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No 37.  Weekly. 07 February 2003

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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 

Europe on course to dispose of nuclear waste underground, say de Palacio and Busquin

Nuclear Fusion: Commissioner Busquin welcomes US return to ITER project

Commission and Member States examine the situation of Energy Supply

Council adopts its Common position on the electricity and gas market-opening package, on 'Intelligent Energy' and on the follow-up of the ECSC Treaty

MEPs urge changes to guidelines for future European transport policy 

Parliament on collision course with Council over ecopoints

Commission investigates second rescue aid package to German aircraft manufacturer Fairchild Dornier

UK ad hoc aid to CLYDEboyd: Commission closes the investigation procedure

Maritime transport: Commission clears the introduction of a regional tonnage tax regime in Spain

Commission probes Austrian electricity merger

Nuclear issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

The web site of Research and Development DG 
                     

Europe on course to dispose of nuclear waste underground, say de Palacio and Busquin

Commissioners Loyola de Palacio and Philippe Busquin visited on 04 February the European Underground Research Infrastructure for Disposal of nuclear waste in Clay Environment (EURIDICE), in Mol (Belgium), to have an overview of the progress made in Europe towards sustainable long-term nuclear waste management. According to Ms de Palacio and Mr Busquin, the visit to this model research centre is a positive signal that the European nuclear industry and national agencies are preparing for long-term safe disposal of spent fuel and high-level waste, as proposed by the European Commission. At the Mol facility, researchers are developing nuclear incineration or "transmutation", a process that could reduce considerably the volume of waste.

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Nuclear issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

The web site of Research and Development DG 
                     

The web site of the ITER 
                     

Nuclear Fusion: Commissioner Busquin welcomes US return to ITER project

European Commissioner for Research, Mr Philippe Busquin, has welcomed the announcement of US President, Mr George Bush, and US Energy Secretary, Mr Spencer Abraham, that the US will join the negotiations for the construction and operation of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER). ITER partners include the European Union, Japan, Russia, Canada and now the United States. A total of € 750 million, representing the biggest share of the EU's €1.250 billion EURATOM Framework Programme (2003-2006) budget, will fund nuclear fusion research. The programme should create conditions to launch the construction of the ITER facility within the next few years. Total costs for ITER construction and operation should amount to €10 billion over 30 years.

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Oil issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

Commission and Member States examine the situation of Energy Supply

The European Commission has summoned on 05 February the European Group of Oil Supply to examine the situation of oil markets, taking in account the evolution of oil prizes and the geostrategical situation. 

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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 
                     

Coal issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

Council adopts its Common position on the electricity and gas market-opening package, on 'Intelligent Energy' and on the follow-up of the ECSC Treaty

The council adopted on 03 February by written procedure its common positions on the proposals aimed at accelerating the liberalisation of the gas and electricity sectors, in accordance with the agreement reached at its meeting on 25 November 2002 an incorporating a large number of substantive amendments voted by the European Parliament. The three texts will now be sent to the Parliament for a second reading under the co-decision procedure. These decisions come in response to the deadlines set by the Euopean Council which has given the dossier a high prority on several occasions, in particular last march at Barcelona. The council also adopted common positions on the programme "Intelligent Energy for Europe" with a total budget of 190 million Euoros, and for the follow up of the European coal and steel treaty which expired on 23 July 2002. 

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

The web site of the European Parliament                      

MEPs urge changes to guidelines for future European transport policy

MEPs will deliver their verdict on the White Paper on European transport policy for the period up to 2010 when they vote during Parliament's plenary session of 10-13 February on a report by the Transport Committeeloration. The White Paper offers a wide-ranging analysis of European transport policy, pinpointing a number of issues including congestion, fuel consumption and the need to shift traffic away from roads. The non-legislative report drafted for the Transport Committee by Juan de Dios IZQUIERDO COLLADO (PES, E) broadly welcomes the Commission proposals but argues that they should go further.

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The Ecopoints on Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

The web site of the European Parliament                      

Parliament on collision course with Council over ecopoints

At its plenary session of 10-13 February the European Parliament is expected to ignore the informal agreement reached in Council on 31 December 2002 to establish a transitional system for the transit of heavy goods vehicles through Austria for the period 2004-2006 after the expiry of the current "ecopoints" system on 31 December 2003. MEPs are set to approve the report by Transport Committee chairman and rapporteur Luciano CAVERI (ELDR, I), who said that the Transport Ministers' accord was no more than a "virtual" agreement at this stage (Parliament not yet having adopted its first reading) and was incompatible with the EP's goals. 

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State Aid legislation
                     

Commission investigates second rescue aid package to German aircraft manufacturer Fairchild Dornier

The European Commission on 05 February initiated the investigation procedure into additional rescue aid to insolvent aircraft manufacturer Fairchild Dornier GmbH (Dornier). Following the Commission's approval of a rescue guarantee until 20 September 2002, Germany notified a new rescue package for Dornier. The Commission has decided to investigate the new package to verify whether State aid is involved, and if this is the case, to see whether this aid can be justified.

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State Aid legislation
                     

UK ad hoc aid to CLYDEboyd: Commission closes the investigation procedure

The Commission decided on 05 Februrary to close the formal investigation procedure into a planned UK investment subsidy in favour of Clydeboyd Ltd, concluding that the project was compatible with the common market . As part of the Freight Facilities Grant Scheme, the aid intends to encourage modal shift from road to water transport by providing a larger berth and enhanced freight handling facilities at Corparch Pier, near Fort William (Scotland).

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State Aid legislation
                     

Maritime Policy in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

Maritime transport: Commission clears the introduction of a regional tonnage tax regime in Spain

The Commission decided on 05 February to approve the introduction of a Spanish regional corporate taxation regime that complements a very similar scheme adopted at national level for maritime companies. The Spanish national scheme approved in February 2002 by the Commission did not however cover the autonomous districts of the Basque Country.

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

Commission probes Austrian electricity merger

The European Commission has on 05 February decided to undertake an in-depth investigation into plans by Österreichische Elektrizitätswirtschafts-Aktiengesellschaft (known as VERBUND) and EnergieAllianz Austria (EnergieAllianz) to form two joint ventures in which they would combine their respective activities in electricity trade and supply to large industrial customers. The Commission is concerned that the transaction might lead to the creation of dominant positions in several electricity markets in Austria.

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