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EU News Flashes and Events for 96-07-10

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CONTENTS

  • [01] EU's legal status
  • [02] EMU candidates and ERM mandate
  • [03] EU clears Havas/Reuters venture
  • [04] Telefonica/Airtel licence fee deal
  • [05] Spain's telecoms market
  • [06] Airbus and European aerospace
  • [07] East Europe summit ends
  • [08] EU Commission adopts rice quotas
  • [09] Fischler on CAP reform
  • [10] UK beef export inquiry
  • [11] EU completes 1992 farm reforms
  • [12] EU aims to strengthen HK links
  • [13] EU attempt to investment fund deal
  • [14] West jittery about Turkey
  • [15] Novel foods directive
  • [16] OSCE/Albania relations
  • [17] Main Eu events for July 10

  • [01] EU's legal status

    BRUSSELS - The European Union's monetary committee ended a meeting which focused on the legal framework for a future single European currency.

    [02] EMU candidates and ERM mandate

    BRUSSELS - EU finance ministers are working hard to ensure that any country which meets all of the single currency's preconditions is not penalised by lack of Exchange Rate Mechanism membership, Irish finance minister Ruairi Quinn said on Tuesday.

    [03] EU clears Havas/Reuters venture

    BRUSSELS - The European Commission said on Tuesday it had cleared the creation of a joint venture between Groupe IP, belonging to France's Havas, and Reuters SA.

    [04] Telefonica/Airtel licence fee deal

    BRUSSELS - Spanish Development Minister Rafael Arias Salgado said on Tuesday he was optimistic that Telefonica and the Airtel mobile phones consortium would reach a deal on compensation for the fee paid by Airtel to be able to operate in Spain.

    [05] Spain's telecoms market

    BRUSSELS - Spain's telecommunications sector will remain partly closed to competition after 1998 despite a European Commission warning that it will not clear the participation of Spain's telecoms company Telefonica in the Unisource deal unless the Spanish market is liberalised.

    [06] Airbus and European aerospace

    PARIS - A key decision by partners of the Airbus plane consortium to become a limited company marks a step toward creating a European titan in the competitive aircraft industry, aerospace executives said on Tuesda

    [07] East Europe summit ends

    SALZBURG, Austria - East European leaders, welcoming Russian pledges to maintain a brisk pace of reform, ended a three-day summit on Tuesday united in their desire for integration with the West to safeguard security and growth.

    [08] EU Commission adopts rice quotas

    BRUSSELS - The European Commission adopted an agreement on European Union rice quotas on Tuesday, EU officials said.

    [09] Fischler on CAP reform

    BRUSSELS - Farm Commissioner Franz Fischler says reform of the common agricultural policy will free resources for structural funding.

    [10] UK beef export inquiry

    BRUSSELS - The president of the European Parliament, Klaus Haensch, called on Tuesday for a full-scale inquiry into allegations of illegal exports of British beef to several EU member states.

    [11] EU completes 1992 farm reforms

    BRUSSELS - The European Union, which has just completed a controversial three- year reform to remove costly grain surpluses, is already planning further important changes due to the mad cow crisis, EU officials said.

    [12] EU aims to strengthen HK links

    BRUSSELS - The European Union wants to strengthen trade and political links with Hong Kong before the British colony's return to Chinese rule next year.

    [13] EU attempt to investment fund deal

    BRUSSELS - The European Commission has begun a fresh campaign to try to unblock a draft directive that would allow European Union investment funds valued at 1.2 trillion Ecus to be invested and managed freely in the EU.

    [14] West jittery about Turkey

    BRUSSELS - Officially all is well, but below the surface calm Western nerves are jangling over the arrival in power of Turkey's first Islamic-led government since the overthrow of the sultans in 1923.

    [15] Novel foods directive

    BRUSSELS - The draft directive on novel foods looks headed for a conciliation committee since the European Parliament and Council of Ministers have been unable to resolve their differences informally, a Council official said on Tuesday.

    [16] OSCE/Albania relations

    STOCKHOLM - A European security forum on Tuesday called on all political parties in Albania to consider holding a new parliamentary election after most opposition parties boycotted last month's poll, calling it a sham.

    [17] Main Eu events for July 10

    BRUSSELS - European Commission regular weekly meeting begins at 0730 GMT; main discussions on a strategy paper outlining the switch to a common Value Added Tax system by 1999 followed by a news conference by Commissioner Monti at 1045 GMT; a proposed modification to the merger control regulation and the application of article 85.3 to certain air transport agreements and decisions; Commissioner Cresson holds news conference on first guidelines for the fifth research programme at 1015 GMT.

    BRUSSELS - Economic and Social Committee plenary session begins at 1230 GMT (first of two days); Commissioner Fischler gives address on the current situation of the mad caw crisis at 1200 GMT.

    VIENNA - Group of the European Liberal, Democrat and Reform Party congress on "Preparing for the information society" begins at 1300 GMT (first of three days).

    DUBLIN - Informal Social Welfare Council begins at 1400 GMT (first of three days); main issues are social protection and unemployment and longterm unemployment.

    LUXEMBOURG - European People's Party summit begins at 1630 GMT; main discussions focus on the follow-up to the Florence European Council and the Irish EU Presidency.

    SARAJEVO, ZAGREB and BELGRADE - - Commissioner van den Broek and the Irish Presidency on official visit (first of three days).


    From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://www.cec.lu/
    © ECSC - EC - EAEC, Brussels-Luxembourg, 1995, 1996


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