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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 01-05-31

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From: EUROPA, the European Commission Server at <http://europa.eu.int>


News from the Spokesman's midday briefing

Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi du Service Presse et Communicationb

Midday Express 31/05/2001

  • [01] President Arafat meets President Prodi and Commissioner Patten in Brussels The President of the Palestinian Authority, Yassir Arafat, will today meet European Commission President Romano Prodi and External Relations Commissioner Chris Patten in Brussels. They will review the current situation in the Middle East and the role of the EU in supporting efforts to end violence and bring about a resumption of peace talks. Commissioner Patten and Minister for Planning and International Cooperation Nabeel Shaath will also sign a Financing Agreement on EC budgetary aid to the Palestinian Authority.
  • [02] Renewal of Fisheries Protocol between EU and Guinea Bissau The European Commission and Guinea Bissau have initialled a Protocol to the Fisheries Agreement for a period of five years from 16 June 2001. The financial compensation will amount to a total of euro 51 million. Following a meeting with the Finance Minister, Mr Rui Duarte Barros, who led the Delegation from Guinea Bissau, Mr Franz Fischler, Commissioner responsible for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries, expressed his satisfaction at the outcome of the negotiations. "This is good news, not only for the European fishermen, but also for the fisheries sector of Guinea Bissau. We have struck a fair balance of mutual benefit. As well as allowing our fishermen to continue their activities in the waters of Guinea Bissau, the new Protocol will strengthen sustainable fisheries and support the fishing sector of Guinea Bissau with targeted measures for the local artisanal sector, scientific and technical programmes and training", Mr Fischler said.
  • [03] Franz Fischler in Ireland : "The future of agriculture is in the hands of consumers" Speaking at a food conference in Dublin today, Franz Fischler, European Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries, called on the food processors to ensure that any food passing from "stable to table" meets the quality standards consumers nowadays demand. According to Mr Fischler it was not only the Irish beef market that suffered from the BSE crisis, consumer confidence also suffered a blow to consumer confidence. "We must now concentrate our efforts on restoring it. There is no doubt that the future of our food and agricultural policies rests in the hands of the consumers." In response to the demands for a sustainable agricultural system, Commissioner Fischler announced his intention to further strenghten the Rural Development Policy and agri-environmental under the mid-term review of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) next year.
  • [04] Autre matériel diffusé Speech by David Byrne : "A Future in Food - Ingredients for Success" at the Food Industry Information Day (Dublin) Discours de M. Lamy : "EU/US : une nouvelle donne dans les relations commerciales internationales ?" à la Conférence internationale COFACE (Paris, ! embargo 18h00 !) Discours de Mme Reding : "La Suisse dans quelle Europe ?" à l'Alliance française (Berne, ! embargo 20h30 !)


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