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Brussels Summit of October 1993: Conclusions of the Presidency on Growth and Employment

The Conclusions of the Presidency of the European Council, at the meeting of Community Heads of State or of Government in Brussels on 29 October 1993, include points on growth and employment, emphasizing the importance of the Structural Funds, trans-European networks, and the ...
The Conclusions of the Presidency of the European Council, at the meeting of Community Heads of State or of Government in Brussels on 29 October 1993, include points on growth and employment, emphasizing the importance of the Structural Funds, trans-European networks, and the Fourth Framework Programme.

The Presidency noted that the European Council heard a statement from the President of the Commission, Jacques Delors, on the European growth initiative and on progress in the preparation of the White Paper on this subject (to be delivered to the Council of Ministers in December 1993). The White Paper will include proposals on the implementation of the European infrastructure networks as an essential contribution to greater economic competitiveness, growth and the creation of jobs. Those proposals will cover, inter alia, transport, energy and information and communications technologies.

A situation in which the Community has 17 million unemployed workers, and where a large proportion of the population is cut off from the labour market on a long-term basis, is considered intolerable by the Presidency. Every effort must be undertaken to remedy that situation. The Commission and the Council of Ministers is called upon to enable a number of concrete conclusions to be reached at the Council's December meeting.

These conclusions must relate to a medium-term strategy based on the White Paper and on the broad economic-policy guidelines of the Member States and the Community. The adoption of the Fourth Framework Programme in Community Research and Technological Development is regarded as a major element in such a strategy. In these circumstances, the Presidency invites the Parliament and the Council to reach a decision on the Framework Programme by the end of this year.

Similarly, the Presidency is convinced of the particularly important role to be played by the Structural Funds and the trans-European networks in that connection.

At a press conference following the Brussels Summit, Commission President Jacques Delors underlined the importance of the structural funds (ECU 23,000 million in 1994, ECU 25,000 million in 1995) in the context of Community policy on growth. He also noted that the European Council had asked the Council of Ministers to finalize as rapidly as possible both the financial appropriation for, and the scientific and technical content of, the programmes within the Fourth Framework Programme.

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