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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 96-08-06

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News from the Spokesman's midday briefing

Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi du Porte-Paroleb

06 / 08 / 1996


  • [01] EU/ECU 15.8 million for Urban Renewal in Dublin and Cork
  • [02] D'Amato Bill - Commissioner C. Papoutsis' reaction

  • [01] EU/ECU 15.8 million for Urban Renewal in Dublin and Cork

    The cities of Dublin and Cork are to receive ECU 15.8 million from the EU's Structural Funds for the regeneration of urban areas. The aid comes under the Community initiative URBAN and is designed to tackle the effects of severe deprivation in the areas of Ballymun and West Tallaght/Clondalkin in the city of Dublin and the Northside of Cork. Altogether, these programmes will help to create 200 jobs and contribute toward the training of another 500 people. Both programmes will run until end-1999. - US President signs Iran/Libya law: Statement by the European Commission

    Following the signature by US President Bill Clinton of the d'Amato Bill on sanctions against new investments in the oil industries of Iran and Libya, Sir Leon Brittan, Vice-President of the European Commission, made the following statement : "We in the European Union fully support the determination of the United States to combat terrorism in all its forms and whatever its source. We also share American shock at recent incidents that, whether attributed directly to terrorism or not, have undermined the sense of security of innocent people within America and outside. This only increases the need for international cooperation in order to find the best, most effective ways of fighting terrorism together. The G7 Ministerial meeting in Paris took some encouraging steps in this direction. We do not believe, however, that the d'Amato law goes in the right direction. It establishes the unwelcome principle that one country can dictate the foreign policy of others, and disturbs the unity of purpose between allies that is so necessary if we are to stamp out terrorism successfully together. The EU has already said it will act to defend its rights and interests if they are jeopardised by this legislation."

    [02] D'Amato Bill - Commissioner C. Papoutsis' reaction

    Commenting on the 'D'Amato Bill', Energy Commissioner Christos Papoutsis said: 'I am deeply concerned with regard to the 'D'Amato Bill'. When implemented, it will create big and serious problems for the European oil industry. The adoption of the Bill would have no immediate effect on trade. But, as new investments in the two countries and deliveries of technical equipment for the oil industry are covered in the Bill, the further development of oil and gas reserves in these two countries would, in the long run, be influenced. We should not forget that the world oil market is a global market. Consequently, any action which influences this market should be the result of a concerted international approach.


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