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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 96-09-04

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MIDDAY EXPRESS

News from the Spokesman's midday briefing

Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi du Porte-Paroleb

04 / 09 / 1996


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Franz Fischler addresses the EP inquiry Committee on BSE
  • [02] Sir Leon Brittan reaffirms EU opposition to the Helms / Burton act

  • [01] Franz Fischler addresses the EP inquiry Committee on BSE

    Addressing the European Parliament Inquiry Committee on BSE yesterday in Brussels, Agriculture Commissioner Franz Fischler outlined all of the measures taken by the European Union over the years, pointing out that the protection of consumer health was always the priority. In assessing the actions of the European Commission, Council or member states, he said, one has to place those actions in the context of the scientific knowledge at the time - it's too easy to criticise the actions of the past on the basis of the scientific knowledge of the present. He also rebutted accusations that the Commission did not take more extreme actions against UK beef or meat and bone meal and drew the Committee's attention to the fact that the Commission can only act within its legal powers and on the basis of scientific evidence - otherwise it would lose every case in the European Court and the EU taxpayer would be forever paying damages. The Commission he said has shouldered its responsibilities on BSE and has nothing to hide or be criticised for. As far as any disinformation on BSE is concerned, he said that he has or had no knowledge of such.

    [02] Sir Leon Brittan reaffirms EU opposition to the Helms / Burton act

    EU Trade Commissioner Sir Leon BRITTAN yesterday reaffirmed European opposition to the Helms / Burton legislation concerning Cuba when meeting with Stuart EIZENSTAT, US Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade and President Clinton's special representative. Sir Leon said the EU shares the desire to bring democracy back to Cuba and has been very active at different levels to reach that goal. He said he will take good note of Mr. Einzenstat proposals concerning EU / US enhanced cooperation to promote democracy in Cuba but he added that the Helms / Burton act certainly makes it more difficult to achieve. He renewed the EU's strong determination to defend its interests and those of the european companies within the Helms Burton context. The meeting took place at the request of Mr. Eizenstat, former US Ambassador to the EU in Brussels, who will also be seeing Vice President Marin and Commissioner Bonino today.

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