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No 32.  Weekly. 20 December 2002

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The Court has annulled in part the declaration of accession of the European Atomic Energy Community (EAEC or Euratom) to the Nuclear Safety Convention, with regard to the scope of the EAEC's competencies in the field

Ombudsman deals with many e-mails from citizens about the oil-tanker Prestige

Seafarers' working hours: the Commission continues infringement procedures against France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Italy and Portugal

Commission takes Ireland to the Court of Justice and sends reasoned opinions to 7 Member States for failing to bring into force European road safety rules

The European Parliament asks for more Statistics on Air Passengers, Freight and Mail

The Court of Justice web site
                     

More information on the judgement 
                     

Nuclear issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

The Court has annulled in part the declaration of accession of the European Atomic Energy Community (EAEC or Euratom) to the Nuclear Safety Convention, with regard to the scope of the EAEC's competencies in the field

Under the Euratom Treaty (EAEC), the Council adopted in 1998 a decision approving accession to the Nuclear Safety Convention. The Commission applied to the Court of Justice for annulment in part of that decision inasmuch as it does not refer to all the competencies of the EAEC in the fields covered by the Convention. The Court has observed that when the Council, in accordance with Article 101 of the Euratom Treaty, approves accession to an international convention without any reservation, it must respect the conditions for accession laid down by that convention. Under the Convention on Nuclear Safety, the Council is required to communicate to the depository a full declaration of competencies. Since the Euratom Treaty does not contain a title relating to installations for the production of nuclear energy, the Court has stated that the outcome of the proceedings depends on the interpretation of the provisions of the Euratom Treaty relating to health and safety. The Court has pointed out that it interpreted those provisions broadly in the past, in order to give them practical effect. The Court has concluded that it is not appropriate to draw an artificial distinction between the protection of the health of the general public and the safety of sources of ionising radiation.
(Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-29/99)

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The European Ombudsman home page
                     

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

 

Ombudsman deals with many e-mails from citizens about the oil-tanker Prestige

The European Ombudsman, Jacob Soederman, has received a large number of e-mails from citizens about the sinking of the oil tanker Prestige and its catastrophic effects. They mainly refer to the insufficiency of the existing legislation and the failure of the measures undertaken so far. As these issues fall outside the mandate of the European Ombudsman, the concerned citizens have been advised to petition the European Parliament.

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The web page on infringment on EUROPA
                     

Maritime Safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

Seafarers' working hours: the Commission continues infringement procedures against France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Italy and Portugal

The Commission is on 17 December 2002 sending letters of reasoned opinion to France, Luxembourg, Belgium and Italy for failure to transpose into national law the EU rules on the hours of work of seafarers on board ships calling at Community ports. EU rules on seafarers' hours of work are part of the EU strategy to increase maritime safety and improve living and working conditions for seafarers. The measures are intended to ensure that the same arrangements as regards hours of work and rest periods apply to all ships which call at Community ports in accordance with the international rules laid down by the International Convention of the International Labour Organisation.

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The web page on infringment on EUROPA
                     

The transportable pressure equipment in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

Commission takes Ireland to the Court of Justice and sends reasoned opinions to 7 Member States for failing to bring into force European road safety rules

The Commission decided today to take Ireland to the Court of Justice for not transposing into national legislation European safety rules on transportable pressure equipment. The Commission also decided to send reasoned opinion to Austria, Germany, Spain, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal and the United Kingdom for failing to bring into force European rules on the roadworthiness inspection of heavy commercial vehicles

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Air Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

MEP Samuli Pohjamo Report on air statistics (PDF)                      

The European Parliament approves the common position on Statistics on Air Passengers, Freight and Mail

Parliament has approved on 18 December 2002 with no amendments the common position on statistical returns in respect of the carriage of passengers, freight and mail by air. Over the last few decades air traffic has increased exponentially, raising questions concerning the saturation of airspace, the capacity of airports to meet requirements and the ability of the airline industry to develop procedures and methods enabling it to respect ever tighter environmental controls.

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