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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 97-01-21

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

MIDDAY EXPRESS

News from the Spokesman's midday briefing

Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi du Porte-Paroleb

01/21/97 12:13


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Douanes: la Commission définit un système uniforme de contrôle aux importations de bananes des pays tiers
  • [02] La Commission annonce une aide de 200 millions d'Ecus pour le Guatemala
  • [03] Environment Commissioner Bjerregaard presents the 1997 Commission Work Programme to the Parliament's Environment Committee
  • [04] Commission communication to Council recommends further support for the International Science and Technology Centre (ISTC) through the TACIS programme
  • [05] Neil Kinnock: "Investing in sustainable mobility"
  • [06] Anita Gradin announces new proposals for increased cooperation in Justice and Home Affairs

  • [01] Douanes: la Commission définit un système uniforme de contrôle aux importations de bananes des pays tiers

    La Commission européenne vient d'adopter un règlement fixant les méthodes de détermination du poids et du contrôle des déclarations en douane lors de l'importation de bananes des pays tiers. A l'état actuel, les Etats membres basent la gestion des contingents d'importation sur des critères différents, ce qui provoque le dépassement des quantités fixées à l'importation. Ce règlement, applicable à partir du 1er février 1997, permettra d'assurer un traitement homogène entre tous les importateurs de bananes dans l'Union européenne.

    [02] La Commission annonce une aide de 200 millions d'Ecus pour le Guatemala

    Dans son discours d'ouverture du Groupe Consultatif pour l'assistance au Guatemala (Conférence des donateurs, le Vice-Président de la Commission européenne, Manuel Marin, a annoncé aujourd'hui à Bruxelles, que la Commission européenne soutiendra le "Programme pour la Paix" du gouvernement guatémaltèque. La contribution de la Commission à ce programme sera de 200 millions d'Ecus étalé sur la période 1997-2000. Avec cette enveloppe, la Commission européenne disposera d'une moyenne de 50 millions d'Ecus par an consacrés en priorité: aux projets de réinsertion des personnes démobilisées de l'URNG (Unión Revolucionaria Nacional de Guatemala) et de l'armée; aux programmes de réforme du secteur de la justice; aux programmes de formation d'un nouveau corps de police civile; à la création d'un nouveau cadastre; à la décentralisation de l'administration publique et au renforcement des municipalités; aux programmes visant à la modernisation de l'administration de l'Etat et plus particulièrement la mise à niveau de l'administration fiscale.

    [03] Environment Commissioner Bjerregaard presents the 1997 Commission Work Programme to the Parliament's Environment Committee

    (!!! embargo 3.30.pm !!!) On 21 January Mrs Bjerregaard presented to the Environment Committee of the Parliament the European Commission's plans for 1997 on the environment. She also spoke about the considerable progress that had been achieved in 1996. She stressed the importance she attached to the Commission and Parliament working together to keep environment policy at the European level moving forward. Summing up developments in 1996 Mrs Bjerregaard said the overall picture was a good one. The Commission had produced a number of very important proposals for decision or discussion which would help the Union move towards the high levels of environmental protection foreseen in the Treaty and which the public quite rightly expects. (!!! embargo 3.30 pm !!!)

    [04] Commission communication to Council recommends further support for the International Science and Technology Centre (ISTC) through the TACIS programme

    The European Commission has sent a Communication to the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament, to inform them on the achievements of the International Science and Technology Centre (ISTC) in Moscow during its first two years of operation. The Communication calls for, among other things, sustained funding under the Tacis Programme, co-operation between potential EU industrial partners and the civilian and former military industries of the Russian Federation and the New Independent States (NIS), as well as the deployment of further human resources for involvement in the Programme. Figures in October 1996 showed that after two and a half years of operation, the ISTC had provided ECU 96 million to fund 324 projects benefiting some 15,000 scientists directly, of which 3000 had been hard core military researchers. The average size of an ISTC project is ECU 300, 000, most of which goes directly towards paying the research teams' salaries in hard currency. The ISTC finances and monitors science and technology projects involving scientists from the NIS, especially those with expertise in developing weapons of mass destruction, giving them opportunities to adapt their skills and redirect their talents to civilian activities, thus encourageing them to stay in the NIS.

    [05] Neil Kinnock: "Investing in sustainable mobility"

    Europe needs a transport system that is effectively interconnected within and between modes, that provides the reliability and efficiency needed for business and leisure, and that does so in ways that are safe, efficient, affordable and environmentally responsible - in a word, sustainable. Addressing a conference in Brussels entitled "Berlin, centre of competence for transport systems", Neil Kinnock, European Commissioner for Transport, said that Europe's mission "is to make a Network out of a patchwork". Achieving this objective requires huge investment, worth some ECU 400 billion by 2010. "The sums required in the time available are unlikely to be met solely from public sources which are severely restrained" said Mr Kinnock, adding that he is working to foster public-private investment partnerships. However, a successful trans-European networks strategy supposes not only to build new infrastructure, but also make existing infrastructure work better. Pursuing this objective means investing in transport telematics to create intelligent transport systems, bringing down administrative and other barriers to cross-border traffic flows, and getting better performance from the existing infrastructure by means of investing in the upgrading of that infrastructure.

    [06] Anita Gradin announces new proposals for increased cooperation in Justice and Home Affairs

    Speaking to the European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties and Internal Affairs today, Commissioner Anita Gradin announced that she will soon present a proposal on how to fight chemical drugs. She plans a proposal on a Joint Action for temporary protection of refugees and one on a convention on immigration. There will also be proposals on new multiannual exchange and training programmes for officials. The fight against trafficking in women and sexual abuse of children will be followed up, Mrs Gradin said.

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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