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Thursday, 29 June 2017
The Commission will make a statement on the fight against malaria in the light of the ongoing difficulties in bringing the disease under control. The statement will be made less than 2 weeks before Africa Malaria Day on April 25 and as the World Malaria Report 2005 is due to be launched in May. The EU's warning to Uganda over its use of the controversial DDT pesticide for malaria control has further raised the profile of this major public health issue.

The Roll Back Malaria Partnership seeks to halve the malaria burden by 2010. The European Union is an important player in this field, beyond its contribution to the Global Fund Against Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) set up in 2001 by the UN. The Community implements assistance programmes and works in partnership with developing countries in the context of poverty reduction and disease control and prevention. Research and Development funding under the EDCTP Programme, set at up to €200m over a five year period, and a €351m aid package until 2007 for poverty diseases makes the EU a major donor of development aid.
On 14 January 2004, Parliament adopted a resolution on the Commission communication on the update of the EC Programme for Action. While endorsing the intention to provide incentives to the European pharmaceutical industry for R&D for poverty-related diseases, Parliament called for a scaling-up of the response to the three diseases within its 2006-2011 Financial Perspectives.
Member of Parliament Glenys KINNOCK (PES, UK), for the Development Committee, will be tabling a draft own-initiative report on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The committee emphasises that poverty reduction through the achievement of the MDGs and the Millennium Declaration must be recognised unambiguously as the overarching framework for EU development policy and that this must be reflected clearly in all relevant policy and legislative proposals; but believes that the MDGs should not be seen as a technical matter which will be resolved simply by providing more money without identifying and tackling the underlying causes of poverty.
MEPs in the committee commend those Member States that have reached or passed 0.7% GNI, whilst noting the worrying trend set by some to begin a process of decreasing aid levels, as well as abandoning previous commitments on timetables. The committee stresses that although the EU seems currently on target for its intermediary objective of 0.39% of GNI for Official Development Assistance (ODA) in 2006, there are large disparities in the performance of its Member States and therefore calls on those Members States still lagging behind to commit themselves to a clear timetable and deadlines for reaching the 0.7% target before 2015.
The Development Committee believes that it is an illusion to achieve the MDG of halving poverty and hunger by 2015, providing free education for all and improving access to health care while developing countries spend four times more on repaying debts than they spend on basic social services.
The eight Goals identified in 2000 and to be realised by 2015 are:
- Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
- Achieve universal primary education
- Promote gender equality and empower women
- Reduce child mortality
- Improve maternal health
- Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
- Ensure environmental sustainability
- Develop a global partnership for development
In September 2005, in New York, the EU will participate in a special session of the United Nations to evaluate the progress in accomplishing the MDGs.
Members of Europena Parliament will vote on a consultative report from Joseph DAUL (EPP-ED, FR) for the Agriculture Committee which recommends approving unchanged a Commission proposal for the European Community to accede to the International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants, as revised at Geneva on 19 March 1991.
The main activities of the international Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) are concerned with promoting international harmonisation and cooperation in the introduction of plant variety protection legislation. Harmonisation is enhanced, firstly, through specific activities undertaken within UPOV leading to recommendations and model agreements and forms and, secondly, through the fact that UPOV serves as a forum to exchange views and share experiences. UPOV has established a detailed set of general principles for the conduct of the examination of plant varieties; their use also extends to national listing and seed certification.
Innovation Policy in Europe 2004 is the latest edition of the annual policy synthesis report of the TrendChart initiative managed by the Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry.The report provides an overview of innovation challenges and policy trends in the 25 European Union Member States, eight Associate and Accession Countries and three economic zones namely NAFTA, MEDA and ASIA. It highlights the different key innovation policy challenges in the EU and provides examples of good policy responses. As well as providing an overview of innovation policy fields where good progress has been made towards the Lisbon objective, the report highlights what remains to be done It confirms that innovation has become a matter of high policy priority in many countries and that different approaches exist to cope with the identified policy challenges. The report will further stimulate the search for best solutions and encourage cooperation in the field of innovation policy.
Wednesday, 06 April 2005
Food and Feed Operators are reminded of their responsibilities for food safety.
The key obligations of food and feed operators when it comes to food safety have been outlined in a new leaflet by the Commission. The aim of the leaflet is to remind operators that, under EU Food Law, they have binding responsibilities for food put on the EU market. It will also provide consumers with a readable outline of what they should expect from food operators. The document sets out the obligations under seven headings:
- Safety
- Responsibility
- Traceability
- Transparency
- Emergency
- Prevention
- Cooperation