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No 56.  Weekly. 27 June 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 Union and The United States of America agree on opening negotiations on open aviation area

Shipbuilding :European Commission extends the temporary defensive mechanism to Liquefied Natural Gas carrier

The EU joins forces with international partners on research to 'clean up' fossil fuel

Road transport: Commission opens infringement procedure against Austria

Euro-Mediterranean partnership: Commission calls for development of a competitive, reliable Euro-Mediterranean transport network

Commission proposes to accept IMO's passenger liability rules

Dutch aid to HVC container terminal: Commission closes investigation

United Kingdom authorised to grant investment aid to the coal industry

EU-Russia dialogue : a key element of our energy policy, says Loyola de Palacio

EP: Single European sky - Not ready for take off

EP: Transport Committee rejects Council's ecopoints proposals for Austria

The EP proposes amendments to the compensation and assistance to air passengers regulation

EP for the environmental performance of the freight transport system

Training for drivers directive receives final aproval by the Council

CALL FOR TENDERS

Open skies in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

Air Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

European Union and The United States of America agree on opening negotiations on open aviation area

Today, the European Union and the United States of America agreed on the opening of negotiations for an overall agreement on air transport liberalisation. The conclusions adopted note that the leaders of the United States of America and the European Union “are pleased to announce their agreement to begin comprehensive air service negotiations in early Autumn following the early June decision of the EU Council to approve a negotiating mandate for the Commission. This is an historic opportunity to build upon the framework of existing agreements with the goal of maximising benefits for consumers, airlines, and communities on both sides of the Atlantic. The United States and the European Union will work together in a spirit of co-operation to develop a mutually beneficial approach to this crucial economic sector in a globalised economy." “An aviation agreement between the EU and US would set the model for the rest of the world these negotiations provide an opportunity to achieve fundamental reform of this sector that we should not waste” said European Commission vice-president Loyola de Palacio.

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Maritime Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

The web site of Competition DG
                     

Shipbuilding :European Commission extends the temporary defensive mechanism to Liquefied Natural Gas carriers

The European Commission has decided on 25 June to extend the granting of temporary and limited state aids in the shipbuilding sector (so-called temporary defensive mechanism- TDM) to liquefied natural gas carriers (LNGs). EU Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy said: "Today's decision offers a temporary relief to European LNG shipyards which are facing serious difficulties, while Korea continues to price ships below cost. I trust the WTO will soon condemn these unfair practices and that Korea will put an end to them." EU Commissioner for competition, Mario Monti said : "While State aid is certainly not the way forward to make EU shipbuilding more competitive globally, today's decision does show that the Commission recognises the exceptional circumstances in this case where Community interests are at stake".

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What is Carbon Sequestration?
                     

Environment in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

The web site of Research DG 
                     

The EU joins forces with international partners on research to 'clean up' fossil fuels

On 25 June in Washington the European Commission, represented by Loyola de Palacio, Vice President in charge of Energy and Transport, signed an international charter on CO2 capture and storage (CO2/carbon sequestration). This will create the “Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum” with Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Italy, India, Japan, Mexico, Norway, the People's Republic of China, Russia, the United Kingdom and the US. The Forum aims to stimulate research into carbon sequestration technologies, to “clean up” fossil fuels by capturing CO2 at source and storing it for thousands of years deep underground. This will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  

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Road Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

The web site of the Court of Justice                      

Road transport: Commission opens infringement procedure against Austria

On 24 June the European Commission decided to open an infringement procedure against Austria, which is planning to ban heavy goods vehicles carrying certain goods from a section of the A12 motorway in the Tyrol from 1 August 2003 on. The Commission therefore decided to act rapidly to enforce the rules in the Treaty and keep the internal market working smoothly. The Austrian authorities have one week to respond to the points raised by the Commission.

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Transeuropean networks in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

International relations in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

The Communication of the CEC on Euro-Mediterranean Transport Network (PDF) 
                     

Euro-Mediterranean partnership: Commission calls for development of a competitive, reliable Euro-Mediterranean transport network

The Commission is giving a big boost to the development of a Euro-Mediterranean transport network by publishing on 24 June an analysis of the economic, political, financial and reliability dimensions. As part of the new proximity policy for relations with the Union's neighbours and of the ongoing discussions on the future of the trans-European transport network (Van Miert Group), the communication adopted today is designed to define the challenges of the Euro-Mediterranean transport network more closely, with particular emphasis on the constraints which development of the network entails, including concerns about safety, security and funding. Loyola de Palacio, the Commission Vice-President responsible for energy and transport, said that "The Euro-Mediterranean transport network must now progress beyond declarations of intent. Today, on the eve of enlargement of the Union and of reinforcement of the Euro-Mediterranean partnership, there is an urgent need clearly to define the specific priorities, conditions and basic constraints bound up with establishing this network and to alert the players concerned, in both the public and private sectors, to the need for active support and greater cooperation in this field."

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Maritime Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

The web site of the International Maritime Organisation                      

Commission proposes to accept IMO's passenger liability rules

The European Commission presented on 24 June a proposal for a Council Decision which will make all EU Member States parties to the new International Maritime Organisation (IMO) liability rules for carriers of passengers by sea. “This will significantly improve the compensation of seagoing passengers in the EU”, said Loyola de Palacio, the Commission's Vice-President responsible for transport and energy policy “as the existing systems vary widely in the EU and some Member States provide for very limited compensation amounts for death and injury to passengers at sea”.

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Intermodality in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

State Aid legislation
                     

Dutch aid to HVC container terminal: Commission closes investigation

The European Commission has decided on 24 June to close its formal investigation into the planned Dutch investment subsidy to N.V. Huisvuilcentrale Noord-Holland (HVC), concluding that the project was compatible with the common market. The aid is intended to promote household waste transport by inland waterways rather than by road transport, by the construction of a container terminal at Alkmaar (Province of Noord-Holland).

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Coal issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

State Aid legislation
                     

United Kingdom authorised to grant investment aid to the coal industry

The European Commission has decided on 24 June not to raise any objections to the aid scheme amounting to a maximum of GBP 60 million (€ 86.1 million) which the United Kingdom is proposing to grant to the coal industry to cover investment costs. The Commission considers that the aid is compatible with the proper functioning of the internal market.

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EU-Russia energy partnership in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

The web site of Loyola de Palacio                      

EU-Russia dialogue : a key element of our energy policy, says Loyola de Palacio

"The EU-Russia energy dialogue is the necessary complement of the opening up of the EU energy market. I will explain why Russia is a key element of our energy policy", said Loyola de Palacio Vice-President of the European Commission, Commissioner for Transport and Energy on a speech about the EU-Russia dialogue during the UK-Russia energy conference London, 26th June 2003.

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Single European Sky in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

MEP Fava report on the single European Sky (PDF)
                     

MEP Sanders report on the single European Sky (PDF)
                     

The web site of the European Parliament                      

EP: single European Sky – not ready for take-off

The Single European Sky is nowhere near ready for take-off, says the Transport Committee, which proposes to turn down the Council's common positions on two proposals designed to ensure better use of existing airspace and improve safety conditions in Europe's skies as of 2004. MEPs back their reporters Giovanni FAVA (PES, I) and Marieke SANDERS-TEN HOLTE (ELDR, NL) in arguing that Council had not met Parliament's demands. Key amendments from first reading are therefore being re-tabled, with hard bargaining in conciliation likely to follow. According to the Greek Presidency, the Member States are refusing to accept any changes in sensitive areas such as co-operation between the civil and military domains and sovereignty over national airspace. The dossier, which will be debated on 2 July on 2nd reading.

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Road Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

MEP Caveri report on the Ecopoints (PDF)
                     

The web site of the European Parliament                      

EP: Transport Committee rejects Council's ecopoints proposals for Austria

Luciano CAVERI (ELDR, I), for the Transport Committee is putting forward a draft legislative resolution which broadly rejects the Council's common position on an ecopoint system for heavy vehicles transiting through Austria for 2004. MEPs in the committee conclude that the common position does not differ one iota from the text of the Council's political agreement of 31 December 2002, to which they had already made known their opposition. All Parliament’s amendments from first reading will therefore be reinstated. However, given the agreement reached in Council, conciliation is now likely to be needed. The subject will be discussed on 2 July on 2nd reading.

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Air Passenger Rights in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

MEP Lisi report on compensation and assistance to air passengers (PDF)
                     

The web site of the European Parliament                      

The EP proposes amendments to the compensation and assistance to air passengers regulation

Georgio LISI (EPP-ED, I) for the Transport Committee is tabling a draft legislative resolution on compensation to air passengers in the event of denied boarding. The committee reinstates a number of key amendments adopted by Parliament at first reading such as: the text should give a definition of "cancelled flight"; the definition of "final destination" given in the regulation currently in force should be retained; the check-in time should not have to be indicated in writing, if no time is indicated by the air carrier, tour operator or an authorised travel agent, passengers should check in no later than 60 minutes before the published departure time, rather than 30 minutes as proposed; the regulation should not apply to air passengers on package tours as they are covered by a separate directive; the obligation to re-route passengers to their final destination should be limited. The subject will be discussed on 2 July on 2nd reading.

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Environment in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

MEP Bradbourn report on environmental performance or the freight transport system
                     

The web site of the European Parliament                      

EP for the regulation on environmental performance of the freight transport system

Philip BRADBOURN (EPP-ED, West Midlands), in a draft legislative resolution for the Transport Committee, will be recommending that Parliament approve the Council's common position without amendment.The aim is to support the fight against congestion in the road freight sector and its ambitious goal is to improve the environmental performance of the transport system as a whole. The Common Position changes the financial framework from €115m for the period 2003 – 2007, which is equivalent to €85m for the period 2003 – 2006 as proposed by the Commission, to €75m for the period 2003 – 2006. The subject will be debated on 2 July on 2nd reading.

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Driving licence in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

Road Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

The consolidated text of the Directive
                     

The web site of the European Council
 
                     

Training for drivers directive receives final aproval by the Council

The Council adopted on 13 June a Directive on the initial qualification and periodic training of drivers of certain road vehicles for the carriage of goods or passengers following an agreement reached with the European Pariament in second reading under the codecisions procedure. The amendments agreed by the Council and the European Parliament introduce the monitoring of the level of qualification achieved in the overall assessment of the directive and also the instruction of drivers in the prevention of crime as this is becoming a serious pan-Europpean problem.

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CALL FOR TENDERS

This service brings you the latest calls for tender, calls for manifestation of interest and calls for proposal issued by Energy and Transport DG.


Contract notice:

25/06/2003
Study on infrastructure charging and pricing in the area of inland waterways

O.J. S 119-106321
Time-limit for receipt of tenders: 
22/08/2003


18/06/2003
Monitoring the development of national transport policies and their impact on Community transport objectives

O.J. S 115-102750
Time-limit for receipt of tenders:  16/07/2003


18/06/2003
Monitoring the development of national transport policies and their impact on Community transport objectives

O.J. S 115-102750
Time-limit for receipt of tenders:  16/07/2003


18/06/2003
Identification of indicators to assess the implementation of the White Paper on European transport policy

O.J. S 115-102747
Time-limit for receipt of tenders:  14/07/2003


18/06/2003
A services contract (framework contract) to provide legal, economic and technical support for bi-lateral relations between the EU and third countries in the field of air transport

O.J. S 115-102746
Time-limit for receipt of tenders:  28/07/2003


18/06/2003
Annual energy and transport review for 2003 and 2004

O.J. S 115-102744
Time-limit for receipt of tenders:  16/07/2003


14/06/2003
Acceptance criteria and assessment methodologies for safety certificates delivered in accordance with Directive 2001/14/EC, Article 32

O.J. S 113-100971
Time-limit for receipt of tenders:  14/07/2003


12/06/2003
Transport accounts in the Community (methods to estimate marginal costs of transport infrastructure use)

O.J. S 111-099147
Time-limit for receipt of tenders:  07/07/2003 - 15/07/2003

Corrigendum: O.J. S 116-103654


07/06/2003
A services contract (framework contract) to provide technical support to the industry consultation process of the Single European Sky (air traffic management)

O.J. S 109-097181
Time-limit for receipt of tenders:  02/07/2003


03/06/2003
Evolution of the DATEX technical specifications

O.J. S 105-093550
Time-limit for receipt of tenders:  30/06/2003


 

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