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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 04-07-05

Midday Express: News from the EU Commission Spokesman's Briefings Directory - Previous Article - Next Article

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


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Short Sea Shipping : Commission details progress over the past five years
  • [02] Poul Nielson to visit Namibia and South Africa (05-13/07)
  • [03] Janez Potočnik to visit Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia (05-08/07)
  • [04] Forum UE-Afrique sur le coton : Pascal Lamy prône une stratégie commune en faveur des pays africains
  • [05] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2004-07-05 Reference: MEX/04/0705 Date: 05/07/2004 EXME04 / 5.7

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Press and Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

    Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Direction Général Presse etb

    Communication

    05/07/04


  • [01] Short Sea Shipping : Commission details progress over the past five years

    In a new Communication adopted on 2nd July 2004, the European Commission reports on the results of Short Sea Shipping. Over the last five years, this mode of transport has showed comparable growth trends for freight to that of road. Vice-President Loyola de Palacio stated that : "Short Sea Shipping has an obvious role to play in curbing the growth of road transport and providing cohesion, sustainability and safety in European transport. The new communication clearly shows that this mode is developing rapidly. Improving its framework conditions and making it simpler to use are necessities."

    [02] Poul Nielson to visit Namibia and South Africa (05-13/07)

    Mr Poul Nielson, European Commissioner for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid, will visit Namibia and South Africa from 5 to 13 July 2004. Namibia is preparing for parliamentary and presidential elections later this year, the Commission and Namibia are currently in the process of reviewing aid delivered from the European Development Fund (EDF) and before the end of the year the EU-South Africa Agreement (TDCA) will be reviewed. The visit will be shaped by all these events and will not only provide an opportunity to get a first hand appreciation of development activities financed by the EC but will offer a good opportunity to reflect on the future cooperation with South Africa and Namibia. Commissioner Nielson will use the opportunity to recall the EC's firm intention of remaining a reliable and close partner not only of these two countries but of the Southern African region as a whole. On 8 July Commissioner Nielson will join Commissioner Danuta Hübner for the launch of the EU-SADC negotiations on an Economic Partnership Agreement.

    [03] Janez Potočnik to visit Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia (05-08/07)

    European Commissioner Janez Potočnik will visit Georgia on 5-6 July, Azerbaijan on 6-7 July and Armenia on 7-8 July. The visits follow the decision by the Council on 14 June to include the three Southern Caucasian countries in the European Neighbourhood Policy. Mr Potočnik will welcome the countries into the European Neighbourhood Policy and explain the significance of the initiative to his counterparts.

    [04] Forum UE-Afrique sur le coton : Pascal Lamy prône une stratégie commune en faveur des pays africains

    Réuni aujourd'hui Paris, le Forum UE-Afrique sur le coton vise mettre en œuvre une stratégie commune pour soutenir les pays africains producteurs de coton. Lors de son intervention au Forum, le Commissaire européen chargé du commerce international Pascal Lamy a déclaré : "Nous sommes parfaitement conscients que le coton joue un rôle essentiel pour le développement économique de pays africains qui sont parmi les plus pauvres du monde. Nous sommes conscients également que cette diminution du prix du coton a directement affecté et appauvri des millions de petits producteurs. Il était primordial de commencer par un cas test. Nous voyons donc dans le cas du coton une dimension d'urgence dans le cadre d'une stratégie générale concernant les matières premières agricoles. C'est aussi la raison de la mise en place de ce partenariat UE-Afrique pour le coton."

    [05] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech by Dalia Grybauskaité : "Europe : a common place for 75 million young people" at the annual Conference of the Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions (OBESSU) (Vilnius)

    Speech by Franz Fischler : "Der Wein und die EU Qualitätspolitik" at the Weltweinkongress in Austria (Vienna)

    Speech by David Byrne : "Consumers as economic agents in a competitive EU" at Consumers' Association Conference (London)

    Discours de M. Lamy : "Pour un partenariat UE-Afrique sur le coton" au Forum UE-Afrique sur le coton (Paris) From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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