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EU News Flashes and Events for 97-05-02

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] Little progress on EU reforms
  • [02] Poland, Hungary must make efforts
  • [03] 2.4 pct rise for 1998 budget
  • [04] Turkey and Greece hold talks
  • [05] EU, US strike meat deal
  • [06] EU launches food safety "bible"
  • [07] Greece's telecoms liberalisation
  • [08] Spain's mobile phone proposal
  • [09] Single market, single currency
  • [10] Tax issues progress in 1997/Monti
  • [11] Appeal against WTO banana ruling?
  • [12] EU regional aid overhaul
  • [13] EU moves closer to gas deal
  • [14] Cereals farmers over-subsidised
  • [15] Beef aid link to animal welfare
  • [16] EU to recover 12 Mecus from CASA
  • [17] EU authorises British coal aid
  • [18] Siemens/Huelsbeck & Fuerst deal
  • [19] Main EU events for May 2

  • [01] Little progress on EU reforms

    LUXEMBOURG - Just six weeks before EU leaders are due to sign landmark treaty reforms at a summit in Amsterdam, the bloc's foreign ministers remained bogged down on Tuesday in the nuts and bolts of institutional changes.

    [02] Poland, Hungary must make efforts

    LUXEMBOURG - The European Union told two of the eastern European countries expected to be first in line to join early next century they had to make further efforts to avoid unnecessary delays in crossing the threshold.

    [03] 2.4 pct rise for 1998 budget

    BRUSSELS - The European Commission opened the bidding for the EU's 1998 budget on Wednesday, proposing a 2.4 percent rise in committed expenditure totalling more than 91 billion European currency units.

    [04] Turkey and Greece hold talks

    ISTANBUL - Turkish Foreign Minister Tansu Ciller began talks with her Greek opposite number Theodoros Pangalos on Wednesday, a day after Greece announced it would maintain its veto on European Union aid to Turkey.

    [05] EU, US strike meat deal

    WASHINGTON - U.S. and European Union officials averted a potentially costly trans-Altantic trade war on Wednesday when they at least partially settled a long fight over meat import regulations, a senior U.S. Agriculture Department official announced.

    [06] EU launches food safety "bible"

    BRUSSELS - The European Union launched its food safety "bible" on Wednesday, pledging to protect the "salad, steak and chips" with better food inspection and to put expert reports on the Internet.

    [07] Greece's telecoms liberalisation

    BRUSSELS - The Greek government has agreed to take a series of steps to speed up liberalisation of its telecommunications market, the European Commission said on Wednesday.

    [08] Spain's mobile phone proposal

    BRUSSELS - The European Commission said on Wednesday it had approved a Spanish proposal to compensate GSM mobile phone consortium Airtel Movil for paying 85 billion pesetas to obtain an operating licence.

    [09] Single market, single currency

    BRUSSELS - The European Commission adopted an ambitious plan on Wednesday to remove all remaining barriers to the creation of a truly single market in the 15-nation bloc by 1999 when it adopts a single currency.

    [10] Tax issues progress in 1997/Monti

    BRUSSELS - European Internal Market Commissioner Mario Monti said on Wednesday he was hopeful that the EU would be able to achieve a higher degree of tax coordination by the end of the year.

    [11] Appeal against WTO banana ruling?

    BRUSSELS - The European Commission said on Wednesday it may appeal against a negative World Trade Organisation ruling on the European Union's banana regime.

    [12] EU regional aid overhaul

    BRUSSELS - EU Regional Affairs Commissioner Monika Wulf-Mathies called on Wednesday for an overhaul of European regional, social and farm aid spending, and said aid should not be used to fatten firms for privatisation.

    [13] EU moves closer to gas deal

    BRUSSELS - European Union countries have moved significantly closer to reaching a deal to open up the EU gas market to competition, an EU official said on Wednesday.

    [14] Cereals farmers over-subsidised

    BRUSSELS - European Union cereals farmers have been over-compensated for cuts in support prices, EU Farm Commissioner Franz Fischler said on Wednesday.

    [15] Beef aid link to animal welfare

    BRUSSELS - European Union beef export subsidies should be linked to the respect of animal welfare standards, the European Commission proposed.

    [16] EU to recover 12 Mecus from CASA

    BRUSSELS - The European Commission said on Wednesday it had ordered Spain to recover 1.9 billion pesetas in aid granted to national aircraft maker Construcciones Aeronautica.

    [17] EU authorises British coal aid

    BRUSSELS - The European Commission said on Wednesday it had authorised Britain to provide 891 million pound to its coal industry through July 2002.

    [18] Siemens/Huelsbeck & Fuerst deal

    BRUSSELS - The European Commission said on Wednesday it had cleared plans by German industrial giant Siemens AG to take a stake in German company Huelsbeck & Fuerst GmbH.

    [19] Main EU events for May 2

    BILBAO, Spain - European Commissioner Flynn visits European agency for safety and health at work; addresses the International Federation of Journalists conference on "Journalism and the challenge of racism".

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