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No 21.  Weekly. 07 October 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 

Conclusions of the Council Meeting on Transport and Energy

Commission report reveals patchy progress in opening of electricity and gas markets

Coal: the Commission authorises France to pay almost one billion Euros to its coal industry for 2002

Coal: the Commission authorises aid to the German coal industry for 2002

London Underground: Commission clears the Public-Private Partnership for the renovation and enhancement of the London Underground

UK ad hoc aid to CLYDEboyd: Commission initiates an investigation procedure

Germany/Transport : Commission authorises North Rhine-Westphalia to help finance the improvement of its transport infrastructure

Commission clears German support scheme for the construction of combined transport terminals

Commission approves some aid measures and opens investigation into others in connection with renewable energy production and energy conservation in Tuscany

Greece: EIB Eur 106.6 million for finalising the Athens peripheral motorway

Memo note on the Council on Energy 4.10.2002 (FR)
                     

Memo note on the Council on Transport 3.10.2002 (FR)
                     

Provisional Conclussions of the Council on Transport Telecommunitations and Energy (PDF) 
                     

The Danish Presidency Web site 
                     

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

Second Railway Package in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

Marco Polo in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

Transeuropean Transport Networks in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

Oil stocks issues the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

The internal market for gas and electricity the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

Conclusions of the Council Meeting on Transport and Energy

Council on Transport (Luxembourg, 3 october 2002). 
Although there were important advances on the Single European Sky and the Second Railway Package, for which the Danish presidency hopes to reach a political agreement at the next Transport Council meeting on the 5th and 6th of December, the 15  Member States were unable to reach an agreement on Marco Polo, a programme for promoting intermodal transport, and the new orientations for the Trans-European Networks of Transport (TEN-T). The size of the projects to be financed by Marco Polo programme was the main obstacle to reach an agreement. Whilst the Commission defended European size projects between 500,000 and 3,000,000 EUR, some countries, together with the European Parliament, have asked for smaller projects. There was also a discussion on the whole budget of the programme, which the Commission and Parliament have evaluated at 115 million EUR, but some countries would like to see reduced to only 60 million. 
In the case of TEN-T, the 15 ministers failed to reach an agreement on the new priority projects for the network, despite the European Council of Barcelona having asked the Council and Parliament to adopt the new framework - including the projects proposed by the Commission- by December 2002. Nevertheless, an agreement was reach on establishing a High-level Group, which will prepare the future revision of the Guidelines, scheduled for 2004, in light of the enlargement of the Union. The Council also discussed Galileo, the Ecopoints systems, for the lorries crossing the Alps through Austria, and about the rearview mirrors to eliminate  blind corners for trucks.

Council on Energy (Luxembourg, 4 october 2002)
The Council on Energy achieved important progress towards an agreement on the opening of Gaz and Electricity markets. The Vice-President of the Commission, Loyola de Palacio, expressed her hope that this agreement may be reached in the next Energy Council meeting on 25 November 2002. The Danish presidency aknowledged important progress on four key points: protection of final consumers and energy labelling; legal unbunding; access to storage and market opening for households. Further work will have to be done on the regulation of the cross-border electricity trade. Loyola de Palacio also presented proposals to co-ordonate the EU's oil and gas stocks, that was approved by the Commission on 11 September 2002. The Council will discuss this subject at a future meeting

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The Second benchmarking report on the opening of European Gas and Electricity Markets (PDF)
                     

The internal market for gas in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

The internal market for electricity in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

Commission report reveals patchy progress in opening of electricity and gas markets

Progress in the opening of European energy markets has been rather patchy, with small businesses and households in most countries missing out on the benefits from choosing their supplier of electricity and gas. This is the assessment of the second benchmarking report on the opening of European gas and electricity markets published on 3rd October by the European Commission. Despite a continued progress towards a wider opening of the European energy markets, the report's main findings underline the need for new market opening measures.

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Coal Issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

State Aid legislation
                     

Coal: the Commission authorises France to pay almost one billion euros to its coal industry for 2002

The French coal industry will be allowed to receive State aid worth 996 million euros for 2002.On a proposal from Vice-President Loyola de Palacio, the Commission on 2 October 2002 authorised the following financial measures: EUR 303.4 million of aid to reduce activity, intended to bridge the gap between the cost of producing coal and its sale price; EUR 692.4 million of aid to cover exceptional costs, not relating to current production (inherited liabilities). 

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Coal Issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

State Aid legislation
                     

Coal: the Commission authorises aid to the German coal industry for 2002

The German coal industry will be allowed to receive State aid worth 1 484 million euros for the period from 24 July 2002 to 31 December 2002. On a proposal from Vice-President Loyola de Palacio, the Commission authorised on 2 October the following financial measures notified by Germany for the period from 24 July 2002 to 31 December 2002: operating aid of EUR 702 million; aid of EUR 292 million for the reduction of activity; aid of EUR 12.3 million connected with the scheme to maintain the underground mining workforce; aid of EUR 477.5 million to cover exceptional costs.

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The White Paper on Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

State Aid legislation
                     

The London Underground web site 
                     

London Underground: Commission clears the Public-Private Partnership for the renovation and enhancement of the London Underground

The Commission has decidedon 2 October not to raise any objections to the various arrangements -EUR 42 billion-, which the UK Government will set up for the renovation and enhancement of the London Underground The objective of the British measures is to develop a better Underground in London through an efficient public sector operator working with an enhanced infrastructure managed by the private sector. In order to achieve this aim, the British authorities announced in 1998 the setting up of a public private partnership (PPP).

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The White Paper on Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

State Aid legislation
                     

UK ad hoc aid to CLYDEboyd: Commission initiates an investigation procedure

The Commission decided on 2 October to initiate the formal investigation procedure of a planned UK investment subsidy in favour of Clydeboyd Ltd. As part of the Freight Facilities Grant Scheme, the aid intends to encourage modal shift from road to water transport by providing a larger berth and enhanced freight handling facilities at Corparch Pier, near Fort William (Scotland).

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The White Paper on Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

State Aid legislation
                     

Germany/Transport : Commission authorises North Rhine-Westphalia to help finance the improvement of its transport infrastructure

The Commission has decided on 2 October not to raise any objections to a planned scheme of the German Land of North Rhine-Westphalia supporting municipalities in developing and improving their freight transport infrastructure. The total budget for the scheme is approximately EUR 4 million.

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Intermodal Freight Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

The White Paper on Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

State Aid legislation
                     

 

Commission clears German support scheme for the construction of combined transport terminals

The Commission has decided not to raise objections against a German subsidy scheme supporting the construction and extension of combined transport terminals.The Commission authorised on 2 October the German "Forderrichtlinie" scheme, running from 2002 to 2005, and providing for up to 110.5 million EUR support to enable privately run companies to construct combined transport terminals. The aim is to shift traffic from road to rail and inland waterway.

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Renewable energies in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

The Green Paper on Energy in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

State Aid legislation
                     

 

Commission approves some aid measures and opens investigation into others in connection with renewable energy production and energy conservation in Tuscany

The European Commission has launchedon 2 October an in-depth investigation into certain aid measures planned by the Italian region of Tuscany for the protection of the environment. The measures relate to the production of electricity and thermal energy by photovoltaic installations and to energy conservation. At the same time, it has approved aid for the production of electricity and thermal energy from other sources of renewable energy because they are consistent with the Community guidelines on state aid for environmental protection.

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The EIB Web site 
                     

Transeuropean Transport Networks in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

Greece: EIB Eur 106.6 million for finalising the Athens peripheral motorway

The European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Union's long-term financing institution, is providing a total of EUR 106.6 million to the Concessionaire ATTIKI ODOS S.A. (AO), for completing the new Athens peripheral motorway. The new motorway linking Elefsis-Stavros-Spata and Imittos is being completed on time and on budget. Together with the new Athens international airport, "Eleftherios Venizelos" also financed by the Bank, is one of the largest and most needed transport projects ever undertaken in Greece. The new Athens peripheral motorway will relieve the city centre from through traffic and will provide access to the "Eleftherios Venizelos" airport. It will contribute to creating a healthier environment in the Greek capital and will serve the Olympics 2004 in Athens.

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