A sign of a new era for Greece was the acceptance by EEC governments, in June 1989, of a report by the President of the European Commission, Jacques Delors, on means of progress towards economic and monetary union. The need for participation in this process was accepted by most Greek voters, and especially business elites, as a result of the vast inflow of EEC subsidies and loans, and continuing commercial integration with the EEC. Indeed, association with the developed countries of western Europe was coming to be seen as an aspect of national identity.1