1992 - THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY ROUNDUP. WEEK OF APRIL 9. BRIEFS

1992 - THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY ROUNDUP. WEEK OF APRIL 9. BRIEFS

Sir Leon Brittan, European Community competition commissioner, said last week in Bonn that the EC's track record of adapting to new challenges is indicative of its ability to integrate at a political and economic level.

"This track record of achievement augurs well for the successful assimilation of East Germany (into the European Community)," he said.Sir Leon, however, listed four "challenging but not insurmountable" issues that stand in the way of East German integration into the community.

First, he said, the EC must overcome the "consequences of 40 years of a command economy and guide the energies of the peoples to building an efficient market economy."

Second, he questioned how the EC's Common Agricultural Policy would apply to East Germany.

Third, he said the quick implementation of environmental regulations in East Germany, one of Europe's most polluted countries, would be difficult.

Finally, he questioned how fair competition could emerge and be reinforced in a united Germany.

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The EC Tuesday said there was "no reason for panic" about the current state of the Uruguay Round of trade talks under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade. U.S. officials also cautioned against pessimism at the start of a review meeting called to accelerate the pace of the talks.

EC Ambassador Tran van Thinh, permanent representative to GATT in Geneva, said he "sensed a feeling of panic" at the meeting, but added that this was ''out of place."

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The EC reacted Monday to the U.S. Trade Representative's recently published report on foreign trade barriers for 1990. In a statement, the EC said the United States is "far from free of the evils they condemn in their partners."

While the community said the report would increase the level of its understanding of U.S. trade concerns, it expressed concern about the extent to which the report falls under the U.S. Trade Act, "notably as a basis for triggering unilateral measures such as the 'the super 301' actions."