Stories for September 2004

Tuesday, September 28th 2004 - 21:00 UTC

Mercosur expects EU trade proposal next Wednesday .

Following the exchange of proposals, “both sides will then decide if what is on the table allows us to continue negotiations and conclude them by October 31”, the officially agreed deadline, “or we consider that proposals are not mature enough and in this case we will continue working further on”, said this Monday in Brussels Arancha González, the spokesperson for the European Union Trade Representative Pascal Lamy.

Tuesday, September 28th 2004 - 21:00 UTC

Britain to condone poor countries multilateral debts.

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Brown promised this Monday in Brighton that UK will condone the world's poorest countries debt with the World Bank.

Tuesday, September 28th 2004 - 21:00 UTC

Stiglitz blasts G-8 and IMF “democratic deficit”

US economist and Nobel Prize winner Joseph Stiglitz demanded an urgent review of multilateral organizations such as the International Monetary Fund, IMF, World Bank and particularly the G-8 given their lack of legitimacy which impedes the development of a “true global democracy”.

Tuesday, September 28th 2004 - 21:00 UTC

Preparing for a 60 US dollars oil barrel.

World oil prices reached fresh records on Monday with US light crude poised to break 50 US dollars per barrel (U$S 49,64) following mounting fears about oil supply given growing tensions in Nigeria and the Middle East.

Tuesday, September 28th 2004 - 21:00 UTC

Gibraltar Breaking News:

Headlines:
Royal Navy task group call in the Rock;
Zapatero's UN speech criticized; Lord Thomas knocks Gibraltar; Spanish grand master will play in chess festival.

Tuesday, September 28th 2004 - 21:00 UTC

Falklands Fisheries Committee Approves Further Scallop Exploration.

A proposal by the Falkland Island Government Fisheries Department to further explore the potential for scallop (ostiones) fishing around the Islands was approved by the Fisheries Committee at their meeting on Tuesday morning.

Tuesday, September 28th 2004 - 21:00 UTC

Update on New Fisheries Policy for Falkland Islands.

Asked when there might be a date available for the publication of the new Falkland Islands Fisheries Policy, Attorney General, David Lang told the Fisheries Committee on Tuesday morning that he would be surprised if an answer to that question were to be available before “some time in November”.

Monday, September 27th 2004 - 21:00 UTC

Combined air exercises in northern Chile.

Combat aircrafts from Argentina, Brazil, United States and Chile began this weekend joint strategic air exercises in the area of Iquique, northern Chile, approximately 2,000 kilometres from Santiago.

Monday, September 27th 2004 - 21:00 UTC

Mercosur-EU talks deadline in doubt

The European Union and Mercosur have yet to exchange their complete proposals for the trade agreement currently under negotiation between the two blocks, according to European Commission sources in Brussels.

Monday, September 27th 2004 - 21:00 UTC

Argentine fisheries exports forecasted to drop 30%.

Argentine fisheries exports this year are forecasted to drop 30% compared to 2003 because of the poor squid and shrimp catches, according to the latest reports released by the Argentine Fisheries Department. Last year total fisheries exports totalled 885 million US dollars.

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