Foreign Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office: European Economic Organisations Department and successors: Registered Files (ME and MW Series)

Reference:
FCO 30
Title:
Foreign Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office: European Economic Organisations Department and successors: Registered Files (ME and MW Series)
Description:

This series contains records of the European Economic Organisations Department of the Foreign Office, and its successors. The records cover the period from the start of the ultimately successful application by the UK to join the European economic communities, and the UK's consequent withdrawal from the European Free Trade Association. The series also deals with UK relations with other economic organisations operating in Europe, work of the Anglo-Danish Liaison Committee and the Anglo-Irish Free Trade Area Agreement.

Date:
1967-1980
Arrangement:

Former file reference order within file cycles

Related Material:
For further records relating to the UK's application to join the EEC see CAB 170
Held by:
The National Archives, Kew
Former references:
in its original department:   ME and MW file series
Legal status:
Public Record
Language:
English
Creator:
Foreign and Commonwealth Office, European Integration Department, 1969-1973
Physical description:
4468 file(s)
Access conditions:
Open unless otherwise stated
Immediate source of acquisition:
Foreign and Commonwealth Office , from 1998
Accruals:
Series is accruing annually.
Administrative / biographical background:

The European Economic Organisations Department of the Foreign Office dealt with the UK's relations with the European Economic Community, Euratom and the European Coal and Steel Community, with the European Free Trade Association, with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and the Western European Union, with the European Movement in the UK, and with the proposed North Atlantic Free Trade Area.

In April 1969 the European Economic Organisations Department was renamed the European Economic Integration Department, though its functions were basically unaltered, and in 1973, in the run up to the UK's accession to the communities, the Department split in two, the European Integration Department (External), dealing with European political co-operation and Community relations with third countries, and the European Integration Department (Internal) dealing with the internal working and development of the Community, and parliamentary and legal aspects of UK membership.

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