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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 00-03-03

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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 03/03/2000b


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Poul Nielson announces more than euro 25 million in aid for victims of the Mozambican floods
  • [02] EU15 current account surplus euro 1.9 billion in the 4th quarter of 1999 ; euro 2.1 billion surplus on trade in services
  • [03] Dialogue sur l'Europe : premier débat public le 8 mars 2000
  • [04] Poul Nielson to visit Tanzania and Rwanda from 6-10 March

  • [01] Poul Nielson announces more than euro 25 million in aid for victims of the Mozambican floods

    Following his two-day fact finding mission to Mozambqiue with Portuguese State Secretary Amado, European Commission for Development and Humanitarian aid, Poul Nielson, today announced euro 25 million in aid for victims of the floods. This assistance includes euro 4.15 million in emergency food and humanitarian aid, half of which has already been released, and the remaining 2 million will be delivered shortly. Announcing this help, Mr Nielson said : "This assistance will ensure that humanitarian organisations can continue their relief work, bringing much needed help to those who have lost their homes and livelihoods and are now facing serious nutritional, hygiene and health problems. I am already preparing to release further humanitarian aid on top of these amounts".

    [02] EU15 current account surplus euro 1.9 billion in the 4th quarter of 1999 ; euro 2.1 billion surplus on trade in services

    (! embargo 12 am !) The EU15 external current account recorded a surplus of euro 1.9 billion in the fourth quarter of 1999, as compared with a surplus of ECU 8 billion in the fourth quarter of 1998 and a surplus of euro 3.6 billion in the third quarter of 1999. In the fourth quarter of 1999 the EU15 external balance of trade in services reached a surplus of euro 2.1 billion as compared with a surplus of 1.1 billion ecu in the fourth quarter of 1998 and a surplus of euro 3 billion in the third quarter of 1999. These provisional figures have been issued today by Eurostat, Statistical Office of the European Communities in Luxembourg. The data will be subject to revision in two months.

    [03] Dialogue sur l'Europe : premier débat public le 8 mars 2000

    Le Président de la Commission européenne Romano Prodi et les Commissaires Michel Barnier et Viviane Reding ouvriront le premier "dialogue sur l'Europe", mercredi 8 mars, au Palais des Congrès à Bruxelles, avec Nicole Fontaine, Présidente du Parlement européen, Loyola de Palacio, Vice- Présidente de la Commission et des Commissaires Frits Bolkestein, Philippe Busquin, Pedro Solbes et Margot Wallström. D'autres personnalités participeront également à ce premier débat, notamment le Vice-Président du Parlement européen, M. David Martin, le Président de la Commission des Affaires constitutionnelles du PE, M. Giorgio Napolitano, Mme Béatrice Rangoni Machiavelli, Présidente du Comité économique et social, M. Jos Chabert, Président du Comité des régions, un représentant de la Présidence portugaise et M. l'Ambassadeur Josef Kreuter, chef de la mission de la République tchèque auprès de l'UE.

    [04] Poul Nielson to visit Tanzania and Rwanda from 6-10 March

    The European Commissioner for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid, Poul Nielson, will make an official visit to Tanzania and Rwanda. During his visit, Mr Nielson will meet with members of both governments and visit EU financed projects. Whilst in Rwanda, Mr Nielson will sign the National Indicative Programme which sets the framework for EU-Rwanada Development Cooperation.

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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