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No 43.  Weekly. 21 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 

Loyola de Palacio, Vice-President of the European Commission : on the doorstep of an opening rail market

Tracks clear for freight rail transport in Europe

GALILEO: 18 March 2003, Industry Day

Commission proposes integrating the EGNOS and GALILEO programmes

The driver attestation will in future make it possible to combat irregular employment of road haulage drivers

Commission and Member States examined the oil supply situation

Belgian shipping companies to enjoy more favourable tax arrangements

Commission authorises aid for the restructuring of German airline LTU

Commission accepts French scheme for compensation for airlines following 11 September

Commission clears joint venture providing IT solutions for the operation of container terminals

 

 

 

Rail Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

 

 

 

Loyola de Palacio, Vice-President of the European Commission: on the doorstep of an opening rail market

In her speech given on 14 March 2003 at the Conference of the European Rail Freight Customers Platform, Loyola de Palacio, Vice-President of the European Commission, Commissioner for Transport and Energy,stressed that after decades of national fragmentation and subsequent decline the sector will finally make the first meaningful step towards the objective of a European Internal Market for rail freight services.

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Rail Infrastructure (1st package) in the web site of Energy & Transport DG  (includes video)
                     

Rail Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

 

 

Tracks clear for freight rail transport in Europe

15 March 2003 has been an historic date for European rail transport: the first rail package, which will make the rail freight transport more competitive and more European, will be fully effective in the Member States. This package comprises a series of measures relating to the opening-up of the international freight market which will enable rail companies to provide competitive European services to meet the demands of industry and forwarders. "Many rail companies are impatiently waiting for this date to launch new commercial strategies based on making use of rail's strong point: long-distance transport on a European scale. This will only be effective if the Member States transpose and implement in practice the Community provisions in their national legislation. The Commission will take the necessary measures to ensure that this happens as soon as possible" said Loyola de Palacio, European Commission Vice-President for Energy and Transport.

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Industry day compte-rendu and speeches in the GALILEO chapter of Energy and Transport DG web site
                     

GALILEO: 18 March 2003, Industry Day

More than 600 industry leaders, potential investors and users from all across the world have participated in the briefing session on the GALILEO satellite radionavigation programme which the European Commission has organised on 18 March 2003. The meeting, which has been inaugurated by Commission Vice-President Loyola de Palacio, will enable investors to be informed about the development of the programme, the stages leading to the choice of the future concession-holder and the various services that satellite radio navigation can provide.

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Commission Communication on the integration of EGNOS into GALILEO
                     

GALILEO in the Energy & Transport DG web site
                     

Commission proposes integrating the EGNOS and GALILEO programmes

The Commission adopted on 20 March 2003 a proposal aimed at integrating the EGNOS programme into the GALILEO programme. As stressed by Loyola de Palacio, Commission Vice-President, "the EGNOS system demonstrates Europe's capability as regards offering a satellite radio navigation system. This system, which will improve the service offered by the GPS satellites, will facilitate market penetration by GALILEO thanks to the rapid development of a large number of satellite navigation applications, in particular in transport, agriculture, fisheries and telecommunications." Apart from the technical coming-together of these two programmes, the Commission is proposing to place the EGNOS programme under the supervision of the GALILEO Joint Undertaking as of now. 

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Regulation (EC) No 484/2002 
                     

 

The driver attestation will in future make it possible to combat irregular employment of road haulage drivers

On 19 March 2003 Regulation (EC) No 484/2002 which establishes a driver attestation, enters into force. This measure is part of the social package proposed by the Commission in November 2000 to improve the competitiveness and quality of the internal market for road transport. The abuses whereby EU companies employed a growing number of non-Community drivers in conditions not complying with national and Community labour law, should now be outlawed as a result of these measures which represent considerable progress in the action to combat social dumping.

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The security of oil & gas supply in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

Commission and Member States examined the oil supply situation

On 13 March 2003, the European Commission convened the Oil Supply Group (OSG). The purpose of this meeting was to analyse the situation on the oil markets, recent developments and the measures that could be taken in case of need.

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The Martitime Policy in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

State Aid legislation
                     

Belgian shipping companies to enjoy more favourable tax arrangements

The Commission decided on 19 March 2003 to approve many of the tax measures envisaged by Belgium for the maritime transport sector. In particular, the Commission took the view that, with the exception of certain features, the flat-rate taxation scheme for shipping companies is in accordance with the requirements of the Community guidelines for aid to maritime transport. All the tax measures approved by the Commission will help improve the competitiveness of the Belgian fleet in the face of competition from third countries. Belgium will therefore be the ninth Member State with a flat-rate taxation scheme of this kind.

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The functioning of  Air Transport market in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

State Aid legislation
                     

 

Commission authorises aid for the restructuring of German airline LTU

The Commission authorised on 19 March 2003 aid for the restructuring of the Germany airline LTU (Lufttransport Unternehmen GmbH). This aid will make it possible for the company to contribute to the financing of a restructuring plan intended to return it to viability by 2004. Funds totalling EUR 100 million, guaranteed to the extent of 80% by North Rhine-Westphalia, can now be released by the two lending banks. They must be totally repaid by 2009 at the latest. The situation of LTU had become critical since the announcement of the bankruptcy of its main shareholder, Swissair, at the beginning of October 2001, against the background of the repercussions on the air transport sector of the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001.

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The functioning of  Air Transport market in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

State Aid legislation
                     

 

Commission accepts French scheme for compensation for airlines following 11 September

The European Commission decided on 19 March 2003 that temporary compensation for the additional security costs incurred by Community airlines after 11 September 2001 does not constitute State aid. The Commission took the view that the obligation for airlines to intensify security checks in France comes under the heading of the exercise of public-authority powers. Consequently, the compensation, which is starkly limited in time and directly related to the extraordinary measures taken following 11 September 2001, does not constitute aid.

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Intermodal freight transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

The Competition DG web site
                     

 

Commission clears joint venture providing IT solutions for the operation of container terminals

The European Commission has authorised on 13 March 2003 the creation by Maersk Data (USA) Inc. and Eurogate IT Services GmbH (Germany) of a joint venture called Global Transport Solutions LLC (GTS). GTS will provide IT solutions to port terminal operators and companies that manage inter-modal and marine businesses related to port terminal operations.

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