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No 24.  Weekly. 25 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 

Meeting of the EU-Iran working group on energy cooperation

Commission launches a wide consultation to improve rail passenger rights

Spain: Ministry for Development and EIB sign Framework Cooperation Agreements for financing large-scale infrastructure projects

US Container Security Initiative (CSI) - meeting of Commission and US Customs officials, 22 October 2002

Morocco: EIB lends EUR 120 million for energy schemes

France: EIB underpins the Departments of Bas-Rhin and Haut-Rhin's contribution towards financing TGV Est Europe

On official visit to Portugal, Loyola de Palacio calls for end to barriers on the European energy market

EP: Yes with important changes to directive on occurence reporting in civil aviation 

Intelligent Energy for Europe: EP gives a boost for the programme in first reading

International Relations in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

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

  Meeting of the EU-Iran working group on energy cooperation

The Working Group on Energy set up by the Foreign Ministers Troika in March 1998 as part of the relaunch of dialogue between the European Union (EU) and Iran, and which comprises representatives of the European Commission and the Iranian authorities held its third meeting on 19 October 2002 in Teheran. The meeting was chaired by François Lamoureux, Director-General for Energy and Transport, on the Commission side, and by Dr Mohammad Hadi Nejad-Hosseinian, Deputy Minister of Petroleum for International Affairs, on the Iranian side. It followed on from meetings held on 18-19 May 1999 and on 28 March 2001, in Teheran and Brussels respectively.

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The consultation document in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

Rail issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

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

Commission launches a wide consultation to improve rail passenger rights

In the framework of the White Paper on European Transport Policy, that placed the user at the heart of the transport system, the European Commission services have prepared a consultation document to assess the situation on the rights of international railway passengers. The document, already available on  the internet addresses key issues including information provided to passengers, quality of the services, complaint handling, compensation for delays, etc. All the interested parties are invited to submit their comments on this consultation paper by 24 November 2002 (e-mail tren-rail@ec.europa.eu). A hearing of the European organisations representing the railway industry and the passengers' interests will be held on 15 November, in presence of Member States representations. From the results of this open debate, the Commission intends to table a draft regulation on the issue by the end of the year.

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The EIB Web site 
                     

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

Rail issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

Spain: Ministry for Development and EIB sign Framework Cooperation Agreements for financing large-scale infrastructure projects

The Spanish Ministry for Development, along with its main public transport infrastructure agencies Gestión de Infraestructuras Ferroviarias (GIF), Ente Publico de Aeropuertos Espanoles y Navegacion Aerea (AENA), Red Nacional de Ferrocarriles Espanoles (RENFE) and Puertos del Estado (PdE) and the European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Union's long-term financing institution, have concluded on 17 October 2002, at the Ministry's initiative, four Framework Cooperation Agreements for financing large-scale investment projects.

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Ports in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

The web site of Trade DG
                     

The web site of Taxation and Customs DG
                     

US Container Security Initiative (CSI) - meeting of Commission and US Customs officials, 22 October 2002

On 22 October 2002 in Brussels a second meeting concerning the US Container Security Initiative was held between European Commission and US Customs officials. A first meeting of officials was held in Washington on July 31, after Frits Bolkestein, European Commissioner for Taxation and Customs, and Pascal Lamy, European Commissioner for Trade, wrote jointly to US Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill and US Trade Representative Robert Zoellick on 11 July. Commissioner Bolkestein will discuss the CSI initiative with US Homeland Security Advisor Tom Ridge in Brussels on 4 November.

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The EIB Web site 
                     

International Relations in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

Morocco: EIB lends EUR 120 million for energy schemes

The European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Union's financing institution, announced on 22 October 2002 a EUR 120 million loan to Office National d'Electricite (ONE). The project financed aims to increase the transmission capacity of power interconnectors between Morocco and two neighbouring countries (Spain and Algeria) as well as to make the existing domestic network more secure and reliable.

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The EIB Web site 
                     

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

Rail issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

France: EIB underpins the Departments of Bas-Rhin and Haut-Rhin's contribution towards financing TGV Est Europe

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is reaffirming its commitment to the TGV-Est Europe high-speed rail project by granting on 21 October 2002 EUR 71 million and EUR 24 million loans respectively to the Departments of Bas-Rhin and Haut-Rhin. The finance contracts were signed today in Strasbourg and Colmar by Mr Francis Mayer, EIB Vice-President, and by Mr Philippe Richert and Mr Constant Goerg, Chairmen of the General Councils of Bas-Rhin and Haut-Rhin.

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  The web site of Loyola de Palacio
                     

On official visit to Portugal, Loyola de Palacio calls for end to barriers on the European energy market

On her official visit to Portugal, from 16 to 18 October, Loyola de Palacio, Commission Vice-President responsible for transport and energy, raised the main issues in her portfolio, particularly completion of the single energy market. She issued a reminder of the many obstacles still standing in the way before a true energy market can be created, as significant imbalances and disparities persist in access and infrastructure charges. She called for speeding up the process of opening the market, which is a precondition for making Europe more competitive. "However," she added, "and here I touch an issue that is especially important to the Commission, market opening can never go to the detriment of small customers, nor should it jeopardise our security of supply."

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Air safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

The web site of the European Parliament
                     

Gerard Collins' report on the directive on occurence reporting in civil aviation
                     

EP: Yes with important changes to directive on occurence reporting in civil aviation

Parliament approved on second reading, on 23 October 2002, Council's common position, in which most of Parliament's amendments from first reading were taken on board. Council had deleted in its entirety Article 9 of the Commission proposal, which referred to the need for confidential reporting. In an amendment, Parliament demanded this Article 9 of the Commission proposal to be reinstated, due to the importance of confidential reports for a better understanding of human factors, which may be involved in the occurrence of air accidents. In situations where a reported occurrence is the result of an act of gross negligence, Member States must be permitted to institute proceedings. An amendment to reinstate this Article 8, paragraph 2a was also approved.

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Intelligent Energy for Europe: slides presentation (PDF)
                     

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

The web site of the European Parliament
                     

Intelligent Energy for Europe: EP gives a boost for the programme in first reading

The Industry Committee gave its backing on 21 October 2002 to "Intelligent Energy for Europe", an action programme which is to run from 2003 to 2006 and replace measures under the ALTENER, SAVE and SYNERGY programmes. However in the report by Eryl McNALLY (PES, UK) under the codecision procedure, first reading, MEPs called for a number of changes to the Commission proposal.

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