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No 60.  Weekly. 25 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 

European Commission welcomes the big steps ahead in energy dialogue between Israel and Palestine authority under cover of the EU

ERIKA I maritime safety legislation enters into force: Commission takes action against 10 Member States

Charging for transport infrastructure use: the Commission proposes a revision of the current Community framework

The Commission refers the ban on the carriage of certain goods on the A12 Inntal motorway in Austria to the Court of Justice

German toll system: Commission to investigate compensation measure for road hauliers

The Commission decides to examine aid granted to ABX Logistics

Commission proposes to add transparency to the control of investments in nuclear installations

Video "Nuclear safety in an enlarged EU"

Memo on the Kyoto protocol

CALL FOR TENDERS

NOTE: The "Energy and Transport in Europe Digest" will not appear during the month of August. Next issue of the newsletter will be mailed on the 5th September 2003

International relations in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

 

European Commission welcomes the big steps ahead in energy dialogue between Israel and Palestine authority under cover of the EU

European Commission Vice President Ms De Palacio met on 23 July with the Minister of Infrastructure of Israel Mr Joseph I. Paritzky and the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of the Palestinian Authority Mr Azzam Shawwa and the Italian Presidency of the European Union represented by Minister Marzano, to assess the progress achieved to date in the Tri-lateral Working Group Israel-Palestinian Authority-European Commission on Energy Co-operation created at the Athens Euro-Mediterranean Ministerial Meeting on 23 May 2003. During the meeting, the results of the work carried out by the Tri-lateral Working Group were discussed and the minutes of the last meeting were endorsed. “I very much welcome the enhanced co-operation between the Commission, Israel and the Palestinian Authority as well as our decision of today to create a joint structure to facilitate the implementation of the agreed projects of common interest in the energy sector. This is an important step forward for peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority and for the improvement of the economic and social welfare of their citizens” Vice-President Loyola de Palacio said.

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Memo on entry into force of Erika I package
                     

Maritime Safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

 

ERIKA I maritime safety legislation enters into force: Commission takes action against 10 Member States

The Erika I legislation finally entered into force on 22 July 2003 more than 3 years after these stricter maritime safety rules were proposed by the Commission. «We could have avoided the PRESTIGE oil spill, had these key measures been into force earlier as the Commission initially proposed » declared Loyola de Palacio, Vice-President in charge of transport and energy. “These rules now need to be fully adopted and implemented. The Commission, as guardian of the EU treaties, will do its utmost to make sure that another Prestige disaster does not endanger EU waters and shores ». The Commission has decided to initiate legal proceedings against 10 Member States for failing to notify transposition of this key EU maritime safety legislation. Both the ship inspection and survey organisation and Port State Control rules adopted in the aftermath of the ERIKA disaster should have been transposed into national law by 22 July 2003. To date only Denmark, France, Germany, Spain and the UK have done so. Failure to implement these rules can directly affect the quality and safety of the ships sailing in European waters, of European ships globally as well as the removal of unsound vessels from the seas. The Commission also publishes on 25 July the list of vessels which may be banned from EU ports should they be detained again after July 2003.

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Road charging in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

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

 

Charging for transport infrastructure use: the Commission proposes a revision of the current Community framework

The Commission proposed on 23 July improvements to the framework for national road use fees in the interests of the proper functioning of the single market. Member States are increasingly taking the initiative to introduce a system of infrastructure charging which passes on to users the costs associated with road use. The regulatory patchwork resulting from such isolated national initiatives risks compromising the smooth functioning of the internal market. The existing Community charging framework must therefore be reinforced "Transport users have the right to know what they are paying for and why. It is therefore necessary to promote systems in which the costs related to infrastructure use are translated into the prices users pay for transport, without this affecting access to a quality service throughout the whole of EU territory," declared Loyola de Palacio, Commission Vice-President with special responsibility for Energy and Transport.

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Road Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

The web site of the Court of Justice                      

The Commission refers the ban on the carriage of certain goods on the A12 Inntal motorway in Austria to the Court of Justice

The Commission decided on 23 July to refer to the Court of Justice Austria's plans to ban heavy goods vehicles carrying certain goods from using a section of the A12 motorway as from 1 August 2003. This measure infringes the rules regarding the freedom to provide services and hinders the free movement of goods within the EU. The information supplied by the Austrian government following the launch of the infringement procedure by the Commission on 25 June 2003 and the issue of a reasoned opinion is insufficient. The matter has been referred to the Court of Justice for it to give a ruling before the Austrian measure enters into force on 1 August.

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Road charging in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

 

German toll system: Commission to investigate compensation measure for road hauliers

The European Commission decided on 23 July to open a formal investigation into measure envisaged by German authorities to compensate for the effect of the planned increase of toll rates for road hauliers. This increase would take effect some time after a first introduction of the toll as from 31st August.

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Rail transport legislation in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

State Aid legislation
                      

The Commission decides to examine aid granted to ABX Logistics

The Commission has decided on 23 July to look into State aid granted to the ABX Logistics group, which is part of Belgian State Railways (SNCB/NMBS) and as part of which it operates road, air and maritime transport services and provide logistics services. The Belgian authorities have notified measures for restructuring the group, which was formed by a series of acquisitions since 1998 and which today has 107 subsidiaries worldwide, of which the main ones are situated in Europe.

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Nuclear energy in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

 

Commission proposes to add transparency to the control of investments in nuclear installations

The Commission proposed on 23 July to reinforce the transparency of planned investments in nuclear installations with a view to enhance inter alia safety and security. “The Commission recently proposed measures which will enhance nuclear safety and security levels in the Union, which are already the strictest in the world. Our goal is now to reinforce procedures so that as from the planning stage, any new investment in nuclear installations complies with safety and security rules. The proposed new transparent procedures will also ensure that arrangements for the final decommissioning and for the treatment of nuclear waste from the installation are the safest possible”declared Loyola de Palacio, Vice-President in charge of Energy and Transport.

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EC audiovisual library on-line video page
                     

Nuclear package in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

Video "Nuclear safety in an enlarged EU"

Early in 2003 the European Commission adopted new draft European legislation in the general field of nuclear safety, known as the "nuclear package". The proposed measures aim to guarantee and maintain a high level of nuclear safety in the framework of a Community-wide approach, and concern safety of all nuclear facilities as well as safe management of radioactive waste and irradiated nuclear fuel. A video has been produced by Energy and Transport DG to illustrate the background to- and rationale for the proposals. This video can be seen on-line under the section "Transport and Energy" at the bottom of the EC audiovisual library video page.

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The Climate change section in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

The Climate Change homepage in the Environment web site                      

Memo on the Kyoto protocol

A synthesis memo on the objectives of the Kyoto protocol and the progress made so far has been published on 23 July 2003. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its Kyoto Protocol provide the only international framework for combating climate change.The UNFCCC, the first international measure to address the problem, was adopted in May 1992 and came into force in March 1994. It obliges all its signatories to establish national programmes for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and to submit regular reports, and demands that the industrialised signatory countries, as opposed to developing countries, stabilise their greenhouse gas emissions at 1990 levels by the year 2000.

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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:

17/07/2003
Roadworthiness enforcement study

O.J. S 135-121105
Time-limit for receipt of tenders: 
05/09/2003  


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
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


 

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