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Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Direction Général Presse et Communication

24 / 08 / 05

Commission to support independent broadcasting in Belarus
The European Commission has granted a €138.000 contract to Deutsche Welle Radio to broadcast via radio and Internet into Belarus. These programmes will be in an initial stage primarily in Russian, one of the state languages of Belarus, though content may also be provided in Belarusian in the future. With this measure, the Commission hopes to increase the awareness of the Belarusian population about democracy, pluralism, the rule of law, freedom of press and human rights. Broadcasting will take place over 12 months from 1 November 2005. The Commission is the first donor to carry out this type of activity in support of human rights and freedom of expression in Belarus.

June 2005 compared to May 2005 - Industrial new orders up by 3.1% in euro-zone - EU25 up by 2.4%
The euro-zone industrial new orders index rose by 3.1% in June 2005 compared to May 2005. The index fell by 0.1% in May and increased by 2.4% in April. EU25 new orders grew by 2.4% in June 2005, after a fall of 0.2% in May and a rise of 2.3% in April. In June 2005 compared to June 2004, industrial new orders increased by 4.9% in the euro-zone and by 5.2% in the EU25. These estimates are released by Eurostat.

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