EC URGED TO SPEED INTEGRATION EFFORT

EC URGED TO SPEED INTEGRATION EFFORT

The EC must accelerate moves toward economic and monetary union and a single market in response to the quickening pace of progress towards German unity, Italian Foreign Minister Gianni de Michalis said Monday.

Mr. De Michalis urged that EC nations should develop closer political ties to ensure that a unified Germany remains committed to the EC, in a speech prepared for delivery at the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe in the West German capital.In another speech prepared for delivery Monday, the minister said the timetable set at the EC summit in Strasbourg in December for some stages of EC economic union should be moved forward, because it has been overtaken by events in Eastern Europe, the West German news agency VWD reported.