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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 05-01-04

Midday Express: News from the EU Commission Spokesman's Briefings Directory - Previous Article - Next Article

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


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Commission calls for a sustained effort to help people affected by the tidal waves
  • [02] EU-Caribbean relations : Peter Mandelson in Trinidad and Guyana (04- 07/01)
  • [03] Flash estimate - December 2004 : Euro-zone inflation estimated at 2.3%
  • [04] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2005-01-04 Reference: MEX/05/0104 Date: 04/01/2005 EXME05 / 4.1

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Press and Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

    Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Direction Général Presse etb

    Communication

    04/01/05


  • [01] Commission calls for a sustained effort to help people affected by the tidal waves

    On 3 January 2005, European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, Louis Michel, expressed to the Sri Lankan people the firm commitment of the Commission to help them to recover from the unprecedented devastation caused by the tidal wave. During the past two days Louis Michel has visited some of the most affected coastal areas of the island, as well as hospitals and relief camps in Galle (South). Mr Michel underlined that "the European Commission was the first donor to provide €3 million on the day of the disaster, another €20 million (€8 million for Sri Lanka, €2 million for the Maldives and €10 million for Indonesia) by 30 December 2004. Together with the EU Member States we are committed to spending every single euro that we pledge. Up to now, the Commission and Member States have committed at least €240 million and this figure is likely to be increased in the coming days." Furthermore, it contributes with civil protection means, under the coordination of the Civil Protection Community Coordination Mechanism for which Commissioner Stavros Dimas is in charge.

    [02] EU-Caribbean relations : Peter Mandelson in Trinidad and Guyana (04- 07/01)

    European Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson today starts a four day visit to Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana, where he will hold talks with Caribbean Trade Ministers and visit sugar and rice producers. This is the first visit by a member of the Barroso Commission to a region with which the EU has strong links. Commissioner Mandelson's visit and meetings will focus on the development aspects of the Economic Partnership Agreement currently being negotiated between the EU and the Caribbean region ; the Doha development round ; changing trade rules for sugar and bananas, and in particular how the EU can help Caribbean producers compete in a global market.

    [03] Flash estimate - December 2004 : Euro-zone inflation estimated at 2.3%

    Euro-zone annual inflation is expected to be 2.3% in December 2004 according to a flash estimate issued today by Eurostat. It was 2.2% in November 2004.

    [04] Autre matériel diffusé

    Note on tidal waves in Asia – ECHO's response (as of 4 January 2005) From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/

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