No 124 - Weekly - 21 January 2005


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Air Transport in the web site of energy & Transport DG

The Airbus 380 in the web site of Airbus

Airbus A 380 rollout: Commission calls “Super-Airbus” a “European success story” [ full text ]

European Commissioners Günter Verheugen, Jacques Barrot and Peter Mandelson have hailed the unveiling of the new Airbus A380 in Toulouse on 18 January as a “European success story”. The development of the A380, the world’s largest passenger jet, shows what Europe can achieve by working together and by investing in skills, research and technology. In a series of initiatives over the last 15 years, the Commission has worked consistently to develop an EU wide regulatory and research framework. Industrial cooperation in the EU is crucial for the success of new aerospace products in an intensively competitive global market.

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Revision of the TEN-T guidelines in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Transeuropean networks in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Trans-European network: European Commission grants €620 million to major transport infrastructure projects [ Full text ] 

The European Commission has granted €620 million for the assessment and construction of trans-European transport network projects (TEN-T), announced on 17 January. More than 65% has been allocated to rail projects and 20% to innovative and intelligent transport systems (ITS), such as those concerning interoperability in the railway or aviation sectors. Among the projects and studies receiving significant support are GALILEO, the new Perpignan-Figueras rail link or indeed the future Lyons-Turin and Brenner transalpine rail crossings. "The construction of the trans-European transport network is a major element of European competitiveness and the balanced and sustainable development of the European Union" said Mr Jacques Barrot, Vice-President of the Commission responsible for transport.

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Air Transport in the web site of energy & Transport DG

State Aid in the web site of energy & Transport DG

The European Commission wants confirmation on the recapitalisation of Alitalia [ full text ]

The Commission has decided on 19 January to start a detailed analysis of the recapitalisation of Alitalia. The analysis, which it wants to be done quickly, concerns the proposed €1.2 billion recapitalisation of Alitalia's air transport business (AZ Fly), in particular the guarantee regarding the share underwritten by the market. The €220 million takeover of its ground services (AZ Services) by the public holding company Fintecna will also be examined.

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State Aid in the web site of energy & Transport DG

Commission authorises German aid for the development of regional airports [ full text ]

The European Commission decided on 19 January that a German aid scheme for the construction and development of regional airports in structurally weak regions is compatible with European legislation. The public aid measure is part of the joint Federal Government-Länder scheme for improving regional economic infrastructure in Germany and will apply for 2004-2006.

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State Aid in the web site of energy & Transport DG

Rail Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

“Green light” for social welfare measures to accompany Czech railway restructuring [ full text ]

The European Commission on 19 January authorised social welfare measures proposed by the Czech government to cushion the social impact of restructuring the Czech railways. The Czech government has made provision for the employees hardest hit by the loss of their jobs during the restructuring to receive a special grant.

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The web site of the European Parliament

Driving licenses in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

EP's Transport Committee gives go ahead to driving licenses directive [ full text ]

The highly sensitive issue of driving licences in the EU came before the Transport Committee on 19 January when it voted on a report by Mathieu GROSCH (EPP-ED, BE) on a European Commission proposal to replace the existing 110 models of driving licence in the 25 Member States by a single EU format. In their amendments to the Commission text, MEPs sought to strike a balance between bringing in the new licence quickly, and indeed improving it, and taking account of the different national traditions on issuing driving licences, such as age restrictions. The report was adopted with 38 votes in favour, 5 against and with 6 abstentions.

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The web site of the European Parliament

Road safety  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

EP's Transport Committee urges the introduction of Frontal protection systems on motor vehicles [ full text ]

Parliament's Transport Committee called for tougher safety standards for frontal protection systems on road vehicles when it adopted a report on 18 January on a Commission proposal setting out tests for such systems, which include bull bars. Car manufacturers have already made a voluntary agreement with the Commission not to install "rigid bull bars" on new cars.

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The web site of the European Parliament

EMSA web site

MEPs request taugher sanctions against illegal oil pollution in EU waters [ full text ]

The Transport Committee on 18 January demanded strict EU sanctions against illegal oil pollution in EU waters. MEPs called for ship-source discharges of polluting substances to be regarded as criminal offences if committed with intent, recklessly or by gross negligence. In the most serious cases prison sentences should not be ruled out, they said.

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State Aid in the web site of energy & Transport DG

Coal issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

European Commission authorises Germany to grant €2.7 billion to its coal industry [ full text ]

The Commission decided on 19 January not to raise any objections to the €2.7 billion aid package which Germany is proposing to grant to its coal industry for the year 2005. The aid is in accordance with the overall restructuring plan that the Commission approved for the German coal industry for the period 2003 to 2005.


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