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No 54.  Weekly. 13 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 

GALILEO : Loyola de Palacio welcomes the nomination of the Joint Undertaking's Executive Director

Hydrogen: the European Commission debates now the energy of the future

Commission approves Austrian electricity merger subject to conditions and obligations

Commission approves EUR 15 million regional aid for Volkswagen in Navarra

EU requests establishment of WTO Panel over Korean unfair shipbuilding practices

Spain: EUR 500 million loan to RENFE for railway infrastructure

Commission clears acquisition of part of BP's oil business in southern Germany by Austria's OMV

Galileo in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

The web site of Loyola de Palacio                      

A CV of Rainer Grohe                      

GALILEO : Loyola de Palacio welcomes the nomination of the Joint Undertaking's Executive Director

The Supervisory Board of the Galileo's Joint Undertaking has decided on 12 June to design Mr Rainer GROHE as Executive Director. "This is a new step ahead for the project Galileo" said Loyola de Palacio, vice-president in charge of Transport and Energy. "The Joint Undertaking can now start immediately its work to build the system and develop one of the main European technological projects". The Executive Director of the Joint Undertaking is the person primarily responsible for the success of Galileo, the European satellite positioning and navigation system. Galileo, a project developed in co-operation with the European Space Agency, will enable users to determine their exact position in time and space at any moment: the system has many practical applications, ranging from radio navigation in private cars to transport safety in general, with knock-on effects in various commercial sectors (banking, geological applications, public works, energy, etc).

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The draft programme of the Conference
                     

Renewable energies in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

The High Level group on Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the web site of Research DG
                     

Hydrogen: the European Commission debates now the energy of the future

Following the launch of the High Level Group (HLG) on Hydrogen and Fuel cells, the European Commission is organising in Brussels, on 16 and 17 June, a conference on the future of a hydrogen based economy. The conference will be opened by the President of the European Commission, Romano Prodi, and other top personalities of the Commission will take part, such as Transport and Energy Vice-President, Loyola de Palacio, Research Commissioner, Phillipe Busquin, together with key world decision makers of the sector such as the United States Secretary of Energy, Spencer Abraham, members of the European Parliament, members of the HLG, top scientists and researchers, the industry, etc..

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

The web site of Competition DG 
                     

Commission approves Austrian electricity merger subject to conditions and obligations

The European Commission has approved on 11 June a link-up between the Austrian power company Österreichische Elektrizitätswirtschafts-AG (Verbund) and five Austrian regional power suppliers grouped together as EnergieAllianz, subject to conditions and obligations. The initial plan (known as the "Austrian power solution" or ÖSL in German) would have created or strengthened dominant positions held by Verbund and EnergieAllianz, especially on the market for the supply of electricity to large customers. But the parties have entered into significant commitments which fully resolve the Commission's concerns. One of these commitments: the sale of Verbund's controlling stake in APC, its distributor for large customers, will need to be fulfilled before the merger can take place.. 

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Road Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

The web site of Competition DG 
                     

Commission approves EUR 15 million regional aid for Volkswagen in Navarra

The European Commission has partially approved on 11 June an investment aid to be granted to Volkswagen Navarra for its Arazuri (Pamplona) plant. After an in-depth investigation, the Commission concluded that only part of the aid proposed by Spain was necessary for the investment to be carried out. According to the rules that apply to investments in the car sector notified before January 2003, the Commission must ensure that any aid is both necessary for the realisation of the project and proportional to the regional problems that it intends to solve..  

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Maritime Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

The web site of Trade DG 
                     

EU requests establishment of WTO Panel over Korean unfair shipbuilding practices

The European Commission has requested on 11 June the WTO's Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) to set up a Panel over the unfair Korean shipbuilding practices, at its next regular meeting of 24 June.This decision has been taken further to the failure of bilateral and or WTO consultations to reach an amicable solution to this long-standing dispute. EU Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy said: "It is regrettable that Korea has shown no real will to resolve the issue in an amicable manner. In particular, we deplore the fact that Korea has failed to respect its commitments under the bilateral Agreement with the EU signed in June 2000 (the so-called Agreed Minutes). Furthermore Korea has made no efforts to find a solution during the three rounds of WTO consultations which have taken place since October 2002. This lack of progress has left us with no option but to take Korea to the WTO". 

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Rail Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

The web site of the European Investment Bank 
                     

Spain: EUR 500 million loan to RENFE for railway infrastructure

The European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Union's long-term financing institution, has announced on 10 June a EUR 500 million loan to Red Nacional de los Ferrocarriles Españoles (RENFE) for part-financing projects to upgrade and modernise railway infrastructure in Spain. This loan forms part of the framework cooperation agreement concluded in October 2002 between the EIB, RENFE and the Spanish Ministry of Public Works with the aim of improving and renewing the national rail network during the period 2003-2006. Specifically, the EIB funds will serve to finance infrastructure projects enhancing the safety, speed, reliability and comfort of the country's rail network.

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Oil issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

The web site of Competition DG 
                     

Commission clears acquisition of part of BP's oil business in southern Germany by Austria's OMV

The European Commission has approved the acquisition of part of the oil business of BP Plc in southern Germany by the Austrian company OMV Aktiengesellschaft. This merger does not raise any competition concerns on any of the markets considered.

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