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No 77.  Weekly. 09 January 2004

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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 

Keeping control of radioactive sources: Commission welcomes new legislation

Commission takes a significant step forward in improving the transparency of radioactive discharges information

Air transport: European Commission and Eurocontrol sign a co-operation agreement

Air transport: airlines asked to explain price discrimination practices

New rights for air passengers approved by the European Parliament: "a major step ahead" says European Commission 

Free movement of services: the Commission calls on Italy to amend its legislation on hydroelectric concessions

EP to debate on the transfer of cargo and passenger ships between registers

MEPs will debate on criminal sanctions for ships that pollute the oceans

Possible EP's green light for nuclear package directives

Euroatom loans: EP to debate Commission's proposal

Radiation protection in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

Nuclear issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

Keeping control of radioactive sources: Commission welcomes new legislation

The European Commission welcomes the adoption by the (22 December Environment) Council of new legislation that will enhance controls of and prevent accidents involving radioactive sources. The purpose of the new Directive is to better protect the population and workers, by reducing the likelihood of their being accidentally exposed to ionising radiation as a result of a lack of control on radioactive sources, in particular when sources are no longer being used. The new Directive harmonises and sets out specific requirements to ensure that every single high activity radioactive source in Europe is always kept under control. Loyola de Palacio, Vice-President responsible for Energy and Transport said: "Radioactive sources must be controlled from cradle to grave, so that we can be sure that no "orphan source" will be accidentally found by our citizens. Traceability of radioactive sources is the keyword, as it will prevent sources from becoming lost and will also reduce the risk of radioactive sources being misused".

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Radiation protection in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

Nuclear issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

Commission takes a significant step forward in improving the transparency of radioactive discharges information

The European Commission has adopted on 23 December new guidelines that aim to significantly enhance the scope and the quality of data communicated by Member States on radioactive discharges from their nuclear industry. Welcoming the adoption of a Recommendation on radioactive discharge reporting, Loyola de Palacio, Vice-President responsible for Energy and Transport, said: "This is an important step towards achieving a more effective, quality based and harmonised reporting system throughout the Community."

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Air Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

Single European Sky  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

The web site of Eurocontrol                      

Air transport: European Commission and Eurocontrol sign a co-operation agreement

The European Commission and Eurocontrol, the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation renewed and strengthened their co-operation by signing on 22 December a Memorandum of Co-operation (MoC). Through the Memorandum, Eurocontrol will contribute to the Single European Sky, which was the subject of a final agreement in conciliation between the European Parliament and the Council, on 9 December. François Lamoureux, the Director-General of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Energy and Transport and Víctor M. Aguado, the Director-General of Eurocontrol, signed on behalf of their respective organisations.

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Air passenger rights  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

Air transport: airlines asked to explain price discrimination practices

Commission services have written on 19 December to 18 European airlines, asking them if and why they charge different prices for identical flights to residents of different EU countries. Airlines have until the end of February 2004 to react. The services of the Commission have written today to 18 European airlines, asking each of them whether it charges different prices for exactly the same ticket depending on the country of residence of the client, and if so, why.

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Air passenger rights  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

The web site of Loyola de Palacio                      

The web site of the European Parliament                      

New rights for air passengers approved by the European Parliament: "a major step ahead" says European Commission

Loyola de Palacio, European Commission vice-president in charge of transport and energy, welcomed the vote in the European parliament on 18 December adopting the proposal of regulation to protect the rights of air passengers when facing denied boarding, cancellation of their flight or a long delay. "This is a big step ahead in our effort to put the citizens at the heart of EU policies" she said. "Too many times, air passengers are victims of practices which deserve that they receive a fair treatment and proper compensation: the today's agreement paves the way for completing and strengthening the existing rights" she added. European Parliament plenary session has confirmed the conciliation agreement with 467 votes in favour, 4 against and 13 abstentions. The Council will have to adopt it definitively. The new rule should enter into force in 2005. Loyola de Palacio concluded: "As we did in the past, the European Commission will ensure that the passengers are informed of their new rights and a proper information will be given in all airports".

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Infringement proceedings against Member States
                     

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

Free movement of services: the Commission calls on Italy to amend its legislation on hydroelectric concessions

The Commission has decided on 8 January to send Italy a formal request to amend its procedures for granting concessions for the production of hydroelectric energy, which give preference to outgoing concession-holders and, in the Trentino-Alto Adige Region, to local public bodies. The Commission regards these procedures as incompatible with the freedom of establishment. The request is in the form of a reasoned opinion the second stage in the infringement procedure provided for in Article 226 of the EC Treaty. If it does not receive a satisfactory reply within two months, the Commission may decide to bring Italy before the Court of Justice.

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The web site of the European Parliament                      

  MEP Pignant report on transfer between registers
                     

Maritime Policy in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

EP to debate on the transfer of cargo and passenger ships between registers 

Bernard POIGNANT (PES, F), for the Transport Committee, will be tabling a draft legislative resolution on the transfer of cargo and passenger ships between registers. The committee suggests approving the Commission proposal subject to a few proposed amendments:- for improved identification, ships registered in a Member State should display the EU emblem in a corner of their flags;- to ensure proper monitoring by Parliament and the Council, the Commission should report to them, within four years, on the implementation of the regulation, partly on the basis of the reports submitted by the Member States. The Commission's report should assess whether the regulation needs to be amended. The debate will take place on 12 January.

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Maritime Policy in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

The web site of the European Parliament                      

  MEP Pex report on transfer criminal sacntions for polluting ships
                     

MEPs will debate on criminal sanctions for ships that pollute the oceans

The Transport Committee of the European Parliament has welcomed the Commission proposals designed to lead to criminal sanctions for ships that cause pollution at sea. In a first-reading draft legislative resolution by Peter PEX (EPP-ED, NL), the committee stresses that illegal pollution by ships must be made a punishable offence and that penalties should be imposed on whoever is deemed responsible: whether the master, owner, operator or charterer of a ship or even a classification society (ship inspection body).. Debate will take place on 12 January.

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The web site of the European Parliament                      

MEP Vidal Quadras report on radioactive waste 
                     

Nuclear issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

Video: the new nuclear package 
                     

Possible EP's green light for nuclear package directives

Parliament's Committee on Industry, External Trade, Research and Energy is proposing several amendments to two closely linked Commission's proposals for directives concerning nuclear plant safety and nuclear waste management. Esko Olavi SEPPÄNEN (EUL/NGL, FIN), for the Energy Committee, will be tabling a non-binding draft resolution on a directive setting out basic obligations and general principles on the safety of nuclear installations. In another non-binding draft resolution on the management of spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste, the rapporteur Alejo VIDAL-QUADRAS ROCA (EPP-ED, E) underlines that actions must be taken very soon to avoid the responsibility of managing the growing quantities of spent fuel held in temporary storage being passed on to future generations. The committee welcomes the proposed idea of setting deep geological disposals as an effective solution for high-level and long-lived radioactive waste. The joint debate will take place on 12 January.

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The web site of the European Parliament                      

MEP Breyers report on Euratom loans 
                     

Nuclear issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

Euroatom loans: EP to debate Commission's proposal

Hiltrud BREYER's (Greens/EFA, DE), for the Energy Committee, will be tabling a non-binding draft resolution on Euratom loans to finance nuclear power stations in the Member States. The committee underlines that Euratom loans should not be given for increasing efficiency per se as the Commission had suggested, but only for improvement of safety, decommissioning of installations, as well as to establishing facilities for storage and disposal of radioactive waste and spent fuel. MEPs also say that the loans should be given to projects in order to increase nuclear safety not only in the Member States, but also in Central and Eastern European countries, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Armenia and Ukraine. The debate will take place on 12 January.

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