No 13.  Weekly. 5 July 2002

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Green Paper on Energy

White Paper 
on Transport 

Air transport sector left without insurance after the terrorist attacks in the US : Commission outlines the way forward

Costs suffered by airlines following the attacks of 11 September 2001 - The European Commission authorises the aid proposed by Germany

Commission approves aid to the Spanish coal industry for 2001 but calls for the reimbursement of aid granted in 1998, 2000 and 2001

Commission approves aid to the Spanish coal industry for 1 January - 23 July 2002

ECJ judgment in favour of truck cabotage

Commission raises competition concerns about co-operation agreement between Air France and Alitalia

Commission clears TNT Logistics stake in two transport logistics service providers

Safe driving in road tunnels : Commission produces user-friendly information ahead of summer break

After the adoption of the new European legislation on maritime safety, Loyola de Palacio calls for rapid implementation

Loyola de Palacio expresses regret at untimely death of Mr Claude MEISTERMANN, President of the European Barge Union (EBU)

EP: Strong backing for green fuel sources

EP: praises work of the Euratom Safeguards Office

EP: compromise on weekend driving ban for heavy lorries

The Commission has appointed the members of the European Energy and Transport Forum 

Air Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

State Aid legislation
                     

Air transport sector left without insurance after the terrorist attacks in the US : Commission outlines the way forward

In a Communication adopted on 2 July the Commission assesses developments in the air transport insurance sector after airlines were left without insurance in the aftermath of the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks in the US. The Commission welcomes developments in the air transport industry to establish a mutual insurance scheme, both at international and at European level. Until the Commission completes, in time for the October Transport Council, its analysis of opportunities arising in the commercial insurance sector and its examination of the possible establishment of a mutual fund scheme, Member States may opt for an extension of current government insurance schemes. These measures must be duly notified to the Commission.

State Aid legislation
                     

Air Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

Costs suffered by airlines following the attacks of 11 September 2001 - The European Commission authorises the aid proposed by Germany

The Commission continues to take steps to counteract the repercussions of the attacks in the United States on the air transport sector. After having approved similar aid for France and the United Kingdom, it has just authorised the scheme to compensate German airlines for losses caused by the closure of some areas of airspace between 11 and 14 September 2001. The amount of this regime is EUR  71 million.

Coal Issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

State Aid legislation
                     

Commission approves aid to the Spanish coal industry for 2001 but calls for the reimbursement of aid granted in 1998, 2000 and 2001

The Commission authorised on 2 July operating aid for 2001 of EUR 5.85 million and aid for the reduction of activity of EUR 850 000 for the Spanish Gonzalez y Diez S.A. company. However, it asked Spain to take all the measures necessary to recover from Gonzalez y Diez S.A. aid totalling EUR 2.745 million paid for 1998 and 2000. Moreover, the Commission has not authorised EUR 2.37 million in aid requested by Spain for 2001 which was intended to cover the costs of closing down production units of Gonzalez y Diez S.A.

Coal Issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

State Aid legislation
                     

Commission approves aid to the Spanish coal industry for 1 January - 23 July 2002

The Commission authorised on 2 July EUR 642 million in aid to 47 Spanish coal companies for the period from 1 January to 23 July 2002. It has also asked Spain to recover unauthorised aid paid to Minas de la Camocha S.A. in 1998.

Web site of the European Court of Justice
                     

ECJ judgement in favour of truck cabotage

A Luxembourg road haulage company that complies with the regulations and carries out cabotage in Germany may not be required to register its lorries there or pay the taxes arising from such registration ruled the Court of Justice on 2 July

State Aid legislation
                     

Air Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

Commission raises competition concerns about co-operation agreement between Air France and Alitalia

The European Commission has informed on 1 July Air France and Alitalia that it has serious doubts that their co-operation agreement can be approved in its current form. Overall, the alliance, which was notified for clearance at the end of last year, contributes to technical and economic progress, given the improvements in connectivity and the cost savings and synergies achieved by the parties. However, the agreement will significantly reduce competition on key routes between France and Italy, including between Paris, on the one hand, and Rome and Milan, on the other hand, which would be against the interest of passengers on these routes. The Commission invites Alitalia and Airfrance to reflect on how best these problems can be adressed with a view to reaching a solution which allows the alliance to go through whilst protecting consumers and respecting EU law.

Intermodal transport and logistics on the web-site of Energy & Transport DG                      

DG Competition site
                     

Commission clears TNT Logistics stake in two transport logistics service providers

The European Commission has cleared on 28 June the acquisition by TNT Logistics, a subsidiary of the Dutch TPG Group, of a 50-percent stake in Danish company DSV Logistic Holding and DFDS Finland, two companies specialised in transport logistics services currently wholly-owned by De Sammensluttede Vognmaend A/S, (DSV) of Denmark. The acquisition does not give rise to any competition problems given the limited overlaps in logistics services and the existence of strong competitors.

Road safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

Safe driving in road tunnels : Commission produces user-friendly information ahead of summer break

As a first step of a road tunnel safety information campaign, the Commission has produced on 28 June an information leaflet "Safe driving in Road Tunnels" providing user friendly information on how to safely drive in road tunnels and save ones' life in case of an emergency. A video illustrating DOs and DON'Ts about driving in a tunnel can be seen on Europe by Satellite, the European Union's TV news agency.

Maritime safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

The web site of Vice-president Loyola de Palacio
                     

Memo
                     

After the adoption of the new European legislation on maritime safety, Loyola de Palacio calls for rapid implementation

The Council has recently finally adopted two major legislative proposals under the ERIKA 2 package: the Directive on the monitoring of maritime traffic and the Regulation setting up a Maritime Safety Agency. These two proposals complement the legislative arsenal already put in place at European level to avoid disasters like the ERIKA in the future. They represent a genuine revolution in maritime transport: it will now be possible to prevent a vessel from leaving a port in extremely adverse weather conditions. Moreover, the procedures concerning the transmission and use of data on dangerous cargoes have been improved and a genuine information and monitoring system for vessels approaching European coasts has been put in place. The European Maritime Safety Agency will improve the coordination of measures taken by Member States, monitor the application of European legislation and help to improve such legislation. Loyola de Palacio, Vice-President responsible for transport and energy, has expressed her satisfaction: "In less than three years, Europe has greatly improved legislation on maritime safety. We now have the means to protect our coastlines more effectively against substandard ships: Europe has dealt with the situation". "The European States must now complete this effort by applying European law as soon as possible" she added.

The web site of Vice-president Loyola de Palacio
                     

Loyola de Palacio expresses regret at untimely death of Mr Claude MEISTERMANN, President of the European Barge Union (EBU)

The Vice-President of the European Commission, Ms. Loyola de Palacio, and the services of Directorate-General Energy and Transport have heard with great sadness, news of the sudden death of Mr. Claude MEISTERMANN. On behalf of her and her colleagues, the Vice-President wishes to express her sincere condolences to the inland waterway transport professional organisations which Mr. MEISTERMANN has been serving for so many years. His work has contributed greatly to the development of European inland waterway transport and his passing on will be a major loss for the sector.

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 for green fuel sources

MEPs approved on 4 July a Commission proposal designed to promote the use of bio-fuels with a number of amendments. Bio-fuels 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 bio-fuels 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 bio-fuels and conventional fuels). MEPs want to hold back on introducing the blending obligation until the Commission has given its assessment in its report. Overall MEPs want to see bio-fuels used to enable the EU to fulfil its Kyoto protocol commitments.

The web site of the European Parliament
                     

Nuclear Issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

EP praises work of the EURATOM Safeguards Office

Parliament adopted a non-binding resolution on the Commission's report on the Euratom Safeguards Office (ESO) for 1999-2000. It began by praising the work of the Euratom Safeguards Office and said 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 Parliament'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 resolution called for a harmonised regulatory framework at EU level in the fields of data security and secured data transmission.

The web site of the European Parliament
                     

Road Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

 

EP: Compromise on weekend driving ban for heavy lorries

Parliament adopted a resolution by 350 votes in favour, 189 against with 13 abstentions on a transparent system of harmonised rules for restrictions on heavy goods vehicles involved in international transport on designated roads. Although Parliament regarded the Commission proposal as well balanced and justified, it adopted a number of amendments designed to tighten up the proposed Directive. One amendment calls for the setting up of a European information system to enable information on traffic conditions on Trans-European Networks to be collected and disseminated in real time, in view of the scale of road traffic in the EU and the increase in traffic expected to follow enlargement. The basis for this system should be the collection of data from existing national and regional road information centres in the Member States. It could draw on experience acquired in connection with 'Eurocontrole-Route', the information service set up between the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany and France, with Portugal, Spain, Ireland and the UK as observers. Parliament was also in favour of extending the exemptions in the Annex I of the proposal to cover fresh flowers and horticultural products. Finally, a number of technical amendments were also adopted.

European Energy and Transport Forum
                     

 

The Commission has appointed the members of the European Energy and Transport Forum

The European Commission appointed on 1 July the 34 members of the new European Energy and Transport Forum and their 34 alternates. The Commission will rely on the Forum to obtain opinions and advice from professionals in the areas concerned when formulating European energy and transport policies. "The wealth of expertise and experience within this Forum will help to enhance our energy and transport policies on the basis of consultations with interested parties. This Forum is part of the Commission's initiatives to improve European governance through increased public participation, transparency and dialogue between the Commission and those involved in public life" said Loyola de Palacio, Vice-President responsible for energy and transport. 


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