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Monday, 25 September 2017
In a speech at the London School of Economics on 4 February 2005 the European Commissioner for Trade Peter Mandelson set out a plan of concrete actions for the EU, the WTO and the G8 that could put trade policy at the service of development in 2005. See his speech attached.

Today, Safer Internet Day will be celebrated by 65 organisations in 30 countries across the world from Australia to Iceland, and Russia to Singapore. Safer Internet Day 2005, held under the patronage of Information Society and Media Commissioner Viviane Reding, features an Internet adventure storytelling contest for children in 19 countries and 16 languages, to be judged in June 2005. Safer Internet Day is part of a global drive by awareness-raising partners to promote a safer Internet for all users, especially young people. It is organised by the European internet safety network INSAFE, which is coordinated by European Schoolnet and co-funded by the European Commission’s Safer Internet Programme. Other Safer Internet Day activities include conferences, the launch of Internet literacy programmes in schools, media releases on radio and television and the launch of several new Safer Internet websites.

‘Anti-spam’ enforcement authorities in 13 European countries have agreed to share information and pursue complaints across borders in a pan-European drive to combat “spam” electronic mail. They will cooperate in investigating complaints about cross-border spam from anywhere within the EU, so as to make it easier to identify and prosecute spammers anywhere in Europe.

Welcoming the agreement, Information Society and Media Commissioner Viviane Reding urged authorities in all EU Member States to join the agreement. “Enforcement authorities in Member States must be able to deal effectively with spam from other EU countries”, she said, “even though at present most spam originates from outside the EU. In parallel, we are working on cooperation with third countries both bilaterally and in international fora like the OECD and the International Telecommunication Union”.

Tuesday, 08 February 2005
The battle to prevent software patents being introduced in Europe received a major boost on Wednesday afternoon when the Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) of the European Parliament (EP) demanded for the Computer Implemented Inventions Directive (CIID) to be rewritten. A European Parliament spokesman confirmed that the President of the European Parliament will asked the European Commission (EC) to take the patent directive back to the drawing board. The spokesman said the EC is not obliged to agree to the EP's request for a restart, but is likely to adhere to the will of the parliament. But an EC spokesman said that the Commission has not yet decided anything and will 'keep its options open'and 'see what happens with the EU Council'.
Opponents of the directive fear that it will herald the widespread patenting of software in Europe.

Friday, 04 February 2005
The Mid-Term Review under the Cotonou Agreement has led to increased increased allocations in many ACP countries. One of them is Tuvalu, one of the smallest and most remote Pacific ACP countries, whose Minister of Finance, Mr Bikenibeu Paeniu and DG Development’s Deputy Director General, Mr Athanassios Theodorakis, on 26 January signed an addendum to the Country Strategy Paper (CSP) for the country, worth an additional €500,000.

This means on average €50 per person, for the country’s less than 10,000 inhabitants and only 26 sq km, of whom the majority lives from subsistence farming and artisanal fishing and whose main export product is stamps. Income disparities are significant between fishermen and farmers - mainly living on remote islands - and the around 4,000 inhabitants of the capital. The EC assistance is therefore mainly intended to improve the quality of life in the outer islands