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Friday, 20 July 2018
“.eu”: Europe’s new internet address opens for business on 7 December
The Commission announced today that the “.eu” top-level domain, which enables businesses, public bodies and citizens to choose a pan-European Internet name for their web sites and e-mail addresses, opens for business on 7 December 2005. A “.eu” suffix enables users to project a Europe-wide presence, ambition or affiliation. It complements, but does not replace, national country codes such as France’s “.fr”, Poland’s “.pl” or the UK’s “.uk”. A sunrise period of 4 months will allow holders of prior rights – including businesses – to apply for the registration of domain names provided they are settled in the European Union. From 7 April 2006, the Registry will open its doors for applications from the general public. With the launch of .eu, the Commission lives up to the promise made at the Lisbon European Council in 2000 to give Europe’s Information Society an identity on the web under reliable EU rules.
The European Commission, on behalf of the European Union, and Gabon have initialled a Fisheries Partnership Agreement (FPA) for a period of six years, which will become effective on 3 December 2005. This fisheries agreement will replace the current one, due to end the day before. The new Protocol under the FPA provides for tuna fishing opportunities for 40 Community vessels, in return for an EU annual financial contribution of € 860,000, of which 60% is earmarked for support to the Gabonese national fishing policy. In addition to refocusing financial support, the new agreement also marks the beginning of a new era in fisheries cooperation between the EU and Gabon dedicated to promoting sustainable fisheries in Gabonese waters. In particular, it breaks new ground by committing both parties to broad-ranging and systematic policy dialogue, and to strengthening cooperation in a number of areas. This move towards partnership agreements, agreed under the 2002 reform of the Common Fisheries Policy, focus support on developing the local fishing sector and the capacity of the partner countries to ensure sustainable fisheries in their waters.
Thursday, 01 December 2005
Later today, Joe Borg, European Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, on behalf of the European Union and Mr Mohamed Abdoulhamid, Minister of Rural Development, Fisheries and Environment of the Islamic Republic of the Comoros Islands, will sign the new EU/Comoros fisheries protocol which will be in place until 31 December 2010. This new protocol heralds a new era in co-operation by establishing both a clear commitment to fisheries policy cooperation between the two Parties, and the mechanisms to turn that commitment into a reality.
Economic Partnership Agreements: EU and Central Africa agree next phase of negotiations
EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson met with Central African Ministers on the 25th November in Brussels to agree on the next phase of the Economic Partnership Agreement negotiations between the two regions. Ministers agreed to launch the next phase of negotiations in January 2006, and endorsed a detailed calendar. Work will therefore begin shortly on drafting the text and legal provisions of the EPA, in areas such as trade in goods, competition policy, public procurement, intellectual property rights, services, investment and trade and environment. The impact of the EPA on productive sectors in Central Africa will also be analysed, in order to prepare the future market access discussions. Commissioner Michel also participated in the meeting, underscoring the Commission’s commitment to helping Central Africa both manage economic change and grasp the opportunities the EPA will provide.
Wednesday, 30 November 2005
The DG Development has issued a special bulletin on the outcoöes of the World Summit on Information Society held in Tunis from 16 –18 November.
The European Union holds a very positive approach to financing Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and sees it as an important and integral part of development. Especially areas such as education, health, economic growth and governance would profit from more advanced ICT and especially from better ICT infrastructure. For the delegation of the European Union, two key issues were in the centre of attention of the second phase of the summit: Internet governance and financial mechanisms for bridging the digital divide between developed and developing countries. As a third issue, the question of the implementation of the WSIS acquis and a potential follow-up to the Tunis Summit should be negotiated. All these issues have found a positive outcome. The European Union believed that a sound and advanced ICT infrastructure was essential for Africa to meet the MDGs. The EU is responding to these challenges by moving ahead with an ambitious Europe-Africa Partnership on Infrastructure that will cater among others for Trans-African Networks for Telecommunications. In the framework of the follow-up to the WSIS, this will include supporting the development of advanced and low-cost technologies for electronic communications and the development of regulatory frameworks to create a sound business environment for innovation, growth and social inclusion. But there are still a number of hurdles to be taken before in Africa a lively ICT industry ready to boost the economy will be established. Among the foremost problems are bureaucratic and legal procedures for example already when a new firm should be incorporated or registered. Other vital problems are access to credits, good corporate governance, contract enforcement and court efficiency and finally a sound culture of bankruptcy, which allows assets and human capital to be reallocated in order to take on efficient and productive use again.

CTA has issues a special issue of his Bulletin ICT Update dedicated to the W World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS-2).