No 20.  Weekly. 27 September 2002

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Green Paper on Energy

White Paper 
on Transport 

GALILEO: Commission proposes definition of services and guidelines for negotiations with third countries

Air transport insurance after 11 September : European Commission proposes minimum insurance requirements for all carriers operating in Europe

The way forward for the International Energy Forum in addressing international energy issues : speech by Vice-President de Palacio

Competition indicators in the electricity market

MEPs approve speed limit Directive in Second Reading

MEPs approve maritime safety and prevention of pollution Directives in Second Reading

Parliament proposes considerable amendments to Marco Polo programme in First Reading

Galileo in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

GALILEO: Commission proposes definition of services and guidelines for negotiations with third countries

Six months after the Council of Ministers finally launched the GALILEO European Satellite Radionavigation Project, the European Commission is continuing the development of this first major programme bringing together the EU and the European Space Agency. It adopted on 24 September a communication on the state of progress with the programme in which it discusses the various services offered by GALILEO, security questions, relations with the US, and international cooperation with other third countries. "In releasing the funds needed, the Council of Ministers clearly demonstrated on 26 March 2002 the EU's firm desire to have in the next few years a complete and independent satellite radionavigation system" said Loyola de Palacio, Vice-President with special responsibility for Transport and Energy. "The communication adopted today is a first report on progress towards bringing Galileo into service in 2008".

Air Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

Air transport insurance after 11 September : European Commission proposes minimum insurance requirements for all carriers operating in Europe

In the aftermath of the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States, airlines were suddenly left without insurance and governments have had to step in and assume the role of insurer. To facilitate the rapid return to market conditions and restore confidence both in the aviation and in the insurance sectors, the Commission put forward on 26 September a legislative proposal which introduces minimum insurance requirements for all air carriers and aircraft operators flying within, into, out or overflying the European Union. This proposal incorporates into EU law the main rules foreseen in various international conventions, harmonising the rules applicable in the EU territory and making them compulsory for any carrier operating in Europe. It also aims at improving the current rules on third party liability. Moreover, the European Commission presents in an attached communication the main trends about a mutual fund, taking note of the possible decision not to maintain the current State guarantees later than 31 October 2002.

Energy in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

The way forward for the International Energy Forum in addressing international energy issues: speech by Vice President de Palacio

Loyola de Palacio Vice-President of the European Commission, responsible for Transport and Energy addressed the 8th International Energy Forum in Osaka on 23 September 2002 on international energy issues.

The publication on EUROSTAT's web site
                     

Competition indicators in the electricity market

The largest company in each Member State produced between 23% and 97% of the electricity generated in 2000. In the framework of the liberalisation process and the completion of an European internal electricity market, Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Communities in Luxembourg, released on 26 September a publication with relevant information on the electricity sector in the EU Member States and Norway during the years 1999 and 2000. By the end of 2000, three groups of countries could be distinguished according to their level of market opening: five countries were 100% liberalised (Germany, Finland, Sweden, the UK and Norway); ten countries had a degree of market opening between 30% and 45% (Belgium, Denmark, Spain, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Austria and Portugal); and Greece where liberalisation was to begin in February 2001.

The web site of the European Parliament
                     

Road safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

 

MEPs approve speed limit control Directive in Second Reading

The European Parliament meeting in Plenary on 24 September approved without debate the HATZIDAKIS (EPP-ED, GR) Report on the Council common position for adopting a European Parliament and Council directive amending Council Directive 92/6/EEC on the installation and use of speed limitation devices for certain categories of motor vehicles in the Community. 

The web site of the European Parliament
                     

Maritime safety in the web site of the Energy & Transport DG
                     

MEPs approve maritime safety and prevention of pollution Directives in Second Reading

The European Parliament meeting in Plenary on 24 September approved without debate the BAKOPOULOS (EUL/NGL, GR) Report on two common positions. The first one is the Council common position on a regulation establishing a Committee on Safe Seas and the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (COSS) and amending the regulations on maritime safety and the prevention of pollution from ships. The second one is the Council common position on a directive amending the directives on maritime safety and the prevention of pollution from ships.

The web site of the European Parliament
                     

Marco Polo web site of the Energy and Transport DG
                     

Parliament proposes considerable amendments to Marco Polo programme in First Reading

Although Parliament welcomed the proposed regulation, which establishes a single financing instrument - the "Marco Polo programme" - for actions reducing road congestion and aims at improving the environmental performance of the transport system for the period 2003 to 2010, a considerable number of amendments were adopted in First Reading on 25 September. The financial framework for the implementation of Marco Polo for the period 1 January 2003 to 31 December 2007 shall be 115 million euro, as the Commission had proposed, but Parliament took the view that future financing from 2007 and onwards should be decided once the new overall financial resources have been laid down and subject to the approval of the budgetary authority. By 31 December 2005 at the latest, the Commission shall present an assessment report on the results of the programme. In doing so, a new amount could be adopted in the course of 2006. Amendments were also adopted on the financing of the specific actions in the programme.


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