No. 3.  Weekly. 26 April 2002

                                                                                                                   


Green Paper on Energy

White Paper 
on Transport 

No objections to State aid measures in favour of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link project

The Commission authorises the United Kingdom to grant EUR 6.5 million to its coal industry

Nuclear safety: a priority for the Member States and the candidate countries

Pedestrian safety: voluntary agreements by car industry not enough

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

 

 

State Aid legislation
                     

No objections to State aid measures in favour of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link project

The European Commission decided on 24 April to approve the modified state aid measures in favour of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL) project recently notified by the UK Government. Following the decision of Railtrack UK Ltd not to purchase a section of the infrastructure, financial arrangements needed to be amended. The Commission concludes that the revised financial measures in favour of CTRL are compatible with competition rules : they promote the execution of an important project of European interest and compensate for an additional financial burden that other undertakings will not have to bear.

 

State Aid legislation
                     

 

The Commission authorises the United Kingdom to grant EUR 6.5 million to its coal industry 

The United Kingdom has been authorised on 24 April to grant a total of EUR 6.5 million by way of operating aid to four coal production units. This aid is intended to cover operating losses in 2001. Acting on a proposal from Vice President Loyola de Palacio, the Commission today authorised the granting of operating aid to the following coal production units:North East Surface Mines, belonging to H.J. Banks and Co Ltd. - GBP 739 000; Central Surface Mines, belonging to H.J. Banks and Co Ltd. - GBP832 000; Hatfield Colliery, belonging to Coalpower Ltd. - GBP1 157 520; Ayrshire Coalfields, belonging to LAW Mining Ltd. - GBP1 327 000 be necessary.

 

The web site of Vice-president De Palacio 
                     

Nuclear issues in the web site of  Energy & Transport DG
                     

Decomissioning of nuclear installations in the web site of  Energy & Transport DG
                     

Nuclear safety: a priority for the Member States and the candidate countries 

Commissioner Loyola DE PALACIO addressed the European Parliament's Industry Committee on Tuesday 23 April on the subject of energy policy. She set out her plans for 2003 and described the Commission's priorities, including the transposition of the acquis communautaire by the candidate countries in areas such as energy, the transeuropean networks and biofuels. She focused on nuclear safety and stressed that "In an enlarged Europe nuclear safety must not be neglected by either the Commission or the Member States".

 

Road safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

Road safety in the White Paper of European Transport Policy
                     

EP: Pedestrian safety: voluntary agreements by car industry not enough

The European Parliament's Transport Committee has adopted on 18 April a report by Ewa HEDKVIST PETERSEN (PES, S) accepting for now a voluntary agreement by the European automobile industry on road safety and pedestrian protection, while calling in future for hard Community legislation to take its place. 

 

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.  

 


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