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EU News Flashes and Events for 96-07-16

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CONTENTS

  • [01] GAC unites against Helms-Burton
  • [02] Greece to lift veto on MEDA funds
  • [03] EU ministers welcome Yeltsin win
  • [04] EU to force Karadzic out
  • [05] EU appoints new envoy to Mostar
  • [06] EU-Switzerland talks progress
  • [07] EU telecoms markets policy
  • [08] EU regulatory cohesion/Van Miert
  • [09] Beef production reform/Fischler
  • [10] U.S. lifts anti-EU tariffs
  • [11] Russia, Ukraine magnesium duties
  • [12] EU to probe state's aid to Vulkan
  • [13] EU clears Lucas/Varity merger
  • [14] Main EU events for July 16

  • [01] GAC unites against Helms-Burton

    BRUSSELS - European Union foreign ministers hit back at tough U.S. anti-Cuba trade laws due to come into effect on Tuesday, agreeing on Monday on a wide range of retaliatory measures to be taken against Washington.

    [02] Greece to lift veto on MEDA funds

    BRUSSELS - Greece agreed in principle on Monday to lift its veto on a European Union programme that will pump $3.7 billion into the southern Mediterranean region, EU diplomats said.

    [03] EU ministers welcome Yeltsin win

    BRUSSELS - EU foreign ministers on Monday welcomed President Boris Yeltsin's big victory in Russia's presidential elections this month, but expressed worry over the resumption of fighting in Chechnya.

    [04] EU to force Karadzic out

    BRUSSELS - European Union foreign ministers sought on Monday to find a way to force Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic out of political life without jeopardising elections due to be held in mid-September.

    [05] EU appoints new envoy to Mostar

    BRUSSELS - European Union foreign ministers on Monday appointed a Briton, Sir Martin Garrod, to replace Spaniard Ricardo Perez Casado as EU administrator in the divided Bosnian city of Mostar, EU diplomats said.

    [06] EU-Switzerland talks progress

    BRUSSELS - European Union foreign ministers said on Monday that progress had been made in bilateral economic talks with Switzerland and urged the European Commission to keep up the pace of negotiations.

    [07] EU telecoms markets policy

    BRUSSELS - The European Commission said on Monday that it planned to step up its efforts to police Europe's telecommunications markets to ensure that the traditional phone monopolies are loosening their grip.

    [08] EU regulatory cohesion/Van Miert

    BRUSSELS - The European Union's efforts to create a pan-European telecommunications market could suffer if it does not find new mechanisms for making joint decisions, Competition Commissioner Karel Van Miert said on Monday.

    [09] Beef production reform/Fischler

    STRASBOURG - A calf slaughter programme and the introduction of intervention for store cattle are essential if the EU is to reduce surplus beef production, Farm Commissioner Franz Fischler said on Monday. In BRUSSELS, a trade source said that a compulsory calf slaughter programme to take around 858,000 animals a year out of EU beef production will be put to the Commission on Wednesday.

    [10] U.S. lifts anti-EU tariffs

    GENEVA - The United States, in a surprise move at the World Trade Organisation, announced on Monday it had lifted decade-old tariffs on food and drink imports from the European Union imposed over an EU ban on hormone- treated beef. In BRUSSELS, the European Commission reacted cautiously to the announcement.

    [11] Russia, Ukraine magnesium duties

    BRUSSELS - The European Union has fixed definitive anti-dumping duties, effective from Monday, on imports of unwrought pure magnesium from Russia and Ukraine, the EU's Official Journal said.

    [12] EU to probe state's aid to Vulkan

    MUNICH, Germany - European Competition Commissioner Karel Van Miert plans to investigate subsidies granted by the north German city state of Bremen to bankrupt shipbuilder Bremer Vulkan AG, Focus magazine said.

    [13] EU clears Lucas/Varity merger

    BRUSSELS - The European Commission said on Monday it had approved the merger of Lucas Industries and Varity Corporation.

    [14] Main EU events for July 16

    BRUSSELS - EU foreign ministers meeting resumes at 0700 GMT (second of two days); third association councils with Hungary and Poland; EU foreign and trade ministers are to discuss what counter-measures to take should Clinton decide not to waive part of the controversial Helms-Burton law on Cuba.

    BRUSSELS - Dominican Republic President-elect Leonel Fernandez-Reyna meets Commissioner Marin at 0830 GMT.

    STRASBOURG - European Parliament plenary session begins at 0700 GMT (second of five days); Commission President Santer makes statement on the BSE situation at 0845 GMT, EP President Klaus Haensch holds news conference on the inter- governmental conference (IGC) at 1030 GMT.

    STRASBOURG - Commissioners Fischler, Papoutsis and Kinnock attend EP Budgets, Environment and Transport Committees joint meeting on environmental protection requirements in the CAP, energy, tourism and transport sectors at 1530 GMT.

    BRUSSELS - EU multi-disciplinary committee of scientific experts on BSE meeting begins at 0800 GMT (first of two days).


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


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