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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 04-04-13

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


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Les enfants menacés de suffocation : nouvelles mesures européennes de retrait des produits de gelée en mini-barquettes
  • [02] Romano Prodi visits China to strengthen bilateral ties
  • [03] Commission allocates €7 million in humanitarian aid to vulnerable populations in Chad, Madagascar and Ethiopia
  • [04] WTO India-GSP : WTO confirms differentiation among developing countries is possible Midday Express 13/04/2004 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 13/04/2004

  • [01] Les enfants menacés de suffocation : nouvelles mesures européennes de retrait des produits de gelée en mini-barquettes

    La Commission européenne a adopté aujourd'hui des mesures visant à suspendre la mise sur le marché, dans l'UE, de produits de gelée en mini- barquettes contenant certains additifs alimentaires dérivés d'algues et/ou de certaines gommes. Ces produits sont susceptibles de provoquer une suffocation en raison de leur consistance, de leur forme et de leur taille. La décision a été approuvée par les Etats membres au sein du comité permanent de la chaîne alimentaire et de la santé animale.

    [02] Romano Prodi visits China to strengthen bilateral ties

    Romano Prodi, will visit Beijing and Shanghai from 13 to 16 April, at the invitation of the Chinese authorities, in the third official visit to China by a President of the European Commission. Mr Prodi will meet Chinese President Hu Jintao and Prime Minister Wen Jiabao to discuss ways to enhance the rapidly growing partnership between the EU and China. He will also make two keynote speeches on political and economic relations and launch a new EU-funded programme for European Studies in China.

    [03] Commission allocates €7 million in humanitarian aid to vulnerable populations in Chad, Madagascar and Ethiopia

    The European Commission has adopted three humanitarian aid packages, totalling €7 million, in response to the crises in Chad (€4 million), Madagascar (€2 million) and Ethiopia (€1 million). These funds are managed by the Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO) under the responsibility of Commissioner Poul Nielson. They will help to improve access to clean water, sanitation and health-care and provide food-aid and nutritional support, shelter and protection for refugees and other victims of conflicts and natural disasters.

    [04] WTO India-GSP : WTO confirms differentiation among developing countries is possible

    In a report issued on Wednesday 7 April, the WTO Appellate Body reversed the finding of a WTO panel in December 2003 -and rejected India's claim that WTO rules do not allow to differentiate between developing countries. India had challenged the EU's system of trade preferences for seriously drug-affected countries (so-called GSP drug regime). India argued that this regime discriminated among developing countries and was thus contrary to the WTO "Enabling Clause", which allows preferential and more favourable treatment to developing countries. The WTO Appellate Body has nevertheless found that the EU's current GSP drug regime is not based on objective and transparent criteria for the selection of the beneficiary countries. The EU will now examine the Appellate Body report in detail to consider its practical implications for EU legislation in this respect.

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