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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 07-05-29

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] Neuf rédacteurs en chef débattent de l'avenir de la presse écrite avec la Commission
  • [02] EU increases aid to Mongolia between 2007 and 2010 to €14 million
  • [03] EU launches negotiations for new Partnership and Cooperation Agreement with Vietnam
  • [04] La troïka de l'UE rencontre le nouveau ministre chinois des affaires étrangères
  • [05] Commission allocates €370,000 in humanitarian aid to help Palestinian refugees in Lebanon
  • [06] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2007-05-29 Reference: MEX/07/0529 Date: 29/05/2007 EXME07 / 29.5

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

    Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Direction Générale Communicationb

    29/05/07


  • [01] Neuf rédacteurs en chef débattent de l'avenir de la presse écrite avec la Commission

    Comment développer le rôle de la presse écrite afin d'améliorer la perception de l'Europe par le public? Comment les rédacteurs en chef réagissent-ils l'initiative récente de la Commission en faveur du pluralisme des médias? Quel est l'impact des fonctionnalités du web 2e génération, telles que la production de contenus par les utilisateurs, et du renforcement de la concurrence inter-médias? Tels sont les thèmes de discussion de la réunion haut niveau organisée aujourd'hui Bruxelles entre Viviane Reding, membre de la Commission responsable des médias, et des représentants de la presse écrite.

    [02] EU increases aid to Mongolia between 2007 and 2010 to €14 million

    European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy Benita Ferrero-Waldner met today with the Mongolian Foreign Minister Nyamaa Enkhbold in the margins of the ongoing 8th ASEM Foreign Ministers meeting in Hamburg. They discussed EU-Mongolia relations and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that endorses the new Mongolia Multiannual Indicative Programme for 2007-2010. Mongolia is the first Asian country to sign such a MoU. €14 million (up 17% from previous allocation) are earmarked primarily for rural development programmes.

    [03] EU launches negotiations for new Partnership and Cooperation Agreement with Vietnam

    European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy Benita Ferrero-Waldner met with Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Mr Pham Gia Khiem in the margins of the ASEM Foreign Ministers meeting in Hamburg on 28 May 2007. They agreed to launch negotiations for a new Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and Vietnam replacing the 1995 cooperation agreement, and reviewed recent developments in the bilateral relationship, including in the area of human rights.

    [04] La troïka de l'UE rencontre le nouveau ministre chinois des affaires étrangères

    Mme Benita Ferrero-Waldner, commissaire européen chargé des relations extérieures et de la politique de voisinage, a participé la réunion de la troïka ministérielle UE-Chine le 28 mai Hambourg. Elle était accompagnée de M. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, ministre allemand des affaires étrangères, et de M. Javier Solana, haut représentant de l'UE pour la politique étrangère et de sécurité. Les discussions avec M. Yang Jiechi, le nouveau ministre chinois des affaires étrangères, ont porter sur les derniers développements intervenus dans les relations bilatérales entre l'UE et la Chine, notamment la négociation de l'accord de partenariat et de coopération. Il a également été question des droits de l'homme, de Taïwan, du changement climatique et de questions internationales et régionales, notamment la situation en RPDC, en Iran, au Moyen-Orient, au Kosovo et la coopération régionale en Asie orientale.

    [05] Commission allocates €370,000 in humanitarian aid to help Palestinian refugees in Lebanon

    Following days of heavy fighting between the Islamic group Fatah al Islam and the Lebanese army in the North of Tripoli, the European Commission has decided on 25 May to allocate €370,000 to provide humanitarian support for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. Over 12,000 refugees have fled the Nahr el Bared camp in the last days. Most of them are currently hosted in another Palestinian refugee camp known as Beddawi. Several public buildings have also been provided by the Lebanese authorities and the population, in an expression of solidarity. Around 15,000 refugees are still caught in the fighting at Nahr el Bared. Olli Rehn, acting Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid, said: "I am very concerned by the difficult situation of these populations, that are already affected by extremely difficult living conditions and now find themselves trapped in a conflict that does not concern them. Palestinian refugees must be respected and protected. I urge all parties to respect their obligations under International Humanitarian law, in particular, to facilitate the delivery of aid and the evacuation of innocent civilian persons." The Commission closely monitors the situation through its humanitarian experts in the region. This humanitarian funding will address the vital needs of about 30,000 Palestinian refugees with food, water, non-food items, medical assistance and psychological support. Operational partners already active in the region (NGOs, United Nations agencies, Red Cross Movement), have already started to implement these humanitarian activities.

    [06] Autre matériel diffusé

    Note on the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (30-31/05)

    Speech by Franco Frattini : "The right to diplomatic and consular protection of Union citizens in third countries" at public hearing: 'Diplomatic an consular protection' From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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