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EU News Flashes and Events for 96-12-05

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From: EUROPA, the European Commission Server at <http://europa.eu.int>


CONTENTS

  • [01] Tobacco subsidies reform delay
  • [02] EU to rule on Thomson sale
  • [03] Silicon carbide deal ruling
  • [04] Clabecq rescue plan decision soon
  • [05] EU blocks Bestwood GmbH state aid
  • [06] Banco di Napoli sale talks
  • [07] Greater investment for jobs
  • [08] Europe space industry action
  • [09] Warning on UK nuclear materials
  • [10] Land plan environment rules
  • [11] US pressure on grain tariffs
  • [12] U.S. malt barley import quota
  • [13] CAP changes to go to Council
  • [14] Salmon minimum import prices
  • [15] Action against OCT rice imports
  • [16] EU-Australia trade deal
  • [17] Dutch ban Swiss cattle imports
  • [18] Main EU events for December 5

  • [01] Tobacco subsidies reform delay

    BRUSSELS - The European Commission, divided over how far to go in reforming the European Union's controversial tobacco subsidy programme, agreed on Wednesday to postpone the decision for two weeks, Commission officials said.

    [02] EU to rule on Thomson sale

    BRUSSELS The European Commission - is to announce later on Wednesday or Thursday that it has cleared the sale of Thomson SA to Lagardere and Daewoo Electronics despite the French government's decision to cancel the deal.

    [03] Silicon carbide deal ruling

    BRUSSELS - The European Commission said officially on Wednesday that it had banned the merger of the silicon carbide businesses of French glass maker Saint-Gobain and Wacker-Chemie of Germany.

    [04] Clabecq rescue plan decision soon

    BRUSSELS - The European Commission will rule within weeks on a proposed 1.5 billion-Belgian-franc capital injection to rescue steel maker Forges de Clabecq, Competition Commissioner Karel Van Miert said on Wednesday.

    [05] EU blocks Bestwood GmbH state aid

    BRUSSELS - The European Commission said on Wednesday it had banned 30 million marks in subsidies paid to east German fibreboard company Bestwood GmbH because the local authorities who provided the aid failed to request EU approval.

    [06] Banco di Napoli sale talks

    BRUSSELS - The European Commission is wary about the possibility that Italy's Banco di Napoli, which is being rescued by the Italian Treasury, may be sold to a state-controlled bank.

    [07] Greater investment for jobs

    BRUSSELS - Greater investment in the European Union's productive capacity is needed to tackle the mounting rise in joblessness, the European Commission said in a report on Wednesday.

    [08] Europe space industry action

    BRUSSELS - The European Commission, anxious that Europe should not fall "hopelessly" behind in markets worth hundreds of billions of dollars, called on Wednesday for increased EU coordination in the fast-growing space sector.

    [09] Warning on UK nuclear materials

    BRUSSELS - The European Commission has issued a warning to British-based engineering firm Jenson Tungsten Ltd, saying it had failed to respect EU rules on essential safeguard requirements for nuclear materials.

    [10] Land plan environment rules

    BRUSSELS - Land-use decisions related to energy, waste, mining and transport plans in the European Union will not be cleared until their environmental impact has been assessed, according to draft rules from the European Commission.

    [11] US pressure on grain tariffs

    BRUSSELS - The European Commission said on Wednesday it will not bow to pressure after the United States decided to pursue its complaint against the EU's grain tariff system at the World Trade Organistion.

    [12] U.S. malt barley import quota

    BRUSSELS - The European Commission proposed on Wednesday opening a 30,000- tonne reduced tariff quota for imports of U.S. malting barley, a spokesman said.

    [13] CAP changes to go to Council

    BRUSSELS - European Union agriculture experts failed at a two-day meeting on Monday and Tuesday to agree a number of key changes to EU agriculture policy which are now expected to be put on the agenda of the December farm Council.

    [14] Salmon minimum import prices

    BRUSSELS - The European Commission is unlikely to agree to a British request to impose minimum prices on imports of farmed salmon, Commission officials said on Wednesday.

    [15] Action against OCT rice imports

    BRUSSELS - The European Union has imposed safeguard measures against imports of rice from its overseas countries and territories, the European Commission said on Wednesday.

    [16] EU-Australia trade deal

    CANBERRA - Australia is refusing to sign a trade deal with the European Union, in part because it objects to demands to include a declaration on human rights.

    [17] Dutch ban Swiss cattle imports

    THE HAGUE - The Netherlands said on Wednesday it was banning all cattle imports from Switzerland, because of fears over mad cow disease.

    [18] Main EU events for December 5

    BRUSSELS - EU research ministers meeting begins at 0900 GMT; draft conclusions on research on TSE and on the role of research in the fight against drugs.

    BRUSSELS - European Commission President Santer meets Irish Prime Minister and European Council President John Bruton at 1100 GMT followed by a joint news conference at 1330 GMT.

    BRUSSELS - European Commission President Santer meets Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi at 1500 GMT followed by a joint news conference at 1615 GMT in the Breydel's VIP corner.

    BRUSSELS - EU leaders attend European People's Party pre-Dublin European Council summit at 1815 GMT; EPP President Wilfried Martens holds closing news conference at 2100 GMT.

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