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Presidency Conclusions Brussels European Council 25/26 march 2004


The European Council met in Brussels on 25/26 March 2004 for its annual meeting on the Lisbon Strategy and the economic, social and environmental situation in the Union. It also received a report from the Presidency on the Intergovernmental Conference, adopted a Declaration on combating terrorism and addressed a number of issues arising out of developments on the international scene.

The meeting was preceded by an exposé by the President of the European Parliament, Mr Pat Cox, followed by an exchange of views concerning the main items on the agenda.

INTERGOVERNMENTAL CONFERENCE

The European Council welcomed the Presidency's report on the Intergovernmental Conference and its assessment of the prospect for progress. It reaffirmed its commitment to reaching agreement on the Constitutional Treaty, as a means of better equipping the Union to respond to the demands of its citizens and to play a more effective role in the world. It agreed on the importance of maintaining the momentum imparted by the Convention and by the work of the Intergovernmental Conference so far.

On the basis of the Presidency's recommendation, the European Council requested the Presidency to continue its consultations and as soon as appropriate to arrange for the resumption of formal negotiations in the IGC. It decided that agreement on the Constitutional Treaty should be reached no later than the June European Council.

TERRORISM

The European Council expresses its sympathy and solidarity with the victims of the terrorist attacks in Madrid, their families and the Spanish people. It adopted the Declaration on Combating Terrorism.

THE LISBON STRATEGY: PRIORITIES

Meeting The Lisbon Challenge

Meeting the expectations of Europe's population for improved living standards and a better quality of life requires strong economic growth and employment generation together with a high degree of social cohesion and environmental protection.

The Union set itself ambitious goals in March 2000. Four years later, the picture is a mixed one. Considerable progress has been made and the European Council reaffirms that the process and goals remain valid. However, the pace of reform needs to be significantly stepped up if the 2010 targets are to be achieved. The European Council is committed to demonstrating the political will to make this happen.

The message from this European Council is one of determination and confidence. The challenges ahead are formidable but Europe has the will and capacity to achieve its economic potential. Enlargement will stimulate the European economy, creating new opportunities for all and promoting the convergence of the acceding States. The Lisbon process will benefit from the experience and contribution of our new Members.

Delivery

The Lisbon Agenda is based on a consistent approach: between the actions of the Union and those of the Member States, and also between the different areas of policy economic, social and environmental. Individual measures must be mutually reinforcing and reforms must be pursued across all areas. The European Council noted with approval the key messages from all the relevant Council formations and took full account in its discussions of the Synthesis Report from the European Commission. It will keep under close review the detailed actions being taken to progress implementation across the range of sectors.

The European Council agrees that the critical issue now is the need for better implementation of commitments already made. The credibility of the process requires stepping up the pace of reform at Member State level. Enhanced monitoring of national performance is needed, including information exchange on best practice. There must be speedier translation of agreements and policy making at EU level into concrete measures. The European Council underlines the need to address the unacceptably high deficits in transposing agreed measures into national law, and to complete the legislative programme arising from the Lisbon Agenda.

The most important policy issues that deliver higher growth and employment must be prioritised. Accordingly, this year's Spring European Council focuses on two issues: sustainable growth and more and better jobs.

Sustainable Growth

(i) Sound Macro-economic policies


The main economic challenge facing the European Union is to realise its growth potential. The economic recovery that started in the second half of 2003 is gathering pace. The Union must build on this momentum in its internal and external policies. It must seize the opportunity to accelerate its internal reform process. Increasing external openness globally and improving the dynamic economic relationships between trading partners will enhance growth prospects.

Reaching or maintaining sound budgetary positions in line with the Stability and Growth Pact, and price stability are the two key bases on which to build. Member States must ensure that they meet the commitments for budgetary consolidation which they have undertaken.

It is essential that long-term sustainability of public finances is secured. The European Council strongly encourages the Member States to tackle the financial implications of population ageing by reducing public debt and strengthening employment, health and pension reforms.

Structural reforms are necessary and beneficial necessary in an increasing globalised economy and beneficial because they contribute significantly to increasing growth and employment through a positive impact on confidence and through promoting a better allocation of resources.

The European Action for Growth establishes a roadmap for increased investment in physical and human capital to complement structural reform; the key principles for its implementation are set out in the conclusions from the December 2003 European Council. The 'Quick Start Programme' is an open and dynamic programme comprising projects which meet defined criteria across a range of sectors: Transport, Energy, Telecommunications, Research, Innovation and Development. Serious engagement by the EU institutions and Member States, as well as project promoters, is required in order to ensure that projects are undertaken in a sustained and timely way. The European Council underlines the need for continued support and monitoring of the Action for Growth and Quick Start Programme and will review progress at its Spring 2005 session. The scope for giving greater emphasis to R&D projects in key growth technologies will be included in this review.

(ii) Competitiveness and Innovation

The European Council emphasises that competitiveness, innovation, and the promotion of an entrepreneurial culture are defining conditions for growth essential to the economy as a whole, and especially important for small and medium-sized enterprises. With the strides being made by other global players, the Union must act more decisively if it is to maintain the capacity to support the European social model in the years ahead. De-industrialisation remains a risk and the European Council looks forward to receiving a substantial report from the Commission, including concrete steps aimed at increasing the competitiveness of European industry.

The European Council focuses on four specific priorities to enhance European competitiveness: completing the internal market, better regulation, higher rates of R&D and effective institutional arrangements.

Completing the Internal Market

The potential of the internal market is not yet fully realised. Efforts must continue to achieve a smoother functioning of products, services, capital and labour markets. The Union must develop timely responses to new challenges: in the vital area of electronic communications, for example, new EU mobile and broadband strategies must keep the Union at the cutting edge. In the services sector, which remains highly fragmented, more competition is required to improve efficiency, increase output and employment, and benefit consumers. The draft Directive on Services must be processed as a matter of high priority in line with the timeframe envisaged.

An effective single market for Financial Services will provide more and cheaper capital, including much needed venture capital. The European Council calls for the remaining elements of the Financial Services Action Plan the proposed Directives on Investment Services and on Transparency to be finalised before the end of the current Parliament. It also underlines the importance of strengthening corporate governance.

The recent agreement on the Directive on strengthening the enforcement of intellectual property rights is welcome. However, agreement on the Community Patent is now long overdue and the European Council calls for further efforts to complete work on this proposal.

The European Council underlines the need to continue efforts to tackle harmful tax measures and remove barriers to the internal market created through the fiscal system.

Better Regulation

Better regulation at both European and national levels will enhance competitiveness and productivity. The European Council welcomes the recent four Presidency initiative on better regulation and calls on the Council to pursue a programme of actions to drive this forward over the coming year. It welcomes the Commission's commitment to further refine the integrated impact assessment process, working with the Council and the European Parliament within the framework of the Inter Institutional Agreement on better lawmaking, with a particular emphasis on enhancing the competitiveness dimension, and to develop in cooperation with the Council a method to measure administrative burdens on business. The European Council invites the Commission to take account of the Council's views in relation to priority areas and timescales for simplification. It also invites Member States to commit to accelerated implementation of national regulatory reform initiatives. It will return to the issue of better regulation at the November 2004 European Council meeting.

Reaching the R&D target

Progress must be accelerated towards creating a European area of knowledge. A particular priority is to ensure strengthened business investment in R&D. By comparison with performance elsewhere, the relative weakness of private sector investment in R&D within the Union is striking. Part of the answer lies in ensuring that public sector investment in this area secures greater leverage of private funds. The European Council calls on Member States to improve the general conditions for R&D investment and to consider targeted support and incentives to encourage greater investment by business.

The overall aim for Europe must be a strong science and research capacity and accelerated public and private sector investment in R&D. A range of mutually reinforcing actions is required. More effort is needed to strengthen the interactions between public research bodies and industry. High-quality education makes a key contribution to overall competitiveness. Human resources are critical for R&D and priority must be given to training, retention and mobility of researchers. Competition in research should be strengthened in order to promote scientific excellence.

The main European instrument in the research area is the European Framework Programme for Research and Development. This programme must be simplified to make it more user-friendly, in particular for small and medium-sized enterprises and start-ups. The priorities should be to promote cooperation between business and research, to boost future technologies, and to support basic and applied research. The European Council sees merit in enhanced support for basic research of the highest quality and the case for specific funding will be examined. It awaits with interest a proposal from the European Commission which may include the possibility of setting up a Research Council.

Reaffirming the unanimous support for the European offer, the European Council invites the Commission to progress negotiations on the ITER project with a view to its rapid commencement at the European candidate site.

Institutional Arrangements

The Competitiveness Council was established as part of the package of reforms agreed at the Seville European Council. It must now move forward rapidly to champion and drive a clear and integrated response to the competitiveness challenges facing the Union. In the formation of the next Commission, the incoming President will wish to consider how to ensure the competitiveness agenda is effectively supported.

(iii) Social Cohesion must be central

A high level of social cohesion is central to the Lisbon Agenda. Strategies which make a decisive impact on social exclusion and on the eradication of poverty must be reinforced; protecting the most vulnerable members of society forms an essential aspect of the wider approach. Modernising social protection systems, in particular pension and healthcare systems, and mainstreaming the social inclusion agenda through implementing national action plans play a key role. Gender equality policies are instruments of social cohesion as well as of growth.

(iv) Environmentally Sustainable Growth

Growth, to be sustainable, must be environmentally sound. Through better policy integration and more sustainable consumption and production patterns, growth must be decoupled from negative environmental impacts.

Improvement in energy efficiency and increased use of renewable energy sources are essential for environmental and competitiveness reasons. The EU wide indicative target for energy efficiency as supported by the Council is important in focussing efforts.

Further cost effective ways of implementing EU decisions in the field of climate change, and the potential costs of inaction, should be considered. The European Council reaffirms the Union's commitment to delivering on the Kyoto Protocol target; underlining the importance the Union attaches to the ratification process of the Protocol and its early entry into force, it urges countries that have not yet ratified, including the Russian Federation, to do so in a timely manner. As a contribution to global efforts, the European Council looks forward to considering medium and longer term emission reduction strategies, including targets, at the 2005 Spring Council. In preparation for this discussion, it invites the Commission to prepare a cost benefit analysis which takes account both of environmental and competitiveness considerations.

Clean technologies are vital in order to fully exploit synergies between enterprise and the environment. The European Council welcomes the Environmental Technologies Action Plan and calls for its rapid implementation. It invites the Commission and the EIB to explore the mobilisation of the range of financial instruments to promote such technologies. It will consider a report from the Commission at next year's Spring Council on overall progress of the Action Plan, and on other opportunities for the Union to promote win-win opportunities where environmental improvement can help to achieve the economic and social goals of the Lisbon Strategy.

More And Better Jobs

Delivering more and better jobs is the most urgent issue to be addressed over the coming year. Higher employment rates are critical to achieving economic growth and, given the strong correlation between unemployment and poverty, to furthering social inclusion. It is imperative that the EU reduce its current unacceptably high overall unemployment rate.

Member States must renew their commitment to reaching the Lisbon employment goals; in this context, follow-up action is essential on implementing the recommendations of the Employment Task Force chaired by Mr Wim Kok. The incorporation of the Task Force messages in the Joint Employment Report is a welcome step. The European Council emphasises the need for decisive action by Member States along the lines suggested by the Task Force, within the framework of the Broad Economic Policy Guidelines and the European Employment Strategy.

In the context of an overall employment strategy, Member States should give urgent attention to four particular structural challenges: adaptability, attracting more people into the labour market, improving the quality of employment and investing in human capital.

Adaptability requires reduction wherever appropriate of non wage labour costs; ensuring that wages better reflect productivity; promoting flexible forms of work while addressing security for workers.

Attracting and retaining more people in the labour market means ensuring that the interaction between taxes and benefits is such that working brings a clear financial reward. It also means developing specific strategies to increase the employment rates of women and older workers. A gender mainstreaming approach will contribute to attaining the overall Lisbon objectives; encouraging more women into employment requires steps to address gender disparities in pay and create more family friendly workplaces. Retaining older workers requires the right legal and financial incentives.

Investing more, and more effectively, in human capital is critical to growth and productivity as well as to promoting social integration and inclusion. If the EU is to become the leading knowledge based economy in the world, education and training will play a vital part. The European Council underlines the need for reform and investment in the key areas for the knowledge society. It also recognises that life long learning has positive effects on productivity and labour supply; it supports the adoption of an integrated EU programme during 2005 and the putting in place of national strategies in all Member States by 2006.

The challenge now is follow up: real progress towards more and better jobs must be made over the coming year. At its Spring 2005 session, the European Council will review progress in the course of the year; it intends to give particular attention to the extent to which national actions have boosted progress towards the Lisbon employment goals. The European Council invites the Council and the Commission jointly to prepare a concise synthesis report, drawing on the Joint Employment Report, especially for that discussion. The report should focus in particular on progress made in strengthening country specific recommendations within the Broad Economic Policy Guidelines and the European Employment Strategy.

Enhancing Free Movement of Workers

A single labour market, enhancing the free movement of workers, is central to the development of the Union. The European Council therefore encourages further progress in a number of areas which will promote mobility. The European Health Insurance Card will become operational in June 2004. Two measures which will facilitate the recognition of qualifications across the Union the Directive on Mutual Recognition of professional qualifications and Europass should be the subject of political agreement by June 2004.

The reform of regulation 1408/71, which simplifies and modernises the provisions protecting the social security rights of workers moving within the Union, is a significant step which is expected to be finalised within the lifetime of the current European Parliament.

Building Partnerships For Reform

Support and advocacy for change must reach beyond governments. In order to generate this support, the European Council calls on Member States to build Reform Partnerships involving the social partners, civil society and the public authorities, in accordance with national arrangements and traditions.

Such national Reform Partnerships should promote complementary strategies for change, addressing the broad range of policies - economic, social and environmental - encompassed by the Lisbon Agenda. These strategies should be reflected in clear national policies and objectives and should be taken into account by Governments in the course of preparing national contributions to the mid term review of the Lisbon agenda.

The social partners at EU level are already closely and constructively involved in progressing the Lisbon objectives, through the Tripartite Social Summit. Further action is now required to boost their role in advancing the strategy. The European Council welcomes the commitment of the social partners to deepening their involvement through a renewed European Partnership for Change in order to promote growth and accelerate employment and productivity. It also invites the European Economic and Social Committee to examine ways and means for more effective implementation of the Lisbon Strategy.

Looking Forward To 2005

The continuing validity and relevance of the Lisbon process is not in doubt. Next year, the midpoint of the decade, is an appropriate point for an in-depth review of delivery. The European Council notes that the Commission intends to set up a road map to reinforce the Lisbon strategy and improve its implementation.

The mid-term review should consider how the Lisbon targets can best be met, particularly in light of enlargement. Account should be taken in its preparation of the forthcoming review of the EU sustainable development strategy. The mid term review should include an assessment of:


the progress made towards agreed sectoral targets, as well as the range of structural indicators and benchmarks used to measure the level and dynamism of Member State performance;

the measurement of European performance in the global context;

measures necessary in the new economic and geopolitical climate to increase the level of growth and to achieve the goal set in March 2000;

governance and other measures and instruments available both to Member States and the EU to attain the Lisbon goal, including both the internal and external drivers of growth, competitiveness and employment;

mechanisms for communicating the objectives of the Lisbon strategy and best practices among Member States to consumers, citizens and key stakeholders;

possible ways of improving the method.
The European Council invites the Commission to establish a high-level group headed by Mr Wim Kok to carry out an independent review to contribute to this exercise. Its report should identify measures which together form a consistent strategy for our economies to achieve the Lisbon objectives and targets. The group should be composed of a limited number of highly qualified individuals able to reflect the views of all stakeholders. Its report, which will be made public, should be submitted to the Commission by 1 November 2004. Following presentation of the report, the Commission and Member States will work together in considering its content and ensuring a coherent preparation for the Spring 2005 European Council.

CYPRUS

The European Council emphasises its continuing strong support for the efforts of UN Secretary General Annan to help the parties seize this historic opportunity to bring about a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem consistent with the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions. It welcomes the Commission's continued willingness to offer assistance for a speedy solution within the framework of the acquis. It also welcomes the Commission's offer to organise a high-level international conference in Brussels on 15 April to prepare a donors conference. The European Council remains convinced that a just, viable and functional settlement is achievable by 1 May. It urges all parties to maintain a firm commitment to a successful outcome to the negotiating process with the collaboration of the governments of Greece and Turkey.

The European Council reaffirms its strong preference for the accession of a united Cyprus to the European Union and reiterates its readiness to accommodate the terms of such a settlement in line with the principles on which the Union is founded.

INTERNATIONAL SITUATION

Middle East Peace Process

The European Council expressed its deep concern at the situation in the Middle East and the deepening of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, following in particular the extra-judicial killing of Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin. While having repeatedly condemned terrorist atrocities against Israelis and recognised Israel's right to protect its citizens against terrorist attacks, the European Union has consistently opposed extra-judicial killings which are contrary to international law. The present cycle of retaliatory violence has caused widespread suffering and loss of life, has inflamed the situation and is taking the parties ever further from a negotiated settlement.

The European Council expressed its sympathy for those on all sides who endure the effects of violence or whose lives are disrupted by the conflict. It called on the Palestinian Authority to address the issue of security and combat terrorism and welcomed the Palestinian Authority's announcement of plans for improving Palestinian security performance, stressing the need for full and proper implementation. It noted with particular concern the grievous humanitarian situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and called on the Israeli Government to take action to alleviate the suffering of Palestinians by lifting prohibitions on movement, reversing its settlement policy and dismantling settlements built after March 2001, and reversing the construction of the so-called security fence on Palestinian land.

The European Council confirmed its deep conviction that the Quartet Road Map, endorsed by UNSCR 1515, remains the basis for reaching a peaceful settlement. It called on all sides to refrain from further escalation and to take the steps required to begin the implementation of the Road Map. The most important step is for all sides to desist from all further acts of violence.

The European Council renewed its commitment to a negotiated agreement resulting in two viable, sovereign and independent states, Israel and Palestine, based on the borders of 1967, living side by side in peace and security, in the framework of a comprehensive peace in the Middle East, as laid out in the Road Map drawn up by the Quartet. The European Union will not recognise any change to the pre-1967 borders other than those arrived at by agreement between the parties.

The European Council noted the proposals for an Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip. Such a withdrawal could represent a significant step towards the implementation of the Road Map, provided that, in accordance with the deliberations of the Council of 23 February:


it took place in the context of the Roadmap;

it was a step towards a two State solution;

it did not involve a transfer of settlement activity to the West Bank;

there was an organised and negotiated handover of responsibility to the Palestinian Authority;

and Israel facilitated the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Gaza.
The European Union stands ready to support the Palestinian Authority in taking responsibility for law and order, and in particular, in improving the capacity of its civil police and law enforcement capacity in general. The European Council tasked the EU Special Representative, in liaison with the Commission, to examine the requirement of the PA in this area and make recommendations for assistance.

The European Council called on the Israeli and Palestinian peoples to summon the political will necessary to overcome the current impasse in the peace process. Only through peace and reconciliation will Israelis and Palestinians realise their full potential.

The European Council reaffirms the need to deal with all the crises of the region within the framework of a global approach, which alone can ensure long-term security of the region. With that purpose, the EU will mobilise all its instruments and will develop its vision for stability in the region through the strategic partnership which it is seeking to establish with the Mediterranean and the Middle East.

EU Strategic Partnership with the Mediterranean and the Middle East

The European Council welcomed the interim report prepared by the Presidency, the Council Secretariat and the Commission, entitled 'EU Strategic Partnership with the Mediterranean and the Middle East'. The European Council underlined the importance of intensive consultation with the countries involved and welcomed the forthcoming attendance at the Arab League Summit by the Presidency and the High Representative as a clear demonstration of the commitment of the Union to developing this vital partnership.

The European Council looks forward to receiving a final report at its meeting in June 2004.

The European Council recalls the readiness of the EU to work with the US and other partners in cooperating with the region.

Iraq

The European Council welcomed recent positive political developments in relation to Iraq.

In particular, the European Union welcomed the consensus reached by the various parties in Iraq in signing the new Transitional Administrative Law on 8 March and expressed the hope that this encouraging development would permit the transition process to move ahead expeditiously. The European Council further expressed the hope that it will lead to the reintegration into the international community of a sovereign, independent, democratic and peaceful Iraq whose territorial integrity is preserved.

The European Union also welcomed the decision of the Iraqi Governing Council to invite the UN to help with the transfer of sovereignty at the end of June and future national elections and the acceptance of this invitation by the United Nations Secretary General, Kofi Annan. In line with the mandates authorised by the Security Council, and in keeping with the UN's commitment to assist the people of Iraq, the European Council supports the UN's decision to assist in the formation of an interim Iraqi government, to which sovereignty will be transferred on 30 June 2004, and in the preparation of direct elections to be held before the end of January 2005. A strong UN role in this political transition process is an essential element for its success. The European Council welcomes the UN Security Council Presidential statement of 23 March 2004 as a sign of international consensus and looks forward to the UN playing a vital and growing role endorsed by the UN Security Council in the run-up to transition and beyond.

The EU notes that the security situation in Iraq remains a major impediment to successful political and reconstruction processes. It reiterates its condemnation of terrorist attacks which have caused so many deaths.

These attacks, which are increasingly focused on the Iraqi people themselves, are a ruthless attempt to disrupt the process of restoring sovereignty and stability to Iraq. It is especially disturbing that recent attacks have been aimed at maximising civilian casualties, including at religious ceremonies, and have been intended to promote sectarian violence. This clearly shows that the perpetrators have no regard for the life and welfare of the Iraqi people or the unity of the country and the establishment of democracy. The European Union calls on all parties in Iraq to provide whatever assistance possible to prevent the targeting of international agencies whose sole purpose in Iraq is to assist the Iraqi people.

The European Union is determined to assist the Iraqi people as they enter a new era in the history of their country. The European Council recalled its invitation to the High Representative and the Commission to elaborate a medium-term strategy for the EU's relations with Iraq, including on possible measures to this end.

Afghanistan

The European Council welcomed Germany's decision to host the International Conference on Afghanistan in Berlin on 31 March and 1 April. This occasion will mark another step towards securing for the people of Afghanistan a future governed by the principles of freedom, justice, respect for human rights and fair political representation.

The European Council stressed the importance it attaches to the holding of free and fair elections in Afghanistan this year. It welcomed the assistance which UNAMA and others are giving to the Afghan authorities in preparing for the elections and the efforts of NATO, the Coalition and EU Member States in helping the Afghan Government provide the necessary security conditions to hold elections.

It reconfirmed the Union's long-term commitment to Afghanistan's development and reconstruction and welcomed proposed new pledges by Member States in the fields of reconstruction and security.

Serbia and Montenegro / Kosovo

High Representative Solana and Commissioner Patten reported to the European Council on their visit to Kosovo on 24 March 2004.

The European Council strongly condemned the recent ethnically-motivated violence in Kosovo, the loss of life, the damage to property and the destruction of religious and cultural heritage, which is the common property of all Europeans. It also condemned the attacks on the troops of KFOR and on the personnel and sites of UNMIK. The European Council called on all leaders, especially the Kosovo Albanian leadership, to take responsibility for the situation and to ensure such acts and threats of violence are not repeated. Those responsible for the violence must be brought to justice.

The European Council called on the Provisional Institutions of Self-Government to demonstrate their commitment to a multi-ethnic Kosovo. As an immediate step, they should allocate resources and take responsibility for urgent reconstruction of damaged property including places of worship, to ensure the earliest possible return of internally displaced persons. The European Council also emphasised the need for political leaders in Kosovo to work closely with UNMIK and KFOR to ensure the physical security and the full protection of the rights of members of all communities in Kosovo.

The European Council noted that the recent events have been a serious setback for Kosovo and endangered the progress made in recent years. It reaffirmed the strong support of the European Union for SRSG Holkeri, for UNMIK and for KFOR in their determined efforts to stabilise the situation and to ensure the implementation of Security Council Resolution 1244 and for the policy of Standards before Status. In that context, it reiterated the commitment of the European Union to a stable future for a secure, democratic, prosperous and multi-ethnic Kosovo.

Russia

The European Council congratulates President Putin on his re-election and looks forward to working with him in building a strategic partnership between the European Union and the Russian Federation based on respect for common values. The European Council reaffirms the Union's strong and genuine interest in an open, stable and democratic Russia. In this respect the European Council welcomes President Putin's stated commitment to build up and strengthen a multiparty system, to develop civil society and to make every effort to ensure freedom of the press.

The impending and historic enlargement of the European Union will bring the EU and Russia closer together. Further development of the Four Spaces and co-operation in the security sphere, in particular by combating new threats and by solving regional conflicts in our common neighbourhood, will enhance EU-Russia relations. The Partnership and Co-operation Agreement (PCA) remains the essential cornerstone of this relationship. The European Council expects it to be applicable to all Member States without pre-condition or distinction as from 1 May 2004. The European Union is open to discussing any of Russia's legitimate concerns over the impact of enlargement, but this shall remain entirely separate from PCA extension.

The European Council look forward to a productive EU-Russia Summit on 21 May. It also welcomes the inaugural meeting of the Permanent Partnership Council on 26/27 April 2004.

Côte d'Ivoire

The European Council deeply regrets the upsurge of violence in Côte d'Ivoire. It appeals to the sense of responsibility of both sides and calls on all leaders to return to the path of dialogue and reconciliation. Full implementation of the Marcoussis agreements is essential for returning to peace in the country.

OTHER BUSINESS

Financial Perspectives


The European Council welcomes the opening of discussions on the Commission's Communication on the Financial Perspectives 2007-2013. It invites Council to continue the study being conducted by Coreper on the Communication, with a view to preparation of an analytical report in advance of the European Council in June 2004. The European Council recalls the timetable envisaged in the Multiannual Programme, which aims at reaching political agreement on the new Financial Perspectives at the European Council in June 2005.

Residence Palace

The European Council agrees to the proposal by the Belgian Government that it use block A of the Residence Palace building for its meetings, after it has been refurbished, on the basis of the general framework approved by Council concerning the financial, logistical and legal aspects of the project. The European Council invites the Belgian Government and the General Secretariat of the Council to translate this general framework into an operational project in line with its provisions.

The European Council asks Council to monitor closely the development of the project and its execution, and, where necessary, to take appropriate decisions to ensure that the implementation of the project adheres to the framework agreed.


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 flecheFuture internet to make Europe's systems smart and efficient: fewer traffic jams, lower emissions, better healthcare
 flecheCivil society contribution to the Union for the Mediterranean
 flecheEurope's cinema goes global: 40 international film cooperation projects benefit from EU support of €5 million
 flecheEuropean Union hails universal ratification of the Montreal Protocol on protecting the ozone layer
 fleche"It is time for Europe to turn over a new e-leaf on digital books and copyright". Joint Statement of EU Commissioners Reding and McCreevy on the occasion of this week's Google Books meetings in Brussels
 flecheEurope's Digital Library doubles in size but also shows EU's lack of common web copyright solution
 flecheCommission sets new information society challenge: Becoming literate in new media
 flecheEU concerned over increasing risks to humanitarian workers on first World Humanitarian Day
 flecheDigital economy can lift Europe out of crisis, says Commission report
 fleche"The ocean of tomorrow": €34 million dedicated to multidisciplinary research projects to reconcile maritime activities with the preservation of seas and oceans
 flecheClimate Change: EU and MTV enlist international artists to mobilize youth audiences in run-up to Copenhagen climate conference
 fleche€2.7 million from European Globalisation Fund to help some 600 redundant car sector workers in Spain
 flecheQuestions et réponse sur le futur programme de Stockholm. Quelle est la situation actuelle? Où en est la construction de l'espace de liberté, de sécurité et de justice?
 flecheWorld Environment Day : Commissioner Dimas calls for greater ambition in talks on new global agreement
 fleche"Innovative Medicine Initiative" (IMI): €246 million to support public-private research cooperation for a fast development of better medicines
 flecheClimate change: commissioner Dimas calls for tangible progress towards global deal in next U.N. negotiations
 flecheEuropean inventor 2009: Solutions to global challenges nominated
 flecheEu, India, both with 23 official languages, sign joint declaration on multilingualism
 flecheCommission report: the world drugs problem, ten years on
 flecheCommission calls on EU leaders to stay united against the crisis, move fast on financial market reform and show global leadership at G20
 flecheMaritime spatial planning needs common European approach
 flecheEnvironment: Stockholm and Hamburg win first European Green Capital awards
 flecheSeven EU-funded films nominated for Oscars
 flecheThe Covenant of mayors – the main highlight of an intense EU sustainable energy Week
 flecheClimate change: Commission sets out proposals for global pact on climate change at Copenhagen
 flecheCinema: EU film support goes global
 flecheAntitrust: Commission confirms sending a Statement of Objections to Microsoft on the tying of Internet Explorer to Windows
 flecheMedia launch of the European year of creativity and innovation 2009
 flecheEU Globalisation Fund pays €35 million to help redundant textile workers in Italy
 fleche€10.7 million from EU Globalisation Fund to help redundant workers in Spain and Lithuania
 flecheThe Arctic merits the European Union's attention – first step towards an EU Arctic Policy
 flecheThe Dorie database provides access to the Commission's archive on institutional issues
 flecheBrussels: celebrating diversity with the Ambassadors of the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue (12-13 Sept. 2008, Brussels)
 flecheAid Conference: Commission urges donors to make aid more effective to reach Millennium Development Goals
 flecheEmissions Trading: Commission to connect EU with UN carbon credit registry before December
 flecheOver 1,500 Spanish car workers to get help worth €10.5 million from EU Globalisation Fund
 flecheMigrant children and education: a challenge for EU education systems
 flecheTaking forward the common immigration and asylum policy for Europe
 flecheMedia Mundus: Commission considers global film cooperation programme
 flecheCulture Ministers discuss creation of a joint Euro-Mediterranean cultural strategy
 flecheCommissioner Hübner and Nobel Laureate Michael Spence unveil report on ingredients for successful growth in developing countries
 fleche“Barcelona Process: Union for the Mediterranean”. Commission adopts proposals to enhance the partnership between the EU and its Mediterranean neighbours
 fleche14 EU-funded films head to Cannes
 flecheG8 employment ministers meet to strengthen social dimensions of globalisation
 flecheReport by the High-Level Advisory Group established at the initiative of the President of the European Commission : "Dialogue Between Peoples and Cultures in the Euro-Mediterranean Area"
 flecheSocial Europe can take on globalisation, says new EU study
 flecheEU must stand by its promises and deliver on development aid if we are to meet the Millennium Development Goals
 flecheOver 300,000 .eu web domains created in 2007
 flechePublic debate: the impact of arts and culture on intercultural dialogue
 flecheReducing biodiversity loss: a new European Commission tool will help protect Africa's wildlife
 flecheThe European Migration Policy Centre: a new platform linking policy-making and research
 flecheConnecting the European Union and Asia: Internet for global research
 flecheInternational day of Zero Tolerance against female genital mutilation - 6 February 2008
 flecheNew study results support EU pension initiative to aid worker mobility
 flecheEuropean Commission makes computer-assisted translation easier and more accessible
 flecheLead market initiative to unlock innovative markets
 flecheSlovenia: official launch of the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue
 flecheCommission sees need for a stronger more consumer-friendly single market for Online music, films and games in Europe
 flecheCommission announces the adoption of 35 programmes to implement "European territorial cooperation", one of the objectives of Cohesion policy 2007-2013
 flecheBackground on Schengen enlargement
 flecheEnlargement of the Schengen area: achieving the European goal of free movement of persons
 flecheState aid: Commission approves UK film support schemes
 fleche675 textile workers in Malta to be helped by EU globalisation fund
 flecheEuropean Capitals of Culture 2013: pre-selection meetings in Slovakia and France
 flecheBring the peoples of Europe ‘Together in diversity!’ Campaign launch of the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008
 flecheClimate change: Bali conference must launch negotiations and fix ‘roadmap’ for new UN agreement
 flecheTerritorial cohesion goes to the heart of the EU's political agenda
 flecheMeasuring progress, wealth and the well-being of nations
 flecheCommission welcomes Council's endorsement of the first-ever European Agenda for Culture
 flecheEU researchers earn less than their counterparts in the US, Australia, Japan and India
 fleche"Regional policy: how can governance help us to respond to the new challenges of the 21st century?"
 fleche"Climate and Environment – factors of peace and development in the XXI century"
 flecheEuro-Mediterranean Partnership: advancing regional co-operation to support peace, progress and inter-cultural dialogue
 flechePromoting regional co-operation in the Mediterranean to support peace, progress and inter-cultural dialogue
 flecheCultural statistics - 2007 Edition
 flecheEU steps up the fight against undeclared work
 flecheCultural statistics : The cultural economy and cultural activities in the EU27
 fleche"Gender equality in cohesion policy 2007 – 2013: a critical element for success!" – Discourse by Danuta Hübner
 fleche"The European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC): a new instrument for cooperation in the European Union" - speech by Carlos Fernández de Casadevante at the "Crossing borders: Networking and best practice supporting growth and jobs" seminar of the 2007 Open Days
 fleche"La plateforme pour les Partenariats Innovants du PNUD - pour une approche territoriale du développement" - Communication de Christophe NUTALL au séminaire "Regional Policy in a global perspective" des Open Days 2007
 flecheQuestions and Answers on an integrated maritime policy for the European Union
 flecheENPI Regional Strategy Paper 2007-2013 and Regional Indicative Progamme 2007-2010 for the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership
 flecheWorldwide corporate investment in R&D grew by 10% last year, according to a new European Commission study
 flecheMaking it happen: launch of 2007 OPEN DAYS European Week of Regions and Cities
 flecheCommunication from the Commission - "The European Interest: Succeeding in the age of globalisation"
 flecheEU Job Days bring together jobseekers and employers (24-29 september 2007)
 flecheFinal Report : High Level Group on Multilingualism
 fleche"Enhancing motivation for language learning" - the recommendations of the High Level Group on Multilingualism
 flecheCommissioner Orban: "More young Europeans learn foreign languages and much earlier than their parents"
 flecheThe drive for eCall accelerates: the Czech Republic, Portugal and Spain come on board
 flecheEnergising Europe: A real market with secure supply
 flecheLanguages open doors: Celebrating the European Day of Languages
 fleche"Global English is not enough for global business": A Conference in Brussels on linguistic skills and competitiveness
 flecheEuropean Commission is world's largest public investor in nanotechnology
 flecheCommission proposes a global alliance to help developing countries most affected by climate change
 flecheMontreal Protocol: one of the most successful environmental agreements celebrates its 20th anniversary
 flecheStrengthening and monitoring measures for integration policies in the EU: the Commission adopts the Third Annual Report on Migration and Integration
 flecheCommission wants to involve young people better in society
 flecheRegional policy Commissioner Danuta Hübner today spoke to the 2nd Annual Conference of NEEBOR (Network of Eastern External Border Regions), held in Olsztyn, Poland
 flecheCommission proposes actions to foster 21st Century e-Skills
 fleche"Splendeurs du patrimoine linguistique": discours de Leonard Orban, Commissaire européen chargé du Multilinguisme
 flecheThe European Migration Network: Providing up-to-date information and data on migratory developments
 flecheTeachers need good education too! The Commission proposes to improve the quality of teacher education in the European Union
 flecheErasmus Mundus II — the reference for international cooperation in higher education
 flecheMigration Management - Solidarity in Action: new EU financial support to be made available in 2007
 fleche"The future development of EU migration policy"
 flecheFirst two applications for The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) money approved by Commission
 fleche"UE–Chine-Afrique: d'une relation de concurrence à un partenariat triangulaire pour le développement de l'Afrique"
 flecheA single database for all EU-related terminology (InterActiveTerminology for Europe) in 23 languages opens to the public
 flecheEurobarometer qualitative study on the Europeans, culture and cultural values
 flecheCommission assesses impact of funding for regions, launches debate on next round of cohesion policy
 flecheCommunication from the Commission on a European agenda for culture in a globalizing world
 flecheFirst-ever European strategy for culture: contributing to economic growth and intercultural understanding
 flecheErasmus celebrates 20 years breaking records of participation
 flecheEuropean Commission welcomes adoption of negotiating mandates for new Free Trade Agreements with India, Korea and ASEAN
 flecheMandelson warns lack of trust could threaten EU-Russia relationship
 flecheCommission proposes stronger partnership to improve access to foreign markets for EU business
 flecheLa Commission européenne, la BEI et 6 Etats membres lancent le Fonds Fiduciaire pour les infrastructures en Afrique
 flecheEuropean partners join lively debate on flexicurity
 flecheCommission calls for more predictable and more effective development aid
 flecheThis is the Europe we want!
 flecheA vision for the single market of the 21st century
 flecheCommission welcomes international agreement to boost trade in new pharmaceuticals
 flecheMEDIA 2007: €755 million boost for Europe's film industry
 flecheClimate change and the EU’s response
 flecheMedia pluralism in the Member States of the European Union
 flecheMedia pluralism: Commission stresses need for transparency, freedom and diversity in Europe's media landscape
 flecheComment le marché unique est-il perçu?
 flecheNew EU energy plan - more security, less pollution
 flecheSlovenia ready to adopt the euro
 flecheBulgaria and Romania latest to join the EU
 fleche"Knowledge of territorial trends and structures are crucial for strategic programming", Danuta Hübner tells Brussels conference
 flecheEU welcomes signing of new Central European Free Trade Agreement
 fleche„Europe – succeeding together“ : Presidency Programme 1 January to 30 June 2007
 fleche8th Euro-Mediterranean Conference of Ministers of Foreign Affairs - “Tampere conclusions”
 flecheFAQ: UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity – a new instrument of international governance
 flecheConclusions of Euro-Mediterranean Ministerial Conference on Strengthening the Role of Women in Society
 flecheThe Commission launches new scholarship scheme outside the EU
 flecheErasmus turns 20
 flecheEurope sees progress on Corporate Social Responsibility
 fleche29 ways to promote inter-cultural understanding: examples of best practice from around Europe
 flecheEuropean Commission publishes the study on the Economy of Culture in Europe
 flecheThe economy of culture in Europe
 flechePresentation of the European Commission's 2007 Work Programme
 flecheLa proposition de décision du Parlement européen et du Conseil visant à déclarer 2008 " Année européenne du dialogue interculturel "
 flecheBrazil and the global economy
 flecheGlobalisation : trends, issues and macro implications for the EU
 flecheTowards an EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child
 fleche"There is no more time left": Peter Mandelson statement to the press following suspension of WTO Doha negotiations
 fleche"Key role for border regions in the EU jobs and growth strategy", Danuta Hübner tells Saarbrücken conference
 flecheAn arrangement which infringes national competition law may infringe Community law at the same time
 flecheCommission provides €20 million food aid to the Palestinians
 flecheThe euro: a currency in search of a deeper market, enhanced economic reform and a stronger voice on the world stage
 flechePresident Barroso calls on G8 to lay the foundations for a stable energy future and makes new aid proposal for Africa
 flecheChairs' Conclusions: Euro-Med ECOFIN Ministerial Meeting
 fleche"South and East Mediterranean economies, like Europe, would gain from further economic reforms"

 flecheLe Comité ministériel euro-méditerranéen examine à Tunis les orientations futures de la FEMIP
 flecheMondialisation et Travail décent pour tous
 fleche“Cross border cooperation: encourage a new bottom-up generation of projects”
 flecheEU-US Summit: signature of new agreement to boost cooperation in higher education and vocational training
 flecheWhite paper on a European Communication Policy
 flecheWine: Profound reform will balance market, increase competitiveness, preserve rural areas and simplify rules for producers and consumers
 flecheCommission proposes to upgrade EU’s relations with South Africa to a Strategic Partnership
 flecheTrade and competitiveness
 flecheCommission promotes 'decent work in the world' to fight poverty and promote fair globalisation
 flecheEuropean Charter for Film Online endorsed by major industry players
 flecheEvasion of anti-dumping duties under scrutiny
 flecheCommission: Bulgaria’s and Romania’s accession possible in 2007, if preparation efforts are intensified
 flecheCommission spring economic forecasts 2006-2007: growth rebounds
 flecheEnlargement, two years on: all win as new Member States get richer
 flecheCommission actions since the Chernobyl Disaster
 flecheEuropean Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy
Islam in Europe – from dialogue to action

 flecheCommissioner Michel sends a warning signal on shortage of doctors and nurses in Africa
 flecheEurope, Latin America and the Caribbean – working together for greater social solidarity
 fleche"Dialogue of Cultures – clash of civilizations or clash of ignorance?"
 fleche«La dimension sociale de la Mondialisation dans la politique de développement»
 flecheThe European Commission proposes that 2008 be "European Year of Intercultural Dialogue"

 flecheEuro-Mediterranean Policy / Preparation of APEM
 flecheEuropean Neighbourhood Policy
 fleche«A regional strategy for peace, security and development for the Horn of Africa»
 flecheThe Commission welcomes the CARIM first annual Report on Mediterranean Migration
 flecheEuropean Institute of Technology: the Commission proposes a new flagship for excellence
 flecheCommission proposes up to €500 million per year for a new European Globalisation adjustment Fund to support workers
 flecheTrade in services
 flecheEuropean Commission steps up efforts to put Europe’s memory on the Web via a “European Digital Library”
 flecheEU and the Caribbean: Commission proposes a new partnership for growth, stability and development
 flecheNew Regional aid Guidelines 2007-2013 - European Union / Provisional text
 flecheInauguration of the EAS: The European Administrative School (EAS), the first inter-institutional training centre celebrates its official inauguration on 10 February 2006
 flecheAu service des régions: politique régionale de l'UE
 flecheCouncil decision on the conclusion of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions
 flecheState aid: Commission adopts new regional aid guidelines for 2007-2013
 flecheAfrica’s “silent tsunamis”: Commission adopts humanitarian aid decisions worth €165.7 million
 flecheEuropean Union adopts new ‘tariff-only’ import regime for bananas from 1 January 2006
 flecheEU radically reforms its sugar sector to give producers long-term competitive future
 flecheRising international economic integration: opportunities and challenges
 flecheCommissioner Mariann Fischer Boel urges Council to adopt bold and responsible sugar reform
 flecheProposing the launch of a european transparency initiative
 flecheEU should implement democratic safeguards in stalled Constitution now without waiting for ratification, says CoR President
 flecheCommission welcomes the support by the EU Council and the Parliament to offer a complete untying of aid
 flecheEU and Morocco reach agreement on Galileo
 flecheBird Flu - European Commission earmarks €30 million for Asia
 flechePublic procurement: EU and China strengthen cooperation
 flecheEuropean scientists develop H7N1 avian flu vaccine
 flecheEuropean values in the globalised world
 flecheAdoption of a Unesco Convention on Cultural Diversity
 flecheEuropean Commission launches PLAN D for Democracy, Dialogue and Debate
 flecheEuropean Commission adopts “European Union Strategy for Africa”
 flecheLatest report underlines progress in the EU-Russia Energy Dialogue
 flecheThe European Union opens accession negotiations with Croatia
 flecheEuro area economy gains momentum despite clouds on the horizon
 flecheEconomic Partnership Agreements: EU and Caribbean Region launch third phase of negotiations
 flecheDon’t stop learning ! The European Commission promotes adult education with increased funding
 flecheClimate change: Commission proposes strategy to curb greenhouse gas emissions from air travel
 flecheEuropean Day of Languages: half of the EU’s population can speak a language other than their mother tongue
 flecheDéclaration, au nom de l'Union européenne, sur la reprise unilatérale par l'Iran des activités de conversion de l'uranium dans l'usine d'Ispahan
 flecheEuropean Commission welcomes Israeli disengagement from Gaza and prepares further measures to support the peace process
 flecheAvian Influenza: Commission asks Member States to step up surveillance
 flecheEuropean Commission actions in the field of aviation safety
 flecheEuropean Commission mobilizes extra €58 M to the Global Fund to accelerate the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in developing countries
 flecheEuropean Commission launches a four-year Campaign to raise public awareness on sustainable energy
 flecheCounterfeiting and piracy: the Commission proposes European criminal-law provisions to combat infringements of intellectual property rights
 flecheA European Union Agency to protect and promote fundamental rights
 flecheFunding for European cinema: significant increase in new Member States’ applications for EU support
 flecheEuropean Documentation Centres
 flecheEuropean documentation centres in the European Union
 flecheDecision of the european parlement and of the concil establishing for the period 2007-2013 the programme "Citizens for Europe"to promote active European citizenship
 fleche La BEI et la Banque Mondiale intensifient leur coopération sur les Pays Partenaires Méditerranéens
 flecheConférence de presse pré Conseil européen de M. José Manuel BARROSO, Président de la Commission européenne
 flecheCultural diversity : a major step towards the adoption of a UNESCO Convention
 flecheAnother successful year for Erasmus : student and teacher mobility rose by almost 10% in 2003/2004
 flecheEU Trade Commissioner urges African Trade Ministers: make Doha the “Round for Africa”
 flecheCommission paves the way for renewal of EU Sustainable Development Strategy
 flecheThe Doha Development Agenda
 flecheCommission presents a set of proposals for enlarging the Schengen area to the new member states

 flecheAddressing the concerns of young people in Europe: the Commission adopts a communication on youth policies
 fleche Environment: Green Week 2005 gets to grips with climate change
 flecheCommission White Paper on market access for developing countries: opening the door to development

 flecheCommission tables first elements for a genuine European Space Policy
 flecheThird progress report on economic and social cohesion
 flecheThe EU and the US: a bilateral partnership for global solutions
 flecheChinese textiles imports investigation: use of the urgency procedure
 flecheEU proposes WTO consultations with China on two textile product categories
 fleche Partenariat Union européenne/États-Unis: la Commission propose de renforcer les relations économiques et politiques
 fleche President Barroso meets Afghan President Hamid Karzai – and announces details of Afghan reconstruction programmes for 2005/2006
 flecheNouveau site Web et budget de 6 millions d’euros pour l’établissement de relations en vue de la recherche de partenaires commerciaux appropriés dans l’Union européenne élargie
 fleche Mr Olli Rehn, Member of the European Commission, responsible for Enlargement
"Prioritisation: where should Turkey focus its energies"
Forum Istanbul - Istanbul, 5 May 2005

 flecheThe new Europe Direct information network: Europe on your doorstep
 flecheImproving and extending the use of ICT to make the most of Europe’s cultural and audiovisual heritage
 flecheThe European Union on your doorstep: new generation of information relays launched
 flecheEuropean Commission welcomes breakthrough in WTO agriculture talks
 flecheNew tools for knowledge and growth: EU scientists propose priorities for research infrastructures
 flecheClimate change: Commission hails entry into force of the Kyoto Protocol
 flecheWomen and the elderly are crossing the digital divide, but the poor still lag behind, says new EU report
 flecheTsunami: Commission takes further action to help rebuild fisheries and aquaculture sector in tsunami-hit areas
 flecheErasmus Mundus: 69 universités supplémentaires participent au programme
 flecheTranslating the Monterrey Consensus into Practice: the Contribution by the European Union
 fleche European Commission launches public debate on economic migration
 flecheCommission pledges €140 million to help eliminate the threat of anti-personnel land mines
 flecheEuropean handbook on integration
 flecheFirst European handbook on integration of immigrants presented by European Commission
 flecheEU-India Summit: towards a strategic partnership
 flecheQuestions for the general public concerning the future European Fundamental Rights Agency
 flecheDiscours de M. António Vitorino à la Conférence des Présidents des commissions compétentes en matière d'immigration des parlements de l'UE
 flecheEU-WTO: In WTO review of trade policy EU will stress its support for the multilateral trade system
 flecheWhat Europeans think of the EU’s farm policy
 flecheDeveloping countries: the Commission proposes system of trade preferences for 2006-2008
 flecheCommission appeals against WTO sugar ruling
 flecheEnlargement - Turkey's progress towards accession
 flecheLa Commission approuve un rapport sur la gouvernance européenne (2003-2004)
 flecheCommission launches new portal giving all citizens of the enlarged EU access to better information on their rights
 flecheCommission grants Euro 93 million to upgrade European Research and Education Internet (GÉANT)
 flecheStrengthening economic governance and improving the Stability and Growth Pact
 flecheCountdown 2015 - Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights for all : London, 31 August - 2 September 2004
 flecheGeneral information concerning in-service training (stages) with the European Commission
 flechePortail sur les possibilités d'éducation et de formation dans l'ensemble de l'espace européen
 flechePresident-designate Barroso unveils his team
 flecheImmigration & asylum : current state of play
 flecheBarroso, José Manuel
 flecheWith oil prices surging, Loyola de Palacio recalls the necessity of having a concerted European approach to the issue of security of energy supplies
 flecheEuropean Commission approves 5.75 million euros for crises in Asia

 flecheThe role of broadband networks in securing knowledge-based regions
 flecheThe humanitarian crisis in Greater Darfur, Sudan- response of the European Commission - UPDATE EU by far the biggest donor

 flecheEndangered wildlife: Commission wants tighter rules to protect wild animals and plants from unsustainable international trade
 flecheGeneral overview of active WTO dispute settlement cases involving the EC as complainant or defendant
 flecheEU’s Position on the Middle East Conflict
 flecheEU-Latin American and Caribbean Summit
 flecheLamy, Pascal
 flecheCox, Pat
 flecheProdi, Romano
 flecheEuropean Commission Statement on the European Parliament elections
 flecheCommission proposes action to secure the social dimension of globalisation
 flecheEU-Latin American and Caribbean Summit: moving the strategic partnership forward
 flecheEU takes action to foster international sustainable fishing
 flecheWTO-DDA: EU ready to go the extra mile in three key areas of the talks
 flecheStatement of President Prodi on enlargement
 flecheCommission takes further steps to ensure access to medicines for poor countries
 flecheCroatia: Commission recommends opening of accession negotiations
 flecheCommission prepares the necessary steps to welcome a united Cyprus into the European Union on 1 May 2004
 flecheWTO India - GSP: WTO confirms differentiation among developing countries is possible
 flecheCommission adopts new safe harbour for licensing of patents, know-how and software copyright
 flecheAir pollution: Commission takes legal action against 10 Member States
 flecheCommission Spring Economic Forecasts 2004 -2005 for the euro area, the European Union and the Acceding and Candidate countries
 flecheCommission recommends concrete action to promote growth and employment in the enlarged Union
 flecheEurope needs more scientists: EU blueprint for action
 flecheThe European Commission and Philip Morris International confirm discussions
 flecheNew EU Centre for Disease Prevention and Control adopted
 flecheCommission concludes on Microsoft investigation, imposes conduct remedies and a fine
 flecheKey data on health 2002 Health in the EU under the microscope
 flecheEU acts to increase transparency, efficiency and predictability in the use of trade defence
 flecheEU-Canada: Commission agrees design of future EU-Canada Trade and Investment Enhancement Agreement
 flecheBiodiversity: Commission sounds alarm on need to reduce global biodiversity loss
 flecheDeveloping countries: Commission adopts action plan to help developing countries fight agricultural commodity dependency and support the development of the cotton sector in Africa
 flecheEuropean Union signs landmark tourism accord with China today in Beijing
 flecheLa Commission appelle à un renforcement des relations entre l'UE et la Russie
 flecheTrade implications of EU enlargement: Facts and Figures
 flecheThe future of WTO
 flecheWestern Balkans proceed with economic transition
 flecheRomano Prodi President of the European Commission. 2004 Spring Report. Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament.
 flecheCommission reports on progress towards meeting 'Johannesburg' commitments
 flecheEuropean Research Network extended to the Balkans with EU Support
 flecheCommission calls on Member States to keep up the momentum in tackling poverty and social exclusion
 flecheEuropean Commission stands behind the Kyoto Protocol
 flecheUS Steel: EU welcomes termination of US steel safeguard measure
 flecheCommission launches preparations for Balkan participation in Community programmes
 flecheWTO and agriculture: Fischler's five tests to kick-start stalled talks
 flechePresident Prodi statement World Aids Day
 flecheEC action against HIV/AIDS
 fleche2003 review of the EU economy: On the verge of new patterns of economic growth?
 flecheEU- WTO: European Commission proposes to put Doha Round of trade talks back on track
 flecheCommission discusses amendments to EU Constitution
 flecheEU-India Summit: An opportunity to strengthen relations
 flecheCommission adopts five new humanitarian aid decisions worth over EUR 11.5 million
 flecheCommission and United Nations join forces to launch humanitarian appeals for 2004
 flecheCommission proceeds with excessive deficit procedure for Germany
 flecheEU-Mercosur: Ministerial meeting to roadmap free trade negotiations
 flecheState of play on GMO authorisations under EU law
 flecheComenius Week
Highlighting the European dimension at school

 flecheBulgaria, Romania and Turkey make significant progress towards accession criteria
 flecheAcceding countries expected to be ready for accession, urged to tackle remaining issues
 flecheForeign Sales Corporations (FSC): Commission prepares for the imposition of countermeasures on US products
 flecheEU/Russia Summit, Rome, 6 November
 flecheRemoving obstacles to development: Commission proposes EUR 250 million to support African-led peace keeping operations in Africa
 flecheAccelerating the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria: Commission commits further EUR 170 million to the Global Fund
 flecheAfghanistan: Commission Proposes EUR 79.5 million for Fourth Reconstruction programme
 flecheEnvironmental democracy: Commission promotes citizens' involvement in environmental matters
 flecheEU Cohesion Policy: Commissioner Barnier visits Cyprus
 flecheSingle-hull oil tankers banned from European ports from 21 October 2003
 flecheHIV/AIDS: European Research provides clear proof that HIV virus cannot pass through condoms
 flecheA european knowledge society in a global community
 flecheCommission provides support to OLAF and Belgian authorities on investigation into fraud in grain trade prices
 flecheEU complies with WTO ruling on Hormone beef and calls on USA and Canada to lift trade sanctions
 flecheEU-Andean Community: Second Round of Negotiations for new Political Dialogue and Co-operation Agreement
 flecheEurobarometer : latest survey shows growing support for key EU policies in acceding countries
 flecheCommission acts to boost efficiency and flexibility of EU development assistance to benefit the poor
 flecheCommission proceeds with excessive deficit procedure for France assesses
 flecheCinedays 2003: long live European cinema!
 flecheEuropean industry leaders and EU policymakers meet to plan for security research
 flecheEuro area economy demonstrates initial signs of recovery
 flecheEuropean Commission, eight acceding countries and US sign Bilateral Investment Understanding
 flecheTrade in Cotton: constructive proposals to solve African problem
 flecheCommission adopts opinion on the European Constitution
 fleche"State of play of Agriculture Negotiations"
 flecheWorld cotton day: EU sympathises with concerns of African countries
 flecheKey areas for decision in Cancun
 flecheEverything you wanted to know about Cancun
 flecheJoin EU Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy in an on-line chat September 4 2003
 flecheEuropean Commission regrets the request for a WTO panel on GMOs
 flecheEC and US propose a framework for a joint approach on agricultural questions in WTO
 flecheTrade in agricultural goods and fishery products. EU – US Joint Text on Agriculture

 flecheWTO Farm Talks/Cancun: EU’s Fischler calls for renewed effort to bridge differences
 flecheEU-US Summit - Washington
 flecheThessaloniki European Council - Presidency Conclusions
 flecheAccess to medicines: EU clears plan to ensure delivery of cheap medicines to developing countries
 flecheLe Conseil Éducation adopte les critères de référence européens
 flecheOMC SERVICES - L'UE propose d'améliorer les échanges commerciaux - au bénéfice des pays en développement
 flecheLa Commission propose de créer un Fonds européen pour l'eau doté d'un budget d'1 milliard d'euros
 flecheEU survey results: Europe goes on-line for health information, but still prefers more traditional sources
 flecheLa lutte contre les maladies transmissibles dans les pays en développement: la Commission resserre son programme d'action
 flecheMultilingualism in the European Commission: A long-standing tradition and an asset to the European Union
 flecheSustainable agriculture for developing countries: the options offered by life sciences and biotechnology
 fleche'Your Voice in Europe': new Commission portal aims to give citizens a bigger role in policy making
 flecheAgriculture: plus grande ouverture du marché et réduction du soutien faussant les échanges
 flecheCombating digital illiteracy, promoting virtual campuses and virtual twinning of schools: the e-learning programme's aims (2004-2006)
 flecheLa Commission place la politique industrielle au premier plan de ses préoccupations
 flechePascal Lamy salue l'achèvement des négociations sur l'adhésion de l'Arménie à l'OMC
 flecheForum européen du tourisme: promotion du développement durable dans le tourisme
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