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EU News Flashes and Events for 97-05-29

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] "Marshall Plan" for East Europe
  • [02] Euro-U.S summit on east Europe aid
  • [03] U.S. on Boeing deal
  • [04] U.S.-EU breakthrough on trade
  • [05] U.S., EU agree drug-busting deal
  • [06] U.S. and EU to fight prostitution
  • [07] EU needs effective foreign policy
  • [08] EU growth
  • [09] Bundesbank rejects Bonn gold plan
  • [10] Planned EMU may be in trouble
  • [11] Jospin says Germans resort to EMU
  • [12] Sweden edges towards EMU 'no'
  • [13] French EMU pressure on Germany
  • [14] European shops fight card charges
  • [15] Congo stability before elections
  • [16] Dutch see deal on UK borders
  • [17] EU workers demonstration
  • [18] Cook says jobs must balance EMU
  • [19] Brazil to WTO over EU chicken
  • [20] EU faces explosion in allergies
  • [21] EU wheat unlikely before June
  • [22] Main Eu events for May 29

  • [01] "Marshall Plan" for East Europe

    THE HAGUE - Dutch Prime Minister Wim Kok said on Wednesday Western Europe and its North American allies should join forces to back a new "Marshall Plan" to support the economic regeneration of Eastern Europe.

    [02] Euro-U.S summit on east Europe aid

    THE HAGUE - Dutch Prime Minister Wim Kok paid tribute on Wednesday to the United States for its Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe 50 years ago, and said the Dutch may hold a similar Euro-Atlantic initiative on eastern Europe.

    [03] U.S. on Boeing deal

    THE HAGUE - The United States urged the European Union on Wednesday not to let politics sway its decision on whether U.S. aerospace giant Boeing's planned merger with McDonnell Douglas met its strict antitrust rules.

    [04] U.S.-EU breakthrough on trade

    THE HAGUE - The United States and the European Union said on Wednesday they had cleared the way for a deal allowing their businesses a once-for-all certification in five product categories worth $40 billion a year.

    [05] U.S., EU agree drug-busting deal

    THE HAGUE - The United States and the European Union pledged on Wednesday to step up a joint battle against illegal drugs and signed a pact to keep the chemicals used to make synthetic drugs out of the hands of traffickers.

    [06] U.S. and EU to fight prostitution

    THE HAGUE - U.S. President Bill Clinton and leaders of the European Union agreed on Wednesday to step up efforts to combat a rise in prostitution, which Clinton likened to "modern day slavery".

    [07] EU needs effective foreign policy

    THE HAGUE - The European Union must set up effective foreign policy structures to deal with Southeast Europe, which will remain its biggest foreign policy challenge, the international envoy for Bosnia, Carl Bildt, said on Tuesday.

    [08] EU growth

    PARIS - U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, hailing the 50th anniversary of the Marshall Plan, said on Wednesday that Washington was keen to see the European Union expand as rapidly

    [09] Bundesbank rejects Bonn gold plan

    FRANKFURT - The German Bundesbank on Thursday issued a strong statement rejecting Bonn government plans to revalue its assets and demand an immediate payout of the profit booked from these hidden reserves.

    [10] Planned EMU may be in trouble

    BRUSSELS - The decision by Germany's Bundesbank on Wednesday to reject a government plan to revalue the bank's gold reserves in order to fill a budget revenue shortfall this year is being interpreted by some analysts as outright war.

    [11] Jospin says Germans resort to EMU

    PARIS - French Socialist opposition leader Lionel Jospin accused Germany's conservative government on Wednesday of resorting to accounting devices to qualify for a single European currency.

    [12] Sweden edges towards EMU 'no'

    STOCKHOLM - Sweden on Wednesday edged closer towards ending months of speculation and announce it would not join Europe's Economic and Monetary Union at its 1999 start, analysts said.

    [13] French EMU pressure on Germany

    BRUSSELS - How far is Germany prepared to go to see the European single currency launched on time is the key question raised by the prospect of a victory for the left in Sunday's French general elections.

    [14] European shops fight card charges

    BRUSSELS - Retailers united forces on Thursday to urge the European Union to scrap rules allowing banks to impose 'excessive' charges on shops and restaurants for accepting payment cards.

    [15] Congo stability before elections

    BRUSSELS - European Development Commissioner Joao de Deus Pinheiro said on Wednesday the new leader of the former Zaire was right to concentrate on consolidating his rule before holding democratic elections.

    [16] Dutch see deal on UK borders

    BRUSSELS - The Dutch European Union presidency predicted on Wednesday that Britain would secure legal guarantees in the current EU treaty review that it can retain control over its borders.

    [17] EU workers demonstration

    BRUSSELS - Thousands of workers demanding more European Union action to fight record unemployment brought traffic to a temporary standstill in Brussels' EU quarter on Wednesday, forming a human chain between the bloc's buildings.

    [18] Cook says jobs must balance EMU

    LONDON - Britain's new Labour government said on Wednesday that the pursuit of a single European currency should be balanced with broader economic objectives such as higher employment.

    [19] Brazil to WTO over EU chicken

    BRASILIA - Brazil is more than likely to request that a World Trade Organization dispute settlement panel judge import quotas imposed by the European Union on chickens, said a senior Brazilian diplomat.

    [20] EU faces explosion in allergies

    BRUSSELS - One in two people in the European Union will suffer from an allergy soon unless preventive action is taken urgently, the head of the British-based UCB Institute of Allergy warned on Wednesday.

    [21] EU wheat unlikely before June

    PARIS - The European Union, which is currently blocking wheat exports from last year's harvest, is unlikely to launch the tender process for exporting this year's crop before the end of June, an EU source said on Wednesday.

    [22] Main Eu events for May 29

    BRUSSELS - European Commission weekly meeting (0700 GMT); Commissioners Bangemann and Van Miert joint n/conf on the state of implementation of telecoms liberalisation before January 1, 1998 and on the new generation of mobile telephones (1000 GMT); Commissioner Kinnock n/conf on freight transport and consolidation of the "Eurocontrol" convention (1030 GMT).

    THE HAGUE - European Group of Advisers for Biotechnology Ethics n/conf on ethical implications of cloning (1330 GMT).

    SINTRA, Potugal - NATO foreign ministers hold informal meeting (first of two days); discussions focus on NATO enlargement and reform and preparations for NATO summit in June.

    BRUSSELS - European Parliament holds mini session (0700 GMT) (second of two days).

    BRUSSELS - EU Economic and Social Committee plenary session (0730 GMT) (second of two days).

    BRUSSELS - Mexican Foreign Minister Jose Angel Gurria n/conf on official visit to Belgium and EU-Mexican relations (0830 GMT).

    BRUSSELS - Palestinian Education Minister Hanan Ashrawi n/conf on the situation in Palestinian territories and the blocked peace process (0900 GMT).


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


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