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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 00-04-19

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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 Service Presse et Communicationb

19/04/2000


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Scientific Steering Committee Issues Opinions
  • [02] Euro 70 million for "Health and Population Sector Programme" in Bangladesh
  • [03] Publication de l'Eurobaromètre n° 52
  • [04] Commissioner Bolkestein underlines synergy of food safety and Internal Market

  • [01] Scientific Steering Committee Issues Opinions

    The EU Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) today published new opinions on the safety for human consumption of animal bones and blood in the light of the latest knowledge of the risk of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) contamination. The Committee reiterated and refined its recommendations to remove high risk materials from the food chain. A statement explaining the SSC views on the European Food Authority as well as the opinions adopted are available on the http://europe.eu.int/comm/dg24/health/sc/ssc/outcome_en.html

    [02] Euro 70 million for "Health and Population Sector Programme" in Bangladesh

    A Financing Agreement for a Euro 70 million contribution to a multidonor "Health and Population Sector Programme (HPSP)" in Bangladesh has been signed by Commissioner Chris PATTEN on behalf of the European Community. The EC contribution is part of a multi-donor effort to support the sector- wide reforms being executed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. In addition to the European Commission, the World Bank, Canada, the Netherlands, Sweden, the UK and Germany are supporting the programme. The HPSP is intended to promote client-centred provision and appropriate utilisation of health services in Bangladesh by defining, funding and implementing a package of essential medical services, with emphasis on the health needs of the poor. A major restructuring of health care delivery in Bangladesh is underway. Reforms include the unification of health and family planning services to reduce duplication and inefficiencies. Hospital services will be improved to better focus them on to the needs of the poor, for example by making caesarean sections accessible for poor women in order to address the problem of still unacceptably high maternal mortality. Better regulation of the private sector will be pursued to provide the framework for public-private collaboration.

    [03] Publication de l'Eurobaromètre n° 52

    l'Eurobaromètre a principalement pour objet de donner des indications sur l'opinion des citoyens envers la construction européenne. Il est publié deux fois par an, au printemps et à l'automne. L'Eurobaromètre publié aujourd'hui est donc le premier depuis la nomination de la Commission Prodi. Il a été réalisé à la fin de 1999 auprès d'un échantillon de 16071 personnes. Parmi les indications que contient l'Eurobaromètre n°52, on peut noter une progression du soutien envers la construction européenne (51 % des citoyens européens considèrent comme une bonne chose que leur pays appartienne à l'UE, soit un gain de 2 points en un semestre). On note aussi que les citoyens européens approuvent la plupart des priorités actuelles de l'Union européenne (lutte contre le chômage et la pauvreté, protection des consommateurs et de l'environnement, lutte contre la drogue et le crime organisé, mise en place de l'euro). La seule exception concerne l'élargissement, qu'une majorité de citoyens des Quinze ne tient pas pour prioritaire. L'Eurobaromètre n°52 est disponible en ligne sur le site Europa, en consultant les pages de la direction générale Education et Culture.

    [04] Commissioner Bolkestein underlines synergy of food safety and Internal Market

    The Internal Market Commissioner Frits Bolkestein said today that improved consumer information on food safety is a prerequisite for the efficient functioning of the Internal Market. He told a Lisbon Conference on Europe and food safety that the Commission's White Paper on Food Safety established a framework for a radical, comprehensive and integrated approach to improved food safety with an emphasis, through the creation of a European Food Authority, on labelling, information and communication. "No contradiction exists between the free movement of goods, which is on of the central achievements of the Single Market, and food safety," he said, "by enhancing the level of food quality and food safety, our Union will further increase its position on the international markets". The Internal Market has given the food industry sector access to a market of 370 million consumers and contributes some Euro 660 billion a year to the economy of the European Union. It is also the EU's largest industrial employer with more than 2.6 million employees.

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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