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EU News Flashes and Events for 96-12-17

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] No quick end to ban on UK beef
  • [02] Extra British cattle cull/Dutch
  • [03] French seek EU veal aid review
  • [04] Ministers seek UK cull details
  • [05] Independent food safety agency
  • [06] Higher ewe premium call/Fischler
  • [07] No cereals penalty changes accord
  • [08] VP of Plant Variety body/Spain
  • [09] Environmental issues
  • [10] Television directive
  • [11] East Europeans euro preparation
  • [12] EU probes Anglo's Lonrho stake
  • [13] EU to clear German aid plan
  • [14] US plane merger to be studied
  • [15] Main EU events for December 17

  • [01] No quick end to ban on UK beef

    BRUSSELS - Farm Commissioner Franz Fischler ruled out on Monday any speedy end to a worldwide ban on British beef exports if Britain announces plans to cull an extra 100,000 cattle most likely to develop mad cow disease.

    [02] Extra British cattle cull/Dutch

    BRUSSELS - Britain's decision on Monday to go ahead with a selective slaughter of cattle most at risk from mad cow disease was welcomed by Dutch farm minister Jozias Van Aartsen, whose country is next to take over the EU presidency.

    [03] French seek EU veal aid review

    PARIS - France said on Monday it wanted a review of European Union aid for veal producers hit by the mad cow crisis after French cattle breeders ransacked Dutch trucks and burnt meat cargoes in an anti-EU protest.

    [04] Ministers seek UK cull details

    BRUSSELS - European Union farm ministers reserved judgment on Monday on British plans to increase the number of cattle to be slaughtered in a bid to eradicate BSE.

    [05] Independent food safety agency

    BRUSSELS - European Union member states must show their commitment to protecting consumer health by providing funds to create an independent agency to guarantee food safety, Farm Commissioner Franz Fischler said on Monday.

    [06] Higher ewe premium call/Fischler

    BRUSSELS - Farm Commissioner Franz Fischler rejected an Irish request to raise the ewe premium paid to farmers, a Commission official said on Monday.

    [07] No cereals penalty changes accord

    BRUSSELS - European Union farm ministers failed on Monday to agree a proposal to make penalties for overplanting cereals and oilseeds more flexible, EU officials said.

    [08] VP of Plant Variety body/Spain BRUSSELS - Farm ministers agreed to the

    appointment of Spaniard Jose Elena Rossello as vice president of the new European Union Plant Variety Office, an EU official said on Monday.

    [09] Environmental issues

    BRUSSELS - A Swedish request to integrate environmental issues more closely into European Union agricultural policy was met with a warning that it may lead to a clash in the World Trade Talks, an EU offcial said on Monday.

    [10] Television directive

    BRUSSELS - The European Parliament's two key amendments to the television without frontiers directive gained little sympathy with the Culture Council on Monday.

    [11] East Europeans euro preparation

    BRUSSELS - The European Commission is considering how best to prepare aspiring European Union members from eastern Europe for joining the single currency.

    [12] EU probes Anglo's Lonrho stake

    BRUSSELS - The European Commission said on Monday it had started a detailed investigation into the shareholding Anglo American Corporation of South Africa has in Lonrho Plc.

    [13] EU to clear German aid plan

    BRUSSELS - After months of hard bargaining with Germany, the European Commission will clear on Wednesday a plan allowing Bonn to pour billions of marks into its regions over the next three years, Commission sources said on Monday.

    [14] US plane merger to be studied

    BRUSSELS - The European Commission has not yet been informed about the merger of U.S. plane makers Boeing and McDonnel Douglas and it is not clear whether it will have to probe the deal, a Commission source said on Monday.

    [15] Main EU events for December 17

    BRUSSELS - EU farm ministers meeting continues (second of two days); Irish Agriculture and Forestry Minister Ivan Yates, European Commissioner Fischler and New Zealand Ambassador Leask sign EU-New Zealand agreement at 1130 GMT.

    BRUSSELS - NATO defence ministers meeting begins at 0900 GMT (first of two days); to review internal alliance reform, rubber-stamp a new peace force for Bosnia and try to push Russia to agree an exchange of military liaison officers.

    BRUSSELS - European Commissioner Wulf-Mathies attends EP Regional Policy Committee at 1015 GMT.

    BRUSSELS - European Commissioner Brittan attends EP External Economic Relations Committee at 1430 GMT.

    BRUSSELS - European Commissioner Monti attends EP Legal Affairs Committee at 1400 GMT.

    BRUSSELS - European Commissioner de Deus Pinheiro attends EP Development Committee.

    BRUSSELS - Centre for European Policy Studies holds lunchtime seminar on "The Dutch presidency of the EU council of ministers" (1315/1215 GMT). Speaker is Dutch Permanent Representative Ambassador Bernard Rudolf Bot.


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


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