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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 00-02-17

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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 17/02/2000b


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Signature d'un protocole de coopération entre l'OLAF et la DNA
  • [02] Commission welcomes Parliament's second reading of the Water Framework Directive
  • [03] Protection des animaux : les lois doivent être appliquées dans les Etats membres
  • [04] Commission statement on EU- South Africa relations
  • [05] Poul Nielson due to deliver message to the UNCTAD X Conference on the 'quality of development'

  • [01] Signature d'un protocole de coopération entre l'OLAF et la DNA

    L'Office européen de Lutte antifraude (OLAF) a signé ce matin à Rome un protocole de coopération avec la Direction Nationale de l'Anti-Mafia (DNA). Cet accord pose les fondements d'une coopération régulière entre l'OLAF et la DNA. Il s'agit, dans le cadre de la protection des intérêts financiers des Communautés, de renforcer la lutte contre les activités illégales dans les domaines économiques et financiers, notamment lorsqu'elles sont le fait de filières organisées, par la mise en commun des expertises des deux organismes signataires. Mme Michaele Schreyer, Commissaire européen chargé du budget et de la lutte anti-fraude, a salué la signature de ce protocole en déclarant : "De tels accords de coopération sont des instruments puissants au service de la lutte antifraude et de la protection des intérêts financiers des Communautés. Il faut continuer dans cette voie."

    [02] Commission welcomes Parliament's second reading of the Water Framework Directive

    European Commissioner for Environment, Margot Wallström, welcomes European Parliament's second reading of the Water Framework Directive : "I strongly welcome the result of Parliament's second reading, which shows how seriously the new Parliament takes its environmental responsibility". Parliament took a strong environmental stand by adopting amendments which will improve the Council common position in terms of more stringent and transparent environment requirements, more ambitious and clearer objectives and shorter timetable for implementation. Parliament's amendments also call for the introduction of the Member States' recent commitments within the OSPAR (OSLO-PARIS Marine) Convention for a radical control of emissions of hazardous substances to marine water. Whilst being more modest than the Commission's proposal in relation to water pricing Parliament nevertheless sought to encourage the Council to take the polluter pays principle of the Treaty seriously by adopting amendments which will ensure that users of water will have to face up to paying the costs associated with the use of water. It will also ensure that water users in different economic sectors cannot in the long run avoid paying the costs through open or hidden subsidies from other sectors.

    [03] Protection des animaux : les lois doivent être appliquées dans les Etats membres

    M. David Byrne, Commissaire européen chargé de la santé et de la protection des consommateurs, a rencontré l'intergroupe sur la protection et la conservation des animaux afin de débattre de la politique de l'Union européenne en matière de bien-être et de protection des animaux. La législation communautaire actuelle porte sur la protection des animaux durant leur transport et au moment de l'abattage, ainsi que sur les normes de protection applicables à l'élevage de poules pondeuses, de bovins et de porcins.

    [04] Commission statement on EU- South Africa relations

    The European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian aid, Poul Nielson, warmly welcomed the reply given by the President of South Africa, Mr Mbeki, endorsing the approach embodied in the Commission/Council letter of 15 February relating to different aspects of the Trade, Development and Cooperation Agreement and a Wines and Spirits Agreement. Mr Nielson hailed this as a positive development, saying he was "looking forward to a constructive and fruitful partnership with South Africa in the months and years to come".

    [05] Poul Nielson due to deliver message to the UNCTAD X Conference on the 'quality of development'

    Mr Poul Nielson, European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian aid, will arrive in Bangkok on 18 February to address the plenary session of the tenth United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD X). Mr Nielson will use this address to emphasise poverty eradication, good governance, respect for the environment and regard for the social and gender aspects of development as vital elements in the successful implementation of a sustainable development policy. Mr Nielson will also undertake bi-lateral contacts in Bangkok, notably with Dr Supachai Panitchpakdi, Thailand's Minister of Commerce and the next World Trade Organisation Secretary General, and Mr Rubens Ricupero, Secretary General of UNCTAD.

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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