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No 53.  Weekly. 06 June 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 welcomes EP's vote for  the creation of a single market of energy

Vice-president de Palacio welcomes the spectacular steps in maritime safety

Road safety: The Commission wants to save 20,000 lives a year on European roads

New Era for Air Transport: Loyola de Palacio welcomes the mandate given to the European Commission for negotiating an Open Aviation Area with the US

Belgium challenged over inadequate implementation of aircraft noise directive

The Red Cross and the European Commission launch a plan to save children on school roads

CONCERTO & CIVITAS II Information Days on 6th Framework Programme (FP6) calls for proposals

International conference outlines steps to increase renewable energy globally

Parliament adopts a legislative resolution on the guidelines for trans-European energy networks

Opening of electricity and gas markets in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

MEP's Rapkay, Turmes and Mombaur reports on Gas, Electriciy and interconnexions 
                     

The web site of the European Parliament 
                     

Loyola de Palacio welcomes the creation of a single market of energy

Loyola de Palacio, Vice-President of the European Commission, in charge of transport and energy, has welcomed the the European Parliament's vote on 4 June on the proposals made by the Commission for the full opening of the energy markets. "The vote on the full opening of the markets of electricity and of gas, as from 2004 for the commercial sector and 2007 for the domestic consumers, is a genuine revolution. It is a good news for all the consumers and a great success in the framework of the Lisbon strategy to boost the European economy and make our industry more competitive." she highlighted. The European integration of the energy markets is completed by the today's agreement on the development of the trans-european energy infrastructures. It is a major contribution towards an united and interdependent Europe, which has also a great impact on our European and Mediterranean neighbors" she concluded.

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Maritime Safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

The web site of the European Parliament 
                     

Vicepresident de Palacio welcomes the spectacular steps in maritime safety

While the European Parliament has definitively voted on 4 June on the proposals made by the Commission for increased maritime safety, Loyola de Palacio, Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of transport and energy, welcomed strongly this vote. "These are spectacular steps ahead which are taking place and I am very happy to see these crucial initiatives finally approved by the European parliament, which paves the way for a definitive adoption and an entry into force in the coming weeks." she said. "The agreement on the accelerated phasing out of the single hull tankers, as well as the prohibition of carriage of heavy oil in single hulls, only 7 months after the Prestige disaster, are a very strong signal for increased maritime safety: Europe was able to react" she underlined.

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Road Safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

Memo note: halving the number of road accident victims in the EU by 2010: A shared responsibility (PDF)
                     

Communication of the Commission: European Road Safety Action Programme
                     

CARE: Community database on road accidents
                     

 

Road safety: The Commission wants to save 20,000 lives a year on European roads

Over 40 000 people killed and 1 700 000 injured each year, this is the sad testimony to the lack of safety on the roads in the EU. The European Commission will not accept this carnage, and is backing the Member States in their efforts to put an end to this tragedy. In the European Road Safety Action Programme 2003-2010 which it is presenting on 04 June, the Commission is pursuing an ambitious overall objective, that of halving the number of people killed on the roads by 2010. With this initiative, the Commission is seeking to guide action by the EU in the field of road safety, complement the Member States' efforts and define a clear framework for the sharing of responsibilities between all the parties concerned. In particular, it wants to encourage users to behave better, make vehicles safer, and improve road infrastructure. In addition, the Commission will continue to enforce and promote new measures aimed at safe and high-quality commercial road transport, while promoting the harmonisation of penalties across Europe. "Saving human life through a genuine road safety policy is a challenge and an obligation, and all the public authorities should work together to this end: it is high time that, at all levels, actions are commensurate with intentions" said Loyola de Palacio, Vice-President of the European Commission with special responsibility for transport and energy. "For its part, the Commission will shoulder its responsibilities and will not hesitate to make all necessary proposals to make it possible to radically change the trends observable in many countries.". 

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Q&A on the "air transport agreements with third countries 
                    

International aviation in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

2002's study on the impact oth an EU-US open aviation area (PDF) 
                    

The web site of Loyola de Palacio                      

New Era for Air Transport: Loyola de Palacio welcomes the mandate given to the European Commission for negotiating an Open Aviation Area with the US

The Transport Council on 05 June agreed on a package of measures that passes responsibility for conducting key air transport negotiations to the European Commission. In particular, it granted the European Commission a mandate to begin negotiations on a new transatlantic air agreement. It also agreed that the Commission should open negotiations with other foreign states on airline ownership restrictions and that Member States should be permitted to continue bilateral negotiation subject to a degree of Community control. "This is an historic decision. Today we have reached a deal that will enable the European Union to assert itself at international level and to work for the benefit of its consumers and its aviation industry" said Loyola de Palacio, vice-president in charge of Transport and Energy. "We aim to launch negotiations with the US within a month on an agreement that will bring together the two largest aviation markets in the World".  

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Air Transport & the Environment noise in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

State Aid legislation
                     

Belgium challenged over inadequate implementation of aircraft noise directive

The Commission launched on 2nd June the second step of a procedure against Belgium for failing to properly implement the new Directive on aircraft noise. A Reasoned Opinion on the case will be sent to the Belgian authorities regarding the Royal Decree of 14 April 2002, which introduces operating restrictions for night flights. The Decree does not adequately transpose the Directive and is incorrectly based on repealed EU legislation. Commenting on the procedure Loyola de Palacio, Vice-President responsible for Transport and Energy, said, "If we are to have real reductions in aircraft noise at airports in Belgium and elsewhere it is essential that the Community acts as a whole, and not in a piecemeal fashion. The Belgian authorities must follow the new Directive. 

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Road Safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

The web site of the Campaign 
                     

The Red Cross and the European Commission launch a plan to save children on school roads

You've only got one life… So take care!" This is the slogan of the new European road safety campaign that the Red Cross in partnership with the European Commission launched on 3 June in Athens. This EU-wide campaign, aimed specifically at children in the primary school age range (seven to eleven years), will be the first joint campaign to be expanded to include the future Member States. "Teaching the children of today will create a culture of safety among tomorrow's teenagers, the main risk group for road accidents," said Loyola de Palacio, Vice-president of the European Commission in charge of Transport and Energy.

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Draft Programme and registration form
                     

Info and registration form for the virtual event
                     

The Concerto Programme. Practical information (PDF)
                     

The web site of the CIVITAS initiative                       

CONCERTO & CIVITAS II Information Days on 6th Framework Programme (FP6) calls for proposals

An Information Day on the new Concerto Programme will take place in Brussels on 18 June, immediately after the launch of the call for proposals. CONCERTO is a major new European Union initiative which has been designed to support local communities in developing concrete initiatives that are both sustainable and highly energy efficient. One day later, on 19 June, a similar information day will take place in Brussels for the Civitas Programme. The CIVITAS Initiative launched by the European Commission in the year 2000, supports ambitious cities in introducing and testing bold and innovative measures to radically improve urban transport. The European Commission has decided to earmark a total EU contribution of up to € 50 million for a second CIVITAS call for proposals, CIVITAS II. Both events will be web-streamed via internet. 

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New and renewable Energy in air transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

The web site of DG Environment                      

The web site of the Johannesbourg summit                       

International conference outlines steps to increase renewable energy globally

The first International Conference of the "Johannesburg Renewable Energy Coalition" (JREC) at ministerial level ended last 04 June in Brussels. The outcome of the conference is a set of strategic priorities that the Coalition will pursue in its work, including strengthening the financial instruments promoting renewable energy, and a road map outlining the Coalition's activities in the run-up to next year's World Conference on Renewables in Bonn. JREC was founded during last year's World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg. It brings together more than 80 countries that are willing to increase the share of renewable energy in the overall energy mix by using concrete targets and deadlines. "The result-oriented outcome of this conference, the inspiring discussions and excellent ideas put forward have filled me with confidence that we will achieve our goal," said Environment Commissioner Margot Wallström, who chaired the conference. "This conference has high-lighted once again that renewable energy is at the heart of sustainable development and that it can contribute to reducing poverty in developing countries. The Coalition has the potential to increase its use, which will make a real difference." 

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TEN - E in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

The web site of the European Parliament 
                     

The European Parliament adopted a legislative resolution on the guidelines for trans-European energy networks

Parliament adopted on 4 June a legislative resolution on the guidelines for trans-European energy networks. The Parliament adopted an amendment relating to the financial aid for the constructions phase of the projects, stating that EU funding should remain ”exceptional” and require special justification. Where projects receive increased financial support of up to 20%, MEPs believe that the increase should be justified as being in the interests of the European economy, in the general public interest and not result in distortion of competition. As to the actual projects chosen for the Trans European energy networks, the House is of the opinion that the Commission should not have the power to alter the actual projects concerned, but rather only alter a particular part of the specified route.

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