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No 19.  Weekly. 20 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 

In Osaka, Loyola de Palacio will advocate for a greater stability of the energy markets

Civitas launches its Forum on 9 October 2002

Commission authorises aid to Vauxhall in Ellesmere Port (United Kingdom)

Commission approves investments for Rail infrastructure in Saxony-Anhalt (Germany)

Castilla-Leon: Commission approves aid for the purchase of electric or hybrid vehicles

EP and Council met to discuss the establishment of tightened EU-rules in the field of civil aviation security

Marco Polo and road freight: the EP supports the Commission but questions the objectives

COSS: The EP's Committee on Transport suggests green light with no amendments

Road safety: The EP's Committee on Transport in favour of speed limitation devices for buses and lorries

EP: MEPs want to strengthen the directive to reduce the sulfur in exhaust fumes

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

The Green Paper on Security of Energy Supply
                     

The web page of VIII international forum of energy
                     

 

In Osaka, Loyola de Palacio will advocate for a greater stability of the energy markets

During the VIII. international forum of energy, which will take place in Osaka from 21 to 23 September 2002, Loyola de Palacio, Vice-President in charge of transport and energy, will stress the need to ensure greater stability of the energy markets, insisting on the certainty and security of supplies. In particular, considering the changes which already took place in the European Union to face the world challenges, she will highlight the need for a diversification of the resources, the importance of deepening the dialogue between producers and consumers and will explain the contents of the recent Commission initiative for an increased co-ordination of oil and gas stocks. She will also argue for greater transparency in the energy markets.

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

Intelligent Energy for Europe Programme in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

Civitas launches its Forum on 9 October 2002

The official CIVITAS Forum, a platform for the exchange of ideas and experiences between cities committed to the introduction of ambitious urban transport policies, will celebrate its launch event on 9 October 2002 in Brussels and is open to all interested cities. High-level representatives from the CIVITAS cities will be participating in the launch event and will inform other cities about their ambitions and plans within CIVITAS. In addition, an informative session will give insight into the European Commission's planned activities in the field of clean urban transport during the year 2003. Details will be given about new funding opportunities for local actors under the Sixth RTD Framework Programme and the new Intelligent Energy for Europe Programme.

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The web site of Comptetition DG
                     

State Aid legislation
                     

Commission authorises aid to Vauxhall in Ellesmere Port (United Kingdom)

The European Commission has taken on 18 September a positive, conditional decision with regard to planned regional aid for an investment of Vauxhall Motors Ltd., a UK subsidiary of General Motors of the US, at its plant in Ellesmere Port, in Cheshire. The Commission has concluded after a careful investigation under the European Union's rules on aid to the motor vehicle industry that it could clear the 10 million pounds (around EUR 15.92 million) that the UK authorities plan to grant in regional aid. The UK government had argued that the subsidies were needed to compensate Vauxhall for the higher costs of investing in Ellesmere Port rather than in Belgium, the alternative investment location, amongst others for the higher costs of training the workforce. The Commission agreed to this, but clarified that the UK could not grant further training subsidies for the same project under the specific Community training aid regulation.

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Rail Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

State Aid legislation
                     

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

                     

Commission approves investments for Rail infrastructure in Saxony-Anhalt (Germany)

The Commission has decided on 18 September not to raise any objections to the financial aid made available by the regional government of Saxony-Anhalt to promote investments for the acquisition, maintenance, construction and development of railway infrastructure in the region. The aid meets the needs of co-ordination of transport and is therefore compatible with the Treaty. It is also in line with the White Paper on European transport policy, which acknowledges the need to revitalise the railway sector.

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

State Aid legislation
                     

Castilla-Leon: Commission approves aid for the purchase of electric or hybrid vehicles

The Commission authorised on 18 September a Spanish aid programme promoting the purchase of new electric or hybrid-powered cars, vans and motorcycles within the territory of the Autonomous Community of Castille-Leon. Beneficiaries will be granted financial support reducing the extra cost of such vehicles compared with conventionally designed and powered vehicles.

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The Danish Presidency Web site 
                     

Air Safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

Recomendations for second reading on speed limitation devices
                     

European Parliament and Council met to discuss the establishment of tightened EU-rules in the field of civil aviation security

On 19 September European Parliament and Council met in Brussels to discuss a proposal for EU-rules on tightened security measures in our airports and planes. After the meeting chairman of the Council Danish Minister for Transport Mr. Flemming Hansen said "I find that we have done good progress on today's meeting. It is however with regret that I note that it has not been possible to reach an agreement on the proposal".

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The European Parliament Web site 
                     

Marco Polo Programme in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

The report of the EP on Marco Polo
                     

Marco Polo and road freight: the EP supports the Commission but questions the objectives

Reporting for the Transport Committee, Philip Charles BRADBOURN (EPP-ED, West Midlands) broadly supports the Commission's aim to reduce road congestion caused by an ever-increasing number of lorries on Europe's roads. Freight is forecast to increase by about 50% by 2010 but the Commission believes this figure could be reduced by encouraging the use of alternative forms of transport such as rail and inland waterways and improving working methods. Its approach is set out in a new programme - the Marco Polo programme - financed to the tune of EUR 115 million and set to run from 2003-2207. The proposal will be debated, in first reading, on 24 September 2002.

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The European Parliament Web site 
                     

Maritime safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

Recommendations for second reading on Coss
                     

COSS: The EP's Committee on Transport suggests green light with no amendments

On behalf of the Committee on Regional Policy, Transport and Tourism, Emmanouil BAKOPOULOS (EUL/NGL, GR) will be recommending the approval of two Common Positions on maritime safety without amendment. In brief, the essence of the proposal for a regulation is as follows: the Member States will apply the most recent provisions of international conventions, with the exception of those explicitly referring to and incorporated in a EU act. The Council made changes designed to avoid conflict between the committee's responsibilities and those of the Maritime Safety Organisation currently being set up. The reporter supports the Common Positions as they contain many of the Parliament's amendments from first reading. The proposal will be debated, in second reading, on 24 September 2002.

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The European Parliament Web site 
                     

Safety on roads in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

Recommendations for second reading on speed limitation devices
                     

Road safety: The EP's Committee on Transport in favour of speed limitation devices for buses and lorries

Road safety in the Community will receive a boost following the presentation of a draft legislative resolution on behalf of the Transport Committee by Kostas HATZIDAKIS (EPP-ED, GR) on speed limitation devices for buses and lorries. In the wake of several serious accidents involving heavy lorries, members of the committee take the view that limiting the speed of these vehicles would considerably increase safety on Europe's motorways. The proposal will be debated, in second reading, on 24 September 2002.

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The European Parliament Web site 
                     

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

The report of the EP on exhaust fumes (PDF)

EP: MEPs want to strengthen the directive to reduce the sulfur in exhaust fumes

Mrs Heidi Anneli HAUTALA (Greens/EFA, FIN) on behalf of the Environment Committee will be presenting a draft resolution on the fight against sulphur emissions in exhaust fumes. A large number of Parliament's first-reading amendments adopted in November 2001 to the proposal to amend Directive 98/70/EC were accepted by the Council. In adopting the committee's recommendation at second reading under the co-decision procedure, MEPs are seeking to strengthen the Directive at several points. The debate, in second reading, will take place on 25 September.

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