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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 99-08-25

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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-Parole 25/08/1999b


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Visit of EU Presidency and Commissioner van den Broek to Turkey

  • [01] Visit of EU Presidency and Commissioner van den Broek to Turkey

    Following the earthquake of last week in Turkey, the Finnish Foreign Minister, Mrs Tarja Halonen, and Commissioner Hans van den Broek will arrive in Istanbul tonight for a one-day visit to Turkey. Meetings will be scheduled with the Turkish authorities in Ankara, in particular Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit and Foreign Minister Ismail Cem, in order to assess the damage resulting from this earthquake. On that basis, initiatives on behalf of the European Union (EU) might be discussed to support Turkey in its efforts to meet the immediate humanitarian needs, as well as measures to be taken to rehabilitate and reconstruct the region affected by the earthquake. It is to be recalled that the European Commission has announced last week a first tranche of emergency aid for Turkey of 2 million Euro, to be chanelled through ECHO, the European Community Humanitarian Office (see IP/99/634), while a similar amount will be decided still in the course of this week. Following that, it is the intention that the Commission will establish a more elaborate action plan to support Turkey, the outline of which could be discussed during the0 informal session ("Gymnich") of the EU foreign ministers in Saariselkä on 4-5 September next. - Alimentation animale : il faudra améliorer la législation et son application

    Les premiers éléments résultant de la mission d'inspection vétérinaire effectuée en France la semaine dernière sur les boues d'épuration confirment la nécessité d'un réel plan d'action sur l'alimentation animale. Dès le mois de juin, Franz Fischler, le commissaire responsable de la politique agricole, avait présenté un document de travail en ce sens au Conseil des Ministres et au Parlement européen. Ce document passe en revue l'ensemble de la législation de l'Union européenne (UE) sur l'alimentation animale et propose d'en combler les lacunes. La Commission soumettra ses premières propositions au mois de septembre. Bien évidemment, il ne s'agira pas seulement de renforcer la législation mais aussi d'en améliorer l'application. S'agissant du problème des boues d'épuration, le Directeur général de l'Agriculture a par ailleurs envoyé hier une lettre aux autorités allemandes et néerlandaises leur demandant des informations détaillées concernant les pratiques dans ces deux pays. Comme cela avait été le cas pour la France, l'échange d'informations sur ce dossier sera suivi très rapidement de missions d'inspection de l'Office vétérinaire de la Communauté. Une lettre a également été envoyée à tous les autres Etats membres afin de permettre de faire le point de la situation dans l'ensemble de l'UE.

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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