German Works to Dispel Fears of European Community

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By Darrell Morrow Feature Editor Fears of "EC 92" are unfounded, said Elmar Brok, German member of the European Parliament, a consultive body of the European Community Commission.

Brok visited Stillwater, Oklahoma City and Tulsa last week as a guest of the Oklahoma Department of Commerce and Oklahoma State University under sponsorship of the Delegation of the European Commission of Washington, D.C.

"Sometimes I hear, not only in the United States, but also in Europe, that people believe that at the end of 1992 there will be a big bang and it will be the (European) internal market. It will not go that way, because there is an internal market. It is just the question of the completion of the internal market," Brok said.

"It has become a most difficult task, because we have now to find a solution for a lot of problems," he said.

"EC 92", or European Community 1992, refers to the development of uniform trade standards and opening the borders of all 12 member countries in the European Community to unrestricted trade, which is planned to be completed next year. It is the final step of a plan to deregulate and liberalize trade throughout the member countries.

European Community member nations are Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom.

Development of the trade standards should make doing business in Europe easier and should not greatly change the balance of trade with the United States, Brok said.

"This internal market has learned a lot from America. In former times, the European Community always believed that it should harmonize everything.

Now, we say that it is better that we acknowledge the standards of the others.

Therefore, if it is not a question of safety and health, then if one product is allowed in one country it is automatically allowed in all other 11 countries.

"Therefore, I think it is much more like your system, too, what you have in the United States, where your states have much more rights and possibilities than sometimes in Europe are considered. …