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No 45.  Weekly. 04 April 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 

The Commission launches an enquiry into the eventuaState Aids in favour of Electricité de France

EP: Budget Committee favourable to the discharge of the European Coal and Steel Community Budget

Commission authorises aid to Caraïbes Air Transport in the context of the development of the French Overseas Territories

The United Kingdom faces legal action for failing to comply with Euratom Treaty requirements on radioactive waste

Vice-president Loyola de Palacio analises the challenges of future energy policies in the Seminar World Energy Council

Aiming at increased safety for European transport : the results of the Transport Council 27/28 March 2003

Commission approves aid for the construction of an aviation fuel pipeline supplying Athens airport

Internal market for electricity in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

Competition in the web site of The European Commission 
                     

The Commission launches an enquiry into the eventuaState Aids in favour of Electricité de France (FR)

The Commission decided on 2 April to open formal examination procedures into the unlimited guarantee linked to the status of Electricité de France (EdF). The Commission will take a close look in this process at the guarantee mechanismsA formal examination procedure in no way prejudges the final decisionIt will also give the Member State concerned and the operator's competitors concerned the opportunity to make known their observationsThe French authorities now have a period of one month in which to notify the Commission of their comments

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MEP LANGENHAGEN rapport on ECSC budget
                     

The ECSC in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

The web site of the European Parliament                      

EP: Budget Committee favourable to the discharge of the European Coal and Steel Community Budget

MEP Brigitte LANGENHAGEN (EPP-ED, D), rapporteur of the Budgetary Control Commission will be proposing that Parliament gives its discharge to the 2001 ECSC budget for the financial year 2001. The draft discharge resolution points out that in the light of the imminent expiry of the ECSC Treaty, the ECSC has not granted any new loans (from borrowed funds) since 1997. The reporter also urges the Commission to publish, by the end of 2003 an overview of the work undertaken by the ECSC since it was established. The draft resolution further calls on the Commission to review all outstanding commitments systematically before the end of 2003 and to cancel any amounts in respect of which it is unlikely that there will be any movement in the future. The debate will take place on 8 April

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State Aid legislation
                     

Air Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

Commission authorises aid to Caraïbes Air Transport in the context of the development of the French Overseas Territories

The European Commission on 2 April 2003 authorised State aid to the airline Caraïbes Air Transport (CAT) to purchase a regional transport plane with a 34% price reduction. This aid measure is part of a general investment development scheme for the French Overseas Departments (French Guyana, Réunion, Martinique and Guadeloupe). 

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Nuclear in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

The Euroatom Treaty
                     

The United Kingdom faces legal action for failing to comply with Euratom Treaty requirements on radioactive waste

A reasoned opinion will be sent to the United Kingdom for failing to comply with two major requirements under the Euratom Treaty when authorising the disposal of radioactive waste from the Devonport Dockyards Ltd (DML) nuclear plant, the European Commission decided today. This follows new authorisation by the UK for the disposal of radioactive waste from DML, arising from the refitting and refuelling of nuclear submarines, without implementing the notification provisions of Article 37 of the Euratom Treaty and the justification principle of articles 6 (1) and 6 (2) of Directive 96/29/Euratom.

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The web site of Loyola de Palacio                      

The web site of th World Energy Council                      

Vice-president Loyola de Palacio analises the challenges of future energy policies in the Seminar World Energy Council

Loyola de Palacio Vice-President of the European Commission, Commissioner for Energy and Transport presented the challenges facing future energy policies in a speech delivered to the World Energy Council seminar, in Brussels on 1 April 2003. Under the title "Energy for tomorrow's Europe", Vice-president De Palacio analysed the situation in the energy sector in Europe and the rest of the world and considered key issues such as oil prices, the geopolitical situation, climate change and access to natural energy resources.

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The conclusions of the Council (PDF)
                      

The prestige accident  
                      

International aviation  
                      

The special case of Ecopoints  
                      

The II Railway package  
                      

Aiming at increased safety for European transport : the results of the Transport Council 27/28 March 2003 (FR)

Agreement on the acceleration of the elimination of single-hulled oil tankers and the prohibition of the transport of heavy oils in single hulledon the strengthening and harmonisation of rail safety as well as the development of rail freight transport in the EUagreement on safety of aircraft from third countriesthe Transpport Council of 27 and 28 March put a heavy accent on transport safety"The opening-up of European transportation should respond to the need for quality and give priority to maintaining the highest levels of safety" declared Loyola de Palacio, Vice-President responsible for transport and energy"The results of the Council are a confirmation of the commitment of the European Union to safety and successful market opening" she added.

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State Aid legislation
                     

Air Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

Commission approves aid for the construction of an aviation fuel pipeline supplying Athens airport

Today the Commission approved on 2 April a grant of € 7,46 million for the construction of an aviation fuel pipeline to the new Athens International Airport. At present, aviation fuel is delivered by the daily use of 120 trucks that carry the fuel over a distance of 60 km. In these circumstances, the new pipeline contributes to the development of the Attiki region by providing a more secure and environmentally sound way of transporting aviation fuel to the airport. As the envisaged aid intensity is significantly below the maximum aid intensity possible for the Attiki region under the Regional Aid Guidelines, the aid can be approved. 

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