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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 96-05-14

Midday Express: News from the EU Commission Spokesman's Briefings Directory

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MIDDAY EXPRESS

News from the Spokesman's midday briefing

Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi du Porte-Paroleb

14 / 05 / 1996


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Ritt Bjerregaard: 1995 Bathing Water Report - Unacceptable that 3,000 beaches do not meet the EU bathing water requirements

  • [02] Plan d'action de l'Union européenne pour la Russie

  • [03] Christos Papoutsis: "We devote efforts to promote the development of Europe's fast growing enterprises"


  • [01] Ritt Bjerregaard: 1995 Bathing Water Report - Unacceptable that 3,000 beaches do not meet the EU bathing water requirements

    The Commission's bathing report 1995 covers 18,000 bathing areas in the Union from the Mediterranean to the Baltic. The first important result to be drawn from the report is that more than 3,000 bathing areas in the Union either do not respect the Directive's quality requirements or are not sufficiently monitored to know whether they comply or not. The situation for inland waters is particularly disquieting since over 1,700 (30%) bathing areas do not respect the minimum requirements. It should be recalled that the Directive was adopted in 1975 and Member States should have ensured by 1986 that their bathing waters were in compliance with the Directive's requirements. Today, 10 years after that deadline, no Member State has complied fully with the Directive.

    [02] Plan d'action de l'Union européenne pour la Russie

    Le Conseil des Ministres a approuvé, le 13 mai 1996, le Plan d'action de l'Union européenne pour la Russie. L'Union européenne est résolue à instaurer un partenariat solide avec la Russie afin de promouvoir le processus de réformes démocratiques et économiques, de renforcer le respect des droits de l'homme, de consolider la paix, la stabilité et la sécurité. Ce partenariat vise à éviter de nouvelles divisions en Europe et à intégrer pleinement la Russie au sein de la communauté des nations libres et démocratiques. A cette fin, l'UE avait signé, le 24 juin 1994, un Accord de partenariat et de coopération avec la Russie et le Conseil du 20 novembre 1995 a adopté des conclusions sur la stratégie à suivre pour les relations futures de l'UE avec la Russie. Sur la base des priorités ainsi définies, confirmées par le Conseil européen de Madrid, l'UE a maintenant adopté son Plan d'action.

    [03] Christos Papoutsis: "We devote efforts to promote the development of Europe's fast growing enterprises"

    Speaking today at a meeting with representatives of Europe's fastest growing enterprises ('Europe's 500'), Commissioner Christos Papoutsis responsible for SMEs, said that the Commission welcomes the commitment and determination of these companies in business development factors which contribute in achieving exceptionally high-growth, even over a recession period. He further stressed that the Commission's policies recognise the importance of the fast-growing companies and devote much effort in promoting their development through the new multiannual programme for SMEs, better access to equity finance, establishing pan-European secondary capital markets for SMEs, promoting innovative activities, improving management and encouraging entrepreneurship in Europe, especially for the young.

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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