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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 97-02-11

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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-Paroleb

11/02/97


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] EU goes to WTO over Japanese pigmeat imports
  • [02] L'avenir des relations UE/ACP: le débat autour du Livre Vert change de vitesse
  • [03] Padraig Flynn hits back at critics of European social policy

  • [01] EU goes to WTO over Japanese pigmeat imports

    The European Union (EU) has requested formal consultations with Japan, under the dispute settlement procedure of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), over what it regards as Japan's failure to administer the import of frozen pigmeat in a uniform, impartial and reasonable manner. The periodic use of emergency import restrictions by Japan since November 1995 has caused market disruption, effectively pricing European pigmeat exports out of the Japanese market for most of the year. The EU believes that the way these emergency measures are being used contravenes the terms of the Uruguay Round Agreement. Canada has announced that it will join the EU's request for WTO consultations.

    [02] L'avenir des relations UE/ACP: le débat autour du Livre Vert change de vitesse

    Le débat autour du Livre Vert de la Commission européenne sur l'avenir des relations entre l'Union européenne et les pays ACP prend une nouvelle allure avec le lancement, ce 13 février, à Madrid, d'une série de colloques ouverts à la société civile. A l'initiative du Prof. João de Deus Pinheiro, des spécialistes des affaires de développement, des représentants d'ONG et des chercheurs, ainsi que des responsables politiques, seront appelés à se prononcer lors de séances de débat organisées dans différentes capitales européennes et aussi dans des pays ACP. Cette discussion publique vise à enrichir la réflexion en cours au sein de la Commission et des autres institutions européennes en préparation des négociations pour la révision de la Convention de Lomé au-delà de l'an 2000.

    [03] Padraig Flynn hits back at critics of European social policy

    Speaking today in Brussels to the British Chamber of Commerce, Employment and Social Affairs Commissioner Padraig Flynn hit back at those who blame the European Union for over-regulation which kills business. He said that we should not oversimplify. Today's reality consists of navigating a path between "the rabid deregulators, who offer us the low pay, low productivity route and those within an equally rigid view of social progress, who see change as anathema and offer us only the high unemployment, low flexibility and dual labour market route". We need "new approaches to skills, work organisation and re-integration into the labour market.... new partnerships between government, business and organised labour, and a new focus on investment in people for productivity growth and competitive sucess". The Commissioner pointed out that social legislation is mainly a matter for national authorities and that provision at European level is only concerned with equal opportunities; free movement of workers; health and safety in the workplace and classic labour law. He argued that we cannot create a competitive economy in a social wasteland.

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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