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Tuesday, 17 October 2017
The final countdown to the advent of Europe’s own .eu internet identity, by the end of 2005, has begun. In the coming days, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) will put the .eu top level domain in the Internet root, further to a 21 March agreement between the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and the .eu Registry. As from the beginning of 2006, businesses and citizens who register .eu internet addresses will be able to benefit from higher visibility within the EU single market and a level playing field for electronic commerce.
A new report on gender equality in scientific research has recently been released by the European Commission, which presents some key statistics on the gender imbalance, i.e. the passive discrimination of women in the field of science. Although women make up the majority of university graduates, they are still not represented in top positions in European science, e.g. in senior positions and scientific boards, etc. As a result, women's voices are "less likely to be voiced in policy and decision-making processes, which may lead to biased decision-making on topics of future research developments. If women scientists are not visible and not seen to be succeeding in their careers, they cannot serve as role-models to attract and retain young women in scientific professions.
The recent UN report on the state of the planet revealed that 60 per cent of the ecosystems that sustain life on Earth have been damaged - an alarming development, especially in terms of marine ecosystems that play a crucial role in controlling the climate, says the French Research Minister, François d'Aubert. Speaking at the launch of a new Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) project on ocean ecosystems, Mr D'Aubert welcomed the EUR-OCEANS project aimed at developing advanced modelling tools through the study of the evolution of marine ecosystems in relation to climatic change and fishery issues.
The European Commission is providing ten million euro to the four year EUR-OCEANS project, which brings together 160 scientists from 66 research institutes and universities from 25 countries. Research will be carried out in regions such as the North Atlantic and its adjacent seas (Mediterranean and Baltic), the Polar Oceans (Artic and Antarctic) and the coastal upwelling systems of Portugal and South Africa. The overall networking objective of EUR-OCEANS is to achieve a lasting integration of European research organisations working on global change and pelagic marine ecosystems and other relevant scientific disciplines. Three research communities, which have traditionally worked independently, will now be brought together thanks to the project: pelagic ecosystems, biogeochemistry and the ecosystem approach to marine resources. Progressively, research programmes will be integrated in order to 'develop models for assessing and forecasting the impacts of climate and anthropogenic forcing on food-web dynamics (structure, functioning, diversity and stability) of pelagic ecosystems in the open ocean,' explain the project partners.
Thursday, 21 April 2005
The new Constitution is crucial to the future of the EU’s development co-operation policy. It defines the breadth and depth of the EU’s external relations and the overarching principles which define us as a global player on the world stage. It defines poverty eradication as an overarching objective of EU development policy and through a range of provisions the legal basis for a potentially strong development agenda in an enlarged Europe is set forward.
A website has been launched by eurostep that focuses on the implications of EU Constitutional Treaty for the EU’s Development Co-operation and the European contribution to the UN Millennium Development Goals. The overall purpose of the site is to provide informed analysis of the new European Constitution from a Development Co-operation perspective, to inform national and European debate and - in the context of the ratification process across Europe - to contribute to debate on Europe's role in the world.
Peter Mandelson
European Commissioner for Trade
Economic Partnership Agreements: progressive trade policy into practice
ACP – EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly
Bamako, Mali, 19 April 2005

In this speech to the 9th ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly in Mali, EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson argues that the Economic Partnership Agreements that the EU is currently negotiating with ACP regions will be both trade and development deals. They will provide for even greater market access into EU markets for ACP exports, encourage South/South market opening as a priority before any South-to-North liberalisation, and allow the EU to support financially the integration processes in the ACP regions. The speech stresses that in dealing with the trade and development needs of ACP regions exceptions and flexibilities are a feature of the EU approach.