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EU News Flashes and Events for 97-05-28

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] Russian nukes won't target NATO
  • [02] NATO, Russia hail end of Cold War
  • [03] Burns on NATO-France dispute
  • [04] NATO, Russia on Baltic states
  • [05] EU agreement on gas emissions
  • [06] No EU agreement on gas market
  • [07] EU, U.S. product recognition talks
  • [08] EU, Mexico sign tequila deal
  • [09] EU, Norway talks on salmon
  • [10] EU backs ACP nations trade support
  • [11] EU to help OUA on debt crisis
  • [12] No enlargement decision in 1997
  • [13] Tensions if France weakens on EMU
  • [14] Key Franco-German alliance
  • [15] Lamfalussy on fiscal coordination
  • [16] Delors says euro a priority
  • [17] Nickel limitation in euro coins
  • [18] EU makes financial service offer
  • [19] Swiss the losers if EU talks fail
  • [20] Dairy to be part of Santer package
  • [21] EU favours modest dairy reform
  • [22] Cereals set-aside proposal in June
  • [23] TV channels and competition rules
  • [24] Van Miert prods Italy on telecoms
  • [25] Main EU events for May 28

  • [01] Russian nukes won't target NATO

    PARIS - Russian President Boris Yeltsin made a surprise pledge on Tuesday that Russia would no longer target nuclear missiles at NATO states, hoping to build on a newly signed accord between the former Cold War enemies.

    [02] NATO, Russia hail end of Cold War

    PARIS - NATO and Russia signed an historic treaty on a new security partnership on Tuesday, consigning the Cold War to history and offering the prospect of a united Europe after more than half a century of bitter

    [03] Burns on NATO-France dispute

    PARIS - State Department spokesman Nicholas Burns said on Tuesday the United States had not changed its stance over who should head NATO's southern commmand, insisting the Naples-based post should remain in American hands.

    [04] NATO, Russia on Baltic states

    PARIS - NATO rebuffed Russian resistance to the Baltic states joining the Western defence group on Tuesday, highlighting a rift between the alliance and Moscow despite their new partnership deal.

    [05] EU agreement on gas emissions

    BRUSSELS - European Union energy ministers agreed on Tuesday they should step up action to curb emissions of greenhouse gas, which are responsible for climate change, but they stepped back from making any specific commitments.

    [06] No EU agreement on gas market

    BRUSSELS - European Union energy ministers failed on Tuesday to find a formula for the liberalisation of the EU gas market but the Dutch chairman of the Energy Council said he still hoped he could broker a deal next month.

    [07] EU, U.S. product recognition talks

    PARIS - Talks between the European Union and the United States on easing trade in pharmaceutical and other products failed to produce an agreement on Tuesday, but officials on both sides said the gap between them had narrowed.

    [08] EU, Mexico sign tequila deal

    BRUSSELS - The European Union and Mexico signed on Thursday a mutual recognition accord for their leading spirit drinks, which is expected to boost bilateral trade in whisky, cognac, tequila and other spirits.

    [09] EU, Norway talks on salmon

    BRUSSELS - The European Commission and Norway are holding last-ditch talks in a bid to avert the threat of a European Union anti-dumping duty on imports of Norwegian salmon, a Norwegian diplomat said on Tuesday.

    [10] EU backs ACP nations trade support

    GRAND BAIE, Mauritius - The European Union remains committed to supportive trade ties with developing African, Caribbean and Pacific nations despite a global push for free markets, an EU official said on Tuesday.

    [11] EU to help OUA on debt crisis

    HARARE - The Organisation of African Unity has appealed to the European Union to help resolve a debt crisis affecting the 70-member African, Caribbean and Pacific group of countries, the

    [12] No enlargement decision in 1997

    BUDAPEST - A top European Union official said on Tuesday the EU is unlikely to decide this year on which countries to invite for formal negotiations to join.

    [13] Tensions if France weakens on EMU

    BONN - Germany opposes further weakening of Europe's monetary union and any bid to do so by a French Socialist government could raise serious tensions with Paris, Bonn foreign policy strategists said on Tuesday.

    [14] Key Franco-German alliance

    PARIS - Whatever the result of France's parliamentary election on Sunday, the fundamental question remains the same -- how much can Paris shift policy without torpedoing shaky public support in Germany for monetary union

    [15] Lamfalussy on fiscal coordination

    STOCKHOLM - European Monetary Institute head Alexandre Lamfalussy said on Tuesday that substantial coordination of fiscal policies would be needed after the EU's Economic and Monetary Union is launched.

    [16] Delors says euro a priority

    PARIS - Former European Commission chief Jacques Delors has said the French left would make the single European currency its priority if it came to power in Sunday's parliamentary election runoff.

    [17] Nickel limitation in euro coins

    BRUSSELS - The European Commission, responding to concerns about allergies, is to recommend that new euro coins contain only limited amounts of nickel, European Union officials said on Tuesday.

    [18] EU makes financial service offer

    PARIS - European Foreign Trade Commissioner Leon Brittan said on Tuesday a new EU offer in financial services liberalisation talks would be put to the World Trade Organisation within weeks.

    [19] Swiss the losers if EU talks fail

    BRUSSELS - Switzerland risks losing more than European Union countries if talks on rail and road freight carriage through the Swiss Alps fail, a senior European Commission official told

    [20] Dairy to be part of Santer package

    MIDDELBURG, Netherlands - Dairy reform will be part of a package of measures on agriculture and other sectors due to be presented by European Commission President Jacques Santer, Farm Commissioner Franz Fischler said on Tuesday.

    [21] EU favours modest dairy reform

    MIDDELBURG, Netherlands - - European Union farm ministers wrapped up three days of informal talks on Tuesday, favouring fine-tuning its complex system of milk quotas rather than a radical shake-up of the 13-year-old regime.

    [22] Cereals set-aside proposal in June

    MIDDELBURG, Netherlands - - European Union Farm Commissioner Franz Fischler said on Tuesday that he will present a proposal in June on how much land cereals farmers must set aside for the 1998 harvest.

    [23] TV channels and competition rules

    BRUSSELS - A group of EU states, concerned that the European Commission may try to clamp down on subsidies to public television broadcasters, is proposing to exclude the sector altogether

    [24] Van Miert prods Italy on telecoms

    ROME - Competition Commissioner Karel Van Miert took Italy to task on Monday for dragging its feet in adopting legislation to open up its telecommunications market to competition.

    [25] Main EU events for May 28

    THE HAGUE - U.S. and EU hold hold biannual summit (0730 GMT) (and Thurs). Discussion topics include the Middle East, the Balkans, Turkey, China's membership in the World Trade Organisation; signature of agreements on customs cooperation, chemical precusors (1020 GMT). U.S. President Bill Clinton also attends commemoration of 50th anniversary of U.S. Marshall plan for postwar reconstruction of Europe (1345 GMT).

    BRUSSELS - European Commissioner Monti holds n/conf on "The citizen in the Union" (1015 GMT).

    BRUSSELS - European Parliament and Council start conciliation procedures to iron out differences over ARIANE and RAPHAEL cultural programmes and proposal for directive on free movement of doctors and mutual recognition of their diplomas, certificates and other documents (1630 GMT).

    BRUSSELS - European Parliament mini session (1300 GMT) (and Thurs); discussions cover stability pact and growth, broad guidelines of economic policies, status of non-conventional medicines, internal market, EP budget, sea and air transport, social aspects of housing.

    BRUSSELS - The Greens in the European Parliament hold public hearing on "The buildings policy of the European institutions and their impact on the city of Brussels" (0900/0700 GMT).

    BRUSSELS - N/conf on "European white paper on allergy - Allergy as a public health problem in Europe" drawn up by UCB Institute of Allergy (1300 GMT).

    BRUSSELS - EU Economic and Social Committee plenary session (1230 GMT) (and Thurs).


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