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The  Governments of  the Member  States  and the  European  Commission were
represented as follows:

Belgium:
Mr Frank VANDENBROUCKE             Deputy  Prime  Minister,  Minister   for
                                   Foreign Affairs

Denmark:
Mr Niels HELVEG PETERSEN           Minister for Foreign Affairs
Mr Jorgen ØRSTRØM MØLLER           State Secretary for Foreign Affairs

Germany:
Mr Klaus KINKEL                       Minister for Foreign Affairs
Mrs Ursula SEILER-ALBRING             Minister of State for Foreign Affairs
Mr Hans Friedrich VON PLOETZ          State Secretary for Foreign Affairs

Greece:
Mr J KRANIDIOTIS                    Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs

Spain:
Mr Javier SOLANA                    Minister for Foreign Affairs
Mr Carlos WESTENDORP                State Secretary for  Relations with the
                                    European Communities
France:
Mr Alain JUPPE                      Minister for Foreign Affairs
Mr Alain LAMASSOURE                Minister with special responsibility for
                                   European Affairs
Ireland:
Mr Dick SPRING                      Minister for Foreign Affairs

Italy:
Mr Antonio MARTINO                  Minister for Foreign Affairs
Mr Livio CAPUTO                     State Secretary for Foreign Affairs

Luxembourg:
Mr Jacques POOS                     Minister for Foreign Affairs

Netherlands:
Mr H.A.F.M.O. van MIERLO            Minister for Foreign Affairs
Mr M. PATIJN                        State  Secretary  for  Foreign  Affairs

Portugal:
Mr José Manuel DURÃI BARROSO          Minister for Foreign Affairs

United Kingdom:
Mr Douglas HURD                     Secretary  of  State  for  Foreign  and
                                    Commonwealth Affairs
Mr David DAVIS                      Minister of State,  Department of Trade
                                    and Industry
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Commission:
Mr Jacques DELORS                   President
Mr Manuel MARIN                     Vice-President
Sir Leon BRITTAN                    Member
Mr Hans VAN DEN BROEK               Member

The  following  representatives  of the  four  acceding  Member States also
attended as observers:

Norway:
Mr Bjørn Tore GODAL                 Minister for Foreign Affairs

Austria:
Mr Alois MOCK                       Minister for Foreign Affairs

Finland:
Mr Heikki HAAVISTO                  Minister for Foreign Affairs
Mr Veli SUNDBÄCK                    State Secretary for Foreign Affairs

Sweden:
Ms Lena HJELM-WALLÉN                Minister for Foreign Affairs
Mr Mats HELLSTRÖM                  Minister for Foreign Trade

RELATIONS WITH THE ASSOCIATED COUNTRIES OF CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE

-  Ministerial meeting with the associated CCEEs [1] 

This Council  meeting  witnessed (during  the  morning) the  first  meeting
between the Ministers  for Foreign Affairs  of the European  Union, of  the
four acceding  countries  and  of the  six  Central  and  Eastern  European
countries.    Discussions  during  this  meeting,  which  gave  rise  to  a
substantive and open exchange of  views, enabled the representatives of the
European Union  to  set out  the  general  guidelines of  the  strategy  to
prepare  the CCEEs for accession  which are to be  approved by the European
Council in Essen.  The CCEEs set out their own views  on the subject, which
will  be  taken  into  consideration  by  the  Union  during  its  internal
discussions prior to the Essen European Council.

The exchange of views covered the following topics in particular:

-  alignment  of  the laws  of  the  associated  CCEEs with  those  of  the
   European Union with a  view to their taking part in the internal market,
   an  essential aspect of  which will  be the preparation  of a Commission
   white paper next year;
-  regional cooperation in Central and Eastern Europe;
-  future directions for the "Phare" programme;
-  cooperation in the field of JHA;
-  the  human dimension of  the process  of alignment  (culture, education,
   training).

In conclusion the President noted the convergence of views  of the European
Union and the CCEEs  regarding the line of conduct  to be followed and  the
priorities  to be adopted during the run-up  to accession negotiations, the
beginning of  which  would  depend on  future  developments.    Both  sides
stressed  their  determination  to  take  up  the  challenges facing  them.
Moreover, the  President stressed the central  importance of  such meetings
both  for  the  process  of  alignment  and  for cohesive  action  in  that
connection.  The next  two Presidencies had  already taken steps to  ensure
that the dialogue would continue over the next year.

Finally,  over lunch, the Ministers discussed a  series of political topics
of  common interest,  in particular:  preparation  for the  CSCE  summit in
Budapest and  measures to  preserve peace  within the  CSCE framework,  the
Stability Pact, relations between the  CCEEs and the CIS and  in particular
Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, and the situation in former Yugoslavia.

Strategy to prepare for accession

In  the  afternoon  the  Council  continued  its  own  examination  of  the
Commission communication on  the strategy to prepare  the associated  CCEEs
for  accession with  a  view to  the  deliberations of  the  Essen European
Council and also in the  light of the views  expressed by the Ministers  of
the associated CCEEs during the morning meeting.

A political  consensus emerged on  a number of  important issues  regarding
the pre-accession  strategy to be  decided at the  Essen European  Council.
The issues were the following:

-  alignment of the timetable of concessions  for Bulgaria and Romania with
   that of the four other associated CCEEs;
-  cooperation in the field of justice and home affairs;
-  the new instrument for enlarged inter-regional cooperation;
-  promotion of regional cooperation between the CCEEs;
-  promotion of investment;
-  the environment including transport aspects.

The  Council also took note of the  document on guidelines for implementing
the conclusions of the General  Affairs Council of 7 March 1994 on enhanced
political dialogue  with the  associated countries  of Central and  Eastern
Europe.

In  addition the  Council  held an  in-depth  exchange  of views  on  other
aspects  of the  Commission  communication, in  particular  with regard  to
adapting the  PHARE programme  and cooperation  in the  fields of  cultural
affairs, youth affairs, education  and public relations.   It would  return
to these  questions at  its next  meeting on  28 and 29 November 1994.   It
would use  that opportunity also to examine other important aspects of this
subject.

WHITE PAPER ON GROWTH, COMPETITIVENESS AND EMPLOYMENT

The Council  took note of the information provided by Mr Delors on progress
in  implementing the  White Paper and  in particular  on the  following six
aspects:  perfecting the internal market,  the quantitative and qualitative
development of research, financing large  infrastructure networks, creating
the   information   society,   improving   employment   systems,   and  the
relationship between growth, the environment and employment.

The Council will  continue its discussions  on this subject  at its  ECOFIN
meeting  on 7 November 1994,  in particular  to resume  its  discussions on
improving the  employment  situation on  the basis  of  a report  from  the
Economic Policy  Committee and  taking into  consideration the  report from
the Labour  and Social Affairs  Council on 22 September 1994.   The  ECOFIN
Ministers will  also discuss the financing  of the  trans-European networks
and  some  ideas  from the  Commission  on  the issue  of  "Growth  and the
environment".

The  Council (General  Affairs) will  return  to this  subject at  its next
meeting on 28 and 29 November 1994.

FORMER YUGOSLAVIA

During dinner the Council,  in the presence of Lord Owen,  held an exchange
of views on the situation in former Yugoslavia and in  particular Bosnia as
well as on the possibility of a political solution in Krajina.

- Mostar

The  Council  approved the  joint  action  on  continuing  support  for  EU
administration of the town of Mostar  in 1995.  The definitive approval  of
this joint action and of the financial fact sheet will take effect as  soon
as the necessary budget appropriations  are available and an arrangement is
reached between  the Council and  the European Parliament safeguarding  the
Council's prerogatives  as regards  the financing  of the  CFSP within  the
budgetary procedure.

- Croatia - extension of the "PHARE" programme

The Council  heard a communication  from the Commission  on its  assessment
mission  in Croatia.    It  noted  that  the Commission  would  submit  the
necessary  proposals for the inclusion of Croatia  in the "PHARE" programme
and for a brief to negotiate a cooperation agreement.

SLOVENIA

The Italian Minister  reported to the  Council on  progress in the  current
discussions  between Italy  and Slovenia  on certain  bilateral issues  and
expressed the hope that these discussions might soon lead to an agreement.

The Council agreed to return to  this subject at its next meeting  to check
whether the  conditions  had  been met  for  the  approval  of  negotiating
directives for a Europe agreement with that country.

UKRAINE

The Council examined the implementation  of the EU strategy towards Ukraine
adopted at the General Affairs Council on 4 October 1994.

The Council  agreed on the  following early practical  steps to  strengthen
relations with Ukraine:

(a)  a  visit by  the Troika,  at Foreign  Minister or  another appropriate
     level,  to  present  the agreed  policy  of  the EU  to  the Ukrainian
     government  and  to  discuss  the  future  development  of  relations,
     building  on the  groundwork  set at  the meeting  with  the Ukrainian
     Foreign Minister Udovenko on 4 October;

(b)  the institution,  as soon as possible, of regular Troika consultations
     with the Ukrainians  at Political Director level  and, as appropriate,
     at Foreign Minister level, in anticipation  of the relevant provisions
     of the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement;

(c)  renewed efforts,  through political contacts and  diplomatic channels,
     to impress upon  the Ukrainian government and parliament, the need for
     Ukraine  to accede to  the NPT as  a non-nuclear weapons  State at the
     earliest possible  time, the importance of full  implementation of the
     START I and START  II agreements and to  maintain the momentum of  the
     nuclear disarmament process;

(d)  the offer of advice on drafting a new constitution and a new electoral
     law;

(e)  to   look  at  opportunities   for  improving   trade  and  industrial
     cooperation between the EU and Ukraine in an early Joint Committee;

(f)  examination  of  the  advisability  of  and  conditions  for  possible
     membership of the Ukrainian Science and Technology Centre in Kiev.

The Council also  invited Coreper to  examine the  coverage and content  of
common positions  defined  on the  basis  of Article  J.2;  and to  make  a
recommendation to the Council on 28 November on Ukraine in particular.

The Council noted that ECOFIN on 7 November would be  considering financial
assistance  for Ukraine and invited Coreper and  the Political Committee to
elaborate additional  measures regarding  the implementation of  the agreed
EU strategy towards Ukraine.

BALTIC COUNTRIES

The Council heard a  presentation by the  Commission of its  recommendation
on the opening of  negotiations for Europe Agreements with the three Baltic
countries and a communication containing  guidelines for an approach by the
Union regarding the Baltic Sea region.

After  noting initial  comments by  a  number of  delegations,  the Council
instructed  the   Permanent  Representatives  Committee   to  examine   the
Commission  proposals very  rapidly and to  report back  to it  so that, if
possible, a decision on the question might yet be adopted this year. 

STABILITY PACT

The  Council  took  note  of  the  interim  report  on  the Stability  Pact
submitted by the Presidency.

It expressed satisfaction at the  progress achieved to date in implementing
the concluding documents of the inaugural conference in Paris.

The Council reaffirmed the  importance it attached  to this initiative  and
its rapid conclusion.

It noted the Presidency's intention of raising the  matter of the Stability
Pact at the European Council in Essen.

MEDITERRANEAN POLICY

The Council:

-  acknowledged with  great interest  the Commission  communication on  the
   enhancement  of the Union's Mediterranean policy presented by Mr Delors,
   President of the Commission, and Mr Marin, Vice-President.

-  recalled that  the Corfu  European  Council  had already  confirmed  the
   importance  it attached to the close links that already existed with its
   Mediterranean partners and its desire to  develop these still further so
   that the  Mediterranean region  may become  a cooperation area  ensuring
   peace, security, stability and well-being;

-  also recalled that  the Essen  European Council intended  to assess  the
   European  Union's  overall policy  in the  Mediterranean region  and any
   initiatives to enhance that policy  in the short and medium  term with a
   view to the possible  convening of a conference  involving the  European
   Union and its Mediterranean partners;

-  instructed  the  Permanent  Representatives  Committee  to  examine  the
   Commission communication with  this in mind and to report to the Council
   meeting  on 28 and  29 November 1994 to  enable  it to  prepare  for the
   Essen European Council;

-  asked the Permanent  Representatives Committee  to expedite work in  the
   appropriate fora on the Mediterranean conference scheduled for 1995;

-  recalled the  conclusions of  the Corfu European  Council regarding  the
   accession of  Malta and Cyprus  to the European  Union and welcomed  the
   fact  that  the  Commission  would  besubmitting  reports  on these  two
   countries at the beginning of 1995;

-  confirmed the  importance of  continuing  to  give priority  to  current
   negotiations  with   Israel,  Morocco   and  Tunisia  and   invited  the
   Commission   to   submit   appropriate   proposals  to   that   end   by
   15 November 1994 at the latest.

TURKEY

In preparation for  the Association  Council meeting with  Turkey scheduled
for  19 December 1994   the  Council  heard  a  progress  report  from  the
Commission on the completion of customs union with that country.

The  Council  asked  Community  bodies  to expedite  preparations  for  the
Association  Council  meeting  on  19 December  with  a  view to  achieving
customs union  with Turkey, and called  upon the  Permanent Representatives
Committee  in particular to continue discussions to  define the position to
be adopted by the Community at that meeting.

The Council  agreed to return to this matter  at its next meeting on 28 and
29 November.

RELATIONS WITH THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

The Council listened to a statement from Mrs Seiler-Albring on the  outcome
of  the  Trialogue  she  chaired   on  25 October 1994  on  behalf  of  the
Presidency  with  the  Presidents  of  the  European   Parliament  and  the
Commission.

She reported  in particular on  three issues of special  importance for the
proper  functioning  of  the Union's  bodies,  namely  committee procedure,
temporary committees of inquiry and the financing of the CFSP.

The  President stated  his  intention of  continuing  discussions with  the
European Parliament  and the Commission  on these three  subjects with  the
aim of  achieving results before the end of  the year.  He stressed that to
achieve that  objective the three institutions would have to show the right
degree of  flexibility.  The  Presidency would keep  the Council  regularly
informed of developments  in its discussions with  the European  Parliament
and the Commission.

OECD - SHIPBUILDING

The  Council noted that the Commission was  currently finalizing its formal
proposal  on the conclusion  of an agreement negotiated  under the aegis of
the OECD  on the  progressive removal  of aid  in the  shipbuilding sector.
The  Council agreed  to return  to  the subject  once it  had  received the
Commission proposal.

MERCOSUR

The  Council took note with great interest  of the Commission communication
on  strengthening  European Union  policy  with regard  to  Mercosur, which
followed on from the conclusions of the Corfu European Council.

It  instructed  the  Permanent  Representatives  Committee to  examine  the
communication  and  to  report  back  to  the  Council  meeting  on  28 and
29 November 1994  to  enable it  to  prepare  the  subject  for  the  Essen
European Council.

NOMINATION OF THE MEMBERS OF THE COMMISSION

By common accord and  after consulting Mr  Santer, the President  designate
of the future Commission,  the Governments of  the Member States  nominated
the  persons  their  Governments  intend  to  appoint  as  Members  of  the
Commission.

The Representatives of the Governments  of the acceding States informed the
Conference of the names  of the persons their Governments intend to appoint
as soon as the Treaty of Accession enters into force.

The  Representatives of  the Governments  of  the Member  States  took note
thereof and gave their political assent.

The President of the  European Parliament will  be informed immediately  of
the conclusions of the aforementioned Conference.

All the persons  thus nominated, including Mr Santer, will  be subject as a
body to  approval  by the  European  Parliament.   After  approval  by  the
European Parliament, the President and  the other members of the Commission
will  be appointed  by  common  accord of  the  Governments of  the  Member
States.

MISCELLANEOUS DECISIONS

(Adopted  without  debate.   Votes  against and  abstentions  are indicated
where the act is of a legislative nature.)

International Fund for Ireland

The  Council agreed to the Regulation  on Community financial contributions
to the International Fund for Ireland for the period from 1995 to 1997.

It should be noted that the Fund  was set up in 1986 in the context of  the
Anglo-Irish Agreement  of 15 September 1985  with the  aim of  facilitating
economic   and  social   progress  and   promoting  reconciliation  between
nationalists  and unionists  throughout Ireland.   Since 1989 the Community
has made an annual contribution to the Fund of ECU 15 million.

On  4 October 1994  the  Council  welcomed  the  Commission's  proposal  to
increase the Community  contribution to the International Fund  for Ireland
to ECU 60 million  over the  next three  years.  It  invited the  Permanent
Representatives  Committee  to  finalize  the  legal text  concerning  this
contribution  with a  view  to its  adoption  by the  Council  at the  next
meeting.

The Regulation  adopted  today  makes provision  for  the  payment  by  the
Community of ECU 20 million a  year to the  International Fund for  Ireland
until the end  of 1997.   This aid  must be used  for projects of  a cross-
border  and  cross-community  nature,  in  accordance  with  the  Agreement
establishing the International Fund for Ireland.  

It must be used in addition to private and public expenditure.

Before  the end  of  1996 the  Commission  will draw  up a  report  for the
European  Parliament  and the  Council  to  assess  the appropriateness  of
continuing the aid beyond 1997.

Switzerland

The  Council  adopted  Decisions authorizing  the  Commission  to negotiate
bilateral agreements with Switzerland in the fields of:

-  free movement of persons
-  research and technological development
-  agriculture
-  mutual recognition in relation to conformity assessment
-  public procurement

The Council adopted the following conclusions:

     "In  adopting  the  negotiating  directives  for  the  negotiation  of
     bilateral agreements  with  Switzerland  in  the fields  of  the  free
     movement  of persons,  research,  agriculture,  mutual recognition  in
     relation to conformity assessment and public procurement,  the Council
     would point  out that in the conclusions it adopted at its meetings on
     8 and 9 November 1993 and 16 and 17 May 1994 it stressed that

     -    it  must be  the Community's  objective  to secure  a  balance of
          mutual  advantage within each sectoral  agreement and between the
          various agreements;

     -    it  intends  to make  sure  that, where  necessary,  there  is an
          appropriate parallelism between  the various sectoral  agreements
          concerned.

     As  regards transport,  the  Council  notes  that the  Commission  has
     conducted exploratory  talks with  the Swiss  authorities designed  to
     obtain  the  clarifications   required  by  Community  Ministers   for
     Transport  regarding   the  various  questions   connected  with   the
     arrangements  for the  implementation  of the  Alps  initiative.   The
     Council  notes  that  the  Commission  intends  shortly  to  submit  a
     communication on  the assessment of  its talks and  the prospects  for
     progress on  these matters and it expresses the firm hope that on that
     basis negotiating  directives may  soon be  adopted in  that field  as
     well.

     In the  light of its  aforementioned conclusions  and on the  basis of
     the  regular reports  that the  Commission will  submit  to it  on the
     progress of the sectoral negotiations including, as soon as  possible,
     those on transport, the  Council will take stock of the  progress made
     on  these various dossiers.   A final general  assessment will also be
     made before these various negotiations are concluded."

Latin America and the Caribbean

The Council approved the following  basic document on relations between the
European Union and Latin America and the Caribbean:

"1.  The countries and peoples of the European Union  are united with those
     of  Latin  America  and  the  Caribbean  by  many  common  historical,
     spiritual  and  cultural roots  and  share with  them  the  values and
     ideals of freedom,  solidarity, universal  Human Rights, and  the rule
     of law.

          The successful course of Latin America  and the Caribbean towards
          peace, democracy,  and sustained  development has enhanced  their
          role  within the international community while, at the same time,
          Europe is progressing on the road to unity.

          In the  framework of our  common foreign and  security policy  we
          propose to undertake  common efforts  with Latin America  and the
          Caribbean to  bring about a  new partnership of  the two  regions
          aimed  at  safeguarding peace,  ensuring  universal  respect  for
          Human Rights,  increasing balanced economic  exchanges, fostering
          sustained  development,  combating   poverty  and   environmental
          degradation, and activating cultural and scientific bonds.

2.   We pay  tribute to and support the endeavours undertaken in the region
     to   consolidate  representative  democracy  and   the  rule  of  law,
     modernize institutions and raise public ethics, open up and  integrate
     economies, and promote social justice.   We are ready, if so  desired,
     to   contribute   our  advice,   experience,   and,  if   appropriate,
     assistance.

3.   Respect for  Human Rights  and fundamental  freedoms, as  well as  the
     participation of  all citizens  in shaping  their country's  political
     future and  economic and  social progress,  are of vital  significance
     for peaceful development, both at national and international level.

          We  therefore condemn all violations  of Human  Rights and demand
          that those responsible  be punished.  Impunity  must be  overcome
          by determined action and effective administration of justice.

4.   The  control of the armed forces by  constitutional civil authority is
     of decisive importance for  the internal stability  of all states  and
     for their  role  in  international cooperation  as  well  as  for  the
     consolidation of peace in the region.

          We encourage  endeavours to  create a  new, forward-looking  role
          for the armed forces  in support of international efforts towards
          peace and security.

5.   We  recognize the  recent progress  made  by our  partners  as regards
     disarmament  and  arms   control,  non-proliferation  and  control  of
     sensitive exports.  We  urge countries that have not  yet ratified the
     Tlatelolco Treaty to do so soon,  and encourage countries that are not
     as yet party to the non-proliferation treaty to accede to it. 

          We  call  upon  all  countries  to  support  the  indefinite  and
          unconditional  extension  of the  non-proliferation  treaty.   We
          welcome the dialogue initiated  on confidence building  measures,
          to which we can contribute specific European experiences.

6.   We  express our  satisfaction at  the enhanced  role taken  up by  the
     organization  of  American  States in  the  defence  of representative
     democracy and  Human Rights as  well as in the  fight against poverty.
     We  give  our full  support  to  the actions  of  the  organization of
     American States in ensuring free, democratic elections.

          We appreciate  and  support  the peace  endeavours  made  by  the
          United Nations and  the organization of American States,  as well
          as groups of  friends, in Central America and  the Caribbean.  We
          reconfirm  our  readiness   to  help  reintegrate   refugees  and
          ex-combatants into civilian life.

7.   We  welcome  the  significant  contributions  of  Latin  American  and
     Caribbean  countries to  safeguarding  world peace  and  international
     security and to meeting the global challenges of our time,  as well as
     to better enabling the United Nations  for its fundamental tasks.   We
     propose to intensify the dialogue on these matters.

8.   We  note with particular  satisfaction the  processes of  regional and
     sub-regional   integration,  under  way  in   Latin  America  and  the
     Caribbean, and reaffirm our  willingness to share  our expert in  this
     field.

          We seek  to intensify the  dialogue and  cooperation between  the
          European Union,  the Rio  group, Central America  (San José), and
          Mercosur, broaden  the agenda  and enhance the  political aspects
          of this  dialogue.  We  are prepared  to take  up and  strengthen
          dialogue  and cooperation  with other  regional and  sub-regional
          groupings, as well as with individual countries.

          We  are  determined  to  pursue,  together  with   our  Caribbean
          partners, the cooperation outlined in the Lomé Convention.

          We  welcome  the  recent  establishment  of  the  association  of
          Caribbean States.

9.   The promotion of trade and  investments will remain the cornerstone of
     our relations  with our  Latin American  and Caribbean  partners.   we
     warmly  welcome the  successful conclusion  of the  Uruguay Round,  as
     well as  the  establishment  of the  World  Trade  Organization.    We
     advocate a  dynamic increase in the  economic exchanges between Europe
     and the  emerging markets  in Latin America, especially  through rapid
     implementation  of  tariff  reductions  and  the  abolition  of  trade
     impediments.

          We  encourage additional  national and  international measures as
          well  as  the  conclusion of  agreements,  by  member  states, to
          promote  and  protect  investment  and  the  improvement  of  the
          investment climate  in general.   This  includes enhancing  legal
          security  and  further  developing  legislation  on  intellectual
          property.

          We  acknowledge  the  important role  of  the  European Community
          investment partners programme in promoting joint ventures.

          We  intend   to   make  the   fullest  use   of  the   successful
          third-generation  cooperation  agreements of  the  European Union
          with  countries and regional groupings in Latin  America.  We are
          prepared  to start discussions on  new, more ambitious agreements
          that  reflect the  economic potential  of our  partners and their
          emerging systems of integration.

10.  Building on  the well-established  profile of development  cooperation
     of the European Union  and its Member States, we offer  to continue to
     accompany reform-minded  partners in  Latin America and the  Caribbean
     on their way to sustained development.

          Our   cooperation,  based  on  the   principle  of  help  towards
          self-help,  aims  at  broadening  the  foundations  for  economic
          progress and social justice,  democracy  and  Human Rights.   Our
          assistance  should  benefit,   above  all,   the  poorest,   most
          disadvantaged social  groups  including  indigenous  populations,
          and should  increase  their ability  to preserve  their  cultural
          identity and improve their economic and social situation.

          We underline the important role  of the European Investment  Bank
          as an  instrument of cooperation  between the European Union  and
          Latin American and Caribbean countries.

11.  We  see it  as a task  of fundamental political  importance to further
     strengthen  the cultural  ties  with  our  partners  and  to  increase
     exchanges  at  all  levels.     We  underline  the  idea  of  cultural
     cooperation in  a spirit of  equal partnership by  offering the  Latin
     American  and Caribbean  countries  greater opportunities  to  present
     their  cultures  in  Europe,  as   well  as  by  contributing  to  the
     preservation of their cultural patrimony.

          We look  forward to further developing  cooperation in the fields
          of education, science and technology.

12.  In accordance  with the results  of the United  Nations Conference  on
     Environment  and  Development,  held  in  Rio de Janeiro, we  dedicate
     special attention  to cooperation  on environmental issues  in support
     of  sustainable  development.   We  want  to  join  efforts  with  our
     partners in  Latin America  and the  Caribbean to conserve  endangered
     ecosystems, in particular tropical rain forests.

          We are  ready to  assist with modern  environmental technologies,
          tried  and  tested in  Europe  and  worldwide,  with  a  view  to
          relieving  the   plight  of   the  inhabitants  of   great  urban
          agglomerations,  rehabilitating  existing  industrial  sites  and
          building new ones according to modern environmental standards.

13.  We are  prepared to  intensify cooperation  with our  partners in  the
     fight  against  terrorism,  drug   trafficking  and  related   crimes.
     Countries  where  drugs  are  produced,  transited, or  consumed  must
     jointly shoulder  the responsibility  to combat the  underlying causes
     of the  problem.  This calls  for a balanced programme  of alternative
     development, law enforcement and demand reduction.

          In  order  to support  continuous efforts  of Andean  and Central
          American   countries  in  their  fight   against  drugs,  we  are
          examining,  in  a  spirit  of  understanding,  the   question  of
          prolongation  of   the  special   regime,  in  favour   of  these
          countries, of the generalized system of preferences.

14.  We express  the desire that  the dialogue between  the Parliaments  of
     Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean be enhanced.

          Likewise,  we   call  upon  all  non-governmental  organizations,
          actively  interested in Latin America and  the Caribbean, as well
          as  citizens of the two regions to  participate in more intensive
          exchanges as an expression of solidarity between the peoples."

Guarantee  Fund  -  Own  resources  -  Budgetary  discipline   -  Financial
Regulation

Following the agreement reached by  the European Parliament as part  of the
conciliation procedure and in accordance with the  joint guidelines adopted
earlier,  the  Council  formally  adopted  the  following  Regulations  and
Decisions:

-  Regulation establishing a Guarantee Fund for external operations;

-  Decision on the system of the European Communities' own resources;

-  Decision on budgetary discipline;

-  Regulation (EC, Euratom)  amending Regulation (EEC, Euratom)  No 1552/89
   implementing  Decision  88/376/EEC,  Euratom   on  the  system  of   the
   Communities' own resources  (entry of own resources corresponding to the
   reserves linked to external operations);

-  Regulation (ECSC,  EC,  Euratom) amending  the  Financial Regulation  of
   21 December 1977  applicable  to  the  general  budget  of the  European
   Communities (reserves linked to external operations).

It  should be noted that these  texts constitute the legal transposition of
the outcome of the Edinburgh European Council on financial questions.

Antidumping

The Council adopted the Regulation imposing a definitive  anti-dumping duty
on imports  of furazolidone falling  within CN code 2934 90 40  originating
in the  People's Republic  of China  and collecting  definitively the  duty
imposed.    The rate  of  duty applicable  to  the  net, free-at-Community-
frontier price before duty will be 70,6%.

Textiles

The Council authorized  the Commission to  negotiate, on  the basis of  the
negotiating  directives  adopted,  Protocols  to   the  bilateral  textiles
agreements  and arrangements  of the  Community  to take  into  account the
accession  of  Austria,  Finland,  Norway  and  Sweden  to  the  EU.    The
representatives  of these four countries will take  part in the negotiation
discussions as observers.

Bananas

After approval  by the European  Parliament of the  common position  within
the cooperation procedure, the Council definitively adopted  the Regulation
establishing a special system  of assistance  to traditional ACP  suppliers
of bananas in  accordance with its common  position adopted at  the meeting
on 11 July 1994 (see Press release 7982/94 Presse 141).

Crossing external frontiers

The  Council adopted  the  following  conclusions  on  conditions  for  the
readmission of persons  who are illegally  resident in a  Member State  but
who hold a residence  permit for another Member State (Article 8(3)  of the
draft External Frontiers Convention):

   "Conclusion 1: Scope

   The provisions on taking back pursuant to Article 8(3) are applicable to
   persons  who are  not  nationals of  a Member  State, who  hold  a valid
   residence  permit  or  valid  provisional  residence  permit within  the
   meaning of Article 8(1)  and (2) and who  are illegally resident in  the
   territory of another Member State.

   The provisions do not affect Member States' obligations under the Dublin
   Asylum  Convention to take back applicants  for asylum who are illegally
   resident in another Member State.

   Conclusion 2:  Voluntary departure or return  to the Member State  which
                  issued  a valid  residence  permit  or valid  provisional
                  residence permit

   Where  a person  covered by  conclusion  1 entered  a Member  State from
   another Member State without a visa for the purposes  of a short stay or
   transit, under Article 8(1)  or (2),  and is  illegally resident  there,
   that person must go without delay to the Member State for which he holds
   a residence permit unless he  is authorized to go to another  country to
   which he is certain to be admitted, in accordance with Article 15(1).

   If a foreign national wishes  to go to another country, he  must provide
   documentary evidence that  he may be admitted  to that country,  e.g. in
   the form of an entry  permit or valid visa, and that he is in possession
   of the  necessary  resources, e.g.  in the  form  of a  ticket or  other
   documentation  that allows him to travel, and  cash or a bank deposit in
   order  to secure his transportation and his  residence in the country to
   which he may be admitted.

If the person has provided documentary evidence that he may  be admitted to
another country and that he is  in possession of the necessary resources to
travel  to  and take  up  residence  in  that  country, his  wishes  should
normally be accepted.

Conclusion 3:   Member  State which is required to  take back the person if
                he does not leave voluntarily

If a  person who is not  a national of a Member State  and who is illegally
resident in  the territory of a Member State  refuses to leave voluntarily,
Member  States  are required  to  take  him  back in  accordance  with  the
guidelines set out below.

a.  Persons   holding  a  valid  residence   permit  or  valid  provisional
    residence permit for another Member State

    If  the person  holds  a valid  residence permit  or  valid provisional
    residence  permit for  another  Member State,  the  Member State  which
    issued  the  valid  residence  permit  or valid  provisional  residence
    permit is required to take him back.

    If   the  person  holds  more  than   one  valid  residence  permit  or
    provisional residence  permit issued  by different  Member States,  the
    Member State required to take him back is:

    (a)   the  State  which  issued  the  residence permit  or  provisional
          residence permit allowing the longest period of residence; or

    (b)   where  the residence permits allow  the same period of residence,
          the  State  which  issued  the  residence permit  or  provisional
          residence permit with the latest expiry date.

b.  Persons holding an expired residence permit for another Member State

    In case the person concerned holds a residence permit or a  provisional
    residence  permit the validity of which has expired by no more than two
    months, the  Member State which  has issued the  residence permit  will
    take back the person, provided that the requesting State:

    -   has  discovered  the  illegal  presence  of  that   person  in  its
        territory within this period; and

    -   has  lodged the request for  taking him back within  a period of an
        additional month at the latest.

    If  the person  holds more than  one residence permit,  the validity of
    which  has been  expired by  no  more than  a period  of  2 months, the
    Member State required to take him back is:

    (a)   the  State which  issued the residence  permit which  had allowed
          the longest period of residence; or

    (b)   where   the  residence  permits   allowed  the  same   period  of
          residence,  the State which issued the  residence permit with the
          latest expiry date.

Conclusion 4: Taking back

The person  is  to be  taken back  after a  request has  been  made by  the
competent authorities in the requesting State establishing that  the person
in question holds a valid  residence permit or provisional residence permit
for the taking back Member State.

The  request  must be  accompanied  by  a copy  of  the  administrative act
establishing  the  person's  unlawful  presence  in  the  Member  State  in
question and  stating,  inter alia,  when  and where  he  was found  to  be
unlawfully present.

A  Member State receiving  a request  in accordance with  conclusion 3 must
reply to  the request within 8 days.   If the Member State does not respond
within  that time, it will be deemed to  have agreed to taking back, unless
it has expressly requested a one-week extension of that time limit. 

The Member  State to which the  request was  addressed is required  to take
in, within  a month at most, the  person it has agreed  to take back.  That
time  limit may  be extended  by agreement  between  the two  Member States
concerned, upon submission by  the requesting Member  State of an  explicit
and justified application.

Member States are to  exchange lists of  competent authorities to  consider
requests for  taking back  and of points  at borders where  the taking back
can take place.

Conclusion 5: Costs for taking back

The  financial costs  entailed by  the taking  back  are to  be met  by the
person concerned.   Where  the person is  unable to meet  the expenses, the
expenses up to the  point of taking back are as  s a rule to be met  by the
State requesting the taking back."

Civil protection

The  Council  and the  Representatives  of the  Governments  of  the Member
States  meeting  within the  Council  adopted the  following  Resolution on
strengthening Community cooperation on civil protection:

   "The Council and  the Representatives of the  Governments of the  Member
   States meeting within the Council,

   Recalling  their  Resolution  of  25 June 1987  on  the introduction  of
   Community cooperation  on  civil protection [2]  ,  their Resolution  of
   13 February 1989  on the  new developments  in Community  cooperation on
   civil protection [3] , their Resolution of 23 November 1990 on Community
   cooperation   on   civil   protection [4]    ,   their   Resolution   of
   23 November 1990  on improving mutual  aid between  Member States in the
   event of a  natural or man-made  disaster [5]   and their Resolution  of
   8 July 1991  on improving  mutual  aid in  the  event  of a  natural  or
   technological disaster [6] ;

   Having regard  to  the  benefit  afforded to  those  involved  in  civil
   protection by the training activities and simulation exercises organized
   by the  Commission; whereas these  activities and exercises  have helped
   both to improve  their level of preparation and to develop interpersonal
   links between  them;  whereas  such  links will  make  for  an  improved
   exchange of  experience at Community  level and increase  the efficiency
   and speed of mutual assistance operations;

   Whereas the  system of exchanges  of experts  currently being  developed
   will help to increase that benefit;

   Noting the important role  played by volunteers in  many areas of  civil
   protection,  and drawing attention in this  context to the Resolution on
   voluntary  work  adopted  by  the  European  Parliament  on  16 December
   1993 [7] ;

   Whereas,  subject  to Member  States' operational  responsibilities, the
   maintenance and reinforcement of the operational arrangements already in
   place are a major asset for mutual assistance in the event of disasters;
   whereas the experience acquired in data  transmission between
   Member States  has  demonstrated the need  to set up a  committee
   of  users  within  the  existing permanent  network  of  national
   correspondents arrangements to guide  any   new  initiative  in
   this field;

   Emphasizing that those  involved in civil protection should be given the
   opportunity of pooling their experience within a European perspective;

   Believing  that  self-protection  is  an  essential  component of  civil
   protection;

   Reiterating the necessity of reinforcing the  information, education and
   awareness-raising  initiatives aimed at the  public and in particular at
   young people, among other  things in order  to increase their degree  of
   self-protection;

   Whereas it  is important to  take specific  measures under the  European
   Economic Area Agreement [8] , which  came into force on  1 January 1994,
   and in particular Article 78 thereof;

   Whereas  every  effort   must  be  made  to  ensure  the  best  possible
   co-ordination  of  measures taken  at  international level  in  order to
   rationalize the use  of the resources involved in such measures, without
   prejudice to Member States' responsibilities in this regard;

   Recalling  that,  while  Article 3(t)  of  the  Treaty establishing  the
   European Community already  provides for the possibility  of measures in
   the sphere of  civil protection,  the Declaration  on civil  protection,
   energy and tourism annexed  to the Final Act  of the Treaty on  European
   Union mentions  that the  provisions on civil  protection in  particular
   will be examined  in accordance with the procedure laid  down in Article
   N(2) of the Treaty on European Union, on the basis of a report which the
   Commission will submit to the Council by 1996 at the latest;

   Considering, therefore,  that it would be appropriate to adumbrate broad
   guidelines  that could be adopted by the  Commission for the purposes of
   that report;

   Recalling  that,  in  accordance  with  point 2  of  the  Resolution  of
   25 June 1987,   a  permanent   network   of  correspondents   from   the
   Member States and  the  Commission has  been  established; whereas  this
   network  plays an  essential role  in the  drawing up  of  any Community
   initiatives that are undertaken;

   ACKNOWLEDGE  that  the  permanent  network  of national  correspondents,
   hereinafter  referred  to  as  the  "network",  represents an  essential
   framework  which ensures  the consistency  of Community  co-operation on
   civil protection and  that the national correspondents must  continue to
   play  an  active   part,  in  particular  in  order  to  facilitate  the
   participation  of  experts   in  Community   measures,  to   communicate
   information on these  measures to those concerned, and to provide better
   access  to the advantage of Community  backing for projects initiated by
   the Member States;

HEREBY  AGREE  that,  within  their  administrations, the  necessary  human
resources will be  assigned or kept available, as  required, for the smooth
operation and possible  development of the  role of  the network, and  that
they  will arrange for the directors-general for  civil protection or their
counterparts to meet regularly and in principle once a year;

WELCOME the  progress that has  been made in  implementing the  Resolutions
mentioned  above,  especially  as  regards  the  development   of  training
activities, simulation exercises  and pilot  projects, and  also call  upon
the Commission to continue and reinforce its action;

DESIRE  also  that  co-operation  may  be  developed  between  schools  and
national training centres that are active in the field of civil  protection
without prejudice to Member States' responsibilities in this regard;

NOTE with  satisfaction the  preparatory work  initiated by the  Commission
for the creation  of an expert-exchange system  for an initial pilot  phase
of  two  years,  in  line  with  the  request  made  in  the  Resolution of
23 November 1990; agree, furthermore, to assess  by the end of this initial
stage  whether this  system should  be  continued and  if so,  to  have the
arrangements for it examined,  in particular with regard  to the system  of
financing, within the network;

ENCOURAGE the  Commission's initiative  for pooling,  in close  cooperation
with the  national administrations,  different experience in  the voluntary
sector in  order to identify actions which contribute  to better use of the
resources of this sector  and accordingly emphasize  the usefulness of  the
organization in Portugal of  a self-tuition workshop  on voluntary work  in
June 1994; 

GREATLY   APPRECIATE   the   progress  made   in   setting   up  assistance
arrangements, in particular  through the creation of  an operational manual
listing, among  other things,  national and  Community  points of  contact,
points of  access to  expert opinion on  certain areas of  intervention, as
well  as  of  registers  of  the  resources  that  are  available  in  each
Member State and the procedures and arrangements for making such  resources
available  subject  to  the  operational  responsibilities  of  the  Member
States;

WELCOME the  arrangements made  by the Commission,  within its departments,
to provide a 24-hour standby service  and to meet the costs relating to the
secondment of experts;

CALL  UPON  the  Commission  to consolidate  these  arrangements  and  when
necessary to plan for the expansion of their scope by setting up groups  of
experts specializing  in  specific areas,  in  close cooperation  with  the
network;

BELIEVE in  particular that in  its proposals for  actions, the  Commission
should emphasize  preparation to  cope with disasters,  disaster prevention
and  risk management;  support in  this  respect the  Commission's  move to
undertake,  in close cooperation with the network,  measures to ensure that
those required to prevent and deal with emergencies are better prepared;

CONSIDER that  the requirements  of civil  protection services  need to  be
taken  into account  in  the  context  of  the  trans-European  information
networks between  administrations; call upon  the Commission to assess  the
need for and the feasibility and  cost of a teleconference system which  is
permanently accessible for emergencies in particular;

CALL UPON  the Commission  to give  consideration, in  accordance with  the
conclusions  of  the  Europe 93  exercise and  in  collaboration  with  the
network,  to  the  opportunities  for  giving  those  who  work  for  civil
protection a forum for pooling their experience;

REITERATE  their wish to see the  development of initiatives to ensure that
citizens, in  particular at  school level,  become better  informed, better
educated and  more  aware so  that,  among  other things,  their  level  of
self-protection can be increased; 

NOTE the  cooperation which  has developed  between the  Community and  the
EFTA  countries and welcome the fact that  this cooperation is strengthened
by  the participation in Community training activities  of experts from the
countries  which are Contracting  Parties to the  EEA Agreement  but do not
belong to the Community;

CALL UPON the  Commission, through its regular  contacts with international
organizations active in the  sphere of civil  protection, to contribute  to
better   co-ordination   between   civil   protection   measures   on   the
international level,  without prejudice to  Member States' responsibilities
in this regard;

CONSIDER  that it  was appropriate  that, at  the World  Conference for the
prevention of natural disasters  called in Yokohama from 23 to  27 May 1994
by the United Nations  General Assembly, all  the initiatives conducted  as
part  of  Community co-operation  in  the field  of  civil  protection were
presented  in collaboration  with the Commission,  so that  this experience
could be made available to other regions;

UNDERTAKE  to  co-operate  closely  and  actively  with the  Commission  in
preparing the  report which it  must submit to the  Council by 1996  at the
latest as  a basis for examination,  in accordance with the  procedure laid
down in Article  N(2) of the Treaty  on European Union, of the  question of
introducing   a  Title  relating  to   civil  protection  into  the  Treaty
establishing the European Community."

System of information on home accidents (EHLASS)

The  Council  adopted  the  Decision  introducing  a  Community  system  of
information  on   home  and  leisure  accidents  (EHLASS)  for  the  period
from 1994  to 1997 by  a qualified  majority,  with the  French  and German
delegations voting against.

The definitive adoption followed  the approval  by the European  Parliament
of the Council's common position on the matter on 26 October 1994.

The  aim of the system is to organize and coordinate the collection of data
on   home  and  leisure  accidents  with  a   view  to  promoting  accident
prevention, improving  the safety of  consumer products  and informing  and
educating consumers so that they make better use of products.

This  Decision ensures that  the EHLASS system established  for one year by
the Council  Decision  of  29 October 1993 will  continue  for  the  period
from 1994 to 1997.

The system  applies to  home and  leisure accidents which  are followed  by
medical  treatment  and  which  occur  in the  home  or  in  its  immediate
surroundings,  such  as gardens,  yards  and  garages, or  during  leisure,
sports or school activities.

The basic  information will be  obtained from the  casualty departments  of
hospitals  selected by  the Member  States,  except in  Germany,  Spain and
Luxembourg,  where the  basic information  will  be collected  by  means of
household surveys.

Provision  is made for Community  financial support, up to  a ceiling, at a
standard rate  representing 80% of  the actual annual  costs, both for  the
hospitals taking  part in data  collection and for  the household  surveys.
The amount of Community financing  deemed necessary to implement the system
is ECU 2,5 million per year.

Use of certain dangerous substances and preparations

After  approval  by the  European  Parliament, within  the  joint decision-
making  procedure, of  the Council's common  position of  16 July 1994, the
Council definitively  adopted  the Directive  amending for  the  thirteenth
(formerly  fifteenth [9]  ) time Directive  76/769/EEC on the approximation
of the  laws,  regulations  and  administrative provisions  of  the  Member
States relating  to  restrictions  on the  marketing  and  use  of  certain
dangerous substances and preparations.

The  amendment imposes  limits on  the use  of  flammable gases  in aerosol
dispensers sold  to the  general  public for  entertainment and  decorative
purposes.

                                                 

[1]     The  CCEEs  were  represented  by  their respective  Ministers  for
        Foreign     Affairs:    Bulgaria:    Mr Ivan Stantchov;    Hungary:
        Mr Laslo Kovacs;     Poland:    Mr Andrzej Olechowski;     Romania:
        Mr Teodor Viorel Melescanu;   Slovakia:    Mr Eduard Kukan;   Czech
        Republic: Mr Josef Zieleniec.
[2]     OJ No C 176,   4.  7.1987, p. 1.
[3]     OJ No C   44, 23.  2.1989, p. 3.
[4]     OJ No C 315, 14.12.1990, p. 1.
[5]     OJ No C 315, 14.12.1990, p. 3.
[6]     OJ No C 198, 27.  7.1991, p. 1.
[7]     OJ No C   10, 16.  1.1984, p. 288.
[8]     OJ No L 1, 3.1.1994, p. 1.
[9]     The title  of the Directive  was amended  to take into  account the
        fact  that an  earlier amendment  has not  yet been  adopted.  This
        earlier proposal would therefore become the fifteenth  amendment to
        Directive 76/769/EEC.

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