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(Grant Agreement n. 669194)
(Grant Agreement n. 669194)
(Mostar, 12/4/1917 - Kresevo, 18/1/1977)President - Federal executive council (1971-1977)
A member of the Montenegrin branch of the LCY and the President of the Federal executive council from 1971 to 1977, when he died in an airplane incident, Džemal Bijedić could be described as the real master of the country’s approach towards Western European economic integration. While Tito – as the President of the Republic – worked to legitimise relations with the EEC from a political-ideological viewpoint – Bijedić implemented the country’s actual political-diplomatic choices towards the EEC in close coordination with the Presidency of the Republic. His greatest preoccupation, manifested in recurrent meetings with Western European and Community representatives, concerned Yugoslavia’s commercial deficit, and the political risks this could imply in terms of economic and political stability within the federation. Accordingly, together with the member of the Yugoslav government in charge of relations with the EEC, Boriš Šnuderl, he gave the decisive impulse to negotiate the 1973 agreement with the EEC, which he considered to be a means to balance Yugoslavia’s stance between East and West. He also coordinated Yugoslavia’s stance during negotiations for the 1976 EEC-Yugoslavia joint-declaration. In Bijedić views, this declaration was the starting point for the country’s enhanced economic and financial cooperation with its Western European partners. Directly involved in negotiations with EEC institutions, he was Yugoslavia’s first prime minister to visit the European Commission’s headquarters in Brussels in February 1976.
A Slovene member of the LCY, Vrhunec was the Head of Cabinet of the President of the Republic between 1967 and 1973. He regarded positively Yugoslavia’s opening to the Western European economic system, favouring Tito’s positive sta...
From the mid-1960s to the late 1970s, Boris Šnuderl was one of the leading actors of Yugoslavia’s policy towards the Western European economic system. A member of the Yugoslav government from 1971 to 1974, he was responsible for Y...
A leading member of the Slovene branch of the LCY, Smole hugely contributed to debates on Yugoslavia’s stance towards Western European economic integration as a member of the Yugoslav government in charge of relations with the EEC betwee...
Stenographic notes on the 111th meeting of the Federal Executive Council, held on 3 December 1975
AJ 130 2322
During this meeting, the President of the Federal Executive Council, Džemal Bijedić, clearly emphasised that Yugoslavia would be unable to compete with the EEC member states on the commercial field, and insisted that the Community and its member states should develop a policy of assistance to Yugoslavia, based on political, rather than economic, rationale. - Available only in the Archive: http://www.arhivyu.gov.rs/