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EU News Flashes and Events for 97-04-30

EU News Flashes and Events Directory - Previous Article - Next Article

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] EU freezes ties with Iran
  • [02] Zaire rebels killing Hutu refugees
  • [03] Cooperation deal with Macedonia
  • [04] EU-China relations
  • [05] Greece/EU meeting with Turkey
  • [06] EU stand on Iran-demonstration
  • [07] Yugoslavia welcomes EU move
  • [08] Hoogovens/Usines Gustave Boel
  • [09] EU clears Arbed/Champion
  • [10] Slovak PM blames U.S. on NATO
  • [11] WTO/EU banana regime breaks rules
  • [12] De Silguy-EU talks Apr/May '98
  • [13] Main EU events for April 30

  • [01] EU freezes ties with Iran

    LUXEMBOURG - The European Union toughened its stance against Iran on Tuesday, suspending ministerial ties with Tehran in response to a court finding that Iran's rulers had ordered political assassinations in Germany.

    [02] Zaire rebels killing Hutu refugees

    LUXEMBOURG - Emma Bonino, the EU commissioner responsible for humanitarian aid, accused rebel forces in Zaire on Tuesday of a deliberate drive to wipe out refugees believed to have taken part in genocide in Rwanda.

    [03] Cooperation deal with Macedonia

    LUXEMBOURG - The European Union on Tuesday signed a cooperation deal with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, which took the opportunity to stress its ultimate goal was full membership of the bloc.

    [04] EU-China relations

    LUXEMBOURG - Five European Union countries that broke ranks and failed to support a U.N. resolution critical of China are to tell Beijing not to retaliate against those in the bloc that supported the move.

    [05] Greece/EU meeting with Turkey

    LUXEMBOURG - Greece maintained its long-standing veto on a European Union aid package to Turkey on Tuesday, casting a shadow over the bloc's first high- level talks with Ankara since 1995.

    [06] EU stand on Iran-demonstration

    LUXEMBOURG - Several hundred demonstrators from Iran's resistance movement, with banners waving and Iranian music blasting out over loudspeakers, urged EU foreign ministers on Tuesday to end their critical dialogue with Iran.

    [07] Yugoslavia welcomes EU move

    BELGRADE - Yugoslavia welcomed special trade privileges granted by the European Union on Tuesday and said the deal would help it to speed up economic reforms.

    [08] Hoogovens/Usines Gustave Boel

    BRUSSELS - The European Commission said on Tuesday it had cleared the acquisition by Dutch steel group Hoogovens NV of a 50 percent stake in Usines Gustave Boel of Belgium.

    [09] EU clears Arbed/Champion

    BRUSSELS - The European Commission said on Tuesday it had cleared as proposal by ProfilArbed, which belongs to Luxembourg steel group Arbed, and Etablissements Metallurgiques J. Champion SA of France to create a joint venture to trade and stock hot-rolled long steel products.

    [10] Slovak PM blames U.S. on NATO

    BRATISLAVA - Prime Minister Vladimir Meciar said on Tuesday that Slovakia had virtually no chance of joining a first phase of NATO expansion and blamed the "negative attitude" of the United States.

    [11] WTO/EU banana regime breaks rules

    GENEVA - A World Trade Organisation dispute panel has ruled that the European Union's banana regime favouring imports from mainly Caribbean countries violate open trading rules, diplomats said on Tuesday.

    [12] De Silguy-EU talks Apr/May '98

    WASHINGTON - European Commissioner Yves-Thibault de Silguy said on Monday he expected a "fast-track" meeting in early 1998 where finance ministers will meet immediately before and after EU leaders decide which countries qualify to join monetary union in 1999.

    [13] Main EU events for April 30

    LUXEMBOURG - EU foreign ministers meeting continues at 0730 GMT. Association Councils with Poland (1300 GMT) and Hungary (1430 GMT).

    BRUSSELS - European Commission regular weekly meeting begins at 0700 GMT. Commissioner Monti holds news conference at 0930 GMT on action plans for fighting customs fraud and completing the single market; Commissioner Liikanen holds news conference at 1000 GMT on the EU 1998 budget; Commissioner Bonino holds news conference at 1030 GMT on food safety; Commissioners Bangemann and Fischler hold news conference at 1100 GMT on EU food law.

    TORONTO - "Quad" trade ministers (U.S., Canada, Japan and EU) meet (first of three days); discussions include trade negotiations under the WTO, regional trade initiatives, integrating the least developed countries into global trading system.

    BRUSSELS - Latvian Foreign Minister Valdis Birkavs meets NATO Secretary General Javier Solana; press opportunity at 1415 GMT.


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


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