No 131 - Weekly - 11 March 2005


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State Aid in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Air Transport in the web site of energy & Transport DG 

The Commission investigates public service obligations on air services to Sardinia [ Full text ]

The Commission decided on 4th March to open a formal investigation into the public service obligations imposed by Italy on 10 December 2004 on 18 air routes between three Sardinian airports and the main airports on the Italian mainland. The Commission has doubts as to their conformity with the internal aviation market rules. The completion of the internal aviation market in the 1990s gave all European airlines unconditional access to intra-Community and domestic routes. This opening up of the market was accompanied by safeguard measures. The most important of these concerned public service obligations,[1] which allow governments to maintain services considered essential for the harmonious development of their territory. Without such obligations such services might be discontinued because they are not in the air carriers' commercial interest.

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

MEP Schmitt's report on the EU licence for air traffic controllers

Decision process of the Air Traffic license directive

Community licence for air traffic controllers ready for take-off [ full text ]

On 08 March Parliament adopted a legislative resolution on introducing a Community licence for air traffic controllers. MEPs believe that the new directive will increase safety and improve the operations of the Community Air Traffic Control System through the establishment of a Community air traffic control licence. This legislation will enable the harmonisation of the current patchwork of national licensing schemes that the existing standards of international standards developed in the framework of ICAO and Eurocontrol have not adequately addressed up to now. It is also believed that a more flexible use of manpower will facilitate the organisation of cross-border service provision and the establishment of functional air space blocks.


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Maritime safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

The "Prestige" accident in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

IMO web site

Maritime safety: The Commission strengthens the training of passenger ships' crews [ full text ]

The European Commission has supplemented on 10 March the European legislation applying to training and qualifications of passenger ships' crews by integrating new International Maritime Organisation (IMO) rules. These rules are the result of the modification of the IMO Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers. The European legislation covers all ships operating in the EU whatever their flag. "Our objective is to ensure in Europe a very high level of training for seamen as their role is central to the prevention of accidents at sea, the protection of human life and the protection of the maritime environment" declared Jacques Barrot, Vice-President of the Commission responsible for transport. "I ask the administrations concerned to exercise the greatest vigilance with regard to any shortfall that they observe in the qualifications of crews so as not to compromise lives at sea" he added.

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

Rational use of energy in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Commissioner Piebalgs advocates for ambitious goals in renewable energies [ full text ]

"TEurope has a leading role in promoting sustainable development and the promotion of forward-looking energy policies is a key factor for success in this respect. Among the main priorities that the European Union’s energy policy has to address are its growing dependence on energy imports and the challenge of climate change whilst at the same time pursuing the Lisbon agenda. Renewable energy is one of the most important ways to bring to Europe not only environmental benefits, but also other important advantages such us (i) improved security of supply due to reduced need for imported hydrocarbons, (ii) increased employment and (iii) technological development" These were the opening words of a speech in which Andris Piebalgs, Commissioner for Energy, presented his policy on renewable energy. The speech was delivered during the Global Wind Energy Council that took place in Brussels on 9 March 2005.

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Intelligent Energy for Europe in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Information on the evaluation process

Call for Experts - "Intelligent Energy Europe" Programme [ full text ]

A Call for Applications has been issued to select experts for evaluation activities in connection with the "Intelligent Energy – Europe" Programme. Experts interested to participate in the next evaluation exercise, relative to Call TREN/DIR D/SUB/05-2004 and scheduled on weeks 19 and 21, must submit their application by 31 March 2005 at the latest. All details on how to apply are available at "Intelligent Energy - Europe" (EIE) is the Community’s support programme for non-technological actions in the field of energy, precisely in the field of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources.

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Gas issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

MEP Seppänen report on gas directive

Decision process of Gas directive

Opening gas markets to competition: green light of the European Parliament [ full text ]

On 8 March Parliament adopted a legislative resolution on conditions for access to the natural gas transmission networks, on the second reading of a regulation aimed at opening gas markets to competition. Parliament's gave a first reading to the Commission's proposals in April 2004. Since then representatives of Parliament and Council have agreed on a final compromise text. MEPs will be voting on this compromise, in the form of a recommendation from rapporteur Esko SEPPÄNEN (GUE/NGL, FIN) for the Industry, Research and Energy Committee. This should mean the regulation would be adopted at second reading.

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