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No 40.  Weekly. 28 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 

Open Skies: Commission sets out its international air transport policy

Air transport : Commission proposes clear rules to handle alliances between EU and non-EU carriers

Statement on inspections at transporters of bulk liquids by barge on inland waterway

GALILEO strengthens Euro-Mediterranean partnership

Commission clears Dutch joint venture between Pon and Nimbus

EP: Tough measures to promote use of green fuel

Loyola de Palacio welcomes the agreement on the interconnection of Greek and Turkish gas networks

Air Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

International aviation in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

Open Skies: Commission sets out its international air transport policy

The Commission has adopted on 26 February 2003 a package of measures that will create a legal framework for handling all bilateral relationships between the European Union and the rest of the world in the field of air transport. This package will remove the uncertainty of the international air transport industry since the European Court of Justice found that the "Open Skies" bilateral agreements between 8 member states and the United States were not in conformity with the EU Treaty. Today's measures will also allow EU airlines to develop truly Europe-wide and international networks by enabling the Community to remove the national ownership requirements still found in most agreements.

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Air Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

International aviation in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

Air transport : Commission proposes clear rules to handle alliances between EU and non-EU carriers

The European Commission has adopted on 26 February 2003 a proposal for a Regulation, which would give it clear powers to review cases relating to air transport between the Community and third countries. This would end the present anomaly where the Commission has jurisdiction on an all-European alliance, but not on an alliance with a US carrier, for example. Commenting of the proposal, Commissioner Monti said: "Putting an end to this anomaly is all the more urgent in view of the recent European Court open-skies ruling which recognises EU competence on air transport relations with third countries and is expected to lead to more consolidation in the sector".

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Inland waterways in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                      

The web site of Competition DG 
                     

Statement on inspections at transporters of bulk liquids by barge on inland waterways

Following press inquiries, the European Commission's spokesperson for competition has confirmed that on 25 February 2003, a number of Commission inspectors assisted by officials of the Member States concerned have carried out unannounced inspections at the premises of a number of transporters of bulk liquids by barge on inland waterways in several European countries. The purpose of these inspections is to ascertain whether there is evidence of a cartel agreement and related illegal practices concerning price fixing agreements and customer sharing.

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Galileo on Energy in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

GALILEO strengthens Euro-Mediterranean partnership

The 1st Euro-Mediterranean Global Satellite Navigation Systems (GNSS) Seminar, organised by the European Commission, was held in Cairo on 16-17 February. This was the first of a series of actions planned to strengthen the Euro-Mediterranean partnership and its regional transport policy through GNSS.

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The web site of Competition DG 
                     

Commission clears Dutch joint venture between Pon and Nimbus

The European Commission has cleared on 25 February the creation of a joint venture between transport equipment products maker Pon Holdings BV and investment company Nimbus Investment III BV, both based in the Netherlands. Pon is a distributor of products related to transport and mobility. It also provides financial services and industrial and telecommunication products. Pon had previously acquired the relevant activities of Geveke -- a transaction notified to and recently cleared by the Dutch Competition authorities.

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Biofuels proposal. Slides presentation 
                     

The web site of the European Parliament                      

EP: tough measures to promote use of green fuel

The Industry Committee of the European Parliament adopted on 20 Februrary 2003 by 43 votes to 5 with 2 abstentions, a report by Maria del Pilar AYUSO GONZÁLEZ (EPP-ED, E) on the use of biofuels for road transport. Going against Parliament's first-reading proposals, the Council's common position has rejected the idea of binding targets for biofuel use. The Council wants to allow Member States to decide their targets themselves. Its common position therefore only lays down two "reference figures" for the total of fuel placed on the market: 2% for 2005 and 5.75% for 2010. However, MEPs want to ensure that progress made in the Member States is properly monitored by the European Commission. The committee also argues that Member States wishing to depart from the reference figures should be obliged to meet strict conditions. Any discrepancy between national targets and the reference figures should be based on two criteria: firstly, real national potential for biofuel production; secondly, the amount of national resources allocated to the production of biomass for energy uses other than transport.

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Inogate web page 
                     

The web page of Vice-president Loyola de Palacio 
                     

Loyola de Palacio welcomes the agreement on the interconnection of Greek and Turkish gas networks

Loyola de Palacio, the Commission Vice-President responsible for Energy and Transport, has welcomed the signature, in the margins of the informal meeting of EU Energy Ministers in Thessaloniki, of an agreement between Greece and Turkey on the interconnection of their gas networks. The tripartite agreement between the European Commission, Greece and Turkey, initiated by the Commission in 2000 as part of the Inogate Programme, is a major contribution towards ensuring the security of Europe's energy supply. With the EU's demand for natural gas firmly on the increase, the new pipeline should help guarantee a natural gas supply that is advantageous in terms of both price and quantity. Mrs de Palacio welcomed "the progress made by both governments, who with the support of the European Commission have developed genuine commercial cooperation between their gas companies."

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