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

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


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] The Commission puts forward a 5 year action plan and sets up an expert group to remedy the lack of EU statistics on crime and criminal justice.
  • [02] Message of Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner on the occasion of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People - 9 August 2006
  • [03] Rédiffusion
  • [04] Statement of the European Commission on the killing of 15 aid workers in Sri Lanka
  • [05] Autre materiel diffusé Midday Express of 2006-08-08 Reference: MEX/06/0808 Date: 08/08/2006 EXME06 / 08.8

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

    Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Direction Générale Communicationb

    08/08/06


  • [01] The Commission puts forward a 5 year action plan and sets up an expert group to remedy the lack of EU statistics on crime and criminal justice.

    Today the European Commission has adopted a Communication on "Developing a comprehensive and coherent EU strategy to measure crime and criminal justice". The Communication contains an EU action Plan for the development of EU statistics on crime and criminal justice over the period 2006 – 2010. The action plan outlines the stepwise approach, in coordination with Member States and other concerned entities, towards the objective of accessible high quality quantitative information to be used for prioritising action to fight crime, benchmarking performance and evaluating implemented measures. The Commission has also decided to set up a group of experts to support the implementation of the action plan, specifically on the Justice, Freedom and Security policy needs for data on crime and criminal justice.

    [02] Message of Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner on the occasion of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People - 9 August 2006

    “Today, 9 August, the European Commission joins others around the world in celebrating the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People. It is a day when we honour indigenous peoples across the globe. We pay tribute to their traditions and knowledge, and to the enormous contribution they have made to the world’s cultures and to conserving the planet. We also reflect on what has been achieved to protect their rights and guarantee them equal treatment. And on how much more we need to do. Perhaps the most important achievement since last year was the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, adopted by the United Nations’ new Human Rights Council. This was the culmination of almost two decades of tireless advocacy by indigenous peoples’ representatives. Without their skill and determination we would not have achieved it. They kept their communities back home informed about the UN’s discussions, gathered different points of view and agreed a united front, giving them more weight in the negotiations. They also helped UN member states better understand the lives and aspirations of indigenous peoples and the importance of reflecting that in a UN Declaration. The Declaration’s message is equality for all – and we in the European Commission will not rest until indigenous peoples have that equality, wherever they live in the world. We must meet the high expectations people have of the second International Decade of the World’s Indigenous People (2005 – 2015). We must commit ourselves to ensuring all indigenous peoples everywhere see a positive difference to their lives. And we must help their representatives who worked so hard for the Declaration by fighting with them for a more just and inclusive society, for the benefit of indigenous peoples and all of humanity. “

    For more information:

    <a href="http://ec.europa.eu/comm/external_relations/human_rights/ip/index.htm">http://ec.europa.eu/comm/external_relations/human_rights/ip/index.htm

    [03] Rédiffusion

    [04] Statement of the European Commission on the killing of 15 aid workers in Sri Lanka

    Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy and Co-Chair of the Tokyo Donor Conference for Sri Lanka, and Louis Michel, Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, issued today the following statement on behalf of the European Commission: "We are deeply shocked by the spate of violent attacks on civilians and humanitarian aid personnel in Sri Lanka culminating in the execution-style killing of 15 aid workers from the NGO Action Contre La Faim in Mutthur this week-end. Our sincere condolences go to the family and colleagues of the 15 victims. There are more than 325,000 highly vulnerable, uprooted people in north eastern Sri Lanka, including 30,000 displaced in the last few days by the continuing conflict. Humanitarian access to these people will be seriously hampered if the attacks continue, leading to even greater suffering. This would affect the extensive relief operations financed by the European Commission in the crisis zone. The Commission urges the authorities in Sri Lanka to investigate these killings immediately and thoroughly and to give assurances that they will do everything possible to ensure a safe humanitarian space in the country. Violent means is not the way for resolving the problems in Sri Lanka. The Commission reiterates once more the call to the parties to put an end to violence and to return to the negotiation table so as to relieve the Sri Lankan people from the ordeal of twenty years of persistent conflict. That is the only way to ensure a lasting solution acceptable to all. The EU remains fully committed to support the peace process in Sri Lanka and the valuable work of the Norwegian facilitator."

    [05] Autre materiel diffusé

    EU response to the conflict in Lebanon From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/

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