10 Jul 2003 Ref: 050 /2003 HIGHLIGHTS OF JULY PLENARY SESSION * Rocco Buttiglione, Italian Minister for European Policy (Wednesday afternoon); Tarso Genro, Brazilian Labour Minister and Executive Secretary of the newly formed Brazilian Development Economic and Social Council (Thursday morning) will attend this month's plenary session that is due to take place within the European Parliament headquarters in Brussels on 16-17 July.
* Opinions on The role of civil society in European development policy, Preparations for the fifth WTO ministerial conference, EU-China relations, Credit for consumers and Industrial policy in an enlarged Europe due for adoption.
7 Jul 2003 Ref: 049/2003 CAP MIDTERM REVIEW : a reaction from the EESC The European Economic and Social Committee cautiously welcomes the political agreement reached by the Council on the Midterm review of the CAP and intends to follow future developments carefully, preparing a more in depth analysis once the formal legislative proposals have been put forward.
In general, the Committee welcomes the fact that EU negotiating positions at the WTO will be strengthened as a result of this agreement.
4 Jul 2003 Ref: 048/2003 Mr BRIESCH VISITS TUNISIA AT THE INVITATION OF THE TUNISIAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL The EESC President, Mr Briesch, was in Tunis on 1 and 2 July on an official visit at the invitation of the Tunisian Economic and Social Council. Mr Briesch met the Tunisian Prime Minister, Mr Mohamed Ghannouchi, his Tunisian counterpart Mr Abdallah Kaabi, the Head of the European Commission delegation Mr Pierini, and a range of representatives of Tunisian civil society.
27 Jun 2003 Ref: 047/2003 COMMISSIONER BYRNE DISCUSSES FOOD SAFETY WITH EESC MEMBERS Key Points:
* Food safety remains a top priority for Commissioner Byrne: enlargement must not weaken controls;
* EU needs Member States to fully apply existing EU legislation in the field of the transport of live animals across the EU;
* GMOs: US Administration's "odd" statement "a simplistic analysis of a complex issue".
16 Jun 2003 Ref: 042/2003 EESC PRESIDENT ROGER BRIESCH WELCOMES THE DECISION BY THE CZECH PEOPLE TO ENTER THE EUROPEAN UNION "Following the result of the Czech Republic's referendum which took place on 13 and 14 June, I welcome the decision of the Czech people to join the EU. It is a decision that demonstrates the will of the Czech Republic to commit itself to the future of Europe". It was with these words that the President of the EESC, Roger Briesch, welcomed on Monday the results of Czech Republic's referendum.
* Role of micro and small enterprises in the Europe's economic life and productive fabric (own-initiative): Essential to give the European Charter for Small Enterprises legal status.
* European space policy: Does the EU have the political will and the economic clout to maintain its autonomy and remain among the elite of the world of space?
* European health insurance card: a significant contribution to free movement within the EU via the "simplifying of procedures without any changes to rights and obligations".
* Quality of bathing water: support for a new directive that takes account of scientific and technical progress.