No 89 - Weekly - 02 April 2004

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Green Paper on Energy

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Session Plénière du PE - 19-22/04/2004

Session Plénière du PE - 03/05/2004

Conseil Transport, Energie et Télécom 10 - 11/06/2004

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Maritime Policy in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Short sea shipping in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Short Sea Shipping: Commission sends reasoned opinions to three Member States  [ full text ]

The European Commission sent on 30 March reasoned opinions -the last step before a formal complaint to the Court of Justice - to Italy, Portugal and Belgium for failure to respect EU legislation on formalities for ships arriving in and/or departing from EU ports. "It is unfortunate that this Directive that facilitates Short Sea Shipping and has such a wide backing of both the Member States and industry has not been fully implemented yet", said Vice-President Ms Loyola de Palacio.

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Maritime safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Sea Ports  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Shipping safety: Commission sends reasoned opinions to six Member States [ full text ]

The Commission sent on 30 March reasoned opinions -the last step before a formal complaint to the Court of Justice is lodged- to Belgium, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Austria and Finland for failure to respect EU legislation on safe loading and unloading of bulk carriers. The aim of the infringed legislation is to enhance the safety of bulk carriers calling at terminals in the Member States by reducing the risks of excessive stresses and physical damage to the ship's structure during loading and unloading.

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Maritime safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Sea Ports  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Port State control and marine equipment: Commission decides to take Finland and Italy to the European Court of Justice [ full text ]

The Commission decided on 30 March to lodge a complaint to the Court of Justice against Finland for failure to respect EU legislation on Port State control of shipping. The aim of the infringed legislation is to reduce substandard shipping in the waters under the jurisdiction of Member States by increasing compliance with international and Community legislation.

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Air safety in the web site of Energy and Transport DG

The web site of the European Parliament

Safety rules for aircraft from non-EU countries: EP approves the agreement reached in the Conciliation Committee [ full text ]

Parliament approved on 1 April  the agreement reached in the Conciliation Committee on safety rules for aircraft from non-EU countries using Community airports. (Rapporteur: Nelly MAES (Greens/EFA, B). Under the new legislation, standardised EU-wide inspection procedures will prevent non-EU aircraft from diverting to different airports within the Community as a way of evading safety checks.

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Study to develop market oriented slot allocation schemes and to assess their feasibility

The web site of the European Parliament

Allocation of slots at Community airports adopted without amendments [ full text ]

Ulrich STOCKMANN (PES, D) saw on 1 April his recommendation for second reading on common rules for the allocation of slots on Community airports adopted without amendment. Council had incorporated in its common position Parliament's key amendments from first reading. Plans to relax the application of slot allocation rules following the war in Iraq and the outbreak of SARS were warmly welcomed.

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Galileo in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

The web site of the European Parliament

EP welcomes the Commission proposal on the establishment of Galileo's management structures [ full text ]

Because of the strategic nature of the Galileo European satellite navigation system and the shortage of time before the operational phase starts in 2008, there is an urgent need to set up an efficient and reliable management structure as soon as possible, to safeguard public interests. Parliament adopted on 31 March a non-binding resolution drawn up by Alexander RADWAN (EPP-ED, D) which broadly welcomes the Commission proposal on the establishment of Galileo's management structures.

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Nuclear issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Nuclear safety in the web site of energy & Transport DG

Nuclear safeguards: the Commission imposes binding measures to put an end to an infringement at the Sellafield site in the United Kingdom [ full text ]

The UK authorities received on 30 March a request from the Commission to put an end to a situation regarded as unacceptable at the Sellafield nuclear facility. Loyola de Palacio, the Vice-President responsible for Energy and Transport, said: "The Commission is responsible for checking that the Member States comply with the provisions agreed by the Member States in the framework of the Euratom Treaty; it is essential that these checks can be carried out".

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Nuclear issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Nuclear safety in the web site of energy & Transport DG

Environmental radioactivity: Portugal faces legal action over failure to apply Euratom requirements [ full text ]

The Commission sent on 30 March a reasoned opinion to Portugal for failure to comply with a number of Euratom obligations related to the monitoring of the level of radioactivity, in connection with the activities of the Instituto Tecnológico e Nuclear, Sacavém Campus, Lisbon. Following a verification carried out by its services under Article 35 of the Euratom Treaty, the Commission has decided to send a reasoned opinion to Portugal for failure to fulfil the relevant obligations under several provisions of the Euratom Treaty and the Basic Safety Standards Directive.

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Nuclear issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Radiation protection in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Austria faces legal action for lack of conformity of its legislation with Euratom provisions on Radiation Protection [ full text ]

The Commission decided on 30 March to send two reasoned opinions to Austria because of the lack of conformity of its legislation with two key directives of the Euratom Treaty that ensure the protection of the health of workers and general public against ionising radiation. After having assessed the transposing measures communicated by the Austrian authorities in order to comply with the relevant Directives(1), the Commission considered that the existing Austrian legislation did not ensure that these Directives would be given proper effect in practice.

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Coal issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

State Aid in the web site of energy & Transport DG

Commission investigates new aid scheme for Spanish coal-mining companies [ full text ]

The Commission decided on 30 March to open a formal investigation into the Spanish proposal to grant aid to several coal-mining companies in the period 2003 2005. The Commission has to examine whether the restructuring plan which has been notified by the Spanish authorities is in line with European legislation on State aid to the coal industry(1). Spain is therefore requested to submit its comments and to provide all information needed for the Commission to assess the aid.

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Coal issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

State Aid in the web site of energy & Transport DG

Commission authorises aid to the coal industry in the Autonomous Community of Castile-Leon [ full text ]

The Commission decided on 30 March not to raise any objections to the subsidies amounting to almost € 2 million annually up to 2007 which the Autonomous Community of Castile-Leon is proposing to grant to private coal-mining companies to improve working safety in mines and to protect the environment. Neither does the Commission raise objections to subsidies for the years 2001 and 2002 which have been granted by the same Community without prior authorisation of the Commission. The aid is compatible with the proper functioning of the internal market.

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