oa Historia - Suid-Afrika en die ontstaan en ontwikkeling van die Europese Ekonomiese Gemeenskap

Volume 37 Number 2
  • ISSN : 0018-229X



South Africa and the origins and development of the European Economic Community. When the European Economic Community was introduced in 1958 South Africa did not pay particular attention to this new development. No concerted effort was made to stay abreast of European developments. The South African decision-makers were content to accept the British perception of the meaning and implications of the customs union which systematically developed. While Britain did not join the EEC South Africa's commonwealth trade preferences were not affected. The unsuccessful efforts by Britain in 1963 and 1967 to join the common market and its eventual membership in 1973 radically changed the position for South Africa. The article discusses a number of policy options which South Africa could have followed. However, none of these options were exercised and South Africa remained completely outside the EEC. South African producers, dependent on exports to Europe, had to rely on their originality, the quality of their products and their expertise and introduce drastic changes to counteract the new discrimination against their products.

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