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Monday, 09 March 2020
After long negotiations between Member States, a compromise proposed by the Dutch Presidency of the EU was agreed upon on 04.10.2004 in the Social Affairs Council even though Germany abstained
during the vote. The most problematic issue in this text was the use of sex-based actuarial data in the area of insurances.
In an effort to halt the increase in piracy and counterfeiting the European Commission has today adopted a strategy for the enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR) in third countries. The action plan focuses on vigorous and effective implementation and enforcement of existing IPR laws. It proposes to identify priority countries where enforcement actions should be concentrated. Stress will be put on technical cooperation and assistance to help third countries fight counterfeiting but the Commission will not hesitate to trigger all bilateral and multilateral sanction mechanisms against any country involved in systematic violations. The Commission will foster awareness raising of users and consumers in third countries and support the creation of public-private partnerships for enforcement.

Wednesday, 10 November 2004
PUMA- Earth Observation

PUMA’ – bringing EO to the developing world

Supported under the European Commission’s European Development Fund, the PUMA project is bringing state-of-the-art Earth Observation (EO) technologies and services to African countries.
Access to reliable information on the environment is now a major priority for developing countries, facilitating early warning of natural disasters, improved food security, better health management and more efficient water and energy use.

PUMA (‘Meteorological Transition in Africa’, 2001-2005) is providing a network of 53 countries and five regional centres in Africa with equipment, training and application support, with the goal of enabling access to critical environmental data.

Speaking at the Earth Observation Partnership Conference in Brussels in October 2004, Cheick Oumar Gologo of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) explained how PUMA is bringing services provided by the powerful European weather satellite – Meteosat Second Generation (MSG
A new ERA-NET initiative has been launched in order to improve the quality and relevance of organic food and farming research in Europe.
CORE Organic (coordination of European transnational research in organic food and farming) brings together government ministries, research councils and other research funders from 11 countries - Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands and the UK. Throughout its three year lifetime, however, participation in the 1.2 million euro initiative will remain open to any EU country that has a national research programme for organic food and farming.

The joint activities of the CORE Organic partners will revolve around the coordination and evaluation of existing research, the identification of future scientific priorities, and the sharing and integration of knowledge and information.

The ultimate goal for the end of the project, however, is the creation of a joint research programme among the partner countries with a budget of at least three million euro per year, which will provide European authorities with the opportunity to launch research projects on a much larger scale than is currently possible.
Fisheries reform: Commission welcomes creation of first stakeholder-led Advisory Council
The European Commission has welcomed the creation of the North SeaRegional Advisory Council (NSRAC) in Edinburgh (Scotland) today. This is the first of seven stakeholder-led advisory bodies to be created to give the fishing industry and other interested parties a greater say in the way fisheries are managed in the areas they cover. These innovative bodies will provide a permanent framework linking stakeholders at the regional and local level and the Commission and the Member States concerned. They will enable the fishing sector to work more closely with scientists in collating reliable data and discussing ways of improving scientific advice. They will also provide a forum for the fishing industry to enter into a dialogue and to work with other interested parties on identifying options regarding the management of specific fisheries. RAcs will submit recommendations and suggestions on any aspects of the fisheries they cover to the Commission and the Member States concerned. The creation of RACs was one of the pillars of the 2002 reform of the Common Fisheries Policy in response to the EU and stakeholders’ desire to increase the latter’s participation in the CFP process. Moves are underway to set up the other six RACs.
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