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No 38.  Weekly. 14 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 

Loyola de Palacio and Dr Chakib Khelil strengthen energy cooperation between Algeria and the European Union

Loyola de Palacio and Abdelmalek Sellal put the priority on maritime safety

Parliament on collision course with Council over ecopoints

Parliament welcomes Commission's White Paper on Transport and makes some new proposals

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

The web site of Loyola de Palacio                      

Loyola de Palacio and Dr Chakib Khelil strengthen energy cooperation between Algeria and the European Union

During her official visit to Algeria on 6-9 February 2003, Loyola de Palacio, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for energy and transport and Dr Chakib Khelil, Minister for energy and minesaddressed a number of questions concerning cooperation between Algeria and the EU in the energy sector and the present situation of the world oil marketsThey underlined in particular the importance of a strengthened dialogue between Algeria and the EU  and were agreed on the need to better integrate the marketsto develop infrastructure and reinforce the interconnections as well as to increase maritime safety through support for oil pipeline construction projects.

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Maritime Safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

The web site of Loyola de Palacio                      

Loyola de Palacio and Abdelmalek Sellal put the priority on maritime safety

During her official visit to Algeria of - Fenruary 2003, Loyola de Palacio, Vice-President of the European Commission resonsible for transport and energy and Abdelmalek Sellal, Algerian Minister for transportdiscussed cooperation between Algeria and the EU and placed the emphasis on the crucial question of maritime safetyThey were agreed on the urgent need to take all measures together to prevent a catastrophe on a grand scale in the Mediteranean.

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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

The European Parliament adopted on 12 February a resolution on ecopoints with 430 votes in favour, 79 against and 19 abstentions. Austrian and Green MEPs saw their amendments in favour of the Danish Presidency's compromise proposal of 31 December 2002 rejected. The adoption of this report will now set Parliament on a collision course with Council, making a conciliation procedure highly probable. MEPs have approved 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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The White Paper on Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

The web site of the European Parliament                      

MEP Izquierdo Collado repport on the White Paper on ETP                      

Parliament welcomes Commission's White Paper on Transport and makes some new proposals

In adopting this resolution by 406 votes in favour, 95 against with 33 abstentions Parliament outlined on 12 February its policies for a future European transport policy. The Commission proposals were broadly welcomed, but the House also demanded that a European transport fund and a European road safety agency be set up. MEPs also called for the introduction of a worldwide aviation fuel tax. Amendments were also adopted pointing out that the measures set out by the Commission regarding road safety were insufficient to attain the ambitious goals being proposed. Particular attention should be focused on vulnerable road user groups, such as young people, the elderly, pedestrians, motorcyclists and children. 

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