oa Africa Insight - The association of the BLS countries with the EEC (Lom convention) general questions and particular problems

Volume 5, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-2804



With Great Britain joining the European Economic Community (EEC) the Commonwealth countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific as well as certain other countries on the Black Continent (ACP countries)*** were given the opportunity to place their relations with the enlarged EEC on a new legal basis. Article 3 k of the EEC Treaty (EECT) of Rome explicitly provides for the association with other countries and therefore complies with the aim expressed in the preamble of the treaty, namely ""to promote Europe's links with overseas countries"". Those overseas countries and possessions which, at the time of the foundation of the EEC were dependent on its members (listed in Annex IV, EECT) were, according to Articles 131 to 136, EECT, ""associated automatically by the treaty in conjunction with the amended agreement of 25 March, 1957

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