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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 00-02-24

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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 24/02/2000b


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Franchises voyageurs : la Commission propose d'augmenter les limites fixées pour l'importation de bière en Finlande à partir d'autres Etats membres
  • [02] WTO appellate body confirms that US export subsidies breach International Trade Rules
  • [03] Laos : Commission approves euro 1.14 million in aid for relocated villagers
  • [04] Mozambique, Botswana : Commission approves euro 1 million for flood victims
  • [05] Les stagiaires de la Commission versent un don de 17.350 euros à l'AFESIP (Agir pour les Femmes en Situation Précaire)
  • [06] New contributions in the areas of education, training and youth and culture

  • [01] Franchises voyageurs : la Commission propose d'augmenter les limites fixées pour l'importation de bière en Finlande à partir d'autres Etats membres

    La Commission européenne a présenté des propositions visant à autoriser la Finlande à augmenter en plusieurs étapes la quantité de bière pouvant être importée en Finlande en franchise de droits par les particuliers provenant d'autres Etats membres et à abolir cette restriction dès le 1e janvier 2004. Les propositions autoriseraient également la Finlande, d'ici la fin 2005, à limiter à 6 litres la quantité de bière pouvant être importée en franchise de droits par les particuliers provenant d'un pays tiers. Les nouvelles règles entreront en vigueur dès que les propositions de la Commission seront adoptées par le Conseil de ministres de l'UE.

    [02] WTO appellate body confirms that US export subsidies breach International Trade Rules

    Today, the WTO Appellate Body confirmed that US subsidies to exports (via the Foreign Sales Corporation (FSC) scheme) breach WTO rules. FSC subsidies assist US exports worth around $250 billion, giving US companies an unfair advantage and creating major distortions of international trade. The US budgetary cost of the subsidy is around $3.5 billion each year.

    [03] Laos : Commission approves euro 1.14 million in aid for relocated villagers

    The European Commission has made available aid worth euro 1.14 million for Laotian villagers whose relocation has exposed them to unexpected health hazards. The aid, channelled via the European Commission Humanitarian Office (ECHO), will enable European non-governmental organisations to improve the availability of food, water/sanitation and healthcare pending more permanent solutions to the situation.

    [04] Mozambique, Botswana : Commission approves euro 1 million for flood victims

    The European Commission has cleared emergency aid worth euro one million for victims of floods in Mozambique and Botswana. The aid, channelled via the European Commission Humanitarian Office (ECHO), will enable the Spanish Red Cross, German Red Cross and Medecins sans Frontieres-Luxembourg to carry out emergency relief operations over the next six months. Southern African has been struck by heavy rains, resulting in widespread flooding. Mozambique and south-eastern Botswana have been particularly badly hit. Around 200,000 people have been affected in Mozambique, and some 25,000 in Botswana. This funding will cover the supply of materials for temporary shelter, food distribution, basic health care and some preventive measures to curb epidemics, provision of drinking water and sanitation measures.

    [05] Les stagiaires de la Commission versent un don de 17.350 euros à l'AFESIP (Agir pour les Femmes en Situation Précaire)

    Regroupés au sein de l'Association 'Solidarité', les stagiaires de la Commission européenne ont, pendant le stage d'hiver 1999-2000, récolté des fonds (environ 17.350 euros) destinés à financer des projets humanitaires sélectionnés par eux-mêmes. Cette année, leur choix s'est porté sur l'AFESIP, une ONG fondée en 1996 afin de lutter contre l'exploitation sexuelle des femmes au Cambodge. Par ce geste, les stagiaires entendent souligner l'importance qu'ils accordent à la lutte contre l'esclavage sexuel dans le monde. Comme le veut la tradition, c'est le membre de la Commission chargé de l'aide humanitaire, M. Poul Nielson, qui sera chargé de présenter le don à l'AFESIP lors d'une cérémonie au bâtiment Breydel de la Commission le jeudi 24 février à 16h.

    [06] New contributions in the areas of education, training and youth and culture

    The latest issue of Le Magazine, published by the European Commission's new Directorate-General for Education and Culture, gives an overview of the second phase of EU programmes now being launched in the areas of education (Socrates), training (Leonardo da Vinci), youth (Youth) and culture (Culture 2000). Together with initiatives in sport, language learning and the audiovisual sector, including cinema and television, these programmes reflect the Commission's aim to respond more closely to the everyday interests of the people of Europe. "Making the best of Europe's vast potential for all kinds of education and culture", Commissioner Viviane Reding writes in the editorial, "is an exciting, relatively new field of EU cooperation which I very much look forward to developing". Le Magazine is available in French, English and German editions from the Education and Culture DG, 5-7 rue Belliard, 1049-Brussels. Fax: +32 2 296 4259. E-mail: eac-info@cec.eu.int.

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