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No 69.  Weekly. 31 October 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 green light for an EU-China agreement

Commission and European shipbuilders present work plan for future LeaderSHIP in shipbuilding competitiveness

Just released Video "Trans-European Transport Network"

Commission gives strong support to European maritime transport sector

Maritime public service: the Commission simplifies the rules applicable to small islands

Galileo  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

 GALILEO: Loyola de Palacio welcomes the green light for an EU-China agreement

The Council adopted today the decision proposed by the European Commission to authorise the EU Presidency to sign a Co-operation Agreement between the European community and the People's republic of China on Galileo, the Civil Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) developed by the EU. The official signature will take place during the EU-China summit on 30th October 2003. “This is a very important step ahead which shows the high level of confidence created by GALILEO throughout the world. The partnership with China is a good news and paves the way for future other bilateral and regional agreements which are of mutual benefit” said Loyola de Palacio, European Commission vice-president in charge of Transport and Energy. “The EU-China agreement will do more than secure a promising future for Galileo and European business interests: it opens the way for China's participation in the Galileo Joint Undertaking and a substantial financial stake-holding of some € 200 million” she explained.

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Maritime Policy in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

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Commission and European shipbuilders present work plan for future LeaderSHIP in shipbuilding competitiveness

The initiative launched earlier this year to ensure and further develop the competitiveness of the European shipbuilding and ship repair industry has reached a new milestone. After the establishment of a High Level Advisory Group for the LeaderSHIP 2015 initiative in January 2003 (see IP/03/120) work has progressed as planned and the Advisory Group now presents the results of its work in eight key areas crucial for competitiveness. In a booklet, entitled “LeaderSHIP 2015 Defining The Future of the European Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Industry” published today, 30 concrete recommendations in areas ranging from trade policies to industrial consolidation are made. Translating these recommendations into action will help ensure a prosperous future for European shipyards and marine equipment manufacturers. The work undertaken represents one of the first applications of the Commission's renewed approach to industrial policy in a specific manufacturing sector, as requested by the European Council.

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 EC audiovisual library on-line video page
                     

Revision of the TEN-T guidelines in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

 Just released: video "Trans-European Transport Network"

On 1st October 2003, the European Commission adopted an amended proposal for the revision of the Community guidelines for the development of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T). A video has been produced by Energy and Transport DG to illustrate the background to- and rationale for the proposal. A new list of priority projects to complete the Trans-European Transport Network by 2020 is proposed. But it is not simply a matter of establishing a list of projects in Member States and accession countries. Better coordination between countries must be encouraged, in order to put this infrastructure in place and an answer has to be given to the difficult question of financing these projects. The video can be seen on-line under the section "Transport and Energy" at the bottom of the EC audiovisual library video page. CD-ROMs copies of the video (each one containing the 5 linguistic versions produced: DE, EN, ES, FR, IT) will be available in approximately two weeks. If you are interested, you can already order a free of charge copy of the CD-ROM by e-mail, specifying you coordinates, including your postal address, and the title of the video at mail to:tren-publications@ec.europa.eu
 

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Maritime Policy in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

State Aid legislation
                     

Commission gives strong support to European maritime transport sector

The Commission unveiled on 29 October the new Guidelines on State aid to maritime transport. These guidelines follow the same approach as their former 1997 version but they are strongly reinforcing the monitoring of the effects of State aid and provide new guidance on tax exemptions rules for seafarers and public support to Short Sea Shipping. The new framework will continue to allow Member States to support the European maritime industry by means of favourable tax environments while ensuring a level playing field in the internal market. “Maritime Transport is of great importance for the EU due to its impact in economic and social terms, but also on environmental grounds” explained Loyola de Palacio, European Commission vice-president in charge of transport and energy. “The new framework will significantly contribute to its promotion and give the needed instruments for maintaining a competitive and of quality EU flag. This will also have a relevant impact on employment and maritime safety issues” she added.

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Maritime Policy in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

State Aid legislation
                     

 Maritime public service: the Commission simplifies the rules applicable to small islands

The Commission adopted on 29 October a communication on maritime cabotage with a view to simplifying the rules concerning maritime public transport to or from small islands. "It is important to remove the administrative constraints on the Member State authorities responsible for services to small islands. The Commission's decision makes it possible to guarantee transparency and non-discrimination without encumbering procedures" said Loyola de Palacio - Vice-President with special responsibility for transport and energy. 40% of the islands will in future be granted exemptions.

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