JUNE 21, 2003
EU will fork out millions to keep out illegals
Leaders agree to spend more money to protect borders but reject proposal to set up 'safe areas' in hot spots
PORTO CARRAS (Greece) - European Union (EU) leaders have agreed to spend more money to protect the bloc's expanding external frontiers against illegal immigrants.
But, kicking off a three-day summit on Thursday, they declined to back a controversial British plan to set up safe areas for refugees in regions of conflict.
Saturday, 21 June , 2003, 04:30
Porto Carras (Greece): The European Union bluntly told the militant Palestinian group Hamas Friday to agree a ceasefire in the Middle East or risk measures to cut off its financial support.
PORTO CARRAS, Greece, June 20 (AFP) - French President Jacques Chirac said on Friday that France will not accept the European Commission's latest proposals to reform the European Union's farm subsidy system.
"France is quite ready to discuss this but the current Commission proposals are not acceptable and will not be accepted by France," Chirac told reporters at an EU summit here.
"That would mean that every one would have to change position, including the Agriculture commissioner," Franz Fischler who has said he wants the subsidy system reformed by the end of next month.
Sat June 21, 2003 07:19 AM ET
By Julijana Mojsilovic and Shaban Buza
PORTO CARRAS, Greece (Reuters) - Western Balkan countries won assurances from the European Union on Saturday that they would one day join its ranks, but they face a long hard slog in meeting membership standards.
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I thought until now that you live in a country with quite some citizens of European decedent, use a European language, have (kind of) European culture ...
The European Union bluntly told the militant Palestinian group Hamas Friday to agree a ceasefire in the Middle East or risk measures to cut off its financial support.
"The Union demands that Hamas and other groups declare immediately a ceasefire and halt all terrorist activity," EU leaders said in a final statement at their summit meeting in a Greek beach resort.
"The council is urgently examining the case for wider action against Hamas fund raising," they said.
"The council is urgently examining the case for wider action against Hamas fund raising,"
By Judy Dempsey and George Parker in Thessaloniki
Published: June 22 2003 17:58 | Last Updated: June 22 2003 17:58
The European Union and US are expected to sign an extradition and judicial co-operation agreement at this week's summit in Washington, their first since the end of the war against Iraq.
The agreements, designed to improve security in the fight against terrorism, could signal the start of rebuilding a transatlantic relationship that was deeply damaged during the US-led war on Iraq.
"These are more than goodwill accords," said an EU diplomat. "They are about how the US and the Europeans can work together on several issues."
EU member states, however, accepted the extradition agreement only on condition they received guarantees that none of their citizens would be subject to the death penalty.