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EU News Flashes and Events for 97-04-11

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] Agreement on justice system
  • [02] Commission/consumer-EMU conference
  • [03] Consumer credit directive
  • [04] Germany missing EMU target-paper
  • [05] Rheinbraun Brennstoff/Carboni deal
  • [06] BT/EU will approve MCI merger
  • [07] EMU/EU enlargement
  • [08] EP attacks Beijing over Hong Kong
  • [09] EU inaction over Albania condemed
  • [10] EU-Belarus accord threatened
  • [11] Auto/Oil first readings
  • [12] EP slams EU disunity over China
  • [13] Solution to grain tariff row
  • [14] Euro-Med conference
  • [15] U.S., EU meat talks
  • [16] Main EU events for April 11

  • [01] Agreement on justice system

    LUXEMBOURG - The Consumer Affairs Council struck a common position on the directive on injunctions for the protection of consumer interests after difficult negotiations with Germany and Britain.

    [02] Commission/consumer-EMU conference

    LUXEMBOURG - The European Commission will hold a round table on May 15 on the consumer policy aspects of economic and monetary union, Consumer Affairs Commissioner Emma Bonino said on Thursday.

    [03] Consumer credit directive

    LUXEMBOURG - Financial institutions in the European Union will have to apply a common formula for calculating the cost of consumer credit under an agreement reached by the EU's Consumer Affairs Council.

    [04] Germany missing EMU target-paper

    BRUSSELS - The European Commission is expected to show that Germany will be unable to bring its 1997 budget deficit down to three percent of Gross Domestic Product, a Portuguese newspaper reported.

    [05] Rheinbraun Brennstoff/Carboni deal

    BRUSSELS - The European Commission said it had cleared a move by German company Rheinbraun Brennstoff GmbH, a unit of electricity group RWE, to acquire full control of Italian company Agenzia Carbonia Srl.

    [06] BT/EU will approve MCI merger

    BRUSSELS - British Telecommunications Plc said it remained confident that the European Commission would clear its merger with MCI Communications of the United States.

    [07] EMU/EU enlargement

    BRUSSELS - Europe's single currency is likely to be the anchor for the countries of central and eastern Europe that want to join the EU, but monetary union is not seen as a barrier to the bloc's eastern expansion.

    [08] EP attacks Beijing over Hong Kong

    STRASBOURG, France - The European Parliament condemned China's decision to replace Hong Kong's elected Legislative Council by a handpicked body ahead of the return of the territory to Chinese rule on July 1.

    [09] EU inaction over Albania condemed

    STRASBOURG, France - The European Parliament criticised European Union governments for failing to act together to tackle the crisis in Albania, saying all countries in the 15-member bloc should shoulder the burden.

    [10] EU-Belarus accord threatened

    STRASBOURG, France - The European Parliament warned it would block a planned trade and aid pact between the European Union and Belarus unless the Minsk government undertook genuine political and economic reform.

    [11] Auto/Oil first readings

    BRUSSELS - The European Parliament completed its first readings on the Commission's Auto/Oil proposals, adopting dozens of amendments to the draft directives on engine emissions and fuel quality.

    [12] EP slams EU disunity over China

    STRASBOURG, France - The European Parliament added its voice to criticism of the European Union for failing to support a United Nations resolution attacking China for human rights violations.

    [13] Solution to grain tariff row

    GENEVA - The United States and the European Union said they saw good prospects for a solution to their long-running row over EU grain tariffs.

    [14] Euro-Med conference

    BRUSSELS - Booming economic, cultural and political ties are likely to be overshadowed by the Middle East crisis when the European Union's Foreign Ministers meet 12 of their Mediterranean counterparts in Malta next week.

    [15] U.S., EU meat talks

    WASHINGTON - European officals trying to settle a nasty fight with the United States over meat and poultry imports will meet on Friday in hopes that a last- ditch effort would avert a trade war.

    [16] Main EU events for April 11

    BRUSSELS - Liaison Committee of Non-Governmental Development Organisations conference continues from 0730 GMT - followed by first day of the European NGO general assembly at 1230 GMT with opening address by Commissioner de Deus Pinheiro (Friday).

    BRUSSELS - European Commissioner Gradin attends European Commission hearings on "European cooperation with NGOs in the fight against traffic and sexual abuse of children" at 0730 GMT (Friday).

    STRASBOURG - European Parliament plenary session resumes at 0700 GMT (Friday, last of five days).


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


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