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No 30.  Weekly. 06 December 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 

Commission speeds up the launching of the European Maritime Safety Agency

Commission takes steps to ban substandard oil tankers from European waters

The single European sky takes off: "A major change in air transport" declares Loyola de Palacio

Commission welcomes a big step ahead in Air passengers rights: huge increase of compensations for denied boarding, cancellation and long delays

A new dimension for EU - China maritime relations

Road safety campaign: EUR1.1 million to combat drink driving in 7 EU countries

1200 participants and virtual delegates joined the second annual ManagEnergy event on local energy action (Brussels, 28-29 November 2002) 

Civil Aviation Security – Compromise on Funding

Maritime Safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

Commission speeds up the launching of the European Maritime Safety Agency

Without further waiting for the European Council’s decision on the location of the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), the Commission has taken all the necessary steps to speed up its actual operation. This new Agency, created in the aftermath of the Erika catastrophy, has the duty to provide the Member States and the Commission with the necessary technical and scientific help to improve the level of maritime safety standards, to ensure that they are uniformly applied throughout Europe and to promote their use worldwide. Loyola de Palacio, the Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for transport and energy, decided to call the inaugural meeting of the Administrative Board in the Commission’s offices in Brussels. This meeting which took place on 4 December 2002 decided on the Agency's priorities. For its part, the Commission launched last August the recruitment procedure for the Executive Director who should be appointed in January 2003. "An important step has been taken, since the European Maritime Safety Agency is the keystone of the system to better protect our coastal lines" Loyola de Palacio, declared. "I have never ceased to call for urgent action and I hope that all the measures which have been decided at the European level will be applied very rapidly. The Commission will do everything in its power to render this Agency fully operational as soon as possible" she added. 

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The "Prestige" accident in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

Maritime Safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

MEMO on The "Prestige" (PDF)
                     

The web site of Loyola de Palacio
                     

Commission takes steps to ban substandard oil tankers from European waters

The Commission published on 3 December 2002 the names of substandard ships which would be banned if the new European maritime safety rules had already entered into force. It is also proposing to prohibit, once and for all, the carriage of heavy fuel oil in single-hull oil tankers, and wants the Member States to give their views on this new measure at the next European Council to be held in Copenhagen on 12 and 13 December. In addition to these key aspects of the "Prestige" Communication, the Commission is formally requesting the Member States to speed up and even implement ahead of schedule the maritime safety measures adopted following the Erika disaster three years ago so as to protect Europe's coasts and citizens against further disasters, in accordance with the commitment given at the Nice European Council in December 2000. For its part, the Commission has already taken steps to speed up the establishment of the European Maritime Safety Agency. "Words are not enough: it is necessary to act and apply the maritime safety measures in full. Safety is the responsibility of everyone, and strict application of all the measures is the only way of ensuring that substandard ships do not fall through the safety net" said Loyola de Palacio, Vice-President with special responsibility for transport and energy. She added "We also need to thoroughly amend the international rules, in particular in terms of criminal and financial liability. However, only by speaking with one voice within the International Maritime Organisation can we have a bigger say."

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The web page of the Danish Presidency
                     

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

 

The single European sky takes off: "A major change in air transport" declares Loyola de Palacio

Loyola de Palacio, European Commission Vice-President in charge of Transport and Energy, said she was very satisfied after the Transport Council reached an agreement on the Single Sky package during its meeting on 5 December 2002. "We assist in a major change in air transport in Europe, which will benefit passengers and airlines as it will give more possibilities of flights and will increase the safety" she said. "With the agreement achieved today, the European sky will not be anymore a patchwork of different systems but a genuine continuum in the benefit of all Europeans." She added. "I hope now a quick definitive adoption in the coming months in order to fulfil the commitment of an implementation by the end of 2004. Meanwhile, the European Commission will maintain its efforts to preserve and improve more the working conditions of the air traffic controllers, which work is crucial for a safe and efficient single sky" she concluded.

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Air Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

Air Passenger Rights in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

Commission welcomes a big step ahead in Air passengers rights: huge increase of compensations for denied boarding, cancellation and long delays

Loyola de Palacio, Vice-President in charge of transport and energy, welcomed strongly the agreement achieved by the Transport ministers on 5 December 2002 about the proposal of a regulation to protect the rights of air passengers when facing denied boarding, cancellation of their flight or a long delay. " Too many Europeans have a bad surprise when checking in for their flight. From now on this practice will be much less common" she said. "As European Commission we have strongly promoted the passengers protection and this is a new spectacular step ahead" . "Strengthening the rights of passengers will also help restore their confidence in air travel" she added. 

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The web page of the Danish Presidency
                     

International Relations in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

 

A new dimension for EU-China maritime relations

Vice-President in charge of Transport and Energy Loyola de Palacio, Bendt Bendsen, Danish Minister for Economic and Business affairs and President of the Council, and the Chinese Minister for Communications, Mr. Zhang Chunxian formally signed on 06 December 2002 the EU-China Maritime Agreement. "The Agreement finally puts into a common legal European framework the evolution of maritime relations with China which has been gradually established over the last decades. But it also goes beyond that by establishing an increased co-operation of the EU with China, a major player of the maritime sector, in areas such as safety, training and security" said Loyola de Palacio.

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Road Safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

Road safety campaign: EUR 1.1 million to combat drink driving in seven EU countries

Every year, as the festive season approaches, the problem of drink driving is a matter of major concern. This year, the European Commission is providing a subsidy of EUR 1.1 million for road safety campaigns aimed at combating this problem. "The Commission is happy to support this pan-European road safety campaign which is emulated each year as a result of the decisive results achieved. To all the citizens of the EU travelling by car in the next few weeks I extend my best wishes for happiness and great prudence in this end-of-year period. I trust that your safety and that of your nearest and dearest and other road users will be of permanent concern to you each time you take the road" said Loyola de Palacio, Vice-President of the Commission with responsibility for energy and transport.

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The managEnergy web site
                     

1200 participants and virtual delegates joined the second annual ManagEnergy event on local energy action (Brussels, 28-29 November 2002) 

400 participants met in the Brussels main event and 100 local decision-makers, energy stakeholders and other local participants met in nine parallel media-conferences in the EU and Candidate Countries. ‘Virtual delegates’ participated in the conference on Internet resulting in 705 visits and 2170 live stream requests during the two days. MEPs Ms Rothe, Ms. Schierhuber and Mr Turmes together with Mr Lamoureux, Director-General for Energy and Transport in the European Commission, offered the conference audience the Community's views on energy efficiency, renewables and clean urban transport at local level. Video-recordings on conference speeches, interviews and discussions are available on http://www.managenergy.net/conference/annualconf2002.html.

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Air Safety and Security in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

MEP Jacqueline Foster Report on air Safety                      

Civil aviation Security – Compromise on Funding

MEPs approved on 05 December 2002 a conciliation agreement between the European Parliament and Council on the financing of increased security at airports following the events of 11 September 2001. Parliament and Council had disagreed over several issues, in particular unannounced airport inspections, staff screening and funding arrangements. On this last point, Parliament insisted that airports and airlines should not be required to pay the additional costs of stricter security measures imposed on them following the events of 11 September and called on the Commission to submit proposals for uniform EU-wide financing arrangements in order to avoid distortions of competition.

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