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No 57.  Weekly. 04 July 2003  

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Trans-European transport network: the enlarged EU must find adequate resources. The Van Miert Group proposes to mobilise and coordinate investors to carry out a series of priority projects by 2020

Ecopoints: Commission again decides not to apply the 108% clause due to insufficient evidence

Ecopoints: Parliament rejects Council's common position

Commission proposes simplified control procedures for shipments of waste

Energy efficiency: The new energy classes A+ and A++ will appear by 2004 for refrigerators and freezers

EP wants a more "European" Single Sky - Conciliation procedure most likely

The EP approves with minor amendments the compensation and assistance to air passengers regulation

EP: Green light to Marco Polo

EP: Yes to the better protection for pedestrians involved in car accidents

CALL FOR TENDERS

Trans-European Networks in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

MEMO on the High Level Group Repport (PDF) 
                     

Whole text of the High Level Group Repport (PDF) 
                     

Full map of the priority projects (PDF) 
                     

Trans-European transport network: the enlarged EU must find adequate resources. The Van Miert Group proposes to mobilise and coordinate investors to carry out a series of priority projects by 2020

A high-level group chaired by Karel Van Miert proposed on 30 June a new approach to implementing the trans-European transport network. Regretting serious under-investment and inadequate Community financial support which has led to substantial delays in many of the 14 major projects identified over ten years ago in Essen, the group is recommending to Vice-President Loyola de Palacio a change of approach to enable the new priority projects it has selected to be carried out. The group's approach, which takes account of the revision of the guidelines for the trans-European transport network until 2020, is based on coordinating the investment needed by means of appropriate structures and, as part of the preparation of the EU's financial perspectives, bringing the Community's financial instruments into line. This initiative fulfills the requirements of adaptation and competitiveness of the EU through an ambitious policy of infrastructure development as recommended by President Prodi. "Given the growing gap between the cost of the infrastructure needed to operate the major routes of the network and the resources available, the Van Miert Group's selective approach was essential. Its funding recommendations are an important contribution to the Commission's thinking on an essential issue that national budgets and the EU's new financial perspectives cannot ignore." stated Loyola de Palacio.

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Road Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

Ecopoints: Commission again decides not to apply the 108% clause due to insufficient evidence

The Commission decided on 1 July not to apply a cutback in ecopoints for 2003 as a result of the number of lorry trips made through Austria in 2002 as the so-called "108% clause" would require. Whilst initial statistics from Austria seemed to indicate that the 108% threshold had been exceeded in 2002, a closer examination cast doubt on this as no real evidence was provided of transit. The Commission will therefore be distributing the remaining ecopoints for 2003.

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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                      

Ecopoints: Parliament rejects Council's common position

Parliament rejected on 3 July the Council's common position on an ecopoint system for heavy vehicles transiting through Austria for 2004. In doing so, it confirmed its strong opposition against the decision taken by the Council of Transport Ministers on 31 December 2003. Earlier, the proposals attracted fierce resistance within the Transport Committee. An overwhelming majority of MEPs takes the view that the system of ecopoints is the wrong solution to solve the Alpine environment. It will now be difficult to find a compromise in conciliation. The general feeling is that the delegations of Parliament and Council in the Conciliation are facing tough negotiations under the Italian Presidency. The procedure is likely to start in September.

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Environment in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

Shipment waste in the web site of Environment DG 
                     

Commission proposes simplified control procedures for shipments of waste

The European Commission has proposed on 1 July a revision of the 10-year-old Waste Shipment Regulation. This Regulation sets environmental criteria for waste shipments within, into and outside the European Union. It covers shipments of practically all types of waste by all types of means, including vehicles, trains, ships and planes. The proposal strengthens the current control procedures,simplifying and clarifying them to the benefit of both the environment and waste shipment companies. The proposal is also a step towards greater international harmonisation of waste shipments, as it fully implements the UN Basel Convention, which regulates shipments of hazardous waste at international level. The proposal reduces procedures and lists of waste from three to two.

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Energy Demand Management in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

Energy efficiency: The new energy classes A+ and A++ will appear by 2004 for refrigerators and freezers

As from 2004, consumers will be able to identify refrigerators and freezers which are particularly economical in terms of electricity consumption; when offered for sale they will be labelled A+ and A++. This Commission decision dated 3 July 2003 will help consumers make energy savings and thus contribute towards improving the security of the EU's energy supply and help to combat global warming.  

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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 wants a more "European" single Sky – Conciliation procedure most likely

In adopting the European Single Sky package, Parliament makes it absolutely clear that MEPs and the governments of the Member States have totally different views on how "European" this integrated airspace should be by the time it becomes operational - the deadline being 31 December 2004. One of the sensitive aspects is the cooperation between civil and military cooperation or sovereignty over Member States' own airspace. The Greek Presidency had already announced that some governments would not countenance any changes. This morning, MEPs on its 2nd reading vote last 3 July did not accept this: they adopted amendments aiming at changing both common positions considerably. Parliament will now be on course for a confrontation with the Council of Transport Ministers, probably leading to a conciliation procedure.

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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                      

EP approves with minor amendments the compensation and assistance to air passengers regulation

The more than 1,1 million people affected by denied boarding each year will be pleased to hear that Parliament on 3 July has adopted long-expected proposals fixing financial compensations for overbooking and assistance in the case of long delays. Members of the Parliament are in favour of a system of three distance sanctions. The financial compensations for overbooking will be € 250 for flights less than 1.500 km, € 400 for flights between 1.500 and 3.000 km and € 600 for flights of more than 3.500 km.

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Marco Polo Programme 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: Green light to Marco Polo

The European Parliament followed on a 2nd reading vote on 3 July Philip Charles BRADBOURN's (EPP-ED, West Midlands) proposal to accept without amendments the Council common position on the environmental performance of the Marco Polo freight transport system. Members welcomed the principle aim of the programme which is to help shift the increase in international road freight traffic to other transport modes. 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. 

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Road Safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

The web site of the European Parliament                      

EP: Yes to a better protection for pedestrians involved in car accidents

In adopting this legislative resolution on 3 July, Parliament welcomes the Commission proposals to reduce the severity of injuries to pedestrians involved in accidents with motor vehicles at speeds up to 40 km/h. Parliament however stresses that the new directive should be one element of a broader package of measures by industry and by the Member States, based on best practice, to deal with pre-crash, in-crash and post-crash safety of pedestrians and other vulnerable road users. 

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26/06/2003
Services virtuels pour acteurs locaux et régionaux des secteurs de l'énergie et des transports

O.J. S 120-107245
Date limite de réception des offres: 
02/08/2003 


25/06/2003
Étude sur la tarification des infrastructures de transport par voies navigables intérieures

O.J. S 119-106321
Date limite de réception des offres: 
22/08/2003 


18/06/2003
Suivi du développement des politiques nationales des transports et de leur impact sur les objectifs communautaires en matière de transports

O.J. S 115-102750
Date limite de réception des offres: 
16/07/2003


18/06/2003
Identification d'indicateurs en vue d'évaluer l'application du Livre blanc sur la politique européenne des transports

O.J. S 115-102747
Date limite de réception des offres: 
14/07/2003


18/06/2003
Marché de services (contrat-cadre) d'assistance juridique, économique et technique aux relations bilatérales entre l'UE et les pays tiers dans le domaine du transport aérien 

O.J. S 115-102746
Date limite de réception des offres:  28/07/2003


18/06/2003
Rapports annuels 2003 et 2004 sur l'énergie et les transports

O.J. S 115-102744
Date limite de réception des offres: 
16/07/2003

RECTIFICATIF: O.J. S 120-107244


14/06/2003
Méthodologies d'évaluation et critères d'acceptation relatifs aux certificats de sécurité délivrés conformément à la directive 2001/14/CE, article 32

O.J. S 113-100971
Date limite de réception des offres: 
14/07/2003


12/06/2003
Comptabilité des transports au sein de la Communauté (méthodes d'évaluation des coûts marginaux relatifs à l'utilisation des infrastructures de transport)

O.J. S 111-099147
Date limite de réception des offres:  07/07/2003 - 15/07/2003

RECTIFICATIF: O.J. S 116-103654


 

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