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No 22.  Weekly. 11 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 

Energy performance of buildings: a success in the European Parliament

Ambitious urban transport policies: Launch of the CIVITAS Forum

Commission launches High Level Group on Hydrogen and Fuel Cells

Loyola de Palacio speaks on one of the future hopes for both energy and transport: Hydrogen

Accession of the European Community to Eurocontrol :towards a Single pan-European Sky

Energy Efficency in Buildings: theme of the fourth ManagEnergy workshop 

The Netherlands: EIB loan for the construction of a new runway at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

EP:New stability standards for ro-ro passenger ships

Energy Efficency in Buildings in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

Slides presentation of the Commission's proposal for Energy Efficiency in Buildings (PDF) 
                     

Vidal-Quadras report on the draft directive
                     

The web site of the European Parliament
                     

Energy performance of buildings: a success in the European Parliament

The House adopted on 10 October a legislative resolution approving a Council common position on the energy performance of buildings, together with a number of amendments. The European Parliament is satisfied with the overall result since the Council had already signalled its agreement with Parliament's proposals in the Committee stage. The agreement covers the deadlines for the transposition of the Directive. The general deadline of three years can be extended by a further three years for building certification, the control of heating systems and air conditioning systems where a Member State lacks qualified and or accredited experts in these fields. The other amendments concern the efficient management of energy, including thermal insulation, and billing based on actual consumption. Given the co-operation of the Council and the Parliament, the Parliament replaced its previous amendments with compromise texts in order to avoid the conciliation procedure and not to delay the entry into force of this directive.

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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
                     

Ambitious urban transport policies : Launch of the CIVITAS Forum

The European Commission launched on 9 October the CIVITAS Forum, a platform for all European cities committed to the introduction of ambitious urban transport policies and new technologies. "The European Commission supports and congratulates the public representatives of the first 19 cities that have signed the CIVITAS Forum Declaration this morning. I am happy to announce that we intend to launch a new CIVITAS call in 2003 under the 6th RTD Framework Programme", said Loyola de Palacio, Vice-President responsible for energy and transport.

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

Hydrogen in the web site of Research DG 
                     

Commission launches High Level Group on Hydrogen and Fuel Cells

A new High Level Group advising on Hydrogen and Fuel Cells (HLG) was launched on 10 October in Brussels by European Commission President Romano Prodi, Commission Vice-President Loyola de Palacio responsible for energy and transport, and Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin. The Group comprises of top level representatives from major EU automotive and energy companies, public utilities, research institutes, transport companies and policy makers. They will assess the potential benefits of using hydrogen and fuel cells in EU transport, energy production and many other areas, and help pave the way for more focused EU action in this field. Initial results are expected by mid-2003: a "foresight report" will include a hydrogen and fuel cell research agenda and deployment and commercialisation actions, taking into account issues such as innovation, marketing, distribution and infrastructure, safety, public/private partnerships and investments in the hydrogen sector.

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

The web site of Loyola de Palacio
                     

Loyola de Palacio speaks on one of the future hopes for both energy and transport: Hydrogen

"Hydrogen has been called 'tomorrow's energy' but  tomorrow is coming (...) The challenges for the EU's energy policy are huge: reconciling security of supply with a reduced environmental impact from energy use and at the same time keeping our economies competitive and growing. Hydrogen can contribute to meeting these challenges". This is how Loyola de Palacio, Vice-President of the European Commission and responsible for transport and energy, explained the possibilities of hydrogen in her speech given on 10 October, to the High Level Group for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells meeting in Brussels.

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

The web site of Eurocontrol
                     

Accession of the European Community to Eurocontrol : towards a Single pan-European Sky

The Plenipotentiaries of the 31 Member States of Eurocontrol and the European Community, represented by the Vice-President of the European Commission along with the President of the EU Transport Council, on 9 October, signed the Protocol on the accession of the European Community to Eurocontrol at a Diplomatic Conference held at the Organisation's Headquarters in Brussels, under the Presidency of the Belgian Minister for Mobility and Transport, Mrs Isabelle Durant.

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Programme of the conference
                     

More information on the virtual event
                     

Energy Efficency in Buildings on the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

Energy Efficency in Buildings: theme of the fourth ManagEnergy workshop

The building sector has a great impact on our environment. We need efficient technologies and products but we also need to foster responsible energy behaviour by all in the transition to a sustainable society. By changing our behaviour, both in our day-to-day life and in our professional situations, energy use can be rationalised. "Energy Efficiency in Buildings" is therefore the theme of the fourth ManagEnergy workshop organised by the Directorate General of Energy and Transport of the European Commission and the Agenzia per L'Energia e lo Sviluppo Sostenibile di Modena, that will take place in Modena on the 17th and 18th of October 2002. If you cannot attend the conference in person, do not worry -you can follow it via the web. The workshop will be transmitted on the Internet with voice and picture presentation and it will be possible to participate in the workshop discussions on the web through an Internet Chat.

 

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The EIB Web site 
                     

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

The Netherlands: EIB loan for the construction of a new runway at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

The European Investment Bank, the European Union's long-term financing institution, is lending EUR 150 million to Schiphol Airport for its fifth runway, currently under construction, and associated taxiways. The 3.8 km long and 60 m wide runway will be capable of accommodating aircraft operating on long-haul routes and will be operable in all weather conditions.

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Maritime safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

The web site of the European Parliament
                     

EP: New stability standards for ro-ro passenger ships

Commission plans to improve the stability of ro-ro ferries in international and national waters received broad backing from the Transport Committee of the European Parliament in two reports adopted on 8 October, both of which come under the codecision procedure, first reading. The committee agreed with most of the Commission text but adopted an amendment saying that people with reduced mobility must move easily between decks and inside the vessel. Providing access for boarding and unboarding was not enough. Both reports are on the agenda for the Brussels plenary session of 6 and 7 November. 

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