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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 97-06-02

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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

02/06/97


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Jacques Santer confiant que la France poursuivra son action déterminée pour l'Europe
  • [02] Commission agrees measures to curb Norwegian salmon dumping
  • [03] Inaugural session of the European Green Forum on 5 June: "A commitment for the future"
  • [04] EU Ministers back better market access for world's poorest countries
  • [05] Franz Fischler: "Greater separation of market and income policy needed in a modern agricultural policy"

  • [01] Jacques Santer confiant que la France poursuivra son action déterminée pour l'Europe

    Le Président de la Commission européenne, Jacques Santer, a déclaré à l'issue des élections françaises: "L'Europe a toujours été au coeur des ambitions de la France. Je suis confiant que la France poursuivra son action déterminée en faveur de l'intégration européenne et, plus particulièrement, de la réussite, selon le calendrier convenu, de la Conférence intergouvernementale à Amsterdam et de la monnaie unique le 1er janvier 1999. Je pense que le débat en France, comme ailleurs, montre l'importance que les citoyens attachent à l'emploi. Je me réjouis de la perspective de travailler avec le gouvernement français et les autres à la réalisation du Pacte de Confiance pour l'Emploi que j'ai lancé il y a un an et demi. J'espère rencontrer la nouvelle équipe gouvernementale le plus rapidement possible et remercie le gouvernement sortant pour sa contribution à l'avancement de l'Europe."

    [02] Commission agrees measures to curb Norwegian salmon dumping

    The European Commission last night approved a package of measures - including minimum prices, stand-by dumping duties, export volume limits, an increased Norwegian export tax and tight surveillance procedures - that will counteract the dumping and subsidisation of Norwegian salmon on the European market and alleviate the damage caused to European salmon producers in the process. Under the measures, negotiated and agreed with Norway, Norwegian salmon exporters will respect a minimum price of ECU 3.25 per kilo which, if broken, would automatically lead to the imposition of import duties when selling to the European Union. There would also be an indicative rate at which the volume of imports from Norway would increase over the next five years, as well as an increase in Norway's own tax on salmon exports and a tight surveillance mechanism to ensure that the terms of the agreement are upheld. The negotiations followed an investigation which showed that Norwegian salmon was being dumped and subsidised between 1995 and 1996, harming the interests of European - mainly Scottish - salmon farmers.

    [03] Inaugural session of the European Green Forum on 5 June: "A commitment for the future"

    European Commissioner for the Environment and Nuclear Safety, Mrs Ritt Bjerregaard, will officially install the new European Green Forum on Friday 5 June, to mark the World Environment Day. The inaugural session will be held in Brussels, at the "Concert Noble", 82 rue d'Arlon. On this occasion, Mr Jacques Santer, President of the European Commission, will make a statement on the challenges for European Environment Policy. The European Green Forum is a consultative Forum, chaired by Thorvald Stoltenberg, which together with the Commission will look at ways to move towards the highest possible level of environmental protection and sustainable development in the European Union and in Europe as a whole.

    [04] EU Ministers back better market access for world's poorest countries

    The European Union (EU) has taken an important step today towards improving access for the world's poorest countries to the European market. EU Foreign Ministers have outlined a strategy aimed at giving the least developed countries the best market access terms available for developing countries. It has also backed the adaptation of rules of origin that will enable least developed nations to better use their duty-free advantages. Today's decision endorses the strategy laid out by the European Commission last April, and places the EU at the forefront of those in the developed world seeking to reduce the marginalisation of the the poorest countries, from the world trading system in line with principles established at the World Trade Organisation Ministerial in Singapore in December 1996. Today's step focuses on the autonomous measures which can be taken immediately and in the medium term by the EU.

    [05] Franz Fischler: "Greater separation of market and income policy needed in a modern agricultural policy"

    Addressing a Land Use and Food Policy Intergroup in Brussels today, the Commissioner of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr Franz Fischler, said that the European Union's (EU) agricultural sector faces a number of challenges in the future including the danger of food mountains developing again, EU enlargement and a new round of negotiations of the World Trade Organisation. We cannot afford to ignore the changes going on around us, he said, and described the "waiting game" which some people favour so as to avoid dealing with future developments as a dangerous strategy. There is, he said, only one realistic approach for the future of the CAP and that is to "consistently follow the direction we set out upon with the 1992 reforms". We will have to rely on the price support mechanism even less in the future than we do today for it cannot guarantee farm incomes for the long term, he said. The farmer's contribution to the stewardship of the countryside should be recognised and rewarded in its own right and this role should be central to the development of our agriculture policy, he added.

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