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No 17.  Weekly. 06 September 2002

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Direct link to Green Paper on Security of Energy Supply
Green Paper on Energy

Direct link to the White Paper on European Transport Policy

White Paper 
on Transport 

EP: Single European Sky ready for take-off

EP: Green light to aircraft noise directive

EP supports the Commission for safer radioactive waste management

European Union launches coalition of like-minded states to deliver World Summit renewable energy goals

European Union launches major energy partnership initiative at World Summit

European Maritime Safety Agency : Commission advertises for Executive Director

The Commission initiates a procedure against restructuring aid to SNCM

Cologne-Frankfurt: opening of new, 175 km long stretch of trans-European high-speed railway network

Single European Sky in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

The European Parliament Web site 
                     

EP: Single European Sky ready for take-off

Although this proposal for a regulation was warmly welcomed, Parliament adopted on 03 September amendments on cooperation with Eurocontrol, cooperation between civil and military authorities for the provision of air navigation services and penalties for anyone who breaches the regulation. There was broad support in Parliament for these three technical regulations which are part of the Single Sky package. The proposals were regarded as well balanced but amendments were adopted aimed at improving the final texts.

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Air Transport & Environment in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

The European Parliament Web site 
                     

EP: green light to aircraft noise directive

The European Parliament approved on 3 September a proposed Directive designed to enhance the environmental effectiveness of noise charges levied at airport level by ensuring that common criteria based on the noise performance of aircraft are used when calculating the level of these charges for environmental purposes. Parliament wants to ensure that, under the formula retained for calculating noise charges, a wider range of decibels is covered so that 'the culprits responsible for the most noise will pay more.

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Radioactive Waste Management
in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

                     

The European Parliament Web site 
                     

EP supports the Commission for safer radioactive waste management

The plenary of the European Parliament adopted on 3 September a report by Esko SEPPANEN (EUL/NGL,) which consists of a non-binding resolution supporting the Commission's proposal that the European Community and Euratom should sign up to the International Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management.

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Renewable energies in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

Johannesburg Summit web site

                     

The web site of Environement Directorate General
                     

European Union launches coalition of like-minded states to deliver World Summit renewable energy goals

The European Union on 3 September announced that it is forming a coalition of like-minded countries and regions committed to increasing their use of renewable energies through quantified, time-bound targets. The initiative was announced at the World Summit on Sustainable Develoment in Johannesburg by European Environment Commissioner Margot Wallstrom and the EU Presidency, Mr Hans Christian Schmidt, Environment Minister of Denmark as a key means of implementing yesterday's Summit agreement that the global share of renewable energy sources should urgently be substantially increased.

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Johannesburg Summit web site


                     

The web site of Development Directorate General
                     

European Union launches major energy partnership initiative at World Summit

The European Union launched on 1 September a major partnership initiative on energy aimed at eradicating poverty and promoting sustainable development. The EU Energy Initiative was launched at a special event during the World Sustainable Development Summit (WSSD) in Johannesburg by Danish Prime Minister and current EU President, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, and European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid Poul Nielson.

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Maritime Safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

The European Parliament and Council Regulation 1406 of 27 June 2002
                     

Vacancy notice in the Official Journal
                     

European Maritime Safety Agency : Commission advertises for Executive Director

The European Commission has launched on 27 August the procedure to recruit an Executive Director for the European Maritime Safety Agency. The new agency was created in the aftermath of the Erika disaster to provide the Commission and the Member States with the technical and scientific advice needed to increase maritime safety levels, ensure their uniform application in Europe and promote their dissemination throughout the world. The agency is provisionally hosted within the Commission's premises in Brussels pending a decision of the European Council on its seat together with that of other new agencies.

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State Aid legislation
                     

Maritime Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

The Commission initiates a procedure against restructuring aid to SNCM

Today the Commission decided on 21 August to open a formal investigation procedure into the proposed restructuring aid to Societe Nationale Corse-Mediterranee (SNCM). The French Government plans to recapitalise the company with an injection of EUR 76 million. However, the Commission doubts whether the restructuring plan proposed by the French Government can make the SNCM Group viable again.

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German Rail TEN-T projects for 2010 (pdf)
                     

TEN-T Specific priority projects
                     

TEN-T in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

Cologne-Frankfurt: opening of new, 175 km long stretch of trans-European high-speed railway network

After a seven-year construction period, the German Railway Company Deutsche Bahn opened on 26 July the new, EUR 6 billion and 175-km long stretch between Cologne and Frankfurt. One of the most challenging projects of the transeuropean transport network, the EUR 24 billion high-speed rail connection between Paris Brussels Cologne/Frankfurt Amsterdam London (PBKAL) has reached another important milestone on the way to its completion. ĞAfter completion of the Paris Lille Frethun and the Paris Brussels sections of the PBKAL railway project in 1993 and 1997, the opening of the Cologne - Frankfurt section will significantly contribute to further increasing the attractiveness of travelling by rail. The new infrastructure allows a maximum operational speed of 300 km/h and leads to a one and a half-hour time gain between the two German cities. It should considerably enhance rail competitiveness on major European East-West and North-South destinations and contribute to reinforce intermodality through the connection of high-speed rail infrastructure to major airports", Commission Vice President Loyola de Palacio said.

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