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No 49.  Weekly. 09 May 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 authorises Germany to grant EUR 3.3 billion aid to its coal industry

The new European Aviation Safety Agency is recruiting an Executive Director

Loyola de Palacio chairs the delivery ceremony of first hydrogen bus of the CUTE project

The Commission organises a conference on road safety campaigns on 27 May 2003

Fight against terrorism: Security of European maritime transport to be strengthened

European Parliament to debate a €200 million budget for intelligent energy programme

European Parliament to debate co-generation directive on second reading

EP: Conciliation agreement on occurrence reporting in civil aviation

EP's Transport Committee: lower insurance cover requirements for smaller aircraft

Coal issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

State Aid legislation
                     

Commission authorises Germany to grant EUR 3.3 billion aid to its coal industry

The European Commission has decided on 07 May not to raise any objections to the € 3.3 billion aid package which Germany is proposing to grant to its coal industry for the year 2003. The Commission has also approved a restructuring plan for the German coal industry covering the period 2003 to 2007. Both aids are compatible with the proper functioning of the common market.

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Air Safety & Security in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

EASA in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

The new European Aviation Safety Agency is recruiting an Executive Director

The European Commission on 07 May launched a new procedure for the recruitment of an Executive Director for the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). It is doing so at the request of the Agency's Management Board to republish the post which was first published on 27 September 2002. The new Agency will provide the Commission and the Member States with the technical and scientific advice needed to define the highest possible aviation safety levels, ensure their uniform application in Europe, and promote their dissemination throughout the world. 

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The web site of Loyola de Palacio                      

The CUTE project in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

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

Learn more about the fuel cell technology
                     

Loyola de Palacio chairs the delivery ceremony of first hydrogen bus of the CUTE project

The delivery of the first hydrogen bus of the CUTE project took place on 05 May in Madrid, on the occasion of the world conference of the Union Internationale du Transport Public (UITP). The CUTE project aims to develop and demonstrate of an Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bus system. It started on 23 November 2001 for a 55 month duration and is co-financed by the EU (€ 18,5 million for a total budget of € 52 million). For Loyola de Palacio, European Commission vice-president in charge of transport and energy, who chaired this ceremony, "the CUTE project is one of the most innovating projects in transport and is observed world wide with great interest: it is part of our energy supply strategy which aims at reducing the emissions and decreasing our dependency". "The bus is the most visible part of the project, in particular for European citizens, but our efforts concentrate on all applications of hydrogen economy, in particular the production and supply infrastructure of hydrogen. For instance, we'll be able to deliver the first ever network of hydrogen-fuelling station of the world before the end of the year." she explained. 

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Road safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

The Commission organises a conference on road safety campaigns on 27 May 2003

In order to assess the impact and the efficiency of Road Safety campaigns and to promote and the "designated driver" concept, DG TREN has organised a conference in Brussels on 27 May 2003 from from 9.30 to 16.30. Loyola de Palacio, Vice-president of the European Commission in charge of Transports will open the conference that will count with key responsibles on the field of road safety like Alex Roussopoulos, Rijk Van Dam or Heinz Hilbrecht. The conference, free of charge, will take place in the conference facilities of the Commission in the Charlemagne Building, Rue de la loi, 170, Brussels. If you would like to participate or to receive more information on the conference, please contact Mrs Sunay Ata sunay.ata@ec.europa.eu. 

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Maritime Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

Fight against terrorism: Security of European maritime transport to be strengthened

Recent events have shown that no country in the world is immune from terrorism, and shipping is no exception. Any ship can be deliberately used as a weapon or be a carrier of weapons of mass destruction. The European Commission considers that there is a need to enhance the security of the entire maritime transport chain, from the supplier to the consumer. Therefore it has adopted on 08 May a Communication and a proposal for a regulation to ensure the obligatory application throughout the European Union (EU) of the highest security standards on maritime transport, as agreed in the International Maritime Organisation applicable to international commercial shipping, and to port facilities serving them. But the new requirements proposed by the European Commission for a strengthened security will also apply to passenger ships carrying out domestic voyages. Moreover, the provisions with regard to security assessments, the drawing-up of security plans and the designation of company and ship security officers will be extended to other ships used for domestic traffic The Regulation also foresees a process of inspections supervised by the Commission to verify the harmonised implementation of these new security rules throughout the EU.

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Intelligent energy for Europe in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

MEP Eryl Margaret McNally's repport on the intelligent energy for Europe 
                     

The web site of the European Parliament 
                     

European Parliament to debate a €200 million budget for intelligent energy programme

Eryl McNALLY (PES, Eastern), for the Industry Committee of the European Parliament, as part of the joint debate on energy, will be tabling a draft legislative resolution on the "Intelligent Energy – Europe" programme, a multi-annual plan covering the period 2003-2006 and replacing the existing framework programme which expired on 31 December 2002. As regards the programme's budget, following several tri-logue meetings the Council and Parliament agreed on a compromise figure of €200 million (the Council having initially proposed €190m). This amount will be distributed among four areas: improvement of energy efficiency (SAVE, €64m), promotion of new and renewable energy sources (ALTENER, € 72m), energy aspects of transport (STEER, €30m) and the promotion of renewable energy sources and energy efficiency in the developing countries (COOPENER, €34m). The debate, in second reading will take place on 12 May

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Energy demand management in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

Short slides presentation of the co-generation directive (PDF)
                     

MEP Norbert Glante's repport on co-generarion 
                     

The web site of the European Parliament 
                     

European Parliament to debate the co-generation directive on second reading

Norbert GLANTE (PES, D) for the Industry Committee of the European Parliament is proposing a legislative resolution at second-reading on the promotion of "cogeneration" (the combined production of heat and power, or CHP), which forms part of efforts to complete the single market in electricity and gas. Mr Glante highlights the need for a definition of CHP and a method for calculating the electricity produced. He also suggests speeding up the timetable proposed by the Commission. In the proposed compromise amendments, MEPs suggest a methodology for determining the efficiency of the cogeneration process and propose that the Commission should publish harmonised reference values for comparing cogeneration and separate production. Given that the two main goals are energy savings and cuts in CO2 emissions, the Industry Committee proposes a list of criteria for making fair comparisons between cogeneration and separate production. It also advocates a procedure for setting a harmonised calculation method which could be adopted within reasonable period. The use of reference values harmonised at European level would enable better comparisons to be made between systems and thus allow energy savings to be measured. The committee is also putting forward a scientific definition of electricity produced by cogeneration. The debate will take place on 12 May

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Air Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

MEP Gerard Collin's repport on occurrence reporting 
                     

Joint text of the Conciliation Committee 
                     

The web site of the European Parliament 
                     

EP: Conciliation agreement on occurrence reporting in civil aviation

The Gerard COLLINS (UEN, Munster), on behalf of Parliament’s Delegation to the Conciliation Committee will be recommending the House to adopt the final agreement reached with Council on the directive on occurrence reporting in civil aviation. Earlier, in October 2002, Parliament had approved Council's common position, albeit with two amendments concerning proceedings and confidential reports. Consequently, a conciliation procedure had to be opened up. A final agreement was approved by the EP Delegation on 27 March 2003. It was agreed that the Member States should refrain from instituting proceedings in respect of unpremeditated or inadvertent infringements of the law, without prejudice to the applicable rules of penal law. The second amendment was completely redrafted in order to foresee a voluntary reporting system in addition to the system of mandatory reporting. The debate will take place on 14 May

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Air Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

MEP Jim Nicholson's repport on air insurances
                     

The web site of the European Parliament 
                     

EP's Transport Committee: lower insurance cover requirements for smaller aircraft

Jim NICHOLSON (EPP-ED, Northern Ireland) for the Transport Committee of the European Parliament is tabling a draft resolution which represents 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 are proposing a compromise amendment demanding special insurance categories for smaller aircraft. The debate will take place on 14 May.

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