July 20, 1959

FREE TRADE ZONE: Stockholm – Following a meeting of ministers from countries in the «small European free trade zone,» a communique was issued announcing the approval of a European free trade zone among the seven nations for the purpose of boosting the member states’ economies. The final agreement will be drafted by experts and submitted on October 31. The meeting was attended by ministers from Austria, Britain, Denmark, Norway, Portugal, Sweden and Switzerland. Finland may participate in the small zone. (Ed. Note: The European Free Trade Association was founded on January 4, 1960, in Stockholm, by the above-mentioned states, apart from Finland. At the time, they were all non-members of the European Community. The EFTA now includes only Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, as the other members have joined what is now the European Union.) SPIES: Washington – The head of the US House of Representatives’ Un-American Activities Committee has stated that the Russian government had ordered American communists to intensify their anti-government activities. He said there were presently about 33 million agents of communism around the world.