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Tuesday, 25 July 2017
European Union to become member of the Western Central Pacific Fisheries Commission in 2005

Commissioner Joe Borg, responsible for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, has welcomed the invitation extended to the EU on 9 December last to become a Member of the newly established Regional Fisheries Organisation (RFO) for the Western and Central Pacific tuna resources. The inaugural meeting of the Western Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) was held in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia, on 9-10 December. At this meeting, following a proposal from Forum Fisheries Agency (Pacific Island States), the EU has been invited by consensus to become a Member of this Organisation with the strong support of Australia, China, Chinese Taipei, Cook Islands, Fiji, and other Members. The EU will become a Member from the first days of 2005, after the deposit of the Instrument of Ratification with the Depositary, New Zealand. This accession to the WCPFC means that the EU is now a Member of all five tuna RFOs in the world. The Commission has nominated M. Glenn Hurry (Australia) as its first Chairman and M Michael Lodge as the first Executive Director of the Organisation.
Eurobarometer: marked improvement in perception of the European Union and what it does
Eurobarometer 62, conducted between 2 October and 8 November 2004 shows that the climate of opinion has improved since the spring, even though unemployment remains one of the main preoccupations. The public image of the European Union is more positive and two thirds of people are in favour of the idea of a Constitution for the Union. There is broad consensus on the principle of a common foreign and security policy.

Friday, 10 December 2004
This site provides as much information as possible on the legislative codecision procedure (Article 251 of the EC Treaty) and on the roles played therein by the three institutions (Council, European Parliament and Commission). You will also find detailed information on the legislative acts which are in the process of being adopted (dossiers under consideration) or which have already been adopted (dossiers concluded) under the codecision procedure.

Commission appoints new Director General of Eurostat
The European Commission has today appointed Mr.Günther Hanreich to the post of Director-General for Eurostat, the European Union’s statistical office. Mr Hanreich, who is Austrian was previously Director for Trans-European Networks at the Commission’s Directorate General for Energy and Transport. He replaces Mr. Michel Vanden Abeele, who was appointed in May 2003.

Eurostat is the statistical office of the European Union. It produces regular statistics on economic indicators such as inflation, employment and trade and also on more general themes like agriculture, environment, population and social conditions, energy, etc... Eurostat is based in Luxembourg.

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Thursday, 09 December 2004
In order to safeguard Europe’s most important wildlife areas an EU-wide network of nature protection areas is being established under the Habitats Directive – the Natura 2000 network. The reduction and loss of biodiversity in Europe has accelerated dramatically over recent decades. The pressures responsible for this loss are urban, infrastructure and tourism development, agricultural and forestry intensification.

The lists of sites foreseen in the Habitats Directive are divided in seven bio-geographic regions (Pannonian, Boreal, Continental, Atlantic, Alpine, Macaronesian and Mediterranean) within the territory of the Union. The first list for the Macaronesian region (Madeira, Azores and Canary islands) was agreed in December 2001. The second list was adopted in December 2003 for the Alpine region. The lists are established on the basis of proposals made by the Member States, which are subsequently evaluated with the assistance of the European Environmental Agency.