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No 46.  Weekly. 11 April 2003

This newsletter replaces and cancels the newsletter sent to you last Friday, which contained some inaccuracy.

Please note that, due to Easter holidays, the next newsletter will be sent on Friday 25 April 2003.

  

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Direct link to Green Paper on Security of Energy Supply
Green Paper on Energy

Direct link to the White Paper on European Transport Policy

White Paper 
on Transport 

European Commission promotes Short Sea Shipping and new intermodal equipment to fight congestion

European Parliament: EU to sign up to UN standards on fuel for cars

European Parliament approves the discharge of the European Coal and Steel Community Budget

European Parliament favourable to the directive of qualification and training of lorry drivers in the EU

Energy and Transport DG videos now available on Europa web site

Short Sea Shipping in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

The web site of the Short Sea Shipping network                      

The international convention for safe containers 
                     

European Commission promotes Short Sea Shipping and new intermodal equipment to fight congestion

The Commission adopted on 10 April a programme for the promotion of Short Sea Shipping along with a proposal for a directive to standardise new Intermodal Loading Units (ILU) which will greatly facilitate intermodal freight transport. Loyola de Palacio, Vice-President responsible for transport and energy, emphasised that "Short Sea Shipping has proved to be a transport success story with healthy growth rates and we must ensure this continues. The new plan unveiled today will help provide real alternatives to road congestion through more efficient and more economical use of other transport modes" 

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MEP Carlos Westendorp recommendation on UN standards on fuel for cars
                     

The web site of the European Parliament                      

European Parliament: EU to sign up to UN standards on fuel for cars

Parliament voted on 9 April its assent for the regulation of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe concerning the approval of uniform provisions related to the official recognition of specific LPG retrofit systems to be installed in motor vehicles for the use of LPG in their propulsion system, and specific CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) retrofit systems to be installed in motor vehicles for the use of CNG in their propulsion system. 

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MEP Brigitte Langenhagen rapport on ECSC budget
                     

The ECSC in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

The web site of the European Parliament                      

European Parliament approves the discharge of the European Coal and Steel Community Budget

Parliament granted on 8 April discharge to the European Coal and Steel Community for its budget for 2001. The draft discharge resolution by MEP Langenhagen pointed out that in the light of the imminent expiry of the ECSC Treaty, the ECSC has not granted any new loans (from borrowed funds) since 1997. The reporter also urged the Commission to publish, by the end of 2003, an overview of the work undertaken by the ECSC since it was established. The draft resolution further called on the Commission to review all outstanding commitments systematically before the end of 2003 and to cancel any amounts in respect of which it is unlikely that there will be any movement in the future. 

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MEP Mathieu Grosch rapport on  training for lorry drivers
                     

Road Transport driving licence in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

The web site of the European Parliament                      

 

European Parliament favourable to the directive of qualification and training of lorry drivers in the EU

In adopting the Council common position, albeit with some amendments, on 8 April Parliament has taken an important step in achieving EU-wide compulsory training for lorry drivers in the Member States. Compulsory training has hitherto been a legal requirement only in France and the Netherlands. The proposed directive will consequently have a far-reaching impact on the training in the other 13 Member States. Some of these countries already had in-house training schemes, although training was only initiated by firms who assigned a high priority to safety. Furthermore, lorry drivers from outside the EU wishing to be employed within the EU will also be required to undergo training. 

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EC audio- visual library video page on EUROPA
                     

Energy and Transport DG videos now available on Europa web site

The Directorate-General for Press and Communication of the European Commission has recently created a video web page on EUROPA from where several videos can be seen on-line by streaming. Four videos produced by Energy and Transport DG have been loaded on this page under "Transport and Energy": Railways of Europe, GALILEO, The Single European Sky, and, recently, in connection with the Council of Transport Ministers of end March, a video on "Maritime safety: Europe demands safer seas". In case you do not have the necessary software for viewing the video, please refer to the relevant link given at the top of the EC audiovisual library video home page on EUROPA.

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