Commission opens up new prospects for transport links with the Western Balkans

The European Commission has opened negotiations on a treaty establishing a Transport Community with the Western Balkans. This first meeting, held in Brussels with the region's Transport Ministers, will be followed in the autumn by technical meetings with a view to concluding the Transport Community Treaty in 2009.

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Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner participates in Berlin Conference on Palestinian Civil Security and Rule of Law

Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner participates in Berlin Conference on Palestinian Civil Security and Rule of Law
International support for improving Palestinian Civil Security and strengthening the respect for rule of law will be in the centre of a conference on 24 June in Berlin. Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy Benita Ferrero-Waldner will be one of the keynote speakers during the opening session of this conference and confirm the high level of commitment of the European Commission in continued support for the Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian people.

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Trade and investment will be the key topics of the 3rd meeting of the Chine-EU Round Table

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the China Economic and Social Council (CESC) co-organise the 3rd Meeting of the China-EU Round Table. This Meeting will take place on 23/26 June in Beijing and will be co-chaired by Mr. Wang Zhonyu, President of the CESC and by Mr. Dimitris Dimitriadis, President of the EESC.

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Commissioner Borg in Slovenia to promote closer cooperation on maritime issues in the Mediterranean

Joe Borg, EU Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, will attend tomorrow an international conference in Portorož, Slovenia, to open a debate on the maritime-related challenges and opportunities for the Mediterranean Sea basin. The discussions will focus on cooperation and governance in a variety of maritime sectors and activities such as environment, sea transport, surveillance and research.

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Critical Infrastructure Protection

The Justice and Home Affairs Council 5-6 June has reached political agreement on a Commission proposal for a Directive on the identification and designation of European Critical Infrastructure (ECI) and the assessment of the need to improve their protection. The entry into force of the Directive is envisaged before the end of 2008.

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New Gateway Programme to assist European companies to develop their business in Japan and Korea

From 2 June 2008 the EU Gateway Programme provides professional mentoring and coaching to EU companies that want to do business in Japan and Korea and offers them the possibility to participate in one-week business events in these target markets. The new phase of this business cooperation programme builds upon the experience of the Gateway to Japan Campaign which has helped about 2.500 European companies to find business partners in Japan over the last 14 years.

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Chlorinated chicken: possible end to import ban meets opposition

MEPs in the Environment Committee raised strong concerns on Wednesday 28th May 2008 about moves within the European Commission to lift the EU-import ban on poultry treated with chlorinated water. This ban, in place since 1997, has effectively stopped all imports of United States poultry meat which is generally treated by this process. MEPs speaking in the committee said the chlorination of chicken intended for human consumption is not acceptable for the EU.

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What are the ingredients for successful growth in developing countries?

Developing countries can achieve fast, sustained, equitable growth if they take advantage of opportunities in the global economy and have committed leaders. Those are among the messages in a report that Danuta Hübner, Commissioner for Regional Policy, and Nobel Laureate Michael Spence present today in Brussels. The 'Growth Report: Strategies for Sustained Growth and Inclusive Development' concludes two years of work by the Commission on Growth and Development. Commissioner Hübner was a member of this group, created under the auspices of the World Bank, and chaired by Professor Spence. The report identifies distinctive characteristics of successful growth, using 13 high-growth economies since 1950 as examples, and explores how developing countries can emulate them.

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