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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 97-01-24

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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

24/01/97


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] La Commission étend la protection des dénominations de produits agricoles et alimentaires
  • [02] Public procurement: infringement proceedings against the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium and Portugal
  • [03] João de Deus Pinheiro in East Africa: official visits to Ethiopia, Eritrea, Uganda and Kenya
  • [04] Thailand: Commission approves humanitarian aid worth ECU two Million for Burmese refugees
  • [05] La Commission publie le premier répertoire des groupes d'intérêts pan- européens sans but lucratif

  • [01] La Commission étend la protection des dénominations de produits agricoles et alimentaires

    La Commission européenne a approuvé un règlement visant à enregistrer 16 dénominations de produits agricoles et alimentaires en vertu de la législation approuvée par le Conseil sur la protection des indications géographiques (IGP) et des appellations d'origine (AOP). Ces 16 produits s'ajoutent aux 382 dénominations déjà protégées par deux décisions en 1996. Cet enregistrement implique que l'utilisation des dénominations enregistrées soit réservée aux producteurs d'une zone délimitée qui respectent des règles et critères de production bien précis pour ces produits.

    [02] Public procurement: infringement proceedings against the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium and Portugal

    The European Commission has decided to refer the United Kingdom to the Court of Justice and to send reasoned opinions (the second stage in infringement proceedings under Article 169 of the EC Treaty) to the United Kingdom (three cases), Germany, Belgium and Portugal (four cases) for breaches of Community public procurement rules, which require in particular that public contracts be put up for competitive tender. In the absence of a satisfactory reply within two months of receipt of a reasoned opinion by a Member State, the Commission is entitled to refer the matter to the Court of Justice. These cases stem from complaints lodged with the Commission by firms which have suffered loss as a result of contract award decisions and also from checks which the Commission regularly makes on the conformity of national measures transposing the Community Directives.

    [03] João de Deus Pinheiro in East Africa: official visits to Ethiopia, Eritrea, Uganda and Kenya

    European Development Commissioner Prof. João de Deus Pinheiro will officially visit four Eastern African countries from 25 January to 3 February. In his first visit to the region as European Commissioner in charge of relations with Africa, Caribbean and Pacific, Prof. Pinheiro will meet Heads of State or Government of Ethiopia, Eritrea, Uganda and Kenya and will sign financial protocols establishing the financing and the framework for EU co-operation with the region for the coming five years. He will also meet high-level political personalities such as Salim Ahmed Salim, Secretary-General of the Organisation of African Unity and Julius Nyerere former President of Tanzania. Regional co-operation in East Africa and the political situation in different sub-regions such as the Great Lakes, are high on his agenda, which also includes the future of EU/ACP relations beyond 2000.

    [04] Thailand: Commission approves humanitarian aid worth ECU two Million for Burmese refugees

    The European Commission has approved a package of humanitarian aid worth ECU 2 million for Burmese ethnic minorities living in Thailand or recently returned to Burma (Myanmar) after being refugees. The aid, managed by the European Community Humanitarian Office (ECHO), will enable non-governmental organisations to carry out actions to help over 90,000 people over the next six months. This aid programme would finance food aid for 81,000 Karen refugees in Thailand, and provide medical aid for them. For Mon refugees who have returned to Burma, the programme would provide medical aid covering some 10,500 people.

    [05] La Commission publie le premier répertoire des groupes d'intérêts pan- européens sans but lucratif

    La Commission européenne vient de publier son premier répertoire rassemblant plus de 600 organisations pan-européennes sans but lucratif couvrant une centaine de secteurs d'activités tels que ceux de la biotechnologie, des matières chimiques, des produits pharmaceutiques, des textiles, des professions libérales, des banques, de l'environnement, du social, etc., et dont les membres sont localisés en Europe (y compris dans des Etats non membres de l'Union). La publication de ce répertoire répond au souci de garantir l'égalité de traitement pour tous les groupes d'intérêt en permettant de mieux sensibiliser les fonctionnaires des institutions à l'importance de consulter les milieux intéressés et en contribuant à ce que certaines organisations moins connues et donc moins consultées se fassent mieux connaître et donc mieux entendre.

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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