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Sunday, 22 April 2018
European Court of Auditors says EU budget accounts are reliable for tenth year running but more progress needed on controls of payments. The European Court of Auditors' Annual Report for the financial year 2003 once again finds that the consolidated annual accounts and their accompanying notes faithfully reflect the revenue and expenditure of the Communities as well as their financial situation at the end of 2003. The Commission takes up the Court’s recommendation for further strengthening the recovery from Member States which fail to properly control funds paid out under the CAP and structural funds. These funds, managed by Member States, account for 80% of the EC budget.
Tuesday, 16 November 2004
EU drafts new rules on patents: On 29 October, the European Commission (EC) issued a new draft resolution on patents and access to medicines. It will give European governments the legal right to suspend drug patents, which will allow European manufacturers to export cheaper generic versions to developing countries. This change in law follows a decision at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in August last year to lift restrictions on the export of generics.

This report warns that despite the Fischler reforms, agricultural developments after the accession of ten new member states to the European Union are likely to cause a great deal of social and environmental damage, partly due to flaws in the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The main risks connected to CAP but also to the newcomers' entry into the single market include: increased use of chemical pesticides and fertilisers in fields, resulting in higher health risks, more water pollution, soil damage, and a loss of biodiversity. EU membership offers the new countries distinct opportunities:subsidies to boost organic agriculture and to maintain extensive farming on pastures and meadows; legislation on some hazardous pesticides, higher animal welfare standards, and legislation limiting pollution from farms, thus protecting public health.
It is now up to the new member state governments to make sure that EU membership and CAP money will provide quality food, rich biodiversity, clean rivers and rural jobs.
A new resource Centre promoting gender equality in research and development and young scientists in the Central European region started its activities in September 2004 with the launch of the website. The Centre is the first regional centre to advance the position of women scientists and of young scientists in Central Europe.
The results from the Commission's consultation on the Green
paper on Anti-Discrimination and Equal Treatment are now published and can
be found on the Commission website. There were approximately 1500 replies to
the consultation. Two responses of particular interest are: To the question:
Do you agree that efforts to tackle sex discrimination in the EU should be
linked more closely to efforts to tackle discrimination on grounds of racial
or ethnic origin, religion or belief, age, disability and sexual
orientation? 81.6% agreed. The response to the question: Do you agree that
it remains necessary to tackle specifically sex discrimination and the
promotion of gender mainstreaming? 84.8% agreed.