No 95 - Weekly - 28 May 2004

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Council of Transport, Energy et Telecom 10 - 11/06/2004

 

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Clean urban transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

The web site of the CIVITAS initiative 
 
CIVITAS support 17 clean urban transport projects including six cities in the enlargement countries [ full text ]

Six cities of Estonia, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovenia, are amongst 17 projects selected for the €50 million CIVITAS programme for the promotion of clean urban transport. The Commission revealed the names of these six pilot cities in the new Member States (Debrecen, Krakow, Ljubljana, Ploiesti, Suceava and Tallinn), to which 11 cities from the old 15 EU Member States (Burgos, Genoa, La Rochelle, Malmö, Norwich, Odense, Potenza, Preston, Stuttgart, Toulouse and Venice) are added. "We are particularly impressed by the quality of the projects from new members. Cities in these countries are facing rapid increases in car-ownership and decreases in the use of public transport. I want to encourage local authorities in their efforts to develop and test new transition strategies aimed at maintaining high shares of public transport use, walking and cycling", said Loyola de Palacio, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for energy and transport.

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Open skies in the web site of Energy and Transport DG

Air Transport in the web site of energy & Transport DG

 
EU/US aviation negotiations go ahead [ full text ]

Delegations representing the European Union and the United States met for the fifth round of civil aviation negotiations in Washington DC from 10 to 13 May. The talks are aimed at reaching a comprehensive agreement that would liberalise the aviation market between the United States and the European Union.

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

Electricity from RES in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Renewable energy: Commission calls for a stronger commitment of Member States to achieve the 2010 targets
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The Commission adopted on 26 May a new Communication on “The share of renewable energy in the EU” which evaluates the progress in the EU15 to achieve the 2010 target of 22% of electricity consumption from renewable energy sources and the overall target of a 12% share of renewable energy use for all purposes. By 2001 the share of renewable energy had reached 6% to be compared with 40% for oil, 23% for natural gas, 15% for solid fuels and 16% for nuclear power. Only a few Member States have until now implemented an attractive framework for renewable energy sources. In view of the meagre results so far the Commission calls on Member States to ensure the fulfilment of the 2010 targets by the implementation of appropriate measures. The Commission proposes additional concrete actions at national and Community level. “This communication comes at the right moment when Europe is facing a new increase of oil prices and is taking measures to curb greenhouse emissions. It is still time for Member States to change their policies so that renewable energies can finally take off in Europe”, said Vice-President Loyola de Palacio.

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The web site of Loyola de Palacio

The international relations chapter in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Speech of Loyola de Palacio at the EU-China Energy Conference in Brussels [ full text ]

European Commission Vice-President Loyola de Palacio adressed the audience of the EU-China Energy Conference, which took place in Brussels on 25-26 May, on energy issues in the European Union and the importance of promoting China-EU energy cooperation. Her speech covered the EU energy relations with China,  the EU energy policy and security of supply, the evolution of the markets as well as the sustainable energies, energy efficiency and demand management.

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Oil issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

 
Loyola de Palacio tackles oil price dilemma and calls for a deeper international co-operation [ full text ]

Speaking at the International Energy Forum which took place in Amsterdam on 22-24 May, European Commission Vice-President Loyola de Palacio addressed the steady growth of oil prices. She strongly supported an increased flexibility in the system on the supply side, through encouraging investment in more efficient and new production capacities. At the same time, she insisted on the need for consuming countries to use their political muscle to curb escalating oil demand, including the introduction of energy saving measures and targets. “Oil price movements for the last months have provided a new wake-up call: it is not possible to separate domestic policies from their international implications and we must intensify co-operation between consumers and producers.” said Loyola de Palacio.

 

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Euro-mediterranean energy partnership  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

The web site of Loyola de Palacio

In Syria, Loyola de Palacio promotes energy as a vector for prosperity and stability [ full text ]

Vice-President Loyola de Palacio visited Syria from 14-17 May to discuss the future place of Syria in the regional energy networks and its connection with the European Union energy markets in the framework of Euro-Mediterranean cooperation. During the visit, the Vice-President met with the Prime Minister Mr Mohammed Naji Otri, the Minister of Oil and Mineral Resources Dr. Ibrahim Haddad, the Minister of Transport Mr Makram Obeid and the Minister of Electricity Mr Mounib Saem Al Dahar. Her visit promoted EU-Syria Energy and Transport cooperation as well as regional energy market integration. She highlighted the advantages of creating a regional gas market as a way of increasing stability and mutual interdependence in the region, as well as enhancing the security of energy supplies.

 

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Euro-mediterranean energy partnership  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

The web site of Loyola de Palacio

Loyola de Palacio emphasises in Lebanon the importance of regional energy networks integration as a pillar for peace and stability [ full text ]

On 13-14 May, Loyola de Palacio, European Commission Vice-President in charge of energy and transport, visited Lebanon to meet with high level Government counterparts to discuss the development of the oil, gas, electricity and transport sectors. The Vice-President met  with Prime Minister Hariri with whom she had a discussion on recent regional developments. She also proposed to Mr. Hariri to set up a technical sub-committee in charge of energy and transport in view of the upcoming preparation of an Action Plan in the framework of the European Neighbourhood Policy. The Vice-President met also with Mr. Ayoub Hmayed, Minister of Energy and Water. She stressed the importance of energy as vector for promoting peace and stability in the region. There was also a recognition of the importance, for the secure and stable supply of energy, of the regional interconnections of the electricity and gas networks.

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State Aid in the web site of energy & Transport DG

Coal issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

The Commission authorises Germany to grant a EUR 3 billion aid to its coal industry [ full text ]

The European Commission has decided on 19 May not to raise any objections to the €3 billion aid package which Germany is proposing to grant to its coal industry for 2004. The aid is compatible with the proper functioning of the common market. The total amount of the proposed aid for the year 2004 is €3,040.6 million. This aid can be divided into: Aid for the reduction of activity : €413.9 million, Production aid : €2,045.3 million, Aid to cover exceptional costs : €557.4 million, Pecuniary benefits to miners (bergmannsprämie): €24 million.

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State Aid in the web site of energy & Transport DG

Coal issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

The Commission clarifies the aid schemes in favour of several coal mining enterprises [ full text in fr]   

Following contradictory and baseless information, the Commission issues a reminder on the rules applicable for aids to the coal mining industry in the European Union. Whereas the ECSC Treaty has expired, which put an end to all European aid to coal mining, the European Commission, at the suggestion of Loyola de Palacio, has developed a new regime which permits aid to accompany pit closures and the maintenance of production base to guarantee a minimum level of production necessary for the EU's security of supply. The conditions of this aid, as always, have to be checked by the European Commission.

 

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