#20 – Helsinki Agreement
July 26, 1975
President Gerald R. Ford departs on a trip to Europe for visits to West Germany, Poland, Finland, Romania and Yugoslavia. In Helsinki, President Ford joins leaders from 34 nations in signing the Final Act of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe also known as the ‘Helsinki Agreement.’ This Act ratifies post-World War II European borders and supports human rights. The Act’s human rights provisions greatly help Eastern Europeans seeking an end to their communist regimes.