No 160 - Weekly - 18 November 2005


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Vice President Barrot's speech to the European Parliament 15th November 2005 [FR] 

Air security  in the web site of Energy and Transport DG

Rapid agreement reached on airline blacklist  [ full text ]

The Commission, Parliament and the Council reached an agreement  on 16 November on the proposal for a regulation on air carrier identity. The way is now clear for adopting this ambitious piece of legislation by the end of the year. The regulation introduces two innovations: a blacklist of airlines which have been banned for safety reasons, and passenger information about the identity of the air carrier which is operating their flight. “European citizens will all be able to consult the blacklist of airlines that do not meet European safety criteria. After the accidents over the summer, the European Union is responding by taking action, by addressing citizens’ concerns about protection, and finding solutions for them quickly,” said Jacques Barrot, the Commission’s Vice-President responsible for Transport.

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Vice President Barrot's speech to Eurocontrol 17th November 2005 [FR]

SESAR project  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

SESAR: Europe modernises air traffic control [ full text ]

Jacques Barrot, Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Transport, launched the SESAR industrial project at Eurocontrol on 17 November. SESAR (formerly known as Sesame) is a new-generation air traffic management system which will be vital for managing the growth in air traffic. SESAR will boost the safety and the environmental performance of air transport and will ensure that Europe remains at the forefront of the world aviation market. The Commission will develop this major industrial project together with Eurocontrol and, in a second phase, with industrial partners.

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EASA web site

Air safety in the web site of Energy and Transport DG

New missions for the European Aviation Safety Agency [ full text ]

The European Commission adopted on 15 November a major proposal to extend the tasks of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to rulemaking and control in the field of air operations, qualifications and licences of pilots, and oversight of third country airlines operating in the European Union. “We had a tragic summer marked by a spate of air crashes that claimed more then 500 lives. European passengers need to be assured that all aircrafts abide by the highest safety standards. I want stringent safety rules to apply in all Member States and to all airlines whether based in the EU or not” said Jacques Barrot, Vice-President in charge of transport.

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The web site of Competition DG

Open skies in the web site of Energy and Transport DG

Competition: Commission proposes to revise Block Exemption for IATA passenger tariff conferences [ full text ]

On 16 November the European Commission has presented for consultation a draft Block Exemption Regulation with a view to revising the exemption IATA passenger tariff conferences currently enjoy from the EC Treaty’s ban on restrictive business practices (Article 81). The draft Regulation proposes to discontinue the exemption for tariff conferences for routes within the EU as of 1 January 2007, with a transitional period until 31 December 2006 to allow IATA time to work on alternative arrangements. For tariff conferences on routes between the EU and non-EU countries, the draft Regulation proposes an exemption until 30 June 2008, provided that participating airlines provide the Commission with data to allow a detailed review of the situation in 2008. The Commission will now consult Member States and give interested parties a further opportunity to make their views known, before deciding on the final form of the Block Exemption in 2006.

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 Maritime Policy in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Maritime safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Josť Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, "The New European Maritime Policy" Maritime Policy Conference, Brussels, 17th November 2005 [ full text ]

The President of the European Commission, Josť Manuel Barroso, addressed the conference on Maritime Policy in Brussels on 17 November. Key points of the speech focussed on 'better ocean governance', a more integrated approach to maritime policy and recognition of the economic potential of sea-related industries including maritime transport and energy production from renewable sources as well as oil and gas.  "For far too long our policies on maritime transport, on coastal regions, on offshore energy, on fisheries, and on the marine environment have been developed in separate compartments. Of course, we tried to ensure that their impact on other policy goals were taken into account. But no one was looking at the links between them." The President of the European Commission also announced a new Maritime Policy Task Force bringing together seven Commissioners.

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The Florence Forum in the website of Energy & Transport DG

The Madrid Forum in the website of Energy & Transport DG

Conclusions of the 2005 Report on the functioning of the electricity and gas market  [ full text ]

The Commission was required, by the end of 2005, to issue a report on the functioning of the electricity and gas market. The coverage of the report in question was set out in Article 28 of the Electricity Directive 2003/54 and Article 31 of the Gas Directive 2003/55. The main findings of the report are: Market integration is still inefficient, concentration and consolidation characterise industry structure, several Member States have been late to implement new directives and customer response remains underdeveloped. The report also sets out the Commission's measures to redress these issues.

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Internal market for electricity in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

The web site of Competition DG

Mergers: Commission rejects Endesa’s complaint; declares proposed Gas Natural takeover of Endesa falls outside Commission’s competence [ full text ]

The European Commission has rejected on 15 November Endesa’s complaint concerning Gas Natural’s failure to notify its proposed takeover of Endesa to the Commission, as the proposed deal falls outside the Commission’s jurisdiction. In 2004 both Gas Natural and Endesa achieved at least 75% of their Community-wide turnover within Spain, more than the two thirds which deprive a deal of “Community dimension” pursuant to Article 1 of the Merger Regulation.

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