No 5.  Weekly. 10 May 2002

                                                                                                               


Green Paper on Energy

White Paper 
on Transport 

Energy G-8 in Detroit : Vice-President de Palacio stresses the role of demand-side 
policies and energy emergency preparedness

Commission clears Edison's purchase of Italian power generation company

Tunis conference on the security of the energy supply in the Mediterranean:
 Loyola de Palacio stresses the importance of the Transeuropean-Mediterranean
 Networks of Energy and of Transport

Vice-President de Palacio optimistic for a transatlantic common aviation area

Azores: the Commission authorises Portuguese aid for scheduled public 
passenger transport services

Italian regional aid: the Commission authorises transport investment aid

Commission approves German on-board training aid to seafarers

Commission closes State aid procedure concerning German freight forwarding
 company BahnTrans GmbH

 

 

The web site of Vice-president De Palacio 
                     

The Green Paper on Security of Energy Supply
                     

Statement From The Co-Chairs of G-8 Detroit Energy Sommet
                     

Energy G-8 in Detroit : Vice-President de Palacio stresses the role of demand-side policies and energy emergency preparedness 

At the G-8 Ministerial meeting on Energy on 3rd May in Detroit, European Commission Vice President Loyola de Palacio underlined the importance of curbing the growth in energy demand and enhancing the security and stability of energy supplies. "Risks to energy supply can be quickly and relatively cheaply addressed by curbing the growth in energy demand. Curbing energy consumption and improving energy efficiencies will preserve finite energy resources, mitigate supply difficulties and improve the environmental impact of energy use" she declared. Most G-8 members stress the value of nuclear energy in this context, providing optimal safety and waste handling are ensured (See G-8 Statement).

 

State Aid legislation
                     

Commission clears Edison's purchase of Italian power generation company 

The European Commission has cleared on 3rd May 2002 the acquisition by Edison, an electricity company belonging to the Italenergia group, which in turn is controlled by the Fiat group, of sole control of Italy's electricity generation company Eurogen. The Commission has concluded that the transaction will pose no competition problems since it will allow the Italenergia group to become a stronger competitor to incumbent Italian electricity operator Enel. As such, the deal will increase competition in the liberalised Italian market for the supply of electricity to customers already free to chose suppliers.

 

The web site of Vice-president De Palacio 
                     

The Green Paper on Security of Energy Supply
                     

Conference in Tunis on the security of energy supply in the Mediterranean region: De Palacio stresses the importance of the "Trans-Euro-Mediterranean" Networks (Text in French)

At the invitation of the Tunisian Minister for industry, the Vice-President of the European Commission, Loyola de Palacio, took part in the recent Mediterranean energy ministers' conference which addressed the security of energy supply. This event took place in Tunis on 6th May and brought together economic and political leaders from both sides of the Mediterranean. Loyola de Palacio used the occasion to stress the importance of price stability in energy products to the world economy. 

 

The web site of Vice-president De Palacio 
                     

Air Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

 

Vice-President de Palacio optimistic for a transatlantic common aviation area 

Loyola de Palacio expressed her optimism on the possibilities to reach agreements with the United States on the bilateral relations in air transport. During her official trip in the United States, where she met on 2nd May Michael P. Jackson, Deputy Secretary of Transportation, she raised several crucial points on Air Transport and pledged for a deeper co-operation between both sides of Atlantic. Asked on the consequences of the long-awaited Court of justice ruling on open-skies agreements, she declared : "The American Administration is well aware that the court outcome shall mean that, in any case, there is a negotiation to be made."

 

State Aid legislation
                     

Azores: the Commission authorises Portuguese aid for scheduled public passenger transport services 

The Commission on 7th May agreed to the Portuguese "SIRIART" regional aid scheme for renewing the vehicle fleet for scheduled public passenger transport services in the autonomous region of the Azores.

 

State Aid legislation
                     

Italian regional aid: the Commission authorises transport investment aid 

The Commission on 7th May approved an Italian transport investment aid scheme. The regions eligible for regional aid, i.e. the less-favoured regions, may therefore receive investment tax credits in this sector. On 13 March 2001 the Commission approved a similar aid scheme for other industrial sectors. These measures are intended to stimulate regional development.

 

State Aid legislation
                     

Commission approves German on-board training aid to seafarers

The European Commission gave on 7th May the go-ahead to a German aid scheme aimed at reducing the cost of training seafarers. The aid regime will help preserve maritime know-how and expertise on board of German merchant ships.

 

State Aid legislation
                     

Commission closes State aid procedure concerning German freight forwarding company BahnTrans GmbH

The Commission decided on 7th May to close the State aid procedure opened with regard to Germany, concerning possible State aid for the freight forwarding company BahnTrans, received via its mother company Deutsche Bahn AG.

 


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