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No 47.  Weekly. 25 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 

Commission refers to Court of Justice Greece's non-compliance with decision concerning Olympic Airways

New management, new finance mechanisms for Trans-European Transport Networks

Commission and Danish competition authorities jointly open up Danish gas market

Road Safety: industry and Commission work hand in hand for European leadership

EP: €200 million for intelligent energy programme

EP: lower insurance cover requirements for smaller aircraft

State Aid legislation
                     

The functioning of the air transport market 
                     

Commission refers to Court of Justice Greece's non-compliance with decision concerning Olympic Airways

The Commission decided on 24 April to refer to the Court of Justice the failure by the Greek Government to comply with its «State aid» decision of 11 December 2002 concerning Olympic AirwaysOn 11 December 2002, the Commission asked Greece to recover € 41 million of aid authorised in 1998, and for the repayment of new aid granted subsequently, amounting to an estimated € 153 million. 

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Transeuropean networks of transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

MEMO of the new proposal for the management and financing of TEN-T (PDF) 
                     

New management, new finance mechanisms for Trans-European Transport Networks

Innovative financial instruments and management systems necessary to realise large scale infrastructure projects on the one hand and a proposal for a directive on electronic charging systems on the other were presented by the Commission on 24th April in a Communication to the Parliament and Council. Together these will contribute to more favourable conditions for a more efficient use of the trans-European transport networks and their completion. The Commission's Vice-President responsible for transport and energy, Loyola de Palacio, welcomed the proposals saying: "The financial and structural problems encountered in putting into place the extensive and expensive infrastructure essential to hold our continent together will not be solved overnight but these proposals today lay the foundations on which we can together build the transport future for an enlarged Union". 

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Gas issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

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

Application of competition rules to the gas sectoror 
                     

DG Competition web site 
                     

Commission and Danish competition authorities jointly open up Danish gas market

The European Commission's competition department and the Danish Competition authority have settled on 24 April an antitrust investigation involving the incumbent Danish gas supplier DONG and the country's main gas producers Shell, A.P Møller and ChevronTexaco after the latter committed themselves to market their production individually. DONG also agreed to release the producers, grouped in a cooperation called DUC, from the obligation to offer all their gas first to DONG. The successful outcome follows the settlement reached in 2002 with the Norwegian gas producers and is another step towards the creation of a European single market for gas, which will lead to improved services and lower prices for businesses and consumers alike. The investigation also provides a good example of how the Commission and the national competition authorities can work together to foster a more competitive business environment. 

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Road Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

DG Enterprise web site 
                     

Road Safety: industry and Commission work hand in hand for European leadership

On April 22, the first plenary meeting of the eSafety Forum was held in Brussels, resulting in consensus on implementing a range of new road safety technologies. Chaired by the European Commission, the meeting brought together 150 representatives of the European automotive and telecommunication industries, providers of intelligent transport systems, infrastructure operators, public authorities, and the Commission. Participants included Erkki Liikanen, European Commissioner for Enterprise and Information Society, Max Mosley, president of FIA (Federation Internationale de l'Automobile); Louis Schweitzer, president of ACEA (Association des Constructeurs Européens des Automobiles) and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Renault. 

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Intelligent Energy for Eurpe in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

The web site of the European Parliament                      

EP: €200 million for intelligent energy programme

The Industry Committee of the European Parliament approved on 23 April at second reading the "Intelligent Energy – Europe" programme, a multiannual plan covering the period 2003-2006 and replacing the existing framework programme which expired on 31 December 2002. In its common position the Council accepted most of Parliament's amendments, including those regarding the integration of the candidate countries, the dissemination of and access to the programme, and the introduction of transparent criteria for selecting participants. However, the Council did not accept the proposal to set up a European Intelligent Energy Agency nor the creation of a task force within the Commission to coordinate the various fields of the programme and monitor linkage with other Community policies. 

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Air Companies insurances in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

The web site of the European Parliament                      

EP:lower insurance cover requirements for smaller aircraft

The Transport Committee of the European Parliament had good news for operators of smaller aircraft who, following Commission proposals, were facing bankruptcy because of onerous insurance cover requirements. The Commission has published a draft regulation seeking to re-establish equilibrium in the aviation insurance market in Europe following the events of 11 September 2001 in the US, when airlines were suddenly left without insurance and governments had to step in and take on the role of insurers. Committee members almost unanimously welcomed the Commission initiative itself, but adopted on 25th April a compromise amendment demanding special insurance categories for smaller aircraft. 

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