No. 2.  Weekly. 19 April 2002

                                                                                                                    


Green Paper on Energy

White Paper 
on Transport 

European Coal and Steel Community - all clear for 2000 accounts

EP: Transport Committee demands independent European Aviation Safety Agency 

EP: Green light to Erika II

Loyola de Palacio welcomes vote by European Parliament in favour of greater safety 
in air and sea transport

The Informal Ministerial Seminar on Energy (26-28 April - Pamplona)  will discuss 
the Commission's green energy proposals.
 

Road tunnel safety: Commission welcomes publication of tunnel tests results

 

 

The EP Report
                     

European Coal and Steel Community - all clear for 2000 accounts

Parliament granted the Commission a discharge in respect of the management of the budget of the ECSC for the year 2000. MEPs welcome progress made in winding up the ECSC. The ECSC Treaty expires on 23 July 2002 and its assets of more than Euro 1 bn. will be absorbed by the EU's main budget with the interest going towards continuing support for research related to the coal and steel industries.

 

EP Recomendation for second reading
                     

The European 
Aviation Safety Agency 

                     

 

EP: Transport Committee demands independent European Aviation Safety Agency  

The European Parliament approved on 9th April the common position after compromises were reached with Council and Commission on general rules for setting up local offices of the agency, the independence of EASA, the independence of its Executive Director and a number of technical points. Conciliation will therefore not be necessary.

 

The Erika I and Erika II packages 
                     

EP: Green light to Erika II 

The European Parliament approved on 9th April the common position with a number of amendments retabled from first reading relating to compensation for ports that accommodate a ship in distress, the need to equip ports with tugs and other facilities, a ban on bunkering in coastal waters in bad weather and a demand to bring forward the dates for fitting transponders.

 

The web site of Vice-president De Palacio 
                     

The Erika I and Erika II packages 
                     

The European 
Aviation Safety Agency 

                     

Loyola de Palacio welcomes vote by European Parliament in favour of greater safety in air and sea transport

The European Parliament has voted in favour of two key transport safety proposals by the European Commission: creation of a European Aviation Safety Agency and tightening of the rules on the monitoring and control of maritime traffic. Loyola de Palacio, Vice-President of the European Commission with responsibility for energy and transport, on 10 April welcomed this important step forward, which paves the way for definitive adoption at the next meeting of the Transport Council scheduled for June. 'Safety lies at the heart of the European transport policy and is an essential precondition for developing a policy to serve the needs of European citizens', she stressed. 'Barely over a year after presenting our proposals, we are about to witness a definitive agreement between the European Parliament and the Council: for me, this a clear indication of the vitality of European democracy. Once again, it has been possible, through fruitful dialogue between European ministers and MEPs, to achieve the adoption of ambitious legislation', she added. 

 

The Web site of the Spanish presidency
                     

Renewables in the web site of  Energy & Transport DG
                     

The Informal Ministerial Seminar on Energy (26-28 April - Pamplona) will discuss the Commission's green energy proposals

The EU Energy Ministers are to meet in Pamplona (Navarre, Spain) on 26-28 April for an informal seminar entitled 'Promotion of renewable energy and energy efficiency in Europe and development of interconnections in Europe and trans-European networks'. This ministerial-level meeting is part of the programme of events organised by the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and is due to be attended by the European Commissioner for Energy and Transport and Vice-President of the European Commission, Loyola de Palacio.  

 

Road safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

ADAC web site
                     

AIT web site
                     

FIA web site
                     

Road tunnel safety: Commission welcomes publication of tunnel tests results

The AIT/FIA will publish on Tuesday 23 April results of the Tunnel Tests carried out by ADAC under the umbrella of the EuroTEST programme. The Commission welcomes this initiative which will raise safety awareness in tunnels. The Commission is itself currently preparing a proposal setting minimum safety requirements for all significant tunnels on the Trans-European Network, which will enhance the safety of both existing and new tunnels. 'Serious fires in the Mont Blanc, Tauern, and Gotthard tunnels in 1999 and 2001, which resulted in the loss of 62 lives and extensive disruption to trade, highlighted the very high level of risk associated with intensive heavy goods vehicles traffic in key trans-European road tunnels.' said Mrs de Palacio, Vice-President in charge of Energy and Transport. ' European transport policy has a key role to play in diminishing these risks. First of all, more goods must be transferred from European's congested roads to alternative means of transport such as rail, inland waterways and sea. This is one of the main objectives of the new European Commission White Paper on transport. Secondly, the safety culture of builders, operators and users of the European Union's road tunnels must improve. Initiatives such as the Tunnel Tests are key in this respect. We in the Commission hope the Tunnel Tests will be carried out regularly'.said Loyola de Palacio.  

 


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