No 119 - Weekly - 10 December 2004


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The web site of the Council

Galileo in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Waves of passion: a video on seafarers career

Transport Council of 9 and 10 December - Brussels. Explanatory memo of the main issues on the agenda [ Full text ] 

The session of the Council on Transport and Telecommunications is taking place in the Council's building in Brussels on 9-10 December. On Thursday afternoon the Council agenda included maritime items, namely an agreement on implementation of international safety rules for ships in the Community;  Community rules for facilitating recognition of seafarers' certificates; and damage caused by oil pollution from ships. The agenda on Friday includes an agreement on certification of train drivers, and the adoption of conclusions on road safety. However, the key issue of the day will be the deployment and operational phases of the Global Navigation Satellite System "Galileo". The agenda also includes air transport issues, such as the creation of a Community air traffic controller licence, harmonised rules for cabin crew and two draft mandates authorising the Commission to open negotiations with Morocco and the Western Balkans countries for aviation agreements. The spokesperson service has prepared a Memo note with the main challenges of this council.

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Galileo: slides presentation (PDF) 

Video on Galileo

Galileo: the Commission proposes opening negotiations with Morocco [ full text ]

The European Commission on 09 December proposed negotiating directives to the Council on the conclusion of a cooperation agreement with Morocco on the development of Galileo, Europa's civil satellite navigation system. The Commission will start discussions with Morocco as soon as the Council has approved the negotiating directives. “The prospect of a new Galileo cooperation agreement, this time with Morocco, highlights the success of this European programme. Such an agreement will enable Galileo to become established in the western Mediterranean and in West Africa", said Jacques Barrot, Vice-President and Commissioner responsible for Transport.

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Galileo: slides presentation (PDF) 

Videos in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Just released: New video on Galileo [Watch the video]

The European Commission's Directorate General of Energy and Transport has just released a new video on the deployment phase for GALILEO, the European programme of civil radio-navigation by satellite. This key phase will begin in 2006. GALILEO is compatible and interoperable with the American GPS, but will furnish a more precise, continuous and guaranteed signal. It will allow a multitude of applications for the public and professionals on a worldwide scale as from it becoming operational in 2008. The recently operational EGNOS system is the precursor of GALILEO. The economic benefits expected from GALILEO are staggering and explain the commercial attraction of the programme and the commitment of the private sector. Precision, reliability, the multiple applications of GALILEO and its global coverage explain why many third countries wish to participate in the programme.

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

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

The web site of Competition DG

Mergers: Commission prohibits acquisition of GDP by EDP and ENI [ full text ]

The European Commission has decided on 9 December to prohibit the proposed acquisition of joint control over Gás de Portugal (GDP), the incumbent gas company in Portugal, by Energias de Portugal (EDP), the incumbent electricity company in Portugal, and ENI, an Italian energy company because the deal would have impeded effective competition. After an in-depth investigation, the Commission concluded that the deal would strengthen EDP’s dominant position in the electricity wholesale and retail markets in Portugal and GDP’s dominant position in Portuguese gas markets. The concentration would thus significantly reduce or pre-empt the effects of liberalisation of the electricity and gas markets, and increase prices for domestic and industrial customers. Remedies proposed by EDP and ENI were insufficient to satisfy the competition concerns.


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