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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 99-05-31

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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-Parole 31/05/1999b


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Les scientifiques recommandent de diminuer l'utilisation des antimicrobiens
  • [02] Commission partially extends group exemption in the air transport sector
  • [03] Commission and Nigeria announce re-engagement of development cooperation

  • [01] Les scientifiques recommandent de diminuer l'utilisation des antimicrobiens

    Le Comité directeur scientifique (CDS) a exprimé sa grande préoccupation concernant l'accroissement des risques à la santé dus à la résistance aux antimicrobiens et recommande de réduire immédiatement l'utilisation inappropriée de ces derniers. L'élément central de la stratégie de réduire les antimicrobiens devrait s'appliquer de manière égale à tous les secteurs de la médecine humaine, à la médecine vétérinaire, à la production animale et à la protection des plantes. Telle est la recommandation exprimée par les 16 experts scientifiques indépendants, dans une opinion sur la résistance antimicrobienne adoptée à l'unanimité le vendredi 28 mai. Les micro-organismes deviennent de plus en plus résistants aux antimicrobiens connus, en ce compris les antibiotiques. Encore plus préoccupant est le fait qu'on n'ait pas introduit, depuis dix ans, de nouveaux antibactériens, ce qui a entraîné des difficultés croissantes dans le traitement de maladies infectieuses telles que la pneumonie, la tuberculose et la salmonellose. Les gouvernements et tous les utilisateurs d'antimicrobiens devraient d'urgence se pencher sur ces problèmes. L'absence, en l'état actuel des choses, de lien de causalité clair entre la quantité d'antimicrobiens utilisés et le développement de la résistance ne devrait pas être utilisé comme excuse pour ne pas entreprendre une action urgente.

    [02] Commission partially extends group exemption in the air transport sector

    The European Commission has adopted a Regulation which partially extends the validity of its group exemption Regulation in the air transport sector, Regulation (EEC) No 1617/93. The Commission thus adjusts the legal environment created by Regulation (EEC) No 1617/93 in order to match the present state of development in the air transport industry. Regulation No (EEC) 1617/93 will continue to apply to certain categories of agreements and concerted practices regarding passenger tariff consultations and slot allocation at airports until 30 June 2001. However, the Commission has not renewed Regulation No (EEC) 1617/93 for joint planning and coordination of airline schedules and joint operations. The Regulation entered into force on May 28th 1999.

    [03] Commission and Nigeria announce re-engagement of development cooperation

    The European Commission and Nigeria have today announced in a Joint Communiqué the re-engagement of their development cooperation. The announcement follows the installation of the democratically elected President Olusegun Obasanjo on 29 May and recent decision of the Council of the European Union (EU) to lift all the remaining sanctions against Nigeria and to resume full, unrestricted development cooperation, as of 1st June. "Contributing to the consolidation of democracy, to good governance and economic and social development is important not only for the Nigerian people which has suffered too long under military dictatorship, but also for the West African region and even Africa as a whole", says Mr. Pinheiro, Commissioner responsible for the cooperation with the African Caribbean and Pacific Countries. The EU abolished already in October 1998 most of the sanctions it adopted in 1995, which were then motivated by the human rights violations by the military regime of that time. Until now, however, development cooperation has been limited to actions in support of human rights and democracy, poverty alleviation through decentralised cooperation.

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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