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EU News Flashes and Events for 96-12-16

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] Troubles ahead for EU
  • [02] Single currency power struggle
  • [03] Chirac/euro-zone summits
  • [04] Euro notes get thumbs down
  • [05] Kohl says budget pact a success
  • [06] Britain view on EU treaty
  • [07] French/Dutch/banker's job
  • [08] EU goes to war against drug barons
  • [09] Major barks, Europe moves on
  • [10] Petersen says EU reform possible
  • [11] EU offers hand to Turkey
  • [12] EU/Belarus relations
  • [13] EU/East Timor/human rights
  • [14] EU concerned over Middle East
  • [15] EU calls for democracy in Cuba
  • [16] Council completes maritime agenda
  • [17] Air liability rules revised
  • [18] EU probes Anglo's Lonrho stake
  • [19] Court/electricity decision
  • [20] Farm animal transport rules
  • [21] Commission/Gene-modified maize
  • [22] EU-ACP Lome IV Convention
  • [23] EP/BSE aid package for farmers
  • [24] EU/S.African horses imports
  • [25] Free trade vision after WTO
  • [26] NATO to push Russia on military
  • [27] Main EU events for December 16

  • [01] Troubles ahead for EU

    DUBLIN - European Union leaders, buoyed by an end-of-year summit that underlined their firm commitment to create a strong single currency, returned home on Sunday facing six months of political trial and danger.

    [02] Single currency power struggle

    DUBLIN - Europe's battle over how to curb state spending offers a glimpse of the power struggle which lies ahead over who will shape economic policy under a single currency from 1999.

    [03] Chirac/euro-zone summits

    DUBLIN - French President Jacques Chirac said on Saturday the future members of a single European currency should hold regular summits to co-ordinate economic policy and act as a counterweight to the European central bank.

    [04] Euro notes get thumbs down

    DUBLIN - The European Union showed its citizens the colour of its money this weekend, and the citizens were not impressed.

    [05] Kohl says budget pact a success

    DUBLIN - German Chancellor Helmut Kohl said on Saturday a budget pact agreed in Dublin this weekend was a landmark on the way to a stable European currency and a personal triumph for his finance minister, who first proposed the plan.

    [06] Britain view on EU treaty

    DUBLIN - Britain told its European Union partners on Friday what they already knew -- that negotiations over the next six months on a new EU treaty will be an exercise in frustration.

    [07] French/Dutch/banker's job

    DUBLIN - A bitter row between France and the Netherlands over liberal Dutch drug laws spread to monetary issues on Friday when France said that a Dutchman should not automatically head up Europe's planned central bank.

    [08] EU goes to war against drug barons

    DUBLIN - Europe has launched a high-profile drive to rid itself of drugs and organised crime, seeking to capture the imagination of citizens increasingly threatened by drug addiction and drug-related crime.

    [09] Major barks, Europe moves on

    DUBLIN - Joking about the Spice Girls pop group and their endorsement of his party, slipping away to a local bar for a few pints of Guinness, Prime Minister John Major was in buoyant mood at this weekend's European Union summit.

    [10] Petersen says EU reform possible

    DUBLIN - Denmark, which rejected the European Union's planned monetary union in a 1992 referendum, may also consult voters on planned reforms of the 15-nation bloc, Foreign Minister Niels Helveg Petersen said on Saturday.

    [11] EU offers hand to Turkey

    DUBLIN - The European Union on Saturday underlined its desire for close links with Turkey, but warned that human rights issues and tensions with EU-member Greece remained an obstacle.

    BRUSSELS - Turkish Foreign Minister Tansu Ciller blasted the European Union on Friday, saying it had failed to honour a bilateral customs union and was unfairly shutting Ankara out of its plans to admit new members.

    [12] EU/Belarus relations

    DUBLIN - The European Union urged Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko on Saturday to restore full respect for democracy and accept a fact-finding mission, warning relations would otherwise suffer.

    [13] EU/East Timor/human rights

    DUBLIN - The European Union on Saturday repeated calls for Indonesia to improve its human rights record in the disputed former Portuguese colony of East Timor.

    [14] EU concerned over Middle East

    DUBLIN - European Union leaders voiced grave concern over the deteriorating Middle East peace process on Saturday and condemned Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land.

    [15] EU calls for democracy in Cuba

    DUBLIN - The European Union pledged on Saturday to push for democracy in Cuba, threatening to suspend any future trade agreement with Havana if it saw a serious breach of human rights.

    [16] Council completes maritime agenda

    BRUSSELS - Transport ministers tied up the second day of their December Council on Friday after debates on two maritime files and the adoption of an amended resolution on the European Commission's maritime strategy.

    [17] Air liability rules revised

    BRUSSELS - European Union officials corrected on Friday details they gave on Thursday about the bloc's planned fast-track system obliging airlines to pay compensation to passengers or their relatives after a crash.

    [18] EU probes Anglo's Lonrho stake

    BRUSSELS - The European Commission is expected to start on Monday an in-depth, four-month probe into South African mining giant Anglo American's stake in British-based Lonrho Plc, an industry source said on Friday.

    [19] Court/electricity decision

    LUXEMBOURG - The European Court of First Instance annulled in part on Thursday a European Commission decision because it rejected complaints of Dutch electricity distribution companies against electricity import restrictions.

    [20] Farm animal transport rules

    BRUSSELS - The European Commission approved on Friday draft proposals fixing minimum standards for staging points and changing the route plan during the long distance transport of farm animals, a Commission official said.

    [21] Commission/Gene-modified maize

    BRUSSELS - The European Commission should reject for now calls to approve Ciba-Geigy AG's genetically modified maize for market release in the EU, the European Consumers' Organisation said on Friday.

    [22] EU-ACP Lome IV Convention

    STRASBOURG - The European Parliament approved on Thursday night the revised Lome IV Convention, governing trade and aid relations between the European Union and the African, Caribbean and Pacific states.

    [23] EP/BSE aid package for farmers

    STRASBOURG - A package of 500 million Ecus in emergency aid for farmers affected by the mad cow crisis won the approval of the European Parliament on Friday.

    [24] EU/S.African horses imports

    BRUSSELS - The European Union will allow imports from South Africa of horses, which are guaranteed to be free of African horse sickness, a European Commission official said on Friday.

    [25] Free trade vision after WTO

    SINGAPORE - The vision of global free trade, long scorned as a hopeless dream, this week took shape as a genuine possibility by the middle of the 21st century.

    [26] NATO to push Russia on military

    BRUSSELS - NATO defence ministers meet in Brussels this week to review internal alliance reform, rubber stamp a new peace force for Bosnia and try to push Russia to agree an exchange of military liasion officers.

    [27] Main EU events for December 16

    WASHINGTON - U.S. President Bill Clinton hosts biannual U.S.-EU summit which begins at 0400 GMT; dicussions focus on Bosnia; Central Europe; the Middle East; review of the progress made on the so-called new transatlantic agenda.

    BRUSSELS - EU farm ministers meeting begins at 1400 GMT (first of two days); discussions focus on the status of the beef market.

    BRUSSELS - European Commissioner Fischler holds news conference on BSE (mad cow disease) at 1100 GMT.

    BRUSSELS - EU culture ministers meeting begins at 1000 GMT; progress report on television without frontiers directive.

    BRUSSELS - European Commission conference on "Moving towards the Euro - Strategies and practical solutions for a competitive advantage" begins at 0800 GMT (first of two days); European Commissioner de Silguy attends.

    BRUSSELS - Commissioner de Silguy attends EP Monetary Subcommittee at 1400 GMT.

    BRUSSELS - Commissioner Flynn attends EP Social Affairs Committee.

    BRUSSELS - Federation of Belgian Businesses conference on "The Internal Market: a new action plan" begins at 0845 GMT.


    From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/
    © ECSC - EC - EAEC, Brussels-Luxembourg, 1995, 1996


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