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No 42.  Weekly. 14 March 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 

Action to deal with the effects of the Prestige disaster

Visit of Vice-President Loyola de Palacio to Morocco

Maritime Safety: Loyola de Palacio meets William A. O'Neil, Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organisation

EP: Market access to ports services

EP: Support for biofuels

EP: adult safety belts for children over 1.50 m tall

EP: resolution on external relations in the field of transport

Commission approves partnership between British Airways and SN Brussels Airlines

Energy: issues, options and technologies - a survey of public opinion in Europe

Airline passenger data transfers from the EU to the United States (Passenger Name Record):  Frequently asked questions

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

The Commission communication COM(2003) 105 final
                     

 

Action to deal with the effects of the Prestige disaster

The European Commission adopted on 5 March 2003 a communication (COM(2003)105 final) to be presented at the European Council of 21 March 2003 on the action to deal with the effects of the Prestige disaster. The  Commission outlines in the report the many actions already undertaken or planned at European level and in the Member States in the field of maritime safety. This  follows a request made to the Commission by the Heads of State and Government at the Copenhagen European Council of 12-13 December 2002 to present a progress report for their next meeting. 

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Maritime Safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

The Euro -Mediterranean partnership web site
                     

Visit of Vice-President Loyola de Palacio to Morocco

Loyola de Palacio, the European Commission Vice-President for Energy and Transport, visited Morocco on 6 and 7 March at the invitation of the Moroccan Government. Among the many topics discussed, safety at sea was a major theme, as a result of Morocco's commitment to be associated with the recent EU initiatives following the Prestige disaster. During her meetings, Loyola de Palacio stressed that Morocco's proximity to Europe is an asset which it should fully exploit. "Transport and energy are two practical sectors in which the EU and Morocco should intensify cooperation. There is considerable potential for subregional cooperation at the level of the Maghreb, which should be based on concrete Euro-Maghreb cooperation in the more general framework of the Euro-Mediterranean partnership" she said.

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Maritime Safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

Full text of the joint communiqué
                     

 

Maritime Safety: Loyola de Palacio meets William A. O'Neil, Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organisation

In the framework of the current initiatives to improve maritime safety, Loyola de Palacio, European Commission vice-president, met on 6 March 2003 the General Secretary of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), William O'Neil. Following this fruitful meeting, Loyola de Palacio said: "Many improvements in maritime safety must be agreed at the international level and I welcome the intentions of this organisation to debate safety matters and to act as quickly as possible. Our citizens would not accept that we do not decide the needed measures to change radically the current situation". A joint communiqué has been issued issued following the meeting.

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Ports and maritime infrastructure in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

Report of MEP G. Jarzembowski                      

The web site of the European Parliament                      

 

EP: Market access to ports services

An amendment tabled by the Greens/ALE and GUE/NGL proposing that the Council common position be rejected was turned down on 11 March 2003 by 141 votes in favour, 391 votes against and with 3 abstentions.
A majority of MEPs has nevertheless considerably amended Council's common position. Several amendments concerning "self-handling" were adopted with the aim of protecting the position of skilled professional dockers. "Self-handling" will be allowed only by regular seafaring personnel and only if national employment regulations, like dockers' statutes are strictly observed. Moreover, an amendment was adopted demanding that all port activities will require prior authorisation by the competent authorities.
MEPs want pilotage services to be excluded from the directive. MEPs argued that, in the interest of maritime safety, national authorities should continue to lay down the rules for these services. This would provide the best guarantees for safety and environmental protection in vulnerable regions. 

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Biofuels proposal. Slides presentation                      

Report of MEP M. Ayuso González
                     

The web site of the European Parliament                      

 

EP: Support for biofuels 

European Parliament adopted on 12 March 2003 a resolution approving a Council common position on increasing the amount of biofuels used for public transport. A series of compromise amendments strengthening the Council common position were adopted which aim to support the increased use of biofuels. MEPs demand that the Member States inform the Commission of the measures they have taken to reach the aim of 2% use of biofuels by 2005 and 5.75% by 2010. If targets are not met, for reasons that are unjustified and/or do not relate to new scientific evidence, MEPs stress that national targets, including mandatory targets, in the appropriate form should be set by the Commission.

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Road Safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

Report of MEP E. Hedkvist Petersen                      

The web site of the European Parliament                      

 

EP: adult safety belts for children over 1.50 m tall

This recommendation for EP second reading on the compulsory use of safety belts was adopted on 11 March 2003 without amendments. MEPs were satisfied with the Council common position, the text of which was an acceptable balance between reality and determination to achieve a situation with zero road fatalities throughout the European Union. MEPs took note that the Transport Council had integrated their first reading request to authorize children over 1.50 m tall to wear adult car seat belts in vehicles weighing less than 3.5 tonnes.

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Report of MEP B. Simpson                      

The web site of the European Parliament                      

EP: resolution on external relations in the field of transport

In adopting the report of MEP Brian Simpson (PSE, UK) on 11 March 2003, European Parliament takes the view that it is no longer acceptable that the EU as one of the biggest and leading powers in the world should continue to remain outside the decision-making process when it comes to formulating internal global rules affecting competencies which fall in the scope of the Treaties, in particular in transport matters. Therefore, the European Union should become a member of organisations operating in the field of civil aviation and maritime transport like the ICAO and IMO. Europe also has to speak with one voice when it comes to the "open skies" agreements with the USA. Bilateral "open skies" agreement with a couple of Member States were an anomaly and were against the principle of a single market free of discriminations.

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Fuctioning of the air transport market in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

The web site of Competition DG 
                     

 

Commission approves partnership between British Airways and SN Brussels Airlines

The European Commission has approved for a period of six years a co-operation agreement between British Airways and SN Brussels Airlines. The agreement will be beneficial for consumers by, in particular, giving SN's passengers access to BA's long-haul network. On the only route where the alliance would have eliminated competition, i.e. Brussels-Manchester, the airlines have submitted undertakings that safeguard consumer choice.

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The energy research in the web site of DG Research                      

 

 

 

 

 

 

Air safety and security in the web site of Energy & Transport DG                      

 

Energy: issues, options and technologies - a survey of public opinion in Europe

European Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin presented on 6 March 2003 in Brussels the findings of the EUROBAROMETER survey on "Energy: Issues, options and technologies". The survey is based on interviews with some 16 000 citizens from the 15 EU Member States. How do European citizens imagine energy in the future? What are the priorities, individual preferences and patterns of energy use? Most Europeans are aware of the growing energy needs of their countries. They also recognise the EU is critically dependent on external energy supply. But they are not inclined to change their energy consumption patterns. They therefore call for further research into new energy sources, such as nuclear fusion, and for the development of new energy-saving technologies.

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   Airline passenger data transfers
 from the EU to the United States
 (Passenger Name Record):  Frequently
 asked questions

The European Commission has published on 12 March 2003 an information memo in 13 questions and answers on the subject of airline passenger data transfers from the EU to the United States. 

 

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