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No 50.  Weekly. 16 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 

Conclusions of the Energy Council (14/05/03): The agreement on co-generation  reinforces Commission's support for durable energy

Developing energy co-operation with neighbouring Countries

Commission gives the go-ahead for French tax measures for shipping companies

Commission raises no objections to Irish State aid compensation payments to airlines

New data on People aged 6-11 killed or seriously injured in road accidents has been added to CARE database

Europe moves into position to host ITER

Motor insurance: Commission refers the Netherlands to the European Court of Justice

European Parliament worried for the crisis in the European Space Industry

Provisional conclusions of the Council of Ministers of transport, telecommunications and energY (PDF) 
                     

Enlargement and international relations on the web site of DG Energy & Transport
                     

Co-Generation on the web site of DG Energy & Transport
                     

 

Conclusions of the Energy Council (14/05/03): The agreement on co-generation  reinforces the Commission's support for durable energy (FR)

The Council of Energy Ministers was held in Brussels on 14 May. Loyola de Palacio, Vice-president of the European Commission responsible of Energy and Transport, represented the Commission. The main result was the political agreement on combined heat and power: the  Directive setting the framework for the promotion of combined heat and power in the internal energy market. This opens the way to a swift final agreement on this important initiative. The unanimous agreement of the Council follows the vote the previous day in the European Parliament which supported the substance of the original Commission proposal. Nevertheless, Parliament proposed several significant amendments, including, in particular, the obligation of all EU states to achieve 18% of electricity produced by combined heat and power in 2010

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The text of the Communication 
                     

Developing energy co-operation. MEMO (PDF)
                     

Enlargement and international relations in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

 

Developing energy co-operation with neighbouring Countries

The European Commission adopted on 13 May a Communication which aims to strengthen the energy co-operation with neighbouring countries, as part of its wider strategy for a new framework in the relations with its neighbours. This Communication sets guidelines to face up to the challenges of growing external energy dependence between the European Union and neighbouring countries. It also examines the need to address infrastructure issues on a regional level, to diversify sources of energy, at both geographical and technological level, and to broaden the basis for energy trade in Europe and its adjoining continents. Loyola de Palacio, Vice-President of the Commission responsible for energy and transport, underlined the importance of this agreement and said: "One of the central roles of the European Union is to act as a force for stability and sustainable development in the continent of Europe. Extending the benefits of the Internal Market is part of that projection of stability to the ring of countries that surround the Community. 

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Maritime transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

Commission gives the go-ahead for French tax measures for shipping companies

The Commission decided on 13 May to approve the tonnage-based flat-rate taxation scheme which France plans to implement from 2003 to 2004 for the maritime transport sector. The Commission took the view, in particular, that the flat-rate taxation scheme applicable to maritime transport companies is in accordance with the Community guidelines for aid to maritime transport. All the tax measures approved by the Commission will help to increase the competitiveness of the French fleet in the face of competition from third countries. 

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Air Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

State Aid legislation
                     

Communication of the Commission after the attaks of 11 September 2001 
                     

Commission raises no objections to Irish State aid compensation payments to airlines

The European Commission on 13 May decided not to raise any objections to compensation under a procedure already in place in Ireland for losses encountered by airlines due to the temporary closure of airspace especially in the United States following the attacks of 11 September 2001. The Commission concluded that this scheme is compatible with the common market. 

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Road safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

CARE database in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

New data on people aged 6-11 killed or seriously injured in road accidents has been added to the CARE database

The web site of CARE (Community Road Accident Database) has been updated on 15 May with new data on people aged 6-11 killed or seriously injured in road accidents. The new information also shown arranged by  hour and day of the week (rate by population in the age group). CARE is a Community database on road accidents resulting in death or injury (no statistics on damage - only accidents).The purpose of the CARE system is to provide a powerful tool which would make it possible to identify and quantify road safety problems throughout European roads, evaluate the efficiency of road safety measures, determine the relevance of Community actions and facilitate the exchange of experience in this field. One of the principal aims of White Paper "European transport policy for 2010 : time to decide" is to reduce by half the annual 40,000 road death toll.

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Nuclear energy in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

Fussion in the web site of Research DG
                     

Introduction to fussion
                     

Europe moves into position to host ITER

The European Commission gave on 13 May to the Council of Ministers a progress report on the negotiations concerning construction and operation of ITER, the international fusion energy demonstration project. The communication from the Commission addresses the question of the choice of a site in Europe (Cadarache in France or Vandellòs in Spain) and the situation now that China and the USA have joined. Russia, Canada and Japan are also participating in this international project. Canada and Japan have each offered a site. The international agreement to launch the operational phase of ITER, including selection of the site and the cost-sharing arrangements, is due to be concluded by the end of 2003. To create the best conditions for negotiating this agreement and give Europe the best chance of siting ITER, the Union must now agree on a single European candidate site. To help to achieve this, the Commission will be setting up a group of high-level experts to give a technical opinion taking account of every dimension.

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Road Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

The Green Card system in The Council of Bureaux web site
                     

Motor insurance: Commission refers the Netherlands to the European Court of Justice

The European Commission has decided on 15 May to refer the Netherlands to the European Court of Justice for failing to implement the Fourth Motor Insurance Directive (2000/26/EC) by the agreed date of 20 July 2002. Until the Directive is properly applied throughout the EU, drivers from one Member State involved in an accident with a car registered and insured in another Member State will still face serious difficulties in claiming compensation quickly. The Commission's decision follows its decision in April 2003 to bring similar cases against France, Luxembourg, Italy, Ireland and Portugal (see IP/03/530).

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Galileo in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

The web site of the European Parliament 
                     

European Parliament worried for the crisis in the European Space Industry

Given the unprecedented crisis in the EU's space industry, arising variously from increased international demand for launchers, stagnation in commercial launching requirements and the structural weakness of the European institutional market, in this resolution MEPs underline the need to guarantee that the EU has independent access to space via the mastery and development of the appropriate technologies. The vote will take place on 15 May

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