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European Commission funds €215 million for Baltic Pipe project

The European Commission announced that it will provide 215 million to finance part of the construction costs of the Baltic Pipe project designed to carry Norwegian gas to Danish and Polish markets. The signing ceremony took place on Monday, 15 April.

European Commission advises EU members in case of no-deal Brexit

Ahead of the European Council (Article 50), the European Commission has taken stock of the European Union’s intense ‘no-deal’ preparations and has issued practical guidance to Member States in 5 areas, including  citizens’ residence and social security entitlements, data protection, medicine and medical devices, police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters, and fisheries.

European Commission study supports Mediterranean ECA

A European Commission-funded impact assessment into a potential Mediterranean emissions control area (ECA) concluded that designating such an ECA would result in significant socio-economic benefits. The assessment is the third study to be published since the middle of December. 

ESPO supports EU’s agreement on CEF II

ESPO welcomed the Common Understanding between the European Parliament and the Council on the future Connecting Europe Facility (CEF II). On 25 March, the European Parliament’s Transport and Industry Committees confirmed the partial agreement, which sets out the EU’s funding priorities and modalities in the transport sector for the period 2021-2027. The precise budget will be negotiated under the new Parliament.

EU approves extension of LNG terminal in Świnoujście, Poland

Under EU State aid rules, the European Commission has approved Polish plans to support the increase of the regasification capacity (from 5 to 7.5 billion cubic metres per year), as well the development of additional functionalities, of the LNG terminal in Świnoujście, Poland.

European Commission to host workshop exploring offshore wind development in Baltic

In a workshop jointly organized by the European Commission and the BEMIP renewable energy working group in Brussels on 15 March, THEMA Consulting Group and its partners will present a study for the European Commission which looks at the potential for offshore wind in the Baltic Sea and the barriers to its development.

European Commission greenlights four floating demonstration offshore wind farms in France

The European Commission gave the green light to French plans on supporting four demonstration floating wind farms for producing electricity. The “Groix Belle Ile”project will be located in the Atlantic Ocean, while the other three projects(‘Golf du Lion’, ‘Eolmed’, and ‘Provence Grand Large’) will be located in the Mediterranean Sea.

Transport associations oppose to EU Consortia Block Exemption Regulation

Organisations representing the main maritime logistics industry stakeholders, as well as EU national maritime authorities, met on February 8 in Paris to discuss about the EU Consortia Block Exemption Regulation. The associations attempted to assess the validity of the BER, which provides the liner shipping industry an exemption from normal competition rules. 

EU adopts two decisions on taxation of ports in Italy and Spain

The European Commission has proposed, in two separate decisions, that Italy and Spain align their taxation of ports with State aid rules. The Commission remains committed to ensure a level playing field across the EU in this key economic sector.

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