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EU News Flashes and Events for 97-04-15

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] 1997 fish tariff quotas approved
  • [02] Italian driftnet conversion plan
  • [03] EU to scale back fish quota cuts
  • [04] UK commodities houses rules
  • [05] Helms-Burton trade case at WTO
  • [06] UK's Blair ready to use EU veto
  • [07] EU to brief E.European partners
  • [08] Euro's role on global stage
  • [09] Drachma could join ERM in 1999
  • [10] EU calls for calm in Kinshasa
  • [11] Main EU events for April 15

  • [01] 1997 fish tariff quotas approved

    LUXEMBOURG - Fisheries ministers agreed on Monday by a qualified majority vote on autonomous import tariff quotas for 1997, EU officials said.

    [02] Italian driftnet conversion plan

    LUXEMBOURG - Fisheries ministers gave political agreement on Monday to EU aid of 100 million ecus between 1997-9 to encourage Italian fishermen to stop using driftnets for catching swordfish, EU officials said.

    [03] EU to scale back fish quota cuts

    LUXEMBOURG - European Union fisheries ministers on Monday sought to tone down plans to slash fish catches by up to 30 percent while Britain said it would not implement further cuts until so-called "quota hoppers" had been dealt with.

    [04] UK commodities houses rules

    BRUSSELS - The European Commission is expected to propose rules on Wednesday that could force British commodities trading houses to increase capital to cover market risks, industry and Commission officials said.

    [05] Helms-Burton trade case at WTO

    BRUSSELS - European Union member states have agreed not to present a formal complaint against the U.S Helms-Burton Act on Monday pending a final decision later this week, EU Union Trade Commissioner Sir Leon Brittan said.

    [06] UK's Blair ready to use EU veto

    LONDON - British opposition leader Tony Blair said on Monday that Labour was also prepared to use Britain's veto if the country became isolated in Europe.

    [07] EU to brief E.European partners

    AMSTERDAM - The European Union will brief central and eastern European countries on June 27 on the outcome of its Amsterdam summit, a Dutch foreign ministry spokeswoman said on Monday.

    [08] Euro's role on global stage

    BRUSSELS - A single European currency will pose a strong threat to the dollar's market dominance but transition to a bipolar monetary system is likely to happen only gradually, European Union sources said.

    [09] Drachma could join ERM in 1999

    ATHENS - The drachma will enter the exchange rate mechanism of the European Monetary System in the spring of 1999 at an off-market rate, Greek bankers predicted in an informal Reuters poll.

    [10] EU calls for calm in Kinshasa

    THE HAGUE - The European Union said on Monday it was monitoring events in Zaire with concern and called on all parties to maintain calm and order in the central African country's capital of Kinshasa.

    [11] Main EU events for April 15

    BRUSSELS - Czech Prime Minister Vaclav Klaus meets WEU Secretary Jose Cutileiro at 0655 GMT, followed by news conference at 0745 GMT; meets EP President Jose Maria Gil-Robles at 0900 GMT, followed by news conference at 0940 GMT; meets Commission President Santer at 1015 GMT.

    VALETTA, Malta - Foreign ministers from the EU and 12 Mediterranean countries hold Euro-Med Conference to cement a regional partnership at 1300 GMT (first of two days).

    MOSCOW - NATO Secretary General Javier Solana meets Russian Foreign Minister Yevgeny Primakov to discuss next round of talks for NATO/Russia charter.

    LUXEMBOURG - EU fisheries ministers continue meeting (second of two days).

    BRUSSELS - Inter-governmental conference representatives continue meeting (second of two days).

    BRUSSELS - Dutch Employment and Social Affairs Minister Ad Melkert holds news conference following a meeting with labour and employer groups on a code of conduct for informing and consulting workers in the event of plant closures at 1700 GMT.

    BRUSSELS - EP Transport Committee meets with central and eastern European national parliament representatives - exchange of views on the Helsinki declaration at 0700 GMT.

    BRUSSELS - EP Research and Energy Committee public hearing on "Research for Europe: from the 4th to the 5th Research and Technological Development Framework Programme" begins at 0715 GMT.

    BRUSSELS - European Community Humanitarian Office (ECHO) Director Navarro addresses EP Development Committee on the outcome of the world food summit at 0730 GMT.

    BRUSSELS - Dutch Finance Minister Gerritt Zalm attends EP Monetary Subcommittee at 0800 GMT.

    BRUSSELS - Head of fact-finding mission to Belarus addresses EP Foreign Affairs Committee on the situation in Belarus at 0830 GMT.

    BRUSSELS - EP Agriculture Committee public hearing on "What future for the olive tree after 3000 years of history?" begins at 1300 GMT.

    BRUSSELS - EP Budgetary Control and Civil Liberties Committees public hearing on "Protection of the European taxpayer - Towards a common legal and judicial area" begins at 1300 GMT (first of two days).

    BRUSSELS - Commissioner Oreja addresses EP Culture/Youth Committee on the EU's information policy at 1400 GMT.

    BRUSSELS - Commissioner Kinnock addresses EP Transport Committee on road safety and trans-European network corridors at 1300 GMT; Commissioner Papoutsis discusses tourism programme 1994-1998 (PHILOXIA) at 1500 GMT.


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


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