No 8.  Weekly. 31 May 2002

                                                                                                               


Green Paper on Energy

White Paper 
on Transport 

Ministers of transport to discuss the future of Short Sea Shipping

EU-Russia Summit: major step forward in Energy Partnership

Air transport insurance after 11 September: the Commission authorizes an extra month of emergency state aid

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

New motorcycles to be as clean as new cars from 2006

Trans-European transport network: the European Parliament introduces no changes in the new list of projects

The European Paliament approves new arrangements governing state aid from the Member States to the coal industry

Shipbuilding - The European Parliament calls for temporary aid

Busy agenda in the Energy Council next 7 June

The web site of the Spanish Presidency
                     

Short Sea Shipping in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

Maritime Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

Ministers of transport to discuss the future of Short Sea Shipping

Short Sea Shipping will be the main issue of discussion in the Informal Council of Transport Ministers that the Spanish Presidency has organised in Gijon between 31 May and 2 June 2002, and that will be attended by Vice-President, Loyola de Palacio. The Spanish Minister of Development, Francisco Alvarez Cascos, who will chair the meeting, announced that he saw short sea shipping between European Union ports and with ports in nearby countries, as an important factor in achieving sustainable and balanced development of transport in the EU. 

 

Russia-EU Energy partnership in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

EU-Russia Summit: a major step forward in Energy Partnership

The Energy Partnership between Russia and the EU was one of the main subjects of discussion on the EU-Russia Summit that took place in Moscow on 29th May 2002. In their Joint Statement the participants announced: Taking note of the report presented by the two sole interlocutors on the progress in Russia-EU energy dialogue we note with satisfaction that it has preserved its dynamism and its pragmatic approach.  

 

air transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

Air security in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

State Aid legislation
                     

Air transport insurance after 11 September: the Commission authorizes an extra month of emergency state aid

The Commission has agreed on 28 May 2002 that Member States could continue to provide emergency state insurance cover to companies in the air transport industry for a further month, up to 30 June 2002. This will give governments and industry an additional period of time to finalise a stable, cost-effective and fair response to the difficulties the industry has faced in securing sufficient insurance cover since the attacks of 11 September 2001.

 

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 partial refund of aid granted between 1998 and 2000

The European Commission on 22 May 2002 authorised aid of EUR 35 531 835.61 for the reduction of activity and EUR 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 EUR 19 508 852.91 granted for 1998, 1999 and 2000. The Commission did not approve Spain's plan to grant Hunosa aid of EUR 4 225 115.09 for 2001 to cover the operating losses of installations of the former Minas de Lieres S.A.

 

Road Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

EU pollution control standards
                     

The web site of the European Parliament
                     

European Parliament: New motorcycles to be as clean as new cars from 2006

The European Parliament endorsed, after conciliation, a new directive agreed by Parliament and Council that will reduce pollution from motorcycle exhaust fumes and make new motorcycles as clean as new cars have been since 2000. The package deal agreed in March and approved on 29 May 2002, meets Parliament's key aim of setting mandatory emission limits from 2006, to follow the first set of compulsory limits which will be introduced in 2003. Parliament's negotiators also secured realistic methods for testing emissions: two test cycles for measuring emissions will be used in parallel, during a transition period, as a basis for the new, 2006 limit values.

 

Trans-European Networks site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

Revision of Trans-European Networks guidelines
                     

The new proposed projects
                     

The web site of the European Parliament
                     

Trans-European transport network: the European Parliament introduces no changes in the new list of projects

The European Parliament welcomed on 29 May 2002 the interim revision of the TEN-T guidelines and did not propose any changes to the list of specific projects. However, it adopted amendments calling for TEN-T projects to be removed from the list if they had not been completed within 15 years and for the Trans-European Transport Network not to focus excessively on certain modes of transport such as rail and inland waterways but to seek a balance between the various modes of transport. Other amendments call for sea transport including short sea shipping to be fully integrated in the TEN-T proposals, for environmental protection to be reinforced and for links between the EU's neighbouring countries and the Member States to be developed in order to prevent bottlenecks at the EU's external borders.

 

Coal in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

The web site of the European Parliament
                     

The European Parliament approves new arrangements governing state aid from the Member States to the coal industry

MEPs approved on 30th May 2002 new arrangements governing state aid from the Member States to the coal industry to take account of the expiry of European Coal and Steel Community Treaty on 23 July 2002. The new regulation is based on creating an indigenous primary energy base by maintaining access to coal reserves and continuing the restructuring process while maintaining consistency with competition law. Support for European mines is therefore justified to ensure security of supply, although European production remains uncompetitive when compared to imports from third countries.

 

Maritime Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

State Aid legislation
                     

The web site of the European Parliament
                     

 

Shipbuilding - The European Parliament calls for temporary aid

Following a debate, Parliament adopted on 30 May 2002 a joint resolution tabled by the PES, EPP-ED, EUL/NGL and UEN groups, by 285 votes in favour, 79 against and 8 abstentions calling on Council to adopt a proposed regulation on the table that would authorise temporary state aid for European shipbuilders facing unfair competition from South Korea. MEPs would also want the provisions of the proposed regulation to apply to gas tankers and ferries, also facing subsidised competition from South Korea. There is support for the Commission's approach in taking action before the WTO while at the same time allowing temporary aid to European shipbuilders.

 

The Electricity Market in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

The Gas Market in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

The web site of the Council
                     

 

Busy agenda in next Energy Council in Luxembourg on 7 June

The meeting of the Council of Industry and Energy Ministers will take place in Luxembourg from 6 – 7 June 2002, chaired by Mrs Ana Maria Birules, Spanish Minister of Science and Technology. Among the Energy aspects, which will be dealt with on 7 June, the Council will discuss the current position of the EU on state aids to coal industry, the internal market for electricity and gas and the conditions of access to cross-border electricity exchange networks. The Council will also discuss the Trans-European energy exchange network and next consider the promotion of bio fuels in transport. The Commission will present the programme "Intelligent Energy for Europe, 2003-2006".

 


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