No 159 - Weekly - 11 November 2005


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Galileo in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Galileo: slides presentation (PDF) 

GALILEO: finishing touches before the launch of the first satellite in December  [ full text ]

During a ceremony organised by the European Space Agency and the Dutch government on 9 November at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, the first GALILEO satellite was officially baptised “GIOVE” (Galileo In Orbit Validation Element). This first satellite, built by Surrey Satellite Technology Limited, will be launched by a Soyouz rocket from the Ba´konour space centre during the latter half of December 2005. It will transmit all Galileo signals. Jacques Barrot, Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of transport, declared: “This is a big step in the history of Galileo. The in-orbit validation phase of the programme will now truly begin with the launch of this first satellite”.

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Galileo in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Video on Galileo

EU and Morocco reach agreement on Galileo [ full text ]

The European Union has reached agreement with the Kingdom of Morocco on its participation in the GALILEO programme. This agreement was initialled in Brussels on 8 November by Mr. Heinz Hilbrecht, Director at the European Commission, and S. E. M. Alem Menouar, Ambassador of Morocco to the European Union. The agreement will cover industrial and scientific cooperation and the development of specific GALILEO applications for Morocco and its region (the western Mediterranean and West Africa). Vice-President Jacques Barrot in charge of EU Transport policy said: “I welcome today’s agreement. Morocco is the first African country to join the Galileo project”.

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Clean Urban Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

CIVITAS Forum Website

Clean urban transport: the European Commission wants to build on the results of the CIVITAS programme [ full text ]

On 3 November Nantes, France hosted the third annual meeting of the cities taking part in Europe’s CIVITAS programme, an initiative aimed at developing alternatives to private car use in towns and cities in order to reduce congestion and pollution. Vice-President Jacques Barrot, the Commissioner for Transport, spoke at the meeting to reaffirm the Commission’s support for the programme and announced his intention of sharing positive results with any interested cities.

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French Environment and Energy Management Agency

Intermodal transport  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

European Commission authorises changes to a French aid scheme to promote less polluting transport [ full text ]

The Commission on 9 November gave the French authorities the go-ahead to modify an aid scheme it had authorised on 5 March 2003 to limit greenhouse gas emissions caused by transport activities. The changes which the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (Ademe) has made to the multiannual scheme comply with the objectives of sustainable development, in conformity with the European Union's commitments in the framework of the Kyoto Protocol.

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

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

"Roadmaps for the transition to a secure and sustainable energy future" Speech by Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs, Dialogue on Climate Change, Clean Energy and Sustainable Development  [ full text ]

On 1 November Andris Piebalgs, Energy Commissioner, addressed the Dialogue on Climate Change, Clean Energy and Sustainable Development in London. Commissioner Piebalgs emphasised the need to increase energy efficiency and investment and diversify energy supplies. In this light, the intention of the Commission was announced to undertake a fundamental review of the EU’s energy policy to ensure that it fully meets the objectives of security of supply, competitiveness and sustainability, leading to the publication of a Green Paper on a Secure, Competitive and Sustainable Energy Policy for Europe in spring 2006.

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BASREC on the ManagEnergy Website 

BASREC Ministerial Conference on the CBSS Website

Andris Piebalgs, Energy Commissioner, attends Ministerial Conference organised within the framework of BASREC [ full text ]

On 28 October Andris Piebalgs, Energy Commissioner, addressed the Ministerial Conference organised within the framework of the Baltic Sea Region Energy Co-operation (BASREC). At the conference, held in Reykjavik, Iceland, the country currently holding the yearly Presidency in the Council of the Baltic Sea States, the Commissioner said that regional energy co-operation, including co-operation in the Baltic Sea Region, is an important tool for addressing the current energy challenges, including security of energy supply and sustainable development.

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State Aid in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

The web site of Competition DG

State aid: Commission opens formal investigation into long term power purchase agreements in Hungary [ full text ]

The European Commission has opened a formal investigation under EC Treaty state aid rules (Article 88(2)) into Hungary’s long term power purchase agreements (PPAs) concluded between the state-owned electricity network operator MVM Rt. and the power generators. The PPAs guarantee a return on investment to the generators without any risk. They cover around 80% of the Hungarian power generation market, leaving little room for new market entrants. The Commission has doubts about the compatibility of the PPAs with EC Treaty state aid rules that require Member States not to grant aids or subsidies which distort or threaten to distort competition within the EU’s Single Market. The investigation will allow the Commission to obtain more information on the PPAs and give interested third parties an opportunity to comment. The Commission will then finalise its assessment of whether the PPAs are likely to cause undue distortion of competition.

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