No 12.  Weekly. 28 June 2002

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Green Paper on Energy

White Paper 
on Transport 

European Commission advocates more coordinated approach to energy: publication 
of the results of the debate on the Green Paper on security of energy supply

Maritime cabotage: the Commission takes Spain to the Court of Justice

Maritime safety: the Commission is taking France and Ireland to the Court of Justice

Commission adopts new mission for the Euratom Safeguards Office

Commission outlines application of competition rules to steel and coal sectors 
in changeover from ECSC to EC Treaty

Commission renews block exemption for the IATA passenger tariff conferences

"How to improve aviation security ?" Speech by Loyola de Palacio 
Vice-President of the European Commission at the Symposium on air travel security 
Brussels, 24 June 2002 

In brief: other news of the latest European Commission meeting (26 June 2002)

EP: Difficult debate for weekend driving ban for heavy lorries

EP: Call for Nuclear Safety Office

EP: Green MEP calls for a total tax exemption on biofuels

The Green Paper on Security of Energy Supply
                     

The final report on the Green Paper
                     

Brochure on the Green Paper
                     

Comments and Contributions to the Green Paper
                     

 

European Commission advocates more coordinated approach to energy: publication of the results of the debate on the Green Paper on security of energy supply

The Green Paper on the security of energy supply in the Union, published by the European Commission in November 2000, opened a particularly lively debate, attracting a large number of contributions and generating comprehensive exchanges within the European and national institutions over the last 15 months, with over 30 000 hits a month recorded on the website, more than 300 conferences held and 236 official contributions received from a variety of institutions, administrations, associations or NGOs. On 26 June 2002 the Commission published a communication reporting on the results of this fruitful debate. Two main themes emerge: the need for greater diversification of energy sources and for formulation of a coordinated energy policy. "States facing the same challenges must find common solutions" said Loyola de Palacio, Commission Vice-President responsible for energy and transport. 

Maritime transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

Council Regulation (EEC) No 3577/92 on Maritime Cabotage
                     

4th report on the implementation of Council Regulation 3577/92 
                     

Community guidelines on State aid to maritime transport 
                     

Maritime cabotage: the Commission takes Spain to the Court of Justice

The Commission decided on 25 June 2002 to bring an action before the Court of Justice regarding restrictions on freedom to provide maritime transport services imposed by Spain in the Vigo estuary in Galicia. It regards these measures as contravening the cabotage Regulation. The Commission considers that the Spanish law governing maritime transport in the Vigo estuary contravenes the Regulation, in that it favours the existing operator by allowing maritime transport services in the Vigo estuary to be awarded to a single operator for 20 years, and takes account of past experience in the Vigo estuary as a selection criterion. Besides, it makes seasonal transport services with the islands and scheduled transport services between continental ports subject to public service obligations, whereas the Regulation states that such obligations may apply only to scheduled services to ports in the islands.

Maritime Safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

Council Directive 95/21/EC on Port State control
                     

Maritime safety: the Commission is taking France and Ireland to the Court of Justice

The Commission decided on 26 June 2002 to bring an action in the Court of Justice against France and Ireland for their failure to enforce legislation on the State control of vessels in their ports. Directive 95/21/EC on port State control aims in fact to reduce the number of sub-standard ships in Community waters and lays down that at least 25% of the number of ships entering the ports of a Member State should be inspected.

More about the expriry of the ECSC treaty
                     

Coal Issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

Commission outlines application of competition rules to steel and coal sectors in changeover from ECSC to EC Treaty

After the expiry, on 23 July 2002, of the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) Treaty, these two sectors will be subject to the normal rules applicable to the rest of the economy except the nuclear field, which is still governed by the Euratom Treaty. In a Communication, the Commission outlines how the competition rules will apply to pending steel and coal cases during the changeover to the European Community (EC) Treaty rules, thereby providing economic operators and Member States with legal certainty.

The new organigramme of DG Energy and Transport
                     

Commission adopts new mission for the Euratom Safeguards Office

The Commission approved on 26 June 2002 a communication on the mission of the Euratom Safeguards Office on the basis of the report of the high level experts group appointed by the College last year with this mandate. The Office will be integrated into the new organigramme of the Directorate-General Energy and Transport.

Air Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

IATA web site
                     

Commission renews block exemption for the IATA passenger tariff conferences

The Commission on 25 June 2002 adopted a Regulation, which renews the block exemption for the IATA passenger tariff conferences until 30 June 2005. The renewal follows consultation of the airlines, travel agents, consumer organisations and Member States, the vast majority of which held the view that the IATA passenger tariff conferences secures an important benefit for consumers and that this benefit is, at the present stage, unlikely to be replicated by any alternative, less restrictive system. The renewal is subject to an obligation for air carriers participating in the conferences to collect concrete data on the actual use of the agreed tariffs with a view to ascertain to what extent such price fixing agreements still make sense in a market increasingly characterised by global airline alliances.

The web page of Loyola de Palacio, Vice-President of the Commission
                     

Air Safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

"How to improve aviation security ?" Speech by Loyola de Palacio Vice-President of the European Commission

"This morning you heard a presentation explaining the rationale behind the forthcoming new EU legislation on aviation security. I hope that there is now consensus within all sectors of the European aviation industry for binding rules laying down harmonised basic aviation security standards. In this regard I note that many European countries, including my own, already have substantial experience in dealing with the scourge of terrorism and I would like to reiterate that the aim of European legislation is not to tell the best EU countries how to deal with terrorism, but rather to ensure that all EU countries can have aviation security standards that compare favourably with the best. Thus, the work that the Commission thus far is merely the first step towards greater and higher standards of aviation security throughout the EU as a whole", those were some of the ideas that you can find in the speech given by Loyola de Palacio, at the Symposium on oir travel security in Brussels, on 24 June 2002.

The European Commission virtual News Room
                     

In brief: other news of the latest European Commission meeting (26 June 2002)

Cabotage maritime : la Commission envoie un avis motives a l'Allemagne / Transport routier de produits dangereux : la Commission envoie des avis motives a la France et au Luxembourg pour avoir enfreint la legislation sur les controles de securite / Commission sends reasoned opinions to Germany and Ireland for infringing EU legislation on transportable pressure equipment / Securite aerienne : la Commission adresse un avis motive a la Grece sur l'agrement des ateliers de maintenance aeronautique.

The web site of the European Parliament
                     

Road Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

EP: Difficult debate on weekend driving ban for heavy lorries

New limits on the driving hours of heavy lorries operating across EU borders will be proposed by Gilles SAVARY (PES, F). MEPs will be asked to approve a proposed Directive to introduce harmonised rules governing restrictions on heavy goods vehicles engaged in international transport on designated roads, namely the Trans-European Network (TEN). Under the Directive Member States will have the right to impose restrictions on the driving hours of heavy lorries at weekends and on public holiday. The draft resolution is likely to be contentious as MEPs' views differed in the transport Committee, with Mr Savary saying the Directive was well-balanced and justified but a considerable minority of mainly German, Austrian and UK Members arguing that this question came under the subsidiarity principle and the proposal should thus be rejected. The debate will take place on 1 July 2002.

The web site of the European Parliament
                     

Nuclear Issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

EP: Call for Nuclear Safety Office

Paul R▄BIG (EPP-ED, A) will be presenting a non-binding draft resolution on the Commission's report on the Euratom Safeguards Office (ESO) for 1999-2000. It begins by praising the work of the Euratom Safeguards Office and says that the office should continue to be directly responsible for safeguards after EU enlargement. The ESO's budget should be increased to enable it to maintain its high standards despite the new challenges and increased workload it would face in the run-up to enlargement. In particular, it should be allocated enough money to give its inspectors adequate training. Another of the committee's concerns is the issue of data security and cyber crime. Given that some data was already being transmitted from monitored sites to ESO headquarters, and in view of the technical differences between the individual national data security systems, the draft resolution calls for a harmonised regulatory framework at EU level in the fields of data security and secured data transmission. Debate will take place on 1 July 2002.

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: Green MEP calls for a total tax exemption on biofuels

As part of a joint debate on biofuels, Miquel MAYOL I RAYNAL (Greens/EFA, E) will present a non-binding draft resolution on excise duty on bio-fuels. The key amendment aims to allow Member States to give a more favourable fiscal treatment to biofuels than foreseen in the Commission proposal. The Commission allows a reduction of up to 50 % of the excise duty applied to other fuels. The reporter leaves this limit out and allows for a total tax exemption of unblended biofuels.The debate will take place on 1 July 2002.


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