No 10.  Weekly. 14 June 2002

                                                                                                               


Green Paper on Energy

White Paper 
on Transport 

Coal: Loyola de Palacio welcomes agreement on new rules on State aid

Results of the Energy Council of 7 June 2002. A summary by Gilles Gantelet

Ireland: eur 200 million EIB loan for electricity networks

Security of gas supplies: Loyola de Palacio stresses the importance of the Putin/Kuchma declaration

The new digital tachograph will improve enforcement of safety legislation on European roads

Insurance: Commission proposes to modernise and improve EU rules on motor insurance

EP: Mainly favourable to an agreement of industry for pedestrian safety

EP: amendmets to the specific programme 2002-2006 (Euratom) for research and training on nuclear energy

EP: Yes to the European Maritime Safety Agency

EP: Amendments to the sixth Framework Programme and Euratom adopted

State Aid legislation
                     

The web site of Vice-president Loyola de Palacio
                     

Commission proposals for State Aid on coal
                     

Coal: Loyola de Palacio welcomes agreement on new rules on State aid

Loyola de Palacio expressed particular satisfaction at the agreement reached on 7 June by the Council of Ministers to introduce new rules on State aid to take over from the ECSC (European Coal and Steel Community) Treaty on 23 July 2002. "We have achieved a balanced result which will create the best possible conditions for further, gradual restructuring of the coal industry, which still provides large numbers of jobs in Europe", she said. "The agreement finally reached is very close to our original proposals and clearly recognises the need to maintain primary energy production in Europe over the coming years to guard against the uncertainties of overdependence on the outside world", she explained. "The essential thing was that the European Union must not lose its know-how and skills: this is also a guarantee of greater self-sufficiency for Europe."

 

The web site of the Council
                     

The Green Paper on Security of Energy supply
                     

New and renewable energies 
                     

Energy demand management 
                     

Trans-european energy networks
                     

Results of the Energy Council of 7 June 2002. A summary by Gilles Gantelet

Towards greater security of energy supply: the Council reaches agreement on several crucial Commission proposals. Under this headline, the spokesperson of Vice-president Loyola de Palacio has prepared a summary of the conclusionf of the Energy Council of 7 June 2002. The main subjects discussed in this Council were: a Proposal for a Regulation on State aid to the coal industry following the expiry of the ECSC Treaty ; a Proposal for a Directive on the energy performance of buildings; a Proposal for a Decision amending Decision No 1254/96/EC on trans-European energy networks ; a Proposal for a Directive on the promotion of the use of biofuels for transport and last but not least, the Green Paper on the security of energy supply and the Energy Charter Treaty.

 

The web site of the European Investment Bank
                     

Energy trans-european networks in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

 

Ireland: EUR 200 million EIB loan for electricity networks

The European Investment Bank, the European Union's long-term financing institution, is lending EUR 200 million to Electricity Supply Board (ESB) for the reinforcement and extension of electricity transmission and distribution networks for Ireland. The finance will support a large number of schemes spread throughout Ireland to strengthen the electricity networks and improve the quality and reliability of supply for Irish consumers, as well as meeting growing demand. The works form part of a major EUR 2.7 billion investment programme being implemented by ESB to provide a robust electricity network to support economic growth in Ireland. 

 

The Green Paper on Security of Energy supply
                     

The web site of Vice-president Loyola de Palacio
                     

Gas in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

Security of gas supplies: Loyola de Palacio stresses the importance of the Putin/Kuchma declaration

This Russian/Ukrainian declaration, signed by Presidents Putin and Kuchma last weekend, provides for the setting-up of a strategic investor consisting, on an equal basis, of the Ukrainian, Russian and European gas companies which will be responsible for the modernisation and management of the transit of Russian natural gas to the EU. In this context, it recalls the importance of this agreement for the security of EU supplies, in particular as regards the introduction of market-economy rules in the management and security of transit.

 

Road Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

The new digital tachograph will improve enforcement of safety legislation on European roads

The Commission adopted on 13 June the technical specifications of the digital tachograph, which will record driving times and rest periods of professional drivers. The new tachograph will be more secure and easier to check than the current system and should thus provide for a better enforcement of Community and national legislation on road transport. "The introduction of the tachograph is a significant step forward in road transport, both in terms of safety on European roads, but also for professional drivers' working conditions" said Loyola de Palacio, Vice President in charge of energy and transport.

 

The web site of the Internal Market DG
                     

Road Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

Insurance: Commission proposes to modernise and improve EU rules on motor insurance

The European Commission has presented on 10 June a proposal for a new Motor Insurance Directive which would modernise and improve existing EU rules in this field. The proposal aims to make it easier for people to find car insurance for a temporary stay in another Member State. It will also make it easier to get short-term insurance covering cars bought outside the owner's Member State of residence. That in turn will help people to buy cars wherever in the EU they can find the best value and help stimulate cross-border competition in the vehicle market. The proposal would update some existing provisions, for example on the minimum amount of cover motorists must have. It would make it easier for customers to change insurance provider. Last but not least, it aims to improve protection for pedestrians and cyclists who are involved in traffic accidents. Without an improved common set of EU rules, motorists will continue to be frustrated by the insurance obstacles which currently exist. 

 

The web site of the European Parliament
                     

Road Safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

EP: Mainly favourable to an agreement of industry for pedestrian safety

42 000 people die every year on Europe's roads. The reporter for the Comission of Regions, Transport and Tourism of the European Parliament, Ewa HEDKVIST PETERSEN (PES, S), opened a debate on the Commission communication 'Pedestrian protection: Commitment by the European automobile industry'. Ms Petersen explained that the debate, which took place on 13 June had focussed on whether to introduce EU wide legislation or to accept a voluntary agreement of the car industry. The latter was agreed on the condition that a short Commission Framework Directive be proposed in the near future.

 

The web site of the European Parliament
                     

Nuclear issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

 

EP: amendments to the specific programme 2002-2006 (Euratom) for research and training on nuclear energy

Parliament adopted on 13 June a number of non-binding amendments to the Commission's proposal for the specific programme for research and training on nuclear energy (Euratom programme). The amendments are aimed at improving certain aspects of the proposed specific programme, while maintaining its overall orientation and structure.

 

The web site of the European Parliament
                     

Maritime safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

EP: Yes to the European Maritime Safety Agency

Parliament adopted on 12 June the common position with some technical amendments. If these amendments are taken on board by the Council, it will be full steam ahead for the establishment of a European Maritime Safety Agency. This would correspond to Parliament's main objective to make maritime transport safer and protect the maritime environment better ("Erika II" package).

 

The web site of the European Parliament
                     

Nuclear issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

EP: Amendments to the sixth Framework Programme and Euratom adopted

The European Parliament passed on 23 June some non-binding amendments aimed at clarifying the role of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) in the 6th Framework Programme for Euratom. The amendments were: efforts should be made to harmonise nuclear safety criteria both within the Community and with a view to enlargement, as regards both reactor safety and the safety of the nuclear fuel cycle. Research activities carried out should take into account the acceptability of these activities to the public. The JRC should step up its activities and research as part of the international effort to detect clandestine activities and combat the illicit trafficking of nuclear materials. The JRC should support the non-proliferation and disarmament of nuclear and other weapons for mass destruction to prevent any use of the material, including for terrorist purposes.

 


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