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No 44.  Weekly. 28 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 

Commission adopts a Communication on the consequences of the war in Iraq for energy and transport

Background note: Concerted action within the EU on oil supplies

Preparation of the Transport Council of 27-28 March 2003 (FR)

Commission starts consultation on application of competition rules to maritime transport

The EU training programme on clean urban transport opens for applications to join the 2003/2004 set of courses

Iraq situation page in the web site of the European Commission 
                     

Commission adopts a communication on the consequences of the war in Iraq for energy and transport (PDF)

The war in Iraq will have major repercussions, and not all the implications can be measured at this stage. This communication, presented on 26 March, is only a first reaction to the consequences of the war in terms of energy and transport. Clearly, in the light of the course of events, adjustments may be necessary. The communication includes information on Air and Maritime Transport, Galileo, Oil prices and security of supply, and Nuclear security and safety. 

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Oil issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

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

Background note: Concerted action within the EU on oil supplies

Europe's dependence on oil imports calls for greater coordination both within the EU and within the International Energy Agency, especially to deal with any actual disruption in supply. At present, European experts consider that there is no risk of disruption since the producer countries have undertaken to meet demand, which is in fact falling. The price of a barrel of oil has in fact fallen recently (by $6).Be that as it may, the EU set up solidarity arrangements several years ago to be able to deal with any unexpected supply disruption. This background note, dated 20 March, summarises these arrangements.

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The prestige accident  
                      

International aviation  
                      

The special case of Ecopoints  
                      

The II Railway package  
                      

Preparation of the Transport Council of 27-28 March 2003 (FR)

The Transport Council meeting in the afternoon of Thursday 27 March and all day Friday 28 March. The main fous will be the maritime safety dossier where a political accord is expected on the new proposals for the acceleration and elimination of single-hulled oil tankers as well as the prohibition of the transport of heavy fuel oil in single hulls. An accord may also be reached on the second rail package. The European Commission will be represented by Loyola de Palacio, Vice-President responsible for transport and energy. Next issue of the European Transport and Energy Digest will include the conclusions of the Council.

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Maritime Policy in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

Consultations in the web site of Comptetition DG 
                     

Commission starts consultation on application of competition rules to maritime transport

The European Commission has announced on 27 March that is seeking comments from governments and the industries concerned regarding the application of the European Union competition rules to maritime transport. Shipping companies which are part of liner conferences currently benefit from antitrust immunity granted more than 15 years ago by the EU Council of Ministers. The Commission wants to ascertain whether this immunity, which allows companies to fix prices and limit supply, still produces the benefits expected and continues to be justified.

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Clean Urban Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                      

A brochure on the programme (PDF) 
                      

The EU training programme on clean urban transport opens for applications to join the 2003/2004 set of courses

The European Commission, Transport and Energy DG, has established a training programme that offers transport professionals the opportunity to take part in a series of training seminars on clean urban transport. The training programme is targeted at mid-career transport managers and executives working in local/regional authorities and related bodies, or for public transport operators in the EU and Candidate countries. It consists of a cycle of four seminars, to be carried out on a yearly basis from 2003 to 2005. The seminars are held in different locations in Europe and last for two days. The applications deadline is the 4 April. The content of the seminars is based primarily on the results of EU research and demonstration projects in the field of clean urban transport, covering an extensive range of issues relating to integrated mobility in cities, alternative motor fuels and clean vehicles and, the policy framework for clean urban transport. 

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