No 11.  Weekly. 21 June 2002

                                                                                                               


Green Paper on Energy

White Paper 
on Transport 

Results of the Transport Council held on 17 June 2002 in Luxembourg.

EU takes up the challenge of improving the quality of services in ports

EU sets up Aviation Safety Agency

Symposium on Air Travel Security under the patronage of Loyola de Palacio

The Netherlands shall recover aid to port and inland waterway towage

Air transport: Commission gives go-ahead for measures to restructure Alitalia, entailing in particular significant private sector investment

Fifty years at the service of peace and prosperity: the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) treaty expires

Commission approves loan guarantee for German aircraft manufacturer Fairchild Dornier

Commission authorises aid for two Basque energy projects

EP: Proposal adopted on damage in connection with the carriage of hazardous and noxious substances by sea

EP: Technical admendments to the European Maritime Safety Agency 

EP: The new rules on allocation of air slots approved 

Pedestrian Safety EP: calls for a "light" regulation

EP: Strong backing of Commission proposal on biofuels

The web site of the Council
                     

Road Safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

Maritime safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

Air safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

Results of the Transport Council held on 17 June 2002 in Luxembourg.

The Council adopted a common position on access to port services, which represents a considerable breakthrough and is without doubt the most important result achieved at a meeting at which agreement was also reached on maritime, aviation and road safety. Those are the main results of the Transport Council held on 17 June 2002 according to the summary of the spokesperson of Vice-president Loyola de Palacio, Gilles Gantelet.

Ports and Maritime Infrastructure in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

EU takes up the challenge of improving the quality of services in ports

Loyola de Palacio, the European Commission Vice-President in charge of transport and energy, welcomed the common position reached in the Council on the Directive on access to port services: "Europe has opted for quality of services in ports: this is a brave choice which will make it possible to maintain the highest possible standards in maritime transport" she said. This proposal for a Directive is aimed at establishing clear rules and an open and transparent procedure for access to port services. It will encourage the transparency of flows of public capital to seaports and regulate competition for the various port services. As a result of this, as requested by the Barcelona European Council, European ports will be able to improve their performance while ensuring the highest possible standards of quality and safety. "This is a precondition for the development of the so-called motorways of the sea and, more generally, a more balanced transport policy" said Loyola de Palacio.

Air safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

 

EU sets up Aviation Safety Agency

At its meeting, the Council of Transport and Telecommunications Ministers formally adopted on 18 June 2002 the Regulation creating a European Aviation Safety Agency. Speaking on behalf of the European Commission, Loyola de Palacio, Vice-President with special responsibility for transport and energy, welcomed the agreement reached. "Europe has made air safety a priority, as is shown once again by the creation of the Agency. This is a decisive step, as we now have the essential instrument for a real European air safety policy, ensuring the highest level of protection for our citizens, while enabling our aviation industry to compete on level terms on the world market." 

The web site of Vice-president Loyola de Palacio
                     

Air safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

The web site of AEA
                     

Symposium on Air Travel Security under the patronage of Loyola de Palacio

For the first time, an internationl Symposium will bring toghether in Europe all major stakeholders to discuss the crucial issuses in air travel security. The one-day symposium, to be held on 24 June 2002 in Brussels, will be under the patronage of Ms. Loyola de Palacio, Vice president of the European Commission. It is co-organised by AEA (Association of European Airlines), AECMA (European Association of Aerospace Industries), ACI EUROPE (Airports Council Internationl, European Region), Eurocontrol and the European Commission.

State Aid legislation
                     

The Netherlands shall recover aid to port and inland waterway towage

The Commission decided on 19 June that the Netherlands shall recover maritime transport aid granted to Dutch port and inland waterway towage operations carried out in the Union. The aid was initially intended for maritime transport operations at sea but was also granted to towage operations in ports and inland waterways. The Commission considers that operating aid cannot be granted to such activities and found the aid to be incompatible with competition rules.

State Aid legislation
                     

Air Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

Air transport: Commission gives go-ahead for measures to restructure Alitalia, entailing in particular significant private sector investment

The European Commission decided on 19 June 2002 not to oppose the restructuring of Alitalia. These measures concern the payment of the third instalment of EUR 129 million by way of restructuring aid already approved in 1997 and a future capital increase of EUR 1 432 million which can only be effected after the formal and unreserved commitment on the part of three private banks to guarantee the successful completion of the operation. 

More about the expriry of the ECSC treaty
                     

Coal Issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

Fifty years at the service of peace and prosperity: the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) treaty expires

The European Coal and Steel Community treaty, the starting point of the European Union as we know it today, will expire on July 23, 2002, fifty years after coming into force. To mark this occasion, the European Commission will launch a series of events to celebrate 50 years of peaceful integration of Europe. In the 1950's Europe was just recovering from World War II. European countries were trying to emerge from the rubble and to set aside hatred and rivalries. To overcome these divisions, six European countries decided to pool their resources in the coal and steel sector, traditional drivers of the war machine, and to create an international organisation to manage peaceful use of these resources. In Paris on 18 April 1951 Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands signed the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) Treaty. Events to mark the expiry of the Treaty will include a special Commission meeting in Luxembourg on June 19, exhibits, concerts and conferences between 23 and 27 June in Luxembourg (where the ECSC had its headquarters), and closing ceremonies in Brussels on July 23. Commissioners attending the events include Mrs Loyola De Palacio (Vice- President, Transport and Energy, Relations with the European Parliament), Mr Philippe Busquin (Research), Mrs Anna Diamantopoulou (Employment and Social Affairs), Mr Erkki Liikanen (Enterprise and Information Society), Mrs Viviane Reding (Education and Culture) and Mrs Michaele Schreyer (Budget).

State Aid legislation
                     

Air Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

 

Commission approves loan guarantee for German aircraft manufacturer Fairchild Dornier

The European Commission has on 19 June 2002 approved a state guarantee granted by Germany to a bank loan of around EUR 94 million given to insolvent aircraft manufacturer Fairchild Dornier GmbH (Dornier). The guarantee, which covers 50 % of the loan, is designed to help Dornier stay alive while looking for a financial partner.

State Aid legislation
                     

Commission authorises aid for two Basque energy projects

The European Commission decided on 19 June 2002 to authorise planned aid by the Basque Regional Government for the construction of a combined cycle power station and a regasification plant in Bilbao. The aid for the two projects totals EUR 53.2 million. This closes the Commission's formal examination of the aid measure.

The web site of the European Parliament
                     

Maritime safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

EP: Proposal adopted on damage in connection with the carriage of hazardous and noxious substances by sea

The European Parliament approved on 11 June 2002 a proposal with no amendments for a Council decision authorising the Member States to ratify, in the interest of the European Community, the International Convention on Liability and Compensation for Damage in Connection with the Carriage of Hazardous and Noxious Substances by Sea, 1996 (the 'HNS Convention').

The web site of the European Parliament
                     

Maritime safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

EP: Technical admendments to the European Maritime Safety Agency 

The European Parliament adopted on 11 June 2002 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 better protect the maritime environment (Erika II package).

The web site of the European Parliament
                     

Air Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

EP: The new rules on allocation of air slots approved 

The European Parliament approved on 11 June 2002 a Commission proposal laying down new rules designed to introduce the fair allocation of slots at EU airports. One of the key principles is that new air carriers should be given a fair chance when entering the 'slots market'. Amendments designed to tighten up the wording of the proposal, preserve flexibility and planning certainty for carriers and clarify Member States' discretionary powers in transport and environment policy were approved.

The web site of the European Parliament
                     

Pedestrian Safety: EP calls for a "light" regulation

In adopting this resolution on 11 June 2002, the European Parliament once more underlined that the chances of surviving for pedestrians and cyclists in case of a collision with a car are an issue of major importance, now and in the future. Transport safety is a matter enshrined in Article 71 of the EU Treaty and there is no doubt that Parliament will have a clear say in both the drafting and monitoring of future legislation. In demanding a framework directive, Parliament is calling for a 'light' form of legislation, which should not go too far into details and with a built-in flexibility. Parliament also believes that both EU institutions and industry, on which shoulders the difficult task rests of implementing legislation, can live with this compromise. Finally, it is obvious that the Commission will also have a very delicate role to play due to its right of initiative.

The web site of the European Parliament
                     

Slide Presentation of the European Commíssion's Biofuels proposal 
                     

New and renewable energies in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

EP: Strong backing of Commission proposal on biofuels

Plans to expand the use of biofuels in transport were welcomed by the Industry Committee on 12 June 2002 when it adopted at first reading a co-decision report by Maria del Pilar AYUSO GONZALEZ (EPP-ED, E). Biofuels are fuels which can replace conventional fuels or be blended with them, and are manufactured through the processing or fermentation of various non-fossil biological materials. MEPs agree with the Commission's proposal that biofuels should account for 2 % of fuel sold in the Member States by 31 December 2005, and 5.75 % by 2010. However, they are opposed to laying down a minimum level for blended fuels (mixtures of biofuels and conventional fuels).


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