and of that country's strong commitment to a united Europe.

The important decisions which the European Community will soon make on direct elections to the European Parliament may mark the start of a new and more vital stage of development for this assembly. Direct elections, now tentatively scheduled for May 1978, will also stimulate the growth of European political parties with broad implications both within and without the Parliament. We feel fortunate in having developed a close and fruitful working relationship with our parliamentary colleagues in Europe as they take these steps toward unification which may be the most important political development in this entire century.




WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21, 1976 Morning—Arrivals of the Delegation of the European Parliament. 12:31 Arrival of U.S. Delegation by special plane from Brussels and transfer to Shelbourne Hotel.

Lunch free. 14:00-Departure by bus from hotels for Dublin Castle, George's Hall. 14:30–Official welcome by Dr. Conor Cruise O Brien, Minister for

Posts and Telegraphs, representing the Irish Government, and the

Presidents of the Houses of the Oireachtas (Irish Parliament). 14:45-Session I (George's Hall):

Question and answer period (1 hour). Each Delegation answer

ing questions submitted in advance by the other delegation. 15:45—Coffee break in the Bermingham Tower Room. 16:00-17:30-Session 11-Development of East-West Relations: "Is Détente Dead?

(Papers by Mr. Johnson and Mr. Karth.) “The European Scene in the Year After Helsinki.”

(Paper by Mr. Jahn.) 18:30-19:30--Cocktails offered by Hon. Walter J. P. Curley, U.S.

Ambassador to Ireland, at U.S. Embassy. 20:15—“Cèili” Evening and Dinner offered by the European Parlia

ment Delegation at the Royal Hibernian Hotel.


09:30_Session 111-(Dublin Castle, George's Hall):

Discussion of a Working Document on a Draft Code of Principles on Multinational Enterprises and Governments.

(Joint presentation by Messrs. Lange and Gibbons.)

(Comments presented by Congressman Archer.) 11:30-Coffee Break. 11:15–Departure for excursion by coaches in the scenic Dublin Mountains.

(Lunch en route at Lamb Doyles, Sandyford.) Members of the two Delegations proceed by coach to Aras an

Uachtarain, Phoenix Park, the residence of the President of

Ireland. 16:00 Parliamentary Delegations to be received by the President of Ireland, Mr. Cearbhaill o Dalaigh.

Return to Dublin Castle.

* See p. 83 for study mission programs for Brussels, Stockholm, and Rome.

16:30–18:30-Session IV.

Continuation of discussion of East-West relations.
Political Aspects of the World Food Situation.
“U.S.-U.S.S.R. Grain Transactions."

(Paper by Mr. Nolan.)
"Political Aspects of the World Food Situation.”

(Paper prepared by Mr. Symms and presented by Mr. “E.C. Perspectives on Agricultural Exports."

(Paper by Mr. Houdet.) 20:00—Buffet reception given by the Irish Government in Iveagh

House (Ministry of Foreign Affairs).

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FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 1976 09:30-Session V-(Dublin Castle, George's Hall):

United States and European Views on Mediterranean Problems. “U.S. Interests in the Mediterranean: Military Bases and Political Developments."

(Paper by Mr. Ryan.) “Future Roles of Greece, Portugal and Spain in an Integrated Europe.”

(Paper by Mr. Normanton.) 10:45--Coffee Break. 11:00—Session IV.

Summary discussion. 12:00–Press Conference. 12:30—Farewell Lunch offered by the European Parliament Delega

tion, in Shelbourne Hotel. 15:00–Departure of the U.S. Delegation.



Pierre-Bernard Cousté, Chairman, European Progressive Democrat,

France. Gérard Bordu, Communist, France. Achille Corona, Socialist, Italy. Peter Corterier, Socialist, Federal Republic of Germany. Maurice Faure, Socialist, France. Aart Geurtsen, Liberal, Netherlands. Roger Houdet, Liberal, France. Norbert Hougardy, Liberal, Belgium. Hans Edgar Jahn, Christian Democrat, Federal Republic of Germany. Liam Kavanagh, Socialist, Ireland. Jan de Koning, Christian Democrat, Netherlands. Erwin Lange, Socialist, Federal Republic of Germany. Brian Lenihan, European Progressive Democrat, Ireland. Charles McDonald, Christian Democrat, Ireland. Tom Normanton, European Conservative, United Kingdom. Ferruccio Pisoni, Christian Democrat, Italy. John Prescott, Socialist, United Kingdom. James Scott-Hopkins, European Conservative, United Kingdom. Mario Vetrone, Christian Democrat, Italy.


Karlheinz Neunreither, Director, Responsible for the Secretariat of

the Delegation, German. Theo Junker, Principal Administrator, Secretary of the Delegation,

Liz Foreman, Principal Secretary, British.


Michael Palmer, Director, British.
Francis Roy, Director, French.
Axel Stahlschmidt, Head of Division, German.
Gerard Van den Berge, Head of Division, Dutch.
Boudewijn Van der Gaag, Principal Administrator, Dutch.

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John McGowan-Smyth, Director, Irish. Joseph A. Fahy, Head of Dublin Information Office, European Parliament.

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