N80 - Weekly - 30 January 2004

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Green Paper on Energy

White Paper on Transport

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Transport, Energy and Telecom-munications Council
8 Mar 2004 - 9 Mar 2004

European Council meeting
Date: 25 Mar 2004 - 26 Mar 2004

3rd Annual European Energy and Transport Conference 4-5 May 2004

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Road safety charter  in the web site of Energy and Transport DG

Road safety  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Road safety video

Commission launches the European Road Safety Charter  [ full text ]

Vice-President Loyola de Palacio has launched the 2004 campaign for the European Road Safety Charter on Thursday, 29 January 2004  with the support of the Irish Minister for Transport, Mr Seamus Brennan , MEPs, and in the presence of key stakeholders to the Charter. The purpose of the Charter, which is part of the European Road Safety Action Programme, is to encourage civil society, national and local authorities to actively participate in the endeavour to reach the target of halving the number of road deaths by 2010 as set out in the Commission's White Paper on Transport Policy.

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

Air Transport in the web site of energy & Transport DG

New rights for air passengers in the whole EU [ full text ]

Loyola de Palacio, European Commission vice-president in charge of transport and energy, welcomed the definitive adoption by the Council and the European Parliament on 26 January of the proposal of regulation to protect the rights of air passengers when facing denied boarding, cancellation of their flight or a long delay. "The passengers rights action is one of the major initiatives of this Commission in order 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: henceforth, they will all benefit from new strengthened rights." she added. The regulation should enter into force in the coming weeks and new rights will apply by 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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Maritime safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Maritime security  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

IMO web site

Maritime safety and security: Commission and IMO look forward to enhanced cooperation [ full text ]

Following a meeting held on 21 January 2004 between the European Commission Vice-President Loyola de Palacio, responsible for Energy and Transport, and the new Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Efthimios Mitropoulos, both institutions committed themselves to strengthening their relationship. The Commission and the IMO stressed the need to rapidly enhance the already existing co-operation between the two bodies, so that maritime safety and security and environmental protection are better served in the future.

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Air safety in the web site of Energy and Transport DG

Air Transport in the web site of energy & Transport DG

The EU decides to increase controls on planes from third countries [ full text ]

Loyola de Palacio, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for transport and energy, welcomed the agreement obtained between the European Parliament and the Council on a system of control of planes from third countries landing in Community airports. This agreement, on 27 January in Brussels, following the conciliation procedure between the two institutions, marks a major change and will make it possible to ensure much greater safety in air transport. It establishes a system of inspection and of information exchange about planes from third countries which will guarantee precise and reliable information is disseminated to all the EU states and the European Commission. On this basis, the Commission will publish each year a report on the inspections and will be able to decide to extend across the EU any prohibition announced in one country. "Safety is a major priority for the European Commission in all fields of transport. This new legislation will guarantee more information and transparency and will allow common decisions to protect the European Union from dangerous planes" underlined Loyola de Palacio. "Other proposals will follow to improve checks and to give citizens the information to which they have a right. But we shall also be vigilant over the strict and rigorous application of this new legislation by the Member States" she announced.

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The 2nd railway package in the web site of Energy and Transport DG

Rail Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

The web site of the European Parliament

No agreement yet on second railway package [ full text ]

TNo agreement was reached at night's Conciliation Committee meeting on the second railway package, that took place last 27 January. The EP and Council delegations still have differing views on important parts of the package, which consists of four reports: on the development of the Community's railways, rail safety, a European Railway Agency and rail interoperability. At Tuesday's meeting the Council was unwilling to answer questions by the three EP rapporteurs present, Georg JARZEMBOWSKI (EPP-ED, D), Dirk STERCKX (ELDR, B) and Gilles SAVARY (PES, F) as to why key EP amendments were unacceptable The sticking points are the date for liberalisation of railways in the EU, the setting-up of a European railway safety system and the composition of the board of the European Railway Agency. The most sensitive issue is probably Parliament's amendment calling for liberalisation of rail freight services and combined goods services by 1 January 2006 and of rail passenger services by 1 January 2008. Some Member States are known to be vehemently opposed to these proposals. The Council was able to accept all five amendments in the report by Sylviane AINARDI (EUL/NGL, F) on interoperability, the only non-contentious part of the package..

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

Air Transport in the web site of energy & Transport DG

The web site of the European Parliament

Happy landing for Europe's Single Sky [ full text ]

The Parliament approved on 29 January a conciliation agreement between Parliament and Council that paves the way for a single system of air traffic control in Europe, known as the Single Sky. The majority of Members composing the Parliament approved the conciliation agreement. The agreement will lead to better safety conditions for air travel as well as ensuring that Europe's airspace is used more efficiently. It also takes account of the needs of all users, both civil and military.  In a major breakthrough at conciliation, the Council delegation surprisingly adopted all Parliament's key amendments on a number of sensitive points. The main issues were civil-military co-operation, the "functional airspace blocks" and the role of Eurocontrol.

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Galileo in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Galileo: slides presentation (PDF)

Video on Galileo

Galileo - Strong welcome for new satellite positioning technology [ full text ]

Yves PIETRASANTA (Greens/EFA, F) for the Industry Committee has tabled on 28 January a non-binding an own-initiative draft resolution on Galileo. The draft resolution welcomes the fact that the obstacles to funding have been overcome and stresses the enormous significance of Galileo for the European Union's industrial, transport, technological and environmental development. Galileo is basically a giant clock, consisting of around 30 satellites, capable of determining a position in time and space very accurately. Due to be operational in 2008, it is a project which is set to be used solely for civil purposes. The committee points out the existence of an independent European satellite global positioning system for civil purposes is a vital infrastructure investment which has great potential for numerous useful services and activities including transport, environment, telecommunications and agriculture.

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Energy Demand Management in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Energy taxation in the web site of DG Taxation and customs

Energy taxation: Commission proposes transitional periods for accession countries  [ full text ]

The European Commission has presented on 28 January a proposal to amend the Energy Tax Directive (see IP/03/1456) so as to allow the EU accession countries temporarily to apply excise duty exemptions or lower rates of duty than the EU-wide minimum rates normally required on all energy products (mineral oils, coal, natural gas) and electricity. The varying arrangements proposed cover all the accession countries except Cyprus, which has not requested any measures in addition to those which it was granted under the Treaty of Accession. The arrangements would be along the lines of those allowed to existing Member States. In particular, they would be strictly limited in time and would generally last no longer than 2012; they would be proportionate to the effective problems that they are designed to address; and they would, where relevant, include a progressive alignment towards the relevant EU minimum rates. The likely price increases if excise duties had to be raised by 1 May 2004 in the accession countries could negatively affect their economies and could in particular constitute a heavy burden for small companies and for poorer households. The proposal, which must be adopted unanimously by the EU's Council of Ministers, would come into force on 1 May 2004, the date by which the accession countries will be required to apply the Energy Tax Directive.


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Public awareness campaign for an energy sustainable Europe

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Study on outputs, performance and future perspectives of SAVE agencies

O.J. S 16-012942 08/03/2004

Interoperability of electronic fee collection in alpine region

O.J. S 11-008544 13/02/2004

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