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Poland Joins Think Tank of Richest Nations

July 11, 1996

PARIS (AP) _ Poland signed an agreement today to become the 28th member of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a global research organization for the world’s richest nations.

It follows Hungary and the Czech Republic, which joined last year. Poland’s parliament is expected to ratify the treaty in the fall.

In a ceremony at OECD headquarters, Poland’s deputy prime minister, Grzegorz Kolodko, said his country would now press forward with plans to join the European Union by 2000.

Russia announced recently that it, too, would seek OECD membership. The group told Moscow it must first strengthen its economy.

South Korea, Argentina, Bulgaria, and Slovenia also have expressed interest in joining.

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