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Monday, 20 November 2017
Member States contributions to the 2005 EU budget will be reduced by a further €526 million. This is the second time this year that the Commission adjusts Member States contributions downwards. Fresh economic data and a surplus in the Guarantee Fund for external actions last year are the main reasons for the modification. In a new amended budget the Commission proposes major changes for Member States such as the United Kingdom, (- €909 million), and Germany, (- €320 million). Earlier in May the Commission proposed a €2 737 million reduction in Member States contributions as a result of a surplus in the 2004 budget. Together with today’s proposal the contribution for most Member States will be reduced.

See attached the contributions to EU budget 2005 by Member State
Preparations for the second World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Tunis (16-18 November 2005) have entered a crucial phase. This summit should reach an international consensus on two key unresolved issues from the first phase: Internet governance and financial mechanisms for bridging the digital divide between developed and developing countries. The European Commission has now adopted a communication outlining the EU’s priorities for the Tunis meeting. To promote an Information Society for all, respectful of human rights and of freedom of expression and cultural and linguistic diversity, the EU wishes to preserve and strengthen the sound foundations laid during the first summit in Geneva.
EU principles for second WSIS phase

To achieve results in the areas discussed in the WSIS first phase, it is important not to re-open the debate on questions that have been settled, but to focus on implementing agreed principles. The EU would like to build on progress made in emerging economies by backing wider access to the Internet with comprehensive strategies for developing the Information Society, including the development of creative content and applications.
With respect to financial mechanisms to bridge the digital divide in developing countries, the EU welcomes the voluntary Digital Solidarity Fund created in Geneva in March 2005. However, the EU believes that a more holistic approach is required to mobilise human, financial and technological resources for a better integration of ICTs into development policies.
As regards Internet governance, the question of internationalising the management of the Internet’s core resources, namely, the domain name system, Internet Protocol (IP) addresses and the root server system, is currently being discussed. The EU believes that a new cooperation model is needed to give effect to WSIS wording on the crucial role of stakeholders within Internet governance, including governments, the private sector, civil society and international organisations.
To ensure the proper implementation of the Geneva Plan of Action and the political follow-up of the WSIS, the EU should insist that this mechanism be simple and efficient, making full use of existing UN organisations and government agencies, and ensuring full participation of the civil society and the private sector.
8 June will see the launch of a Europe-wide initiative “Researchers in Europe 2005”. The campaign aims to promote better awareness of the exciting multi-faceted lives and careers of researchers – ordinary people with a passion for science, without whom our society’s progress would not be possible. A wide range of activities will take place between June and November 2005, all designed to improve public understanding of the key role played by researchers in our society, and to attract young people to careers in science. Events include open-door days, exhibitions and theatre productions, with the highlight being “European Researchers Night” on 23 September, where events will be held simultaneously in cities and regions across Europe.
Monday, 06 June 2005
The publication, today, of the European Commission’s fourth annual report on serious breaches to the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), shows that the number of such detected breaches went up from 6,756 in 2002 to 9,502 in 2003. These figures, based on reports from Member States, show that despite substantial strides towards greater participation of stakeholders in the fisheries management process and action to strengthen enforcement, more needs to be done to deter potential rule breakers. However, the figures also underline a persistent weakness in the quality and uniformity of the collection and report of the relevant data by Member States which makes any solid comparison and assessment difficult. This is why the Commission will consult Member States on ways to improve data collection on the detection and follow up of the 19 serious breaches of the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), identified in March 1999, and the sending of data to the Commission. The aim of the measure was to increase transparency in order to strengthen fishermen’s confidence in the fair and uniform application of the rules throughout the Union so as to encourage better compliance.
New offices for the European Investment Bank’s Regional Representation for Central and East Africa were officially inaugurated on 30th May 2005. The new representation office is the first to be opened by the EIB in sub-Saharan Africa. It is to play a key role in the EIB’s commitment to build closer ties with its customers and expand operations in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP), within the framework of the ACP-EU Partnership Agreement, signed in Cotonou in June 2000, and of the Investment Facility, a risk taking facility for the private and the commercially run public sector, created under the Agreement and managed by the EIB.
The Nairobi-based Regional Representation intends to increase the effectiveness of EIB activities, in particular in the private sector, and to reinforce its identity with the ACP countries in East and Central Africa. Within the private sector, EIB Nairobi will also work with the network of local antennae of the CDE, Center for the Development of Enterprise in the region and with Pro€invest, both set up as independently managed private sector support instruments under the Cotonou Agreement and its predecessor treaties, the Lomé Conventions.
The EIB Nairobi will also help to improve co-ordination with the European Commission’s grant aid in support of governance, regulatory and judicial improvements through the national indicative programmes (NIP) in the region. In addition it will strengthen synergies with the EIB’s partners in the European Development Financing Institutions group, the EDFI, and with the World Bank group and other peer institutions.
Two other Regional Representations will shortly be officially openend in Dakar, Senegal, for Western Africa, and Tshwane/Pretoria, South Africa, for the Southern Africa region and Indian Ocean. The respective host-Governments and the Bank will officially inaugurate new office venues in Dakar and in Pretoria in June and in July.