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No 28.  Weekly. 22 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 

"We could have avoided the PRESTIGE oil spill" says Loyola de Palacio at the European Parliament

First lessons from the Second Annual European Energy and Transport Conference of Barcelona

European Commission requests the denunciation of the bilateral Open sky agreements

European Commission strongly supports the efforts towards the energy markets integration in the Balkans

Maritime transport between Rhodes and Turkey cannot be subject to more onerous conditions than those to which such transport between Rhodes and ports in Greece or other Member States is subject

Background note of the Danish Presidency on the "Transport, Telecommunications and Energy" council to be held in Brussels on 25 November 2002

Commission launches strategy to reduce air pollution from ships

EIB loan for Energy Sector in Bulgaria

Federal Republic of Yugoslavia: EUR 70 M for the power sector

France: EIB lends Brittany Region EUR 110 million for rail upgrading

Maritime Safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

MEMO: "The prestige accident" (PDF)
                     

Erika 1 package (PDF)
                     

Erika 2 package (PDF)
                     

"We could have avoided the PRESTIGE oil spill" says Loyola de Palacio at the European Parliament

In her intervention in the plenary session of the European Parliament, on 21 November 2002, Loyola de Palacio, vice-President in charge of transport and energy, made clear that such a disaster could have been avoided if all the proposals made by the European Commission would have been fully adopted and implemented. She called the Member States to apply fully the existing and new legislation and informed the European Parliament that the Commission studies new measures. "The accident with the "PRESTIGE" underlines that the measures agreed at Community level after the "ERIKA" incident address the heart of the matter and need to be fully implemented urgently " she said. "Therefore I have written to all Member States to call them to accelerate and anticipate as far as possible the new EU legislation" she explained. 

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The second Conference of Barcelona in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

First lessons from the Second Annual European Energy and Transport Conference of Barcelona

Imagination and creativity were the norm during the debates of the second annual European Energy and Transport Conference that put together 800 participants in the Palau de Congressos de Catalunya in Barcelona on 11, 12 and 13 of November. As it happened in the first edition of the conference, the conclussions of this first conference will be taken in acount in the development of future initiatives of the Commission. The outcome of the four animators of the sessions is included as an annex to this information. 

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Air Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

The sentence of the case Commission v United Kingdom and others
                     

European Commission requests the denunciation of the bilateral Open sky agreements

The European Commission decided on 20 November 2002 to request the Member States which have signed bilateral agreements in air transport with the United-States to activate their provisions for denunciation, in order to ensure at the earliest date compliance with the judgements of the Court of Justice.In a declaration adopted today, the Commission sets out its analysis and reaction to the Court's judgements of 5th November. The Court declared the current open-skies bilateral agreements to be illegal in several respects. In particular, their strict nationality clauses deprive EU airlines of their rights under the Treaty and are contrary to Community law. Other provisions touch upon issues that are the exclusive external competence of the Community and should not be negotiated by Member States. According to the Treaty, Member States must take all appropriate measures to ensure fulfillment of their obligations and the Commission has the duty to request compliance with the Judgements. Moreover, the Commission believes that the judgements have implications not only for the specific agreements concerned, but for all existing bilateral air services agreements and for the negotiation of new agreements. Therefore the Commission also has requested Member States to refrain from taking international aviation commitments of any kind until their compatibility with Community law can be checked and has urged Member States to give the go ahead for EU to open negotiations with the US on a replacement for the existing agreements. This will allow a controlled and non-disruptive transition to an open transatlantic air market. 

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Enlargment and International relations in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

Guide to the Electricity directive 
                     

Speech of Vice-president De Palacio in the Ministerial Meeting Regional Electricity Market in South East Europe Athens 
                     

European Commission strongly supports the efforts towards the energy markets integration in the Balkans

Loyola de Palacio, vice-president in charge of transport and energy, highlighted on 15 November 2002 the great importance of the setting-up of a regional electricity market in South East Europe. " This agreement is emblematic of one central objective of the Stabilisation and Association process: the development of closer relations among the member countries, and between them and the European Union and the candidate countries" she said today in Athens, during the ministerial conference which allowed the signature of the "Memorandum of Understanding on the Regional Electricity Market in South East Europe and its Integration into the European Union Internal Electricity Market". "The Commission will give its full support to make this process a success, as a first step of a long process towards a closer co-operation which will ensure peace and stability in this European region" she added.

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The Court of Justice web site
                     

Maritime Policy in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

Maritime transport between Rhodes and Turkey cannot be subject to more onerous conditions than those to which such transport between Rhodes and ports in Greece or other Member States

Maritime transport services between Rhodes and Turkey cannot be subject to more onerous conditions than those to which maritime transport services between Rhodes and ports in Greece or other Member States are subject, according to a sentence that the European Court of Justicet released on 14 November 2002. 

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

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

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

The Danish Presidency web site
                     

Background note of the Danish Presidency on the "Transport, Telecommunications and Energy" council to be held in Brussels on 25 November 2002

The main point on the agenda of this "Energy Only Council" to be held in Brussels on 25 November is energy liberalisation, on which the Council will attempt to reach political agreement. Decisions are also expected on trans-European energy networks and the multi-annual "intelligent energy" programme, and conclusions on the follow-up to the Johannesburg summit on sustainable developmenterials. The Council will attempt to reach political agreement on the proposal for a Directive aimed at accelerating the liberalisation of the gas and electricity sectors and on the proposal for a Regulation on conditions of access to the network for cross-border exchanges of electricity. The European Council has given this dossier a high priority on several occasions, setting a deadline last March at Barcelona for adoption before the end of the year. The Directive has been drafted as two separate texts, one for electricity and the other for gas, and the presidency proposes that these be decided on together with the Regulation, as a package.

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Maritime Policy in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

Envirennement DG web site
                     

Commission launches strategy to reduce air pollution from ships

The European Commission has adopted on 21 November a new strategy to reduce the impact of ship's atmospheric emissions on the environment and human health. The main aim of the strategy is to reduce the impact of emissions from seagoing ships on local air quality and acidification. The strategy will also help support the promotion of shipping as an environmentally friendly mode of transport a key opportunity for the maritime industry in light of recent events. An important part of the strategy is a proposal to reduce the sulphur contents of marine fuels used in the European Union.

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Enlargment and International relations in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

European Investment Bank web site
                     

EIB loan for Energy Sector in Bulgaria

The European Investment Bank, the European Union's financing arm, is lending EUR 60 million for the upgrading and modernization of the Bulgarian power transmission sector. The long-term loan was signed on 20 November 2002 with the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Energy and Energy Resources in Sofia.

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Enlargment and International relations in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

European Investment Bank web site
                     

Federal Republic of Yugoslavia: EUR 70 M for the power sector

The European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Union's financing institution, decided on 20 November 2002 to advance a EUR 70 million loan to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY) for the priority rehabilitation and upgrading of electricity infrastructure in the Republics of Serbia and Montenegro. The funds will be onlend to the constituent Republics as follows: Serbia: EUR 59 million and Montenegro: EUR 11 million.

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Rail Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

European Investment Bank web site
                     

France: EIB lends Brittany Region EUR 110 million for rail upgrading

The The contract for a direct loan of EUR 110 million for modernising regional railway lines and purchasing new generation rolling stock was signed on 15 November, in Rennes by Mr Josselin de Rohan, President of Brittany's Regional Council, and Mr Francis Mayer, Vice President of the European Investment Bank (EIB).

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