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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 02-08-07

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From: EUROPA, the European Commission Server at <http://europa.eu.int>


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Hausse de la population de l'UE de 0,4% en 2001 due principalement au solde migratoire
  • [02] Humanitarian crisis in Southern Africa : Commission response to rise to almost €150 million
  • [03] Commission adopts €311 million five year aid package for Ghana
  • [04] Commission adopts 2001 annual reports on Hong Kong and Macao Midday Express 07/08/2002 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 07/08/2002

  • [01] Hausse de la population de l'UE de 0,4% en 2001 due principalement au solde migratoire

    La population de l'UE et celle de la zone euro comptaient respectivement 379,6 et 305,2 millions d'habitants au 1er janvier 2002. La population de l'UE a augmenté de 1.560.000 personnes en 2001, soit à un rythme annuel de 0,4%, identique à celui enregistré en 2000. L'accroissement de la population en 2001 a été dû pour les trois quarts environ au solde migratoire et pour un quart à l'accroissement naturel, ce dernier étant inférieur au solde migratoire depuis 1989. L'augmentation de la population de l'UE a représenté 2% de la hausse de la population mondiale de 2001. Ces informations sont extraites d'un rapport publié aujourd'hui conjointement par Eurostat, l'Office statistique des Communautés européennes à Luxembourg, et le Conseil de l'Europe.

    [02] Humanitarian crisis in Southern Africa : Commission response to rise to almost €150 million

    In response to the continuing humanitarian food crisis in Southern Africa, the European Commission has announced that spending will rise to €148.5 million by September. This amount is destined primarily for the hardest hit countries in the region : Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zambia. In mid-July, the Commission issued details of the €88.5 million already approved in aid for these three countries. The extra €60 million announced today will be in €30 million of humanitarian aid, managed by the Humanitarian Aid Office ECHO, and €30 million in food aid (the equivalent of approximately 80,000 tonnes of cereal), managed by the Europe Aid Cooperation Office. It is estimated that 300,000 tonnes of cereal, financed by the Commission, will be distributed in the region this year. In total, the Commission contribution to the crisis will correspond to around 20% of the food needs estimated for the region. Food and humanitarian aid has already been delivered to countries in the region via the Commission's partners which include the World Food Programme, Non-Governmental Organisations and local Governments.

    [03] Commission adopts €311 million five year aid package for Ghana

    The European Commission has adopted a five-year strategy (2002-2007) for its cooperation with the Republic of Ghana. The Country Support Strategy provides the framework for future relations with Ghana, covering all aspects of assistance towards that country. Worth €311 million, the strategy reflects the general principles of the Cotonou Agreement signed in mid-2000 between the EU and the ACP countries. It aims to support the government's efforts to achieve equitable economic growth and accelerated poverty reduction within a sustained democracy. The main sectors which will be supported are rural development, road transport and macro economic support. These sectors will be complemented by other activities in the fields of governance and the environment. An indicative amount of some €231 million has been agreed to support this strategy which will be disbursed in the form of grant aid in a number of areas. A separate allocation of up to €80 million has been set aside in the case of unforeseen needs arising such as emergency situations, budget deficits or loss of export earnings. See: http://europa.eu.int/comm/development/strat_papers/index_fr.htm

    [04] Commission adopts 2001 annual reports on Hong Kong and Macao

    In its two annual reports on Hong Kong and Macao that were just adopted, the European Commission expresses general satisfaction on the way the "One Country, Two Systems" principle applies. Chris Patten, External Relations Commissioner, said : "All Hong Kong's true friends believe that thanks to the rule of law, efficient administration, freedom of public debate, unique geographic position and its natural entrepreneurial spirit, Hong Kong will weather today's troubles, just as it has overcome past challenges. It should emerge stronger from them. But that requires Hong Kong to retain confidence in itself and to stay true to itself. In Macao, the Legislative Assembly elections held in September showed the commitment of Macao citizens to the exercise of their basic political rights. The increased number of legislators elected through direct universal suffrage marked progress towards greater democracy."

    From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/
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