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No 18.  Weekly. 13 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 

Internal energy market: Commission proposes strengthening security of oil and gas supplies

Commission to launch High Level Group on Hydrogen and Fuel Cell technologies

Commission clears gas supply contracts between German gas wholesaler WINGAS and EDF-Trading

Transport : launch of the Italy-Turkey pan-European Corridor through Albania, Bulgaria, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Greece

Road safety: Loyola de Palacio took part in Red Cross European campaign on 12 September 2002

EP: Flight delays and cancellations: better compensation for passengers

EP:Disagreement on continuation of ecopoints system in Austria in 2004

Short presentation of the Commission proposals (PDF) 
                     

Slides presentation of the Commission proposals (PDF) 
                     

Oil issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

Gas issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

Press articles on the new Commission proposals 
                     

Internal energy market: Commission proposes strengthening security of oil and gas supplies

The Commission on 11 September adopted two proposals for directives which will help to improve, in the context of the internal energy market, the security of the EU's energy supply. "The fact that the EU is very much dependent on external supplies of oil and gas represents a major risk for our economies. In the light of the way in which the operation of the energy market is evolving and of geopolitical uncertainty, it is crucial to have effective mechanisms that will provide Europeans with a better guarantee of constant access to energy at reasonable prices," said Loyola de Palacio, Vice-President in charge of Energy and Transport. "The new initiatives concerning the joint management of oil and gas stocks tabled today are decisive," she added. The new Community framework will be implemented in coordination with the producer countries. A European observation system for oil and gas supply will provide the necessary technical expertise to develop it.

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Clean Urban Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

The web site of Research DG
                     

Commission to launch High Level Group on Hydrogen and Fuel Cell technologies

During a visit to Juelich (Germany) Research Centre on 10 September, EU Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin announced the forthcoming establishment of a High Level Group on hydrogen. Hydrogen is potentially the clean energy source of the 21st Century: within the next 20 years it could power our cars and generating plants, replacing every electricity source, from mobile telephone batteries to bus engines. The Group aims at fostering the development and use of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. It will include senior representatives from leading European research centres, fuel cell system and component producers, energy companies and utilities, automotive companies, and public transport. The Group will look into the role these technologies could play in a "new energy era", to devise a consistent strategy for hydrogen technology at EU level which could lead to a true hydrogen industrial platform. Hydrogen-powered fuel cells for vehicles and stationary power generation produce no emissions, apart from water vapour. They will reduce external costs, encourage sustainable development and create new highly skilled jobs.

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Gas issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

State Aid legislation
                     

Commission clears gas supply contracts between German gas wholesaler WINGAS and EDF-Trading

The European Commission has cleared on 12 September two agreements whereby UK-based EDF Trading will supply gas to German gas wholesale company Wingas for a period of 10 years extensible by five further years. Clearance took place after the companies agreed to modify the notified agreements so as not to impair other wholesalers from being supplied by EdF Trading at the German border. The decision shows that long-term gas supply contracts in the wholesale sector can be compatible with European competition law.

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Trans
-european Networks in  the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

                     

Transport : launch of the Italy-Turkey pan-European corridor through Albania, Bulgaria, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Greece

On 09 September took place a ministerial ceremony with the participation of Ministers of Albania, Bulgaria, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Greece, Italy and Turkey in order to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the intermodal pan-European corridor VIII, in presence of the European Commission. This corridor links Italy to Turkey via these various countries. Loyola de Palacio, Vice-President of the European Commission, in charge of Energy and Transport, welcomed this step ahead: "The development of the corridor will positively contribute to the stabilisation process in the Balkans, the forthcoming enlargement of the EU and the strengthening of co-operation between the European Union and Eastern Europe. All these corridors which are being built are crucial to vertebrate the whole European continent: we are bridging the gap with our neighbours".

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The Red Cross European Road Safety Campaign Web site 
                     

Road Safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

Speech of Ms. De Palacio (FR) 
                     

Road safety: Loyola de Palacio took part in Red Cross European campaign on 12 September 2002

Mrs Loyola de Palacio, Vice-President in charge of transport and energy, took part in the celebration of the Red Cross European road safety campaign, that took place on 12 September 2002 in Brussels. This innovative campaign, aimed specifically at young road users, is being conducted all around the European Union throughout most of 2002. It has received funding of almost EUR 900 000 from the Commission.

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The European Parliament Web site 
                     

Air Passenger Rights in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

EP: Flight delays and cancellations: better compensation for passengers

Thousands of air travellers in the EU know what it means to be bumped off their flights or told their flight has been delayed or cancelled. Against this background the Transport Committee of the European Parliament adopted on 10 September a co-decision report (first reading) by Giorgio LISI (EPP-ED, I) on a Commission proposal for a regulation setting up a scheme to compensate and assist such travellers. The committee adopted a number of amendments to tighten up the proposal.

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The European Parliament Web site 
                     

The ecopoints system in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

Mr Caveri's working document on ecopoints (PDF)
                     

EP:Disagreement on continuation of ecopoints system in Austria in 2004

On 09 September, an exchange of views took place in the European Parliament on the Austrian ecopoints system for heavy lorries in transit. There was disagreement between the different parties as to how the problem should be solved. Austrian Transport Minister Matthias REICHHOLD made it absolutely clear that his government would not stop using the ecopoints system until the Commission came forward with clear proposals on infrastructure that would provide funds for the Brenner tunnel. But his Italian and German counterparts, Pietro LUNARDI and Angelika MERTENS, criticised the policy of the Austrian government.

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