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EU News Flashes and Events for 97-05-26

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

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] EU talks on dairy farmers
  • [02] Spanish farmers pelt French embassy
  • [03] EU plays up social conscience
  • [04] Bonn to hit EMU without reserves
  • [05] France to consider Mobutu asylum
  • [06] Chirac on Europe's "social model"
  • [07] EU-Swiss accord snags on trucks
  • [08] North Korea situation "explosive"
  • [09] EU Commission president's role
  • [10] EU Commission president's role
  • [11] U.S. feed Romania's NATO hopes
  • [12] Luxembourg PM on EMU
  • [13] Chirac on accord limiting Commission
  • [14] Kohl defends gold revaluation plan
  • [15] Bonino on refugees in ex-Zaire
  • [16] Poland on Russia-NATO council
  • [17] Boeing-McDonnell deal
  • [18] Slovenia closer to EU ratification
  • [19] EU soft drinks industry calls
  • [20] Commission gene-policy
  • [21] EU ruling on P&O, Stena ferry link
  • [22] Irish, Greek green rates to devalue
  • [23] US, Britain, France accord
  • [24] Blair urges shift in Europe
  • [25] Main EU events for May 26

  • [01] EU talks on dairy farmers

    MIDDELBURG - European Union farm ministers gathered on Sunday in the southern Dutch town of Middelburg for three days of informal talks on the future for more than one million dairy farmers.

    [02] Spanish farmers pelt French embassy

    MADRID - Spanish farmers pelted the French embassy in Madrid with tomatoes and eggs on Saturday to protest against attacks on Spanish truckers importing vegetables and fruits to France.

    [03] EU plays up social conscience

    AMSTERDAM - European Union leaders appear upbeat about the chances of forging wide-reaching treaty reforms that would ready the 15-nation bloc for enlargement and signal a new "People's Europe".

    [04] Bonn to hit EMU without reserves

    REGENSBURG, Germany - Finance Minister Theo Waigel said on Saturday Germany would meet the convergence criteria for European economic and monetary union independently from plans to revalue the Bundesbank's gold and currency reserves.

    [05] France to consider Mobutu asylum

    PARIS - France would consider a request for asylum from the ousted president of former Zaire Mobutu Sese Seko, but has not received any, French Prime Minister Alain Juppe said on Friday.

    [06] Chirac on Europe's "social model"

    NOORDWIJK, Netherlands - French President Jacques Chirac said on Friday he saw a "revolution" in Europe in its growing acceptance of a need for a social model to protect its citizens from unemployment and poverty.

    [07] EU-Swiss accord snags on trucks

    BRUSSELS - The European Commission said on Friday that talks aimed at brokering a deal on air and land links with Switzerland had broken down.

    [08] North Korea situation "explosive"

    SEOUL - The situation in hungry North Korea is "very explosive", the European Commission's top envoy to Seoul said on Saturday, a day after the commission announced a huge food aid package.

    [09] Russia's Primakov warns NATO

    MOSCOW - Russian Foreign Minister Yevgeny Primakov warned NATO on Saturday not to offer membership to former Soviet republics but ruled out the use of force to prevent such a move.

    [10] EU Commission president's role

    NOORDWIJK, Netherlands - Future European Commission presidents will be true chief executives and participate in the choice of their fellow commissioners, Dutch Prime Minister Wim Kok said on

    [11] U.S. feed Romania's NATO hopes

    BUCHAREST - Romania's hopes of joining NATO have been boosted by a supporting letter from two U.S. lawmakers to President Bill Clinton, a Foreign Ministry official said on Friday.

    [12] Luxembourg PM on EMU

    NOORDWIJK, Netherlands - - Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker said on Friday he did not see the advent of a single European currency destroying the Grand Duchy's financial centre, the cornerstone of its economy.

    [13] Chirac on accord limiting Commission

    NOORDWIJK, Netherlands - French President Jacques Chirac, backing down on a call to cut the size of the European Commission, said on Friday he expected an agreement limiting its number to the current 20.

    [14] Kohl defends gold revaluation plan

    NOORDWIJK, Netherlands - German Chancellor Helmut Kohl on Friday defended Germany's plans to revalue the Bundesbank's gold reserves by illustrating that many other EU countries already valued their reserves higher.

    [15] Bonino on refugees in ex-Zaire

    MADRID - European humanitarian aid commissioner Emma Bonino demanded on Friday that the new leader of the former Zaire, Laurent Kabila, allow relief workers into the country to determine the fate of 280,000 missing refugees.

    [16] Poland on Russia-NATO council

    WARSAW, Poland on Friday - underlined its demand that it be given a seat in a joint council which NATO and Russia are to set up under a security accord to be signed next week.

    [17] Boeing-McDonnell deal

    BRUSSELS - The European Commission has serious concerns about the proposed merger between Boeing and McDonnell Douglas and the companies would be well advised to address them, EU competition sources said on Friday.

    [18] Slovenia closer to EU ratification

    LJUBLJANA - Slovenia's parliament agreed on Friday to bring national legislation into line with European Union standards, taking the country one step closer to final ratification of its association agreement with the EU.

    [19] EU soft drinks industry calls

    BRUSSELS - European soft drinks producers on Friday urged EU farm ministers to consider sugar price- cutting reforms when they discuss future dairy policy at an informal meeting in Middelburg.

    [20] Commission gene-policy

    BRUSSELS - The European Commission has gone back to the drawing board in its efforts to clarify EU rules and policy on gene-modified foods such as maize and soybeans, one official told reporters on Friday.

    [21] EU ruling on P&O, Stena ferry link

    BRUSSELS - The European Commission has until mid June to decide whether to challenge the proposed joint venture between the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company and Stena Line AB, Commission sources said on Friday.

    [22] Irish, Greek green rates to devalue

    BRUSSELS - The green rates of the Irish pound and the Greek drachma will be devalued with effect from Monday, the European Commission said on Frida

    [23] US, Britain, France accord

    PARIS - The United States, Britain and France have reached an agreement on helping African states carry out peacekeeping missions, the French Foreign Ministry said on Friday.

    [24] Blair urges shift in Europe

    NOORDWIJK, Netherlands - British Prime Minister Tony Blair called on Friday for a "radical shift" in the European Union to refocus on concerns of real interest to its citizens like jobs.

    [25] Main EU events for May 26

    BRUSSELS - EU justice and home affairs ministers meet (1230 GMT) (Mon-Tues).

    BRUSSELS - European Parliament External Economic Relations Committee holds public hearing on "Delocalisations and direct foreign investments" (1300 GMT) (and Tues).

    BRUSSELS - European Parliament and European Commission hold joint conference on "Environment and Employment" (1300 GMT) (and Tues).


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


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