No 116 - Weekly - 19 November 2004

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Council on Transport, Telecommunications and Energy

01-02/12/2004 Plenary session of the European Parliament


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 Maritime Policy in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

State Aid in the web site of energy & Transport DG

Video on seafarers

European Commission approves German on-board training aid in favour of seafarers [ full text ] 

The Commission gave the go-ahead on 16 November to German maritime training aid for the next ten years (from 2004 to 2013). The Commission had already approved on a yearly basis the same German scheme from 1998 to 2003. The aid regime will help preserve maritime know-how and expertise on board German merchant ships. The Commission authorised Germany to help maritime shipping companies finance the training of seafarers. The financial contribution will be allocated provided that seafarers are trained on board ships entered in the German maritime register. Any European citizen can qualify for the training grant if they are trained as additional crew members on a merchant ship suitable for training purposes.

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State Aid in the web site of energy & Transport DG

Inland waterways in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

European Commission authorises Belgian aid scheme extension until 2010 to boost the use of inland waterways [ full text ]

The Commission has decided on 16 November not to raise any objections to the Flemish authorities’ plan to extend until 2010 the aid scheme providing financial support for the construction of loading and unloading facilities along the Flemish inland waterways in Belgium. The aid scheme, which had initially been approved by the Commission in 2001, aims at making inland waterways more accessible and developing their use for freight transport.

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Air Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

International aviation in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

European Commission and Azerbaijan initial air services agreements [ full text ]

Mr Francois Lamoureux, Director-General of the Energy and Transport Directorate-General of the European Commission, and Mr Zia Mamedov, Minister of Transport of the Azeri government, initialled on 14 November an air services agreement between the EU and the Republic of Azerbaijan. This agreement, which will be formally signed at a later stage following constitutional procedures of each party, is the first agreement in the field of civil aviation between the European Community and the Republic of Azerbaijan. The agreement brings existing bilateral air services agreements between EU Member States and Azerbaijan in line with EU legislation. Its main objective is to put an end to provisions that do not authorise European carriers to fly to Azerbaijan unless they leave from their countries of origin. Once signed and implemented, the agreement will allow any European airline to have access to the Azeri market from any Member State. Bilateral agreements between EU Member States and Azerbaijan will remain in force with the exception of those provisions changed by the EU agreement.

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The web site of the European Parliament

Commissioner Andris Piebalgs outlines his six priorities for energy policy in the Parliament hearings [ full text ]

Andris Piebalgs of Latvia, who has been nominated Commissioner-designate for Energy, faced questions on Europe's dependence on imported energy, nuclear safety, renewable energy and market liberalisation during his hearing before the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy on 22 November. In his opening statement, Mr Piebalgs outlined his six priorities for energy policy: creating a better linkage between energy, environmental and research policies, ensuring a proper functioning of the internal market for gas and electricity, reducing energy demand, promoting renewable energy sources, strengthening nuclear safety and security, and further developing external energy policy relations.

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Enlargement and international relations in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

European Commission and the countries of the Caspian and Black Sea Regions agree to open new co-operation aimed at the progressive integration of their energy and transport markets [ full text ]

At the Energy and Transport Ministerial Conferences organised in Baku on 13-14 November 2004, in the presence of EU Member States, representatives of the European Commission and Governments of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russian Federation (as observer), Romania, Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine and Uzbekistan discussed and agreed on an enhanced co-operation in both energy and transport sectors.


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Nuclear issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

The ITER web site

An introduction to fusion in the web site of Research DG

European Commission presents blueprint for the final sprint in ITER negotiations [ full text ]

At its meeting in Strasbourg (France) the European Commission adopted on 16 November a proposal for a Council decision on the international negotiations for ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor). The Commission has proposed changes to its negotiating mandate to help reach consensus in the negotiations with all six parties (EU, Japan, China, Russia, South Korea and the USA) to jointly build ITER at the European candidate site of Cadarache (France). Subject to the Council’s decision of 26 November, the Commission will endeavour to bring negotiations to a successful conclusion with all parties as soon as possible. A central feature of a consensus could be a “genuine partnership” between the EU and Japan. Japan could receive favourable conditions to reflect its special contribution to the ITER project. Furthermore, the EU could contribute to other fusion research initiatives carried out in Japan to complement the ITER project as part of a “broader approach” to mastering fusion energy.

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

The web site of Research DG

Sun and Earth as energy sources: European research on photovoltaic and biomass [ full text ]

A press briefing organised on 16 November by the European Commission in Uppsala (Sweden) provided insights into research breakthroughs in photovoltaic and bio-energy technologies. Rising oil prices, environmental challenges and legislative changes have created an urgent need to develop renewable energy alternatives to fossil fuels. Biomass from wood, agricultural residues and organic waste are the only renewable energy sources able to provide liquid fuels for transport on a large scale. Photovoltaic solar energy panels can be integrated into roofs and buildings to cover, in the long term, as much as 10%-60% of electricity demand in countries like Germany, Spain, Italy, UK, The Netherlands or Sweden.

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Road transport: Europe on the move
Luxembourg: Eur-OP, 2004 – 16 p.
Catalogue no KO-56-03-368-**-C
ISBN 92-894-6649-9
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Trans-European energy networks: TEN-E priority projects
Luxembourg: Eur-OP, 2004 – 44 p.
Catalogue no KO-49-02-256-**-C
ISBN 92-894-4745-1
Language(s) : EN – FR
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