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EU News Flashes and Events for 97-06-10

EU News Flashes and Events Directory - Previous Article

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] France throws spanner into EMU
  • [02] UK backs delay on stability pact
  • [03] EMU stability pact not negotiable
  • [04] Santer to see Jospin over EMU
  • [05] Amsterdam deal on stability pact
  • [06] Ireland's inflation threat
  • [07] EU may end Vienna GMO maize ban
  • [08] GMO rapeseed labelling agreement
  • [09] Blokker's Toys "R" Us Dutch buy
  • [10] Swiss, EU customs control deal
  • [11] Main EU events for June 10

  • [01] France throws spanner into EMU

    LUXEMBOURG - France threw the European Union's plans for a single currency into confusion on Monday when it asked for time to study a previously agreed pact to keep budget deficits tight after the currency is launched.

    [02] UK backs delay on stability pact

    LUXEMBOURG - Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown on Monday backed France's decision to delay signing the stability pact for monetary union and said he and the French finance minister agreed jobs were the European Union's top priority.

    [03] EMU stability pact not negotiable

    LUXEMBOURG - German Finance Minister Theo Waigel on Monday stressed the importance of budget discipline and stable prices and said the stability pact aimed at creating a solid basis for Europe's planned single currency was not up for discussion.

    [04] Santer to see Jospin over EMU

    LUXEMBOURG - European Commission President Jacques Santer will meet French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin on Thursday to discuss France's problems with the European Union's stability pact, a Commission spokesman said.

    [05] Amsterdam deal on stability pact

    LUXEMBOURG - Dutch Finance Minister Gerrit Zalm said on Monday that he still hoped for an agreement on the EU's stability pact at an Amsterdam summit next week, but acknowledged it could take time to integrate France's demands for greater coordination of economic policies.

    [06] Ireland's inflation threat

    LUXEMBOURG - European Union countries endorsed Ireland's economic performance on Monday, but questioned whether inflation might not be set to rise, Irish Finance Minister Ruairi Quinn told reporters.

    [07] EU may end Vienna GMO maize ban

    BRUSSELS - The European Commission said on Monday it was likely to propose later this month that Austria end its ban on imports of genetically modified maize.

    [08] GMO rapeseed labelling agreement

    BRUSSELS - The European Commission said on Monday that two genetically modified rapeseed varieties developed by Plant Genetic Systems were approved for all uses after the company agreed to label the products.

    [09] Blokker's Toys "R" Us Dutch buy

    BRUSSELS - The European Commission's competition service has proposed blocking the acquisition by Dutch retailer Blokker of Toys "R" Us' Netherlands' operations, suggesting instead that it take control of only part of it, EU sources said on Monday.

    [10] Swiss, EU customs control deal

    LUXEMBOURG - Switzerland and the European Union on Monday signed an agreement to cooperate more closely on customs control.

    [11] Main EU events for June 10

    STRASBOURG - European People's Party (EPP) holds summit (1500 GMT); discussions focus on enlargement of NATO and the inter-governmental conference.

    STRASBOURG - European Commission regular meeting (1300 GMT); European Commissioner Monti holds n/conf on additionnal pensions in the internal market (1430 GMT).

    STRASBOURG - European Parliament holds plenary session (second of five days); discussions include European Monetary Union.

    STRASBOURG - European Parliament President Jose Maria Gil Robles meets European Monetary Institute President Alexandre Lamfalussy (1100 GMT).

    STRASBOURG - European Commissioner Oreja addresses European Parliament Committee on BSE opinions given to the inter-governmental conference on legal aspects of consumer protection (0800 GMT).

    STRASBOURG - European Commissioner Monti addresses European Parliament Economic Committee on the single market action plan.

    STRASBOURG - European Commissioner Papoutsis addresses European Parliament Research/Energy Committee on the outcome of May 27 Energy Council, followed by an exchange of views.


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


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