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No 51.  Weekly. 23 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 

Loyola de Palacio announces the priorities for the Euro-mediterranean Energy Partnership

Maritime safety: Loyola de Palacio welcomes the agreement for new levels of oil pollution compensation

Commission clears ENI's stake in Unión Fenosa Gas

EU space policy takes off: EU decision-makers discuss the future of space technology

The 3rd Euro-Mediterranean Energy Conference in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

The web site of Loyola de Palacio                      

 

Loyola de Palacio announces the priorities for the Euro-mediterranean Energy Partnership (FR)

The Vice-President of the European Commission, responsible for Transport and Energy, gave a speech in Athens on 21 May announcing the priorities for the Euro-Mediterranean Energy Partnership. In her presentation, addressed to the participants in the 3rd Euro-Mediterranean energy ministers conference, Mrs. De Palacio underlined the need for co-operation among countries on both shores of the Mediterranean to improve the security of energy supply, open up the markets, develop research and protect the environement.

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Maritime Safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

MEMO on The "Prestige" (PDF)
                     

The "Prestige" accident in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

Maritime safety: Loyola de Palacio welcomes the agreement for new levels of oil pollution compensation

On 16 May, the International Maritime Organisation will finally approve a very high increase of the level of IOPC Fund (International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund), which will be close to 1 billion €. This final agreement follows the very important proposals made by the European Commission in the aftermath of the Erika's disaster by December 2000. Then a European Complementary Fund was proposed to complete until 1 billion € the international levels of compensation, restricted to 200 million €. "This is another big step ahead in our fight against the maritime pollution: today, thanks to the obstinacy of the European Commission and other EU institutions, we achieved a great result which will allow the victims of oil spills to be better compensated" welcomed Loyola de Palacio, European Commission vice-president in charge of transport and energy. "That's not enough, we must maintain the pressure and push for all measures at both EU and international levels to avoid such disasters" she added. "In the coming months we must adopt and implement fully the new EU legislation proposed after Erika and Prestige disasters: this is our responsibility" she concluded. 

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Competition DG web site
                     

 

Commission clears ENI's stake in Unión Fenosa Gas

The European Commission has granted clearance under the Merger Regulation to the acquisition by Italian energy firm ENI S.p.A of a stake in Unión Fenosa Gas SA. Unión Fenosa Gas is currently a wholly-owned subsidiary of Unión Fenosa SA. After the deal is completed it will be jointly controlled by ENI and Unión Fenosa. (The operation, notified on 11 April 2003, was examined under the simplified merger review procedure). 

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Space Reserach in the web site of RTD DG
                     

Galileo in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

EU space policy takes off: EU decision-makers discuss the future of space technology

Key decision-makers responsible for shaping Europe's future in space gathered in London 20 May, to discuss how to enhance Europe's leading position in developing space technology. Philippe Busquin, European Research Commissioner, Lord Sainsbury, UK Minister for Science and Innovation, and Antonio Rodotà, Director-General of the European Space Agency, addressed over 350 representatives from government, industry and research. This meeting was part of a series of consultation events on European space policy, following the publication of the EU Green Paper on Space. The consultation will be closed by a major conference in Paris on 23-24 June, paving the way for a White Paper and detailed Action Plan to be presented by the end of 2003. Yesterday's conference specifically focused on how space R&D can lead to concrete applications and commercial products in a wide range of areas, such as telecommunications, navigation and localisation, and earth observation. 

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