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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 00-02-09

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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 09/02/2000b


CONTENTS / CONTENU

[I] Résultats de la Commission de ce jour - Outcome of today's Commission meeting

  • [01] Commission unveils its five-year strategic objectives
  • [02] La Commission adopte un Livre vert sur l'assistance judiciaire en matière civile
  • [03] Fonds structurels : la Commission approuve les documents de programmation de l'objectif 1 pour la Finlande orientale et septentrionale pour la période 2000-2006
  • [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

  • [04] Commission statement on the violent incidents in south-east Spain
  • [05] Un Forum pour étendre la coopération entre l'UE et la Mauritanie dans le secteur de la pêche
  • [06] Conflict in Angola : Commission clears humanitarian aid worth euro 13.5 million
  • [07] Commission study looks into the future of Europe until 2010

  • [I] Résultats de la Commission de ce jour - Outcome of today's Commission meeting

    [01] Commission unveils its five-year strategic objectives

    The European Commission has agreed a key policy document outlining the strategic objectives that will guide its work over the next five years. It argues that the need for Europe has never been greater : democracy needs strengthening within the EU to reassure those who fear its resilience can no longer be taken for granted ; instability beyond the EU is compelling it to act decisively in foreign affairs ; globalisation is changing the way we communicate and do business, but many people feel disenfranchised ; meanwhile, people's daily lives are compounded by concerns over the food they eat or the air they breathe. More than ever before, collective problems require united responses, but at a time when public faith in the EU is at a low ebb. The paper outlines the Commission's answer to these challenges under four key headings : creating new forms of European governance, giving Europe a stronger voice in the world, promoting a new economic and social agenda, and improving quality of life.

    [02] La Commission adopte un Livre vert sur l'assistance judiciaire en matière civile

    La Commission européenne a adopté un Livre vert intitulé : 'L'assistance judiciaire en matière civile : problèmes rencontrés par le plaideur transfrontalier'. Ce Livre vert représente la première étape vers la réalisation de l'objectif énoncé dans les conclusions de la réunion spéciale qui s'est tenue à Tampere les 15 et 16 octobre 1999 consacrée à la création d'un espace de liberté, de sécurité et de justice dans l'Union européenne, où le Conseil européen a invité le Conseil "à établir, sur la base de propositions faites par la Commission, des normes minimales garantissant un niveau approprié d'aide juridique pour les affaires transfrontalières dans l'ensemble de l'Union".

    [03] Fonds structurels : la Commission approuve les documents de programmation de l'objectif 1 pour la Finlande orientale et septentrionale pour la période 2000-2006

    La Commission européenne a approuvé deux projets de documents uniques de programmation (DOCUPs) pour le financement des programmes de développement régional pour la Finlande orientale et septentrionale pour les sept ans à venir. Les deux programmes concernent l'objectif 1 (régions en retard de développement) et représentent 948 millions d'euros de financement communautaire, dont deux tiers pour la Finlande orientale et un tiers pour la Finlande septentrionale. Il s'agit de la mise en œuvre des premiers programmes des fonds structurels pour la période 2000-2006.

    [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

    [04] Commission statement on the violent incidents in south-east Spain

    Romano Prodi, President of the European Commission, expresses his deep concern at the race-related incidents of violence which have taken place in south-east Spain over the past days. The President welcomes the statements and actions of the Spanish authorities which are designed to calm the unrest. The President wishes to condemn in the strongest possible terms any expression of racism or xenophobia. Such behaviour is contrary to the very principles of the European Union.

    [05] Un Forum pour étendre la coopération entre l'UE et la Mauritanie dans le secteur de la pêche

    Un Forum pour le partenariat dans la filière pêche, organisé du 7 au 8 février à Nouakchott sous le parrainage de l'Union européenne et de la République Islamique de Mauritanie, a ouvert la voie à de nouvelles relations entre les acteurs respectifs du secteur de la pêche. Il s'agit d'une action novatrice et originale visant à apporter des bénéfices aux filières pêche des deux régions et à assurer de véritables transferts de connaissances à travers le développement de partenariats commerciaux et techniques. L'UE et la Mauritanie encouragent ainsi toute initiative positive visant à la concrétisation de tels partenariats.

    [06] Conflict in Angola : Commission clears humanitarian aid worth euro 13.5 million

    The European Commission has cleared a further package of humanitarian aid, in the framework of the 2000 Global Plan, worth euro 13.5 million for victims of war in Angola. The country's long-running stop-start war escalated recently, driving over a million people from their homes. This funding, channelled via the European Commission Humanitarian Office (ECHO), will enable relief workers to reach civilian victims of the conflict with aid to help them survive. "Angola may not be making headlines, but that is all the more reason for us not to forget the civilians, especially the women and children, who are the people hardest hit by this conflict. We continue to provide humanitarian aid to help them survive and to help alleviate their suffering", said Poul Nielson, Development and Humanitarian Aid Commissioner. About eight million Angolans - up to 70% of the population - have no access to primary health care, or access to clean drinking water. ECHO plans to support humanitarian projects providing emergency medical aid, food aid, shelter and water/sanitation facilities for them. The aim is to reduce preventable deaths and disease among those most vulnerable, that is, women and children. ECHO is negotiating with up to 25 partner organisations to carry out programmes over the next year.

    [07] Commission study looks into the future of Europe until 2010

    Tomorrow, the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) in Seville, which is part of the European Union's Joint Research Centre, will present the results of a major study examining how Europe is going to look in the year 2010. This so-called Futures Project examines the key driving forces of change that will affect our daily life and society over the next ten years. These include information and communication technologies and life sciences, the single currency, globalisation, the ageing population, the emerging 24-hour society, increased health cost and educational investments, enlargement, and environmental changes.

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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