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Thursday, 25 May 2017
2005 Presidency and Solidarity,
NGOs mobilise for Europe



The National Platform and the NGOs involved will be organising a wide range of activities aimed at mobilising the general public and European decision makers for a Europe based on the principles of solidarity and openness to the world.

The campaign consists of three broad areas of activity, some of which are planned to continue after 1 July 2005 :

Strengthening the links between actors in the field of development cooperation in Luxembourg and in the new member states under the slogan "The small EU states, major actors in development cooperation" ;

Policy coherence, with a particular emphasis on European agricultural policies and their contribution to the fall in the prices of basic products and the standard of living of 1.3 billion peasants the world over ;

The UN Millennium Development Goals and the EU's commitment to the fight against poverty. Particular attention will be paid to the run up to the United Nations Conference in September 2005.

The NGOs will also address other issues with a bearing on the EU's relations with countries of the South as they arise. For more details on the activities and issues, please visit the campaign website here.


Meeting with ministers of ACP sugar exporting countries, the Commission presented its “action plan”, aimed at mitigating potential impacts of the EU sugar reform and at accompanying the adjustment process in ACP countries signatories of the Sugar Protocol. Several ACP economies are significantly dependent on sugar exports to the EU and may experience, following the EU sugar reform, a certain disruption of their sugar sector, with consequences on their socio-economic development. The Commission proposes a partnership to support them in meeting this challenge, by means of a set of trade and development measures.

Tuesday, 25 January 2005

The European Commission has adopted a series of humanitarian packages for the victims of protracted crises in Africa. These include Coastal West Africa (€31.3 million), Uganda (€20.62 million), Burundi (€20.99 million), and Tanzania (€13.5 million). Projects will be implemented by humanitarian agencies operating in the target regions. The funds are managed by the European Commission’s humanitarian department (ECHO) under the responsibility of Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid Louis Michel.

Monday, 24 January 2005

The European Commission adopted today a Green Paper “On an EU approach to managing economic migration”, presented by the Commissioner responsible for Justice, Freedom and Security, Vice-President Franco Frattini in agreement with Commissioner Vladimir Spidla, responsible for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities. The Green Paper aims at stimulating a public debate on the need to develop a comprehensive EU strategy to manage migration for economic reasons. The Commission has sought to launch an in-depth discussion on this issue ever since the Tampere European Council meeting in October 1999. The Green Paper, transmitted to all EU institutions concerned, notably the Economic and Social Committee, will serve as a basis for transparent discussions involving these institutions, as well as civil society, including in particular the social partners, on the most appropriate form of Community rules for admitting economic migrants, while not impinging on the responsibility of Member States to decide on the numbers of immigrants to be admitted. The Commission will organise a hearing on this issue in July 2005, and incorporate the findings of this comprehensive debate in a policy plan on legal migration, as requested by the Hague Programme, for the end of 2005.

Monday, 17 January 2005
The Management Board of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has nominated Mrs Zsuzanna Jakab, a senior public health official from Hungary, to be the Centre’s first Director. This marks a crucial stage in the start up of the ECDC, a new EU agency designed to strengthen Europe’s defences against infectious diseases. Outbreaks such as SARS in 2003 and bird flu in 2004 have shown how rapidly such diseases can spread internationally. With the resurgence of HIV/AIDS in Europe and preparedness against a possible influenza pandemic high on EU health ministers’ agenda (see MEMO/04/283), the ECDC is seen as having a key role to play in delivering the EU’s public health agenda. Markos Kyrpianou, the European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection has welcomed today’s decision. “Mrs Jakab has an impressive track record in international public health cooperation. I am sure she will provide the ECDC with the leadership it needs to start up its activities and establish its reputation”. Mrs Jakab will appear in front of a European Parliament committee in early 2005 before her appointment. Once the appointment is confirmed the Director can begin recruiting staff for the Centre and establishing its Europe-wide network of disease control experts.