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No 73.  Weekly. 28 November 2003  

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White Paper 
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Loyola de Palacio analizes the Transatlantic energy issues  in a conference at the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington

Commission adopts more favourable rules on support for innovation in shipbuilding

European Commission, Poland and Ukraine boost “Odessa-Brody-Plock Oil Transportation Project"

Parliament's temporary Committee on Safety at Sea starts work

Ecopoints: positive result of conciliation meeting

Job vacancies: EMSA and EASA keep on recruiting personnel

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Loyola de Palacio analizes the Transatlantic energy issues in a conference at the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington

Loyola de Palacio, Vice-President of the European Commission, Commissioner for Transport and Energy pronounced a speech with the title “EU Energy Policy looking to the future” during an event in the American Chamber of Commerce which took place in
Washington (USA) on 21 November. Vice-President De Palacio
addressed three main points that are of common concern on both sides of the Atlantic : energy security, competitiveness of energy businesses in the context of market reform and last but not least sustainable energy and climate change".

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Maritime Policy in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

The web page of Comptetition DG 
                     

Commission adopts more favourable rules on support for innovation in shipbuilding

The important work carried out by the LeaderSHIP 2015 initiative has revealed the crucial importance of increasing the competitiveness of the EU shipbuilding industry. Therefore, the new Commission Framework adopted on 26 November on support measures for shipbuilding, adopted today, improves and strengthens support for innovation. Compared to the 1998 Shipbuilding Regulation, the new framework contains a definition of the concept of “innovation” tailored to the special needs of the shipbuilding industry. The percentage of State support for expenditure on investments needed to fund the innovative aspects of the project is doubled from 10% to 20%. The important work carried out by the LeaderSHIP 2015 initiative was a key driver behind the new provisions on support for innovation.

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Oil issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

INOGATE web site 
                     

 European Commission, Poland and Ukraine boost “Odessa-Brody-Plock Oil Transportation Project"

The Vice-President of the European Commission for Energy and Transport Loyola de Palacio, the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland, Mr. Marek Pol and the Vice-Prime Minister of Ukraine Mr. Vitalii Gaiduk, gave strong support for the realisation of the "Odessa-Brody-Plock Oil Transportation Project", and signed a Joint declaration which recognises the important step forwards made in the last months, during a ceremony which took place on 26 November. This declaration confirms the importance of the project, highlights the recent progress in its development and call on any interested private companies to join the Joint Venture established between PERN and Ukrtansnafta with a view to facilitating the rapid start of construction of the pipeline segment between Brody and Plock. The very same day was signed an intergovernmental agreement between the Cabinet Of Ministers of Ukraine and the Government Of Republic of Poland relating to the use of facilities of the Odessa-Brody Hydrocarbon Transportation System and its integration with the Polish facilities. Until the pipeline extension to Poland is constructed, an agreement has also been reached to ship the Caspian oil to Poland by use of interoperable rail transport, allowing for the integration of Ukrainian railway infrastructure with the EU network.

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Maritime safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

The web site of the European Parliament                      

 Parliament's temporary Committee on Safety at Sea starts work

The EP Temporary Committee on Improving Safety at Sea held its constituent meeting on 26 November and appointed Georg JARZEMBOWSKI (EPP-ED, D) as its chair and Dirk STERCKX (ELDR, B) as its rapporteur. Rosa MIGUELEZ RAMOS (PES, E) was elected as first vice-chair.Mr Jarzembowski said the committee would above all investigate how existing EU legislation on maritime safety was implemented or transposed into national legislation by the Member States. It was the first priority of the committee to ensure that maritime disasters like those involving the Prestige or the Erika never happened again.

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The Ecopoints system  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

The web site of the European Parliament                      

Ecopoints: positive result of conciliation meeting

The European Parliament and Council Delegations to the Conciliation Committee reached agreement on 25 November night on the ecopoints system (the transit system for lorries travelling through Austria). Key points of the deal are a ban on the most polluting lorries, unrestricted transit for cleaner lorries, the application of the agreement to the entire territory of Austria and the number of transit points to be allocated to the accession countries. It was also agreed that the ecopoints system will expire on 31 December 2006 at the latest. The agreement was vehemently contested by the Austrian MEPs in the delegation, as well as by the Austrian government representatives.

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  EMSA  web site
                     

  How to prepare an European CV
                     

 Job vacancies: EMSA and EASA keep on recruiting personnel

The Eurpean Martime Safety Agency (EMSA) is at present recruiting Temporary Staff pursuant Article 2 a) of the Conditions of Employment of other servants of the European Communities. To find more information about the recruitment process click here. At the same time the European Air Safety Agency is also building up its staff and recruiting new officers. For more information click here.

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