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Conclusions the Treaty of Accession and Differentiation in the Eu

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The appointment of Mikhail Gorbachev as the new Secretary General of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (April 1985) marked the beginning of a new phase of relations between the European Community and the countries from Central and Eastern Europe. In the preceding period, strategic Cold War thinking proved to be an insurmountable obstacle. Notwithstanding a number of efforts to formalise relations, the European Economic Community (EEC) and the Council for Mutual Economic Assistance (CMEA) refused to recognize each other nor did they provide for any form of co-operation. The Joint Declaration, adopted under Article 235 of the EEC-Treaty (Art. 308 EC), provided for mutual recognition and proclaimed that both parties would co-operate in "areas which fall within their respective spheres of competence and where there is a common interest".

Keywords: European Economic Community (EEC); Joint Declaration; Soviet Union; strategic Cold War



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