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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 97-06-26

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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

26/06/97


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Jacques Santer sur leTraité d'Amsterdam : "Nous avançons - lentement, mais nous progressons"
  • [02] EU and Australia sign Declaration on closer ties
  • [03] Mr Fischler expresses satisfaction on the price package agreement.

  • [01] Jacques Santer sur leTraité d'Amsterdam : "Nous avançons - lentement, mais nous progressons"

    Jacques Santer, le Président de la Commission européenne, a dressé aujourd'hui devant le Parlement européen un bilan nuancé de la Conférence intergouvernementale, en constatant, à côté de progrès importants, des zones d'ombre. Parmi les progrès réalisés, il a retenu le rapprochement de l'Union de ses citoyens: large communautarisation du pilier consacré à la justice et aux affaires intérieures, intégration de la convention de Schengen dans le Traité, chapitre sur l'emploi, base juridique pour les mesures d'encouragement à l'emploi et pour aider les personnes exclues, renforcement des dispositions en matière de santé. En matière de politique extérieure et de sécurité, "nous avons fait des progrès appréciables, mais qui devront être valorisés dans la pratique. Tout sera question de volonté politique", a dit Jacques Santer. S'agissant des questions institutionnelles, il y a du bon : "Le Parlement européen est sans aucun doute sorti gagnant de cette Conférence". Le futur Président de la Commission aussi. Quant à la réforme de la Commission, et plus particulièrement le nombre des commissaires, le Président a déclaré n'avoir "aucun doute qu'une solution sera trouvée" avant le premier élargissement. Citant les points de déception, il a dit : "Le résultat en matière d'extension du vote à la majorité qualifiée est médiocre. En matière de défense, il n'y a malheureusement pas eu de véritable percée".

    [02] EU and Australia sign Declaration on closer ties

    The European Union took an important step in the development of its relations with Australia today by signing a Joint Declaration covering human rights, economic matters, and the fight against drugs and crime. The Declaration, signed in Luxembourg by Sir Leon Brittan, vice-president of the Commission, Hans van Mierlo, the Dutch foreign minister, and Alexander Downer, the Australian foreign minister, also foresees greater cooperation in international bodies like the World Trade Organisation (WTO), and will build on the regular Ministerial and other meetings that currently take place between the EU and Australia.

    [03] Mr Fischler expresses satisfaction on the price package agreement.

    Commenting on the outcome of the agricultural prices negotiations, the Commissioner of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr Franz Fischler, said that he was satisfied in general with the agreement although he regretted that Ministers were not prepared to accept at this stage some important elements of the European Commission's proposal. Given the budgetary constraints within which the CAP will have to operate next year the failure by the Council to accept the Commission's proposal to reduce arable aid could have implications for many sectors in 1998. Clearly expenditure on the CAP will have to remain within the budget available, a position endorsed by the Council, therefore if our forecasts on budgetary requirements for 1998 prove correct, savings will have to be made. In view of the overcompensation to the cereal sector during the last four years it would have been more appropriate to find the necessary savings in that sector. While respecting the Council's right to suggest a set-aside rate for next year, Mr Fischler said that this is a market management instrument and the rate should be established in an objective way on the basis of the most up to date information on the market outlook. This, he added, will be the basis upon which the Commission will draw up its proposal on set-aside.

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