On 14 January, the European Parliament adopted the second railway package with some major amendments, concerning mainly the extensive liberalisation of the railway market and stricter safety provisions.
On 14 January, the European Parliament is expected to give its green light for the second railway package. It is likely to demand further commitments regarding the speedy liberalisation of railway services, safety rules and the establishment of a European Railway Agency.
During two recent separate meetings, telecom industry players stated that a market-driven approach, together with a demand-oriented policy, will be the driving force for innovation and thus achievement of eEurope's objectives.
Liberalisation of railway transport in the CEEC
As the countries adopt the acquis communautaire at an unequal rhythm, the liberalization of the railway sector is therefore heterogeneous and mainly concerns the transport of goods. In general, governments endeavor to modernize the …
Changing gear - The Barcelona European Council
John Palmer, Director of The European Policy Centre, reports from Barcelona about an EU leaders' summit dominated by the Lisbon economic reform agenda.
As is so often the case with meetings of European Union heads …
The Hungarian government adopted a law on the opening of a part of Hungary's electricity market to consumers of more than 6.4 gigawatt-hours of electricity starting from 1 January 2003. This means that around 200 of Hungary's biggest electricity consumers will be able to choose suppliers and import up to 50 per cent of their power needs. Hungary generates 30 percent more electricity than it consumes.
Ministers for agriculture from 15 European Union member states said at the Council meeting on 16 May that there can be no deal in negotiations with Poland until Polish government dismantles tariffs for trade in agricultural goods, imposed last year.
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