No 167 - Weekly - 13 January 2006 

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17-18 January 2006: European Parliament Plenary Session, Strasbourg


23 January 2006: "Energy and Development in the context of Development Cooperation", Vienna


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Galileo in the web site of Energy & Transport DG  

VIDEO: Galileo: The countdown has begun

GALILEO: EU and the Republic of Korea seal their agreement [ full text ]

Following exchanges that lasted for six months, negotiations on the Republic of Korea’s participation in Europe’s satellite radionavigation programme reached approval on 12 January. The agreement which paves the way for the country’s active participation in the programme was initialled in Brussels by Heinz Hilbrecht, Director, representing the European Commission, and by Counsellor Choi Jong Hyun, representing the Republic of Korea. Welcoming the outcome of the negotiations, Vice-President Jacques Barrot in charge of transport declared: “After the successful launch of the first GALILEO GIOVE-A satellite, this new agreement underlines, once again, the ever growing worldwide interest for the programme”.

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Air passenger rights  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Air Transport in the web site of energy & Transport DG

Air passengers’ rights: The European Court of Justice confirms legality of EU rules [ full text ]

On 10 January the European Court of Justice confirmed the validity of EU legislation on air passengers’ rights. This legislation, which came into force on 17 February 2005, has introduced very significant improvements to the protection of air passengers’ rights in the European Union in the event of denied boarding, flight cancellation or long delays. “This is very good news for European citizens. Air transport is making a major contribution to their mobility. The European Court now also confirms EU legislation giving them certain rights when their flight is overbooked, delayed or cancelled”, said Jacques Barrot, European Commission Vice-President in charge of transport.

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Road safety  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Inland Waterways in the website of Energy & Transport DG 

Transport priorities of the Austrian Presidency: Road safety and inland waterways [ full text ]

The Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU 2006 recognises the importance of transport policy and has underlined road safety and inland waterways as key areas in its work programme. One aim of the Presidency is to promote a Community policy with the declared objective of making roads safer for citizens. The Austrian Presidency also views increased use of inland waterways as an important alternative to the ever-growing haulage traffic on the roads. Modal shift will be promoted with emphasis on environmental conservation and safety.  The Presidency also intends to follow up a number of legislative proposals that are important for citizens, such as the European driving licence, the third railway package, the rights of air passengers with restricted mobility, and the implementation of the European satellite programme GALILEO.

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Biomass Action Plan in the website of Energy & Transport DG 

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

The importance of biofuels in European energy and transport policy

Speaking at the European Motor Show on 12 January, EU Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs explained the importance attached to biofuels by the EU. Two of the key reasons are the contribution of biofuels to tackling the problems of security of supply and climate change. These priorities are reflected in the Biofuels Directive adopted by the European Union in 2003, which set the target of a 5.75% market share for biofuels by 2010, and in the Biomass Action Plan adopted by the European Commission in December. By December 2006, the Commission is due to bring out a report that will look at whether the biofuels directive needs to be further strengthened.
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Enlargement and international relations in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Gas issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG  

MEP: Russia-Ukraine Gas Crisis "Wake Up Call' For EU Energy Sector [ full text ]

The recent gas crisis between Russia and Ukraine is a "wake up call" for the EU, according to Giles Chichester MEP, Chairman of the Parliament's Industry, Research and Energy Committee. Speaking on 9 January in the wake of the crisis, he said the situation "has clear implications for EU energy markets and supplies... reminding us of our dependence on imported fuel." According to Mr Chichester the dispute "illustrated the importance of a fully functioning market in gas and other energy sources and, in particular, the dangers of any price distortions from market levels."  Echoing recent remarks by European Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs, Mr Chichester said that "EU energy policy makers must aim for diversity of supplies and competitive markets as the best way to maintain stable security of supply."


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The EU-Russia Energy Partnership in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Gas issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG  

Ukraine-Russia gas dispute - MEPs call for stronger EU energy policy [ full text ]

Russian energy policy fell under the spotlight on January 11 when MEPs held an unscheduled meeting to discuss the fallout of the gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine. The meeting was given extra urgency as the day before the government in Kiev had lost a no-confidence vote over their handling of the crisis. With about a quarter of the EU's gas needs coming from Russia, the need to diversify European sources and develop a common EU energy policy was a key theme of the debate.  The development of EU cooperation with Ukraine and Russia in the domain of energy efficiency and diversification has already taken a step forward with a "memorandum of understanding" on energy between Ukraine and the European Union signed in Kiev in December last year. The full Parliament is likely to debate the issue further during its plenary session in Strasbourg next week.

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Green Paper on Energy Efficiency "Doing more with less"

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

Energy priorities of the Austrian Presidency: Energy efficiency, renewable energies and the internal market [ full text ]

Based on the principle of sustainability, Austrian energy policy seeks to achieve an economically optimal supply of energy sources and raw materials, taking account of security of supply, cost-efficiency and environmental and social acceptability. These priorities are reflected in the chosen focus areas of the Austrian Presidency in energy policy: increasing energy efficiency, promoting renewable energies and improving the function of the internal energy market. Security of supply and environmental compatibility are key themes of European energy policy and also for the Austrian EU Presidency. In support of its energy priorities, the Austrian Presidency plans to host a conference “Energy Paths - Horizon 2050” in spring 2006. At this event, options for sustainable energy supply within this time horizon will be advanced and discussed, with the focus on the necessary technology choices this implies.


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