Wednesday, 26 April 2017
On 22 November 2004 Peter Mandelson took charge of External Trade Affairs for the new Barroso Commission. Prior to this appointment he has been a Member of Parliament for Hartlepool, UK, since 1992. Former positions include Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, working directly with the Prime Minister Tony Blair in his Cabinet Office, and Campaign Manager for the Labour party in 1997. Mr Mandelson studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at St Catherine’s College, Oxford.
Friday, 19 November 2004
The European Union (EU) has launched its € 500 million Water Facility for African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries - the single biggest EU allocation ever for water and sanitation projects. The facility was approved by the EU Council in March 2004 and was endorsed by the ACP-EU Council of Ministers at their meeting in Gabarone in May. The facility will drive progress towards achievement of the water and sanitation related Millennium Development Goals as well as the targets set at the World Summit for Sustainable Development (WSSD), held in Johannesburg in 2002.
Wednesday, 17 November 2004
European Court of Auditors says EU budget accounts are reliable for tenth year running but more progress needed on controls of payments. The European Court of Auditors' Annual Report for the financial year 2003 once again finds that the consolidated annual accounts and their accompanying notes faithfully reflect the revenue and expenditure of the Communities as well as their financial situation at the end of 2003. The Commission takes up the Court’s recommendation for further strengthening the recovery from Member States which fail to properly control funds paid out under the CAP and structural funds. These funds, managed by Member States, account for 80% of the EC budget.
Tuesday, 16 November 2004
EU drafts new rules on patents: On 29 October, the European Commission (EC) issued a new draft resolution on patents and access to medicines. It will give European governments the legal right to suspend drug patents, which will allow European manufacturers to export cheaper generic versions to developing countries. This change in law follows a decision at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in August last year to lift restrictions on the export of generics.