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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 96-10-07

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MIDDAY EXPRESS

News from the Spokesman's midday briefing

Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi du Porte-Paroleb

07 / 10 / 1996


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Commission grants aid for Chernobyl victims and fight against diphteria in Ukraine
  • [02] 1996 high level consultations on the environment between the European Commission and the government of the United States
  • [03] "Cities and regions info way to Europe" conference in Barcelona
  • [04] Commission welcomes closer links with Korea
  • [05] Padraig Flynn says legislation is not sufficient to root out inequality

  • [01] Commission grants aid for Chernobyl victims and fight against diphteria in Ukraine

    The European Commission has approved aid worth a total of ECU 1.3 million for an emergency campaign against diphtheria in Ukraine and for victims of Chernobyl. The grant will enable the International Federation of the Red Cross to carry out vaccinations and to give Chernobyl victims the specialist screening they need to catch and treat cancers.

    [02] 1996 high level consultations on the environment between the European Commission and the government of the United States

    During the EU-US High Level Consultations on the environment which took place on 2 October in Brussels, it was agreed to expand the ongoing cooperation through a joint air quality workshop in 1997, a transatlantic environmental conference on chemicals in 1998, and improved efforts on consumer education and a possible workshop on biotechnology issues. In addition, both delegations agreed to hold technical meetings on ecolabelling. Other issues discussed included enforcement of international and domestic environmental regulations, waste issues, persistent organic pollutants, biodiversity, leg-hold traps, protection of the marine environment, and the good progress achieved in environmental cooperation with the New Independent States.

    [03] "Cities and regions info way to Europe" conference in Barcelona

    A conference held in Barcelona today will present the mid-term review of the "Bangemann challenge", a competition launched by the city of Stockholm in December 1995, in which 23 major European cities present their best projects related to new telematic applications, such as teledemocracy, teleservices for SMEs, teleworking, telemedicine, distance learning, etc. Under the presidency of Industrial Affairs Commissioner Martin Bangemann, the 13 members of the Jury will review the 100 city projects and their state up until now with a view to select the winning city at the end of 1996.

    [04] Commission welcomes closer links with Korea

    Speaking after meeting key parliamentarians from Korea, Trade Commissioner Sir Leon Brittan said the European Commission has a key interest in seeing that economic and political developments continue in South Korea, and supports Seoul's attempts to build stability in the peninsula. The Commission therefore shares widespread concern at the recent submarine hostilities. The Commission also backs Korea's bid to join the OECD, noting that most issues are now solved, clearing the way for membership soon. Sir Leon also called on Korea to give its support to the EU's attempts to relaunch the WTO telecoms negotiations by making an early improvement to its liberalisation offer.

    [05] Padraig Flynn says legislation is not sufficient to root out inequality

    Speaking today in Dublin at the official launch of the Fourth Action Programme for Equal Opportunities for men and women, Social Affairs Commissioner Padraig Flynn said that despite the considerable body of legislation and case law at Community level, "there is still much work to do." He cited the difficulties women face in the labour market and said: "Improved access to work means social transformation on an enormous scale. Family life is altered beyond recognition - a change in women's working status demands a change in the role that men perceive themselves to hold within the family. It demands a whole new social contract. Working life will also be altered. Women should not remain, as at present, concentrated in a limited number of sectors and professions, with little representation at senior level. Women's increasing participation also implies that women in part time work should be able to move into full time work, as many wish to do. The Fourth Programme objectives are designed to meet these needs."

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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