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No 58.  Weekly. 11 July 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 

Initiative for Growth: boosting investment in Trans European Networks and major R&D projects

National airline insurance schemes: Commission authorises extension of the aid schemes put in place by nine countries

Lake Maggiore / regional aid for road transport: Commission authorises Italian aid scheme

Commission approves SNCM recapitalisation subject to strict conditions

Florence Forum : complete removal of all cross border electricity charges agreed

Ban on certain goods on the A12 Inntal motorway in Austria: Commission pursues infringement proceedings

Rail infrastructure package : Commission sends Reasoned Opinions to 10 Member States

Towage services and taxes on ships, vehicles and passengers in Greek ports: Commission to ask the Court for a ruling

Seafarers' hours of work: the Commission denounces Ireland and Luxembourg

6th Research Framework Programme Information Day presentations on the second Call for Proposals are available online on Internet

EP: No committee of inquiry into Prestige disaster

CALLS FOR TENDER

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

The web site of DG Research                      

The web site of the European Investment Bank                      

Initiative for Growth: boosting investment in Trans European Networks and major R&D projects

The Commission outlined today its comprehensive package of financial and regulatory measures to boost investment in Trans European Networks (TENs) and major Research and Development (R&D) projects: the Initiative for Growth. The obstacles to more private sector investment in these two areas are multiple and complex. They can only be overcome if EU member states take the long-term view and develop credible policies to overcome the regulatory and technical obstacles that hinder an acceleration of investment in these fields. Governments are invited to review their revenue and expenditure plans, to redirect their public expenditure towards growth-enhancing investment and to seek a higher leverage from private investment. Community funding has to become more focused on high priority projects and the European Investment Bank (EIB) has to provide support with the necessary instruments to accompany this effort. 

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Commission's Communication on the repercussions of the attacks of 11 September
                     

Commission's Communication on air insurances after the attacks of 11 September
                     

Air Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

National airline insurance schemes: Commission authorises extension of the aid schemes put in place by nine countries

Today the Commission authorised extension until 31 October 2002 of the aid schemes put in place for the air industry by nine countries - Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom - following the terrorist attacks in the USA on 11 September 2001.This decision by the Commission ties in fully with its earlier decisions and with its communications of 10 October 2001 and 2 July 2002 on "The repercussions of the terrorist attacks in the United States on the air transport industry". In these the Commission announced that some types of aid, including aid for insurance "intended to compensate for damage caused by extraordinary calamities", could be granted to the air transport industry by way of exception.

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Road Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

State Aid legislation
                     

Lake Maggiore / regional aid for road transport: Commission authorises Italian aid scheme

The Commission decided on 9 July to close a formal examination procedure initiated against Italy, and to give the regional authorities of Piedmont the go-ahead to introduce an aid scheme to divert some heavy goods traffic away from the Lake Maggiore State Highway 33 to the A26 motorway. The scheme, which should operate between June and September 2003, meets the needs of coordination of transport, as recognised by the Treaty.

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Maritime Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

State Aid legislation
                     

The web site of SNCM                      

Commission approves SNCM recapitalisation subject to strict conditions

The Commission on 9 July decided to approve restructuring aid for the French State-owned Société Nationale Maritime Corse-Méditerranée (SNCM), albeit subject to conditions designed to prevent any distortion of competition. An initial €66 million of a total aid injection of €76 million planned by the French authorities to recapitalise SNCM has been authorised under Article 87(3)(c) of the EC Treaty. The Commission may approve a further payment from the remaining €10 million at a later date, when the sums raised from an enforced sale of shareholdings have been taken into account.

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Electricity in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

The Florence Forum in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

Florence Forum : complete removal of all cross border electricity charges agreed

A milestone agreement was reached 9 July in Rome at the tenth meeting of the Florence European Electricity Regulatory Forum, to remove completely the 0.5 € MW/h network access charge on electricity exports currently applied by Member States. As from 1 January 2004, no additional network charges will thus be charged for cross-border electricity transactions in the internal market. They will be treated as national transactions and charged in the same way. «After the adoption by Council and Parliament in June of the new electricity and gas Directives and the Regulation on cross-border exchanges in electricity, we are today one more step forward towards the achievement of a fully functioning internal energy market», said Loyola de Palacio, European Commission Vice-President in charge of Energy and Transport. «This major achievement demonstrates the commitment of the Forum to an integrated electricity market without artificial barriers to trade. Business and consumers should soon reap the benefits of this new breakthrough».

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Road Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

State Aid legislation
                     

Ban on certain goods on the A12 Inntal motorway in Austria: Commission pursues infringement proceedings

The Commission has decided on 9 July to send Austria a reasoned opinion. Austria is planning to ban heavy goods vehicles carrying certain goods from a section of the A12 motorway from 1 August 2003. The measure breaches the rules on the freedom to provide services and hampers the free movement of goods in the Union. The information provided by the Austrian Government since the Commission opened infringement proceedings on 25 June 2003 is insufficient. The Austrian authorities have ten days to respond. If they do not, or if their reply is unsatisfactory, the Commission could decide to bring the matter before the Court of Justice.  

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Rail Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

The Court of Justice web site
                     

Rail infrastructure package : Commission sends Reasoned Opinions to 10 Member States

The Commission is launching on 9 July legal proceedings against the 10 EU countries that have failed to notify the Commission of any transposition of the rail infrastructure package opening the market for international rail freight services. The transposition of this set of three directives into the national legal framework should enable more efficient and on-time cross-border operations needed by rail to compete with road. The Commission will fully play its role in ensuring a European level playing field.

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Maritime Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

The Court of Justice web site
                     

Towage services and taxes on ships, vehicles and passengers in Greek ports: Commission to ask the Court for a ruling

The Commission has decided on 9 July to bring before the Court of Justice two actions against Greece for non-compliance with European legislation on maritime transport. The first concerns Greek legislation on towage services, the second relates to port fees that contravene Community rules on the freedom to provide services to maritime transport.

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Maritime Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

The Court of Justice web site
                     

Seafarers' hours of work: the Commission denounces Ireland and Luxembourg

The Commission decided on 9 July to start proceedings against Ireland and Luxembourg in the Court of Justice for failure to notify the Commission of their national transposal measures of the directive on seafarers' hours of workThe directive which these Member States have not yet transposed is part of the Community strategy aimed on the one hand at increasing maritime safety and on the other at improving the living and working conditions of seafarers. 

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RTD Framework programme in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

The Managenergy web site
                     

6th Research Framework Programme Information Day presentations on the second Call for Proposals are available online on Internet

Video-recorded Information Days are available online in English, French and German for project proposers and for organisations wishing to organise media-conferences at local, regional or national levels. Audio-recordings are available in Polish, Czech and Hungarian. Additionally, questions from potential project proposers and the Commission answers are available on the web based on Information Day Internet Chats. Potential project proposers can continue submitting questions, which will be replied by the Commission until the end of November 2003.

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The Prestige accident in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

The web site of the European Parliament                      

EP: No committee of inquiry into Prestige disasters

The Transport Committee of the European Parliament on 8 July rejected a call to set up a temporary committee or a committee of inquiry within the European Parliament to pinpoint the precise causes of the Prestige disaster which took place off the Galician coast in November 2002. The call for such a committee, which was turned down by 30 votes (EPP-ED, ELDR) to 26 (PES, Greens/EFA, EUL/NGL), was presented in a report on improving safety at sea drafted by Dirk STERCKX (ELDR, B) in response to the disaster. 

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CALLS FOR TENDER

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


08/07/2003
Study on the best practices for updating EU security legislation

O.J. S 128-114411
Time-limit for receipt of tenders: 
21/08/2003 


26/06/2003
Virtual facilities for local and regional energy and transport actors

O.J. S 120-107245
Time-limit for receipt of candidature: 
02/08/2003


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

Corrigendum: O.J. S 120-107244


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


 

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