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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 97-09-12

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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

12/09/97


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Energie et pouvoirs locaux : Maîtrise de l'énergie, développement local et emploi, Rhodes (Grèce), 3 octobre 1997
  • [02] ECU 8 million European Union support for municipal elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • [03] Commissioner Wulf-Mathies participates at the fourth Annual Conference of the Union of Baltic Cities in Gdansk

  • [01] Energie et pouvoirs locaux : Maîtrise de l'énergie, développement local et emploi, Rhodes (Grèce), 3 octobre 1997

    Le troisième cycle de séminaires sur le thème "Energie et pouvoirs locaux", organisé par la Commission européenne et le Comité des Régions, aura lieu le 3 octobre 1997 à Rhodes (Grèce) et sera consacré aux questions de la maîtrise de l'énergie, du développement local et de l'emploi. Ces séminaires ont pour but de discuter et d'approfondir le rôle que jouent les autorités locales des Etats membres dans la lutte contre le changement climatique et dans la mise en place de stratégies énergétiques efficaces, compte tenu du fait que la concentration urbaine est responsable de la plus grande partie de la consommation énergétique et des émissions polluantes. Ces séminaires permettront de confronter les expériences faites par les autorités locales et régionales pour renforcer l'efficacité énergétique ainsi que pour promouvoir l'utilisation de nouvelles technologies, et étudieront l'impact que ces initiatives ont pu avoir sur la création d'emploi.

    [02] ECU 8 million European Union support for municipal elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina

    The European Union (EU) is providing financial support amounting to more than ECU 8 million for the municipal elections in Bosnia, which will take place on 13-14 September 1997. "Free and fair municipal elections are a vital aspect of ensuring long term stability in Bosnia Herzegovina", commented Hans van den Broek, European Commissioner responsible i.a. for relations with former Yougoslavia. "Since the central authorities are still not functioning up to Dayton standards, it is important that the people have faith in directly elected municipal officials", he said. The EU has deployed some 2,450 election supervisors in Bosnia and Herzegovina as part of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) elections supervision mission. Polling on 13-14 September and subsequent counting of the votes will be observed throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina by more than 250 monitors, many of them from EU Member States. A delegation from the European Parliament will monitor the elections in Sarajevo, Banja Luka and Brcko.

    [03] Commissioner Wulf-Mathies participates at the fourth Annual Conference of the Union of Baltic Cities in Gdansk

    In her speech held at the 4th annual Conference of the Union of Baltic Cities in Gdansk, Monika Wulf-Mathies, European Commissioner responsible for Regional policies, outlined that "the European Summit in Amsterdam opened the way for launching the Enlargement process which is of fundamental interest for the development of the Baltic sea region." She said that "the Agenda 2000 which the Commission presented in July 1997 outlines the necessary steps and decisions which have to be taken in order to start negotiations with five Central and Eastern European countries and with Cyprus." She emphasised that "this differentiated approach does not mean unfairly discriminating but assessing each country's accession prospects in order to avoid making excessive demands on the accession countries on the one hand and dashing hopes on the other."

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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