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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 96-10-25

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MIDDAY EXPRESS

News from the Spokesman's midday briefing

Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi du Porte-Paroleb

25 / 10 / 1996


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Cuba: Commission approves humanitarian aid package worth ECU 8 million and a 600,000 ECU grant for emergency for victims of Hurricane Lili
  • [02] Sir Leon Brittan: the opportunities and dangers of a flexible Europe

  • [01] Cuba: Commission approves humanitarian aid package worth ECU 8 million and a 600,000 ECU grant for emergency for victims of Hurricane Lili

    The European Commission has approved a package of humanitarian aid worth ECU 8 million for Cuba. This medical and food aid, managed by the European Community Humanitarian Office (ECHO), will reach those in need via independent non-governmental organisations working in partnership with ECHO. They will carry out a coordinated programme over the next year in response to humanitarian needs identified by a team of independent experts who visited Cuba in July. Another 600,000 ECU have been granted for victims of Hurricane Lili.

    [02] Sir Leon Brittan: the opportunities and dangers of a flexible Europe

    Flexibility is a valuable and necessary concept for Europe, and it has many advantages, but the danger arises when the same group of countries always goes ahead and a different group always stays behind, according to Sir Leon Brittan. At a speech in Oxford today, he argues that for Britain the risk would be great: if with every new policy Britain decided to sit back and watch others make the running, the UK would end up in a permanent second division, and the nightmare scenario would be created: a European Union with a massive impact on Britain but effectively driven by a small group of other countries. It is difficult to argue that you should have the right not to participate and the right to stop others going ahead. For flexibility to work, the minority should not stop the majority going ahead, and the majority should not compel the minority to participate. All new and existing EU countries must adhere to the core EU policies such as trade, competition and the single market. Britain must evaluate each new policy on its merits and not exclude itself from the centre by deciding in advance to stay out of any new development. Otherwise flexibility will lead to greater isolationism in the UK and the casual indifference from the other Member States. This must be avoided at all costs.

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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