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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 97-06-25

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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

25/06/97


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Brevets - la Commission adopte un Livre vert et lance une consultation publique
  • [02] The Growth and Environment loan guarantee pilot programme is operational
  • [03] João de Deus Pinheiro meets UN Secretary General Kofi Annan
  • [04] Conférence sur l'industrie de transformation des produits de la pêche et de l'aquaculture (Bruxelles, 26 et 27 juin 1997)
  • [05] João de Deus Pinheiro spells out six principles for conflict prevention in Africa

  • [01] Brevets - la Commission adopte un Livre vert et lance une consultation publique

    Comment améliorer et moderniser le système de brevets en Europe ? C'est la question qui est au centre du Livre vert qui vient d'être adopté par la Commission européenne à l'initiative de Mario Monti, Commissaire au Marché Intérieur, et en accord avec Edith Cresson, Commissaire à la recherche, l'éducation et la formation. Le Livre vert vise à lancer une vaste consultation des milieux intéressés pour déterminer quels sont les besoins réels en termes de protection et quelles initiatives nouvelles devraient être prises au niveau communautaire dans ce secteur. Entre autres, le Livre vert pose la question de savoir s'il convient de modifier la convention de Luxembourg de 1975 sur le brevet communautaire et de la transformer en un instrument juridique communautaire pour que les entreprises et innovateurs puissent jouir d'un protection partout au sein du marché unique sur base d'une seule demande de brevet. De l'avis de la Commission, l'actuel système de brevets dans l'Union européenne est très complexe et coûteux.

    [02] The Growth and Environment loan guarantee pilot programme is operational

    With the objective of facilitating small and medium-sized enterprises' access to loans for environmental investments, the European Commission, in partnership with the European Investment Fund (EIF), has launched the Growth and Environment pilot programme. With the support from the European Parliament, Commissioners Yves-Thibault de Silguy, responsible for economic, monetary and financial affairs, Ritt Bjerregaard, responsible for environment, and Christos Papoutsis, responsible for small and medium-sized enterprises, have created this loan guarantee programme for investments producing significant environmental benefits. It will allow the EIF to offer, at its own risk, partial guarantees for loans amounting to up to ECU 1.8 billion for small enterprises with up to 100 employees, with priority access for those with fewer than 50 employees.

    [03] João de Deus Pinheiro meets UN Secretary General Kofi Annan

    European Development Commissioner João de Deus Pinheiro completed his official visit to New York on 24th June by meeting United Nations (UN) Secretary General Kofi Annan. Professor Pinheiro explained progress on the Commission's Green Paper that outlines elements for future European Union (EU) relations with African, Caribbean and Pacific States, while Mr Annan commented on the goals and expected results of UN reform. They also discussed the situation in the Great Lakes region and Mr Annan welcomed the EU's political and financial willingness to support a Conference for the Great Lakes area to be held as soon as the political situation permits.

    [04] Conférence sur l'industrie de transformation des produits de la pêche et de l'aquaculture (Bruxelles, 26 et 27 juin 1997)

    "Transformation des produits de la pêche: stratégies et enjeux", tel est le thème de la Conférence qui se tiendra les 26 et 27 juin prochain à Bruxelles au Centre Borschette sous l'égide de la Commission européenne. Première d'un cycle de quatre conférences thématiques que la Commission organisera jusqu'à l'an 2000 dans le cadre de l'Initiative Communautaire PESCA, cette rencontre réunira environ 250 représentants des milieux professionnels et des autorités publiques concernées. Emma Bonino, membre de la Commission européenne chargé de la pêche, ouvrira les travaux suivie par Carmen Fraga, Présidente de la Commission pêche du Parlement européen.

    [05] João de Deus Pinheiro spells out six principles for conflict prevention in Africa

    In a speech yesterday at the international Peace Academy in New York on conflict prevention in Africa, European Development Commissioner João de Deus Pinheiro spelled out six principles to guide European Union (and international) actions toward Africa in areas ranging from peace building and preventive diplomacy to peace-keeping and post-conflict reconstruction. "The root-causes of violent conflicts need to be addressed in a coherent manner, with an appropriate mix of all available instruments: political, social, environmental and even military measures", said Commissioner Pinheiro.

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