No 7.  Weekly. 23 May 2002

                                                                                                               


Green Paper on Energy

White Paper 
on Transport 

Commission raises no objections to German feed-in laws for electricity from renewable sources and combined heat and power

The Commission authorises aid to the Spanish coal industry for 2001 but orders a refund of aid granted between 1998 and 2000

Mario Monti 's Speech on Policy Effective competition in the railway sector: a big challenge. At UNIFE Annual Reception in Bruxelles, 21 May 2002

Commission clears RWE's purchase of UK power company Innogy

 

 

 

 

The Green Paper on Security of Energy Supply
                     

State Aid legislation
                     

Renewable Energies in the Web site of DG Energy and Transport
                     

Commission raises no objections to German feed-in laws for electricity from renewable sources and combined heat and power

The European Commission has agreed on 22nd May 2002 that the German laws on the promotion of electricity from renewable energy sources and from combined heat and power (CHP) do not constitute State aid. The two laws favour electricity from renewable energy sources and from CHP installations by obliging operators to purchase "green" electricity at minimum prices. The Commission had received several complaints alleging that the green power producers were being unfairly subsidised but since the two laws do not amount to State aid the issues raised are in the competence of Germany as regards competition law.

 

State Aid legislation
                     

Coal in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

The Commission authorises aid to the Spanish coal industry for 2001 but orders a refund of aid granted between 1998 and 2000

The European Commission on 22nd May 2002 authorised aid of € 35 531 835.61 for the reduction of activity and € 25 122 305.96 to cover exceptional losses for the Spanish coal producer Hunosa for 2001. It also asked Spain to take all necessary measures to recover from Hunosa aid amounting to € 19 508 852.91 granted for 1998, 1999 and 2000. The Commission did not approve Spain's plan to grant Hunosa aid of € 4 225 115.09 for 2001 to cover the operating losses of installations of the former Minas de Lieres S.A.

 

The new railway package in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

The White Paper on European Transport Policy                      

 

Mario Monti 's Speech on Policy Effective competition in the railway sector : a big challenge. At UNIFE Annual Reception in Bruxelles, 21 May 2002

In a interesting, complete and clear speech, Mario Monti, Commissioner for Competition Policy, takes a deep look on the competition aspects of the second railway package, and the White Paper on European Transport Policy. The speech was held on 21st May 2002 at the Annual Reception of UNIFE, The Union of European Railway Industries.

 

State Aid legislation
                     

Electricity Market in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

 

Commission clears RWE's purchase of UK power company Innogy

The European Commission has granted on 17th May 2002 regulatory approval to the proposed acquisition by Germany's RWE AG of Innogy Holdings plc. Innogy is one of the UK's largest electricity generators and the largest UK electricity supplier, both markets where RWE has presently only a small presence.

 


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