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No 27.  Weekly. 15 November 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 

800 participants in the 2nd Annual European Energy and Transport Conference in Barcelona

Maritime Transport: Commission clears fiscal measures applicable to seafarers on board Danish Vessels

European Commission welcomes a new step ahead towards an increased passenger protection on ships

Aeronautics: European advisory group presents strategic research agenda to help the sector take off

Vice-Prime Minister Victor Khristenko and European Commission Director-General Francois Lamoureux present the third Progress Report on EU-Russia Energy Dialogue

Commission invites you to take part in the debate on the future of Europe

Final programme of the Conference 
                     

800 participants in the 2nd Annual European Energy and Transport Conference in Barcelona

More than 800 participants representing the key players in the field of energy and transport participated in the 2nd Annual European Energy and Transport Conference that took place on 11, 12 and 13 of November in Barcelona. Following the opening of the conference by HRH Prince Felipe of Spain, the participants discussed the future of European Energy and Transport infrastructures. The proceedings of the conference will be shortly released in this newsletter. 

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Maritime Policy in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

State Aid legislation
                     

Maritime Transport: Commission clears fiscal measures applicable to seafarers on board Danish Vessels

The Commission decided on 13 November to approve the Danish income tax reduction measures for seafarers on board Danish vessels registered either in the ordinary register (DAS) or in the second register (DIS). European State aid guidelines for maritime transport indeed allow Member States to lower income tax and/or social contributions of "EC seafarers" working on board European maritime transport vessels. The Commission considers that the measures constitute an aid and should thus have been notified to the Commission prior to their implementation in 1989. 

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Maritime Policy in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

The web site of the European Parliament
                     

Bernard Poignant's report on stability standards for vessels 
                     

Carlos Ripoll's report on safety rules and standards for passenger ships 
                     

European Commission welcomes a new step ahead towards an increased passenger protection on ships

Loyola de Palacio, Vice-president in charge of transport and energy, expressed on 7 November her great satisfaction after the vote in the European Parliament favouring an increased safety for passenger maritime transport, in particular for ferries. "This is a great step ahead which completes ideally the various proposals we have already made in the last years to improve maritime safety" she said. "Our proposals aim at preventing horrific accidents such as the Express Samina's in 2000: they strengthen the safety requirements and extend specific stability standards all over Europe, which means that our citizens will benefit from the same high safety levels everywhere in the European Union, irrespective of the flag of the ship." she explained. The proposals were made in March 2002 and could be definitively adopted next December, in a single reading procedure, as the European Parliament and the Council agreed on the legislative proposals under the same terms. "It is always satisfactory to see Parliament and Council decide so quickly on such important proposals regarding safety measures, as it happened with the Erika I and II packages, and this time again for passengers protection" she added.

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Air Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

Research DG web site
                     

ACARE web site
                     

European Aeronautics: a vision for 2020
                     

Aeronautics: European advisory group presents strategic research agenda to help the sector take off

The Commission-sponsored Advisory Council for Aeronautics Research in Europe (ACARE) presented on 11 November the findings of its first year of work in a comprehensive Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) today in Brussels. It is the first time in EU history that government representatives, industry and research have jointly developed and endorsed a R&D plan for the aeronautics sector. The report addresses the challenges that aviation faces in its 3rd generation, the age of sustainable growth. In spite of the events of 11th September 2001, air traffic will continue to grow. This will increase noise, emissions, congestion, delays and inconvenience. The Strategic Research Agenda aims to optimise research efforts to make air travel safer, cleaner, quieter, more affordable and more secure. The Agenda calls for an overall research investment of up to EUR 100 billion over 20 years. It also makes a case for joint research projects with technology integration platforms for testing and adopting new technologies, large-scale research test-beds and technological incubators.

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The EU-Russia Energy Partnership in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

Vice-Prime Minister Victor Khristenko and European Commission Director-General Francois Lamoureux release the third Progress Report on EU-Russia Energy Dialogue

The third Progress Report on EU-Russia Energy Dialogue prepared by the two interlocutors Vice-Prime Minister Victor Khristenko and European Commission Director-General Francois Lamoureux was presented during the 10th EU-Russia summit that took place in Brussels on 11 November 2002. The report shows the progress done in sensitive issues such as energy projects of common interest, improvement of the energy production, legal security for long term supplies, interconnection of electricity networks and trade in electricity, and trade in nuclear materials.

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The European Convention Forum 
                     

Commission invites you to take part in the debate on the future of Europe

The European Convention is elaborating a Preliminary draft constitutional treaty. If you want to take part in this  debate and learn about European current events, the European Commission has set a multilingual and regularly updated website is at your disposition: http://europa.eu/futurum This website is a real European area for information and exchange. You will find  Flashes about European current events A discussion corner, access to national debates, many useful links, an access to the Forum of the European Convention, and much more.

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