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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 97-03-04

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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

04/03/97


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Report of the Scientific Veterinary Committee on the risk analysis for colostrum, milk and milk products
  • [02] Bulgaria: Commission grants emergency humanitarian aid of ECU 1.1 million
  • [03] Padraig Flynn speaks out against the "old lie" that cultural differences are the cause of poverty and unemployment
  • [04] Excédent commercial de 14,4 milliards d'Ecus dans le commerce extra-UE au troisième trimestre 1996

  • [01] Report of the Scientific Veterinary Committee on the risk analysis for colostrum, milk and milk products

    The safety of milk, with regard to BSE, has been discussed at the scientific level following interim results from the cohort study in the UK which suggested that maternal transmission did occur. The report was adopted unanimously by the joint Public and Animal Health Sections of the Scientific Veterinary Committee. The report concludes that bovine milk from clinically healthy cows and products made from it can be safely consumed. This supports the opinion of the WHO Expert Consultation of 3 April 1996.

    [02] Bulgaria: Commission grants emergency humanitarian aid of ECU 1.1 million

    The European Commission has approved emergency medical and food aid for an amount of ECU 1.1 million in favour of Bulgaria. The medical aid granted by ECHO (European Commission Humanitarian Office) is aimed at helping fill the serious gaps which exist in the hospital sector of the country. The constant rise in the amount of imported pharmaceutical products is a heavy burden on the budget of the hospitals. The State, which up until now has been intervening to cover the debts in this sector, is no longer in a position to do so and health sector budgets have not been increased in line with inflation.

    [03] Padraig Flynn speaks out against the "old lie" that cultural differences are the cause of poverty and unemployment

    Speaking today in Berlin at the German launch of the European Year against Racism, Padraig Flynn, European Commissioner with responsibility for Employment and Social Affairs, stressed that cultural diversity has always been Europe's strength: "I reject those arguments that say those differences are the cause of economic problems, most notably poverty and unemployment. That is an old lie: Difference is not a threat. It is a resource." Referring to the situation in Germany, Mr Flynn said he was pleased to see that "a growing number of young German politicians, including within the government parties, have been underlining the need to recognise that German society is a multi-ethnic society, one that is constantly shaped and enriched by successive waves of immigrants... In Germany, reunification has presented enormous challenges, as have changes in neighbouring Eastern European countries. It is at times like this that extreme attitudes surface. People start looking for scapegoats. Insecurity about one's own identity results in a tendancy to focus on those who are different, and a tendency to blame minorities for all social problems."

    [04] Excédent commercial de 14,4 milliards d'Ecus dans le commerce extra-UE au troisième trimestre 1996

    L'excédent commercial de l'UE avec les pays tiers a atteint 14,4 milliards d'Ecus durant le troisième trimestre de l'année 1996, selon les estimations publiées aujourd'hui par Eurostat, l'Office statistique des Communautés européennes à Luxembourg. L'excédent a ainsi été porté à 24,8 milliards pour les neuf premiers mois de l'année. L'accélération au troisième trimestre est due essentiellement à la forte croissance des exportations, une croissance estimée à 12,2% entre le troisième trimestre 1995 et le troisième trimestre 1996.

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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