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No 61.  Weekly. 05 September 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 

Response to Marine pollution and security: new tasks proposed for the European Maritime Safety Agency

Maritime Safety: Commission proposes measures to further facilitate the transfer of ships between registers within the Community

Commission proposes the future management structures for GALILEO, the European satellite radionavigation programme

Parliament approves EC - China maritime transport agreement

EP to slow down negotiating air service agreements

EP welcomes EC's directive on the minimum level of training of seafarers

Spokesperson's Statement on inspections in cross-Channel transport services

Spokesperson's Statement on inspections in Nordic ferry services

Commission acts to break the stranglehold of state railways on international passenger services

Commission authorises EDF to acquire full control of EDF Trading

Commission approves the acquisition of the Italian air and space company Avio by Carlyle and Finmeccanica

Commission gives go-ahead to setting-up of Autoroute Ferroviaire Alpine, a joint venture between SNCF and TRENITALIA

Hungary: EIB lends EUR 360 million for transport projects

CALL FOR TENDERS

Maritime Safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

Response to Marine pollution and security: new tasks proposed for the European Maritime Safety Agency

The Commission has adopted on 7 August a proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council(1) to equip the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) with the legal and technical means necessary to operate specialised pollution response ships and equipment for collecting oil and other noxious substances in the sea. The Commission also proposes to widen the EMSA's powers to maritime security and seafarer's qualifications. The expanded jurisdiction of the EMSA would enable it to play a decisive role in the implementation of European legislation in the fields of maritime security and qualifications of seafarers. “In the aftermath of the Erika and Prestige disasters, maritime safety legislation has been drastically improved to guarantee the highest level of environment protection to European shores and waters. The Commission is determined to ensure that these rules are adequately and strictly applied. The widening of the European Maritime Safety Agency's competence is today a key step in this strategy to ensure safety and security of maritime transport." said the Commission's Vice-President Loyola de Palacio.

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Maritime Safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

 

Maritime Safety: Commission proposes measures to further facilitate the transfer of ships between registers within the Community

The European Commission proposed on 5 August to update, widen and strengthen existing rules on the transfer of ships between EU registers. The proposed measure will make it easier for ships to change from one EU to another EU register. The aim is to contribute to the European Transport Policy objectives of improving the operating conditions and competitive position of European shipping whilst continuing to ensure a high level of ship safety and environmental protection.

 

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Galileo  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                       

Commission proposes the future management structures for GALILEO, the European satellite radionavigation programme

Today the Commission presented on 31 July the future structures for managing the GALILEO programme in its deployment phase (2006-2008) and operational phase (from 2008). Two structures, each with essential public-interest missions, are proposed: a Supervisory Authority and a Centre for Safety and Reliability. The Supervisory Authority will award the concession for deployment and operation of the GALILEO system to a private consortium selected after a call for tenders to be launched in the coming weeks. The Centre for Safety and Reliability, set up under the auspices of the Secretary-General of the Council, will in particular provide the interface between the political authorities and the concession holder in the event of a crisis. As Loyola de Palacio, the Vice-President responsible for Energy and Transport, stressed: "This proposal, eagerly awaited by the Member States and the industry, is fundamental because it establishes the legal and institutional framework for management of the programme from 2006 onwards. I urge the Council and Parliament to examine it without delay".

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Maritime Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

The web site of the European Parliament
                     

Parliament approves EC - China maritime transport agreement

Parliament approved on 2 September this agreement under the consultation procedure. MEPs requested that concerns about the registration of third country flags within the scope of this agreement be evaluated in subsequent renewals.

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International Aviation  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

The web site of the European Parliament
                     

EP to slow down negotiation of air traffic agreements

This report debated on 2 September on EU rules governing air services agreements between Member States and third countries was adopted by a large majority. MEPs took the view that, following the judgments of the Court of Justice concerning the open skies agreements concluded between certain Member States and third countries, one clear legal network for bilateral relations was needed. The greater part of Commission proposal on this matter was welcomed, but the general feeling was that the Commission was going too fast. Therefore, an amendment was adopted calling for a three-stage plan which would provide a coordinated, focused approach to the negotiation of Community air service agreements with third countries.

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Maritime Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

The web site of the European Parliament
                    

EP welcomes EC on the minimum level of training of seafarers

According to reporter Bernard POIGNANT (PES, F) 47.000 of the 120.000 seafarers sailing under EU flags are from outside the Community. In adopting this legislative resolution on 3 September, Parliament warmly welcomed the Commission proposals to ensure minimum skills of non-Community crews. The proposals were considered extremely important in the wake of recent maritime disasters i.e. Erika, the Prestige and the Tricolor. There will now be a guarantee that non-EU seafarers on board of Community ships are trained and certified according to minimum international standards.

 

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Maritime Transport  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

The web site of Competition DG
                     

 

Spokesperson's Statement on inspections in cross-Channel transport services

Following press inquires, the European Commission's spokesperson for Competition can confirm that, on 3 September, Commission officials have carried out simultaneous unannounced inspections at the premises of a number of operators of cross-Channel transport services. The officials were assisted by officials of the EU Member States' concerned. The purpose of these inspections is to ascertain whether there is evidence of suspected cartel agreement and related illegal practices concerning fixing of prices and trade conditions for cross-Channel transport services. The purpose is also to ascertain whether there is evidence of suspected market sharing agreements in relation to the provision of ferry services to and from the UK.

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Maritime Transport  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

The web site of Competition DG

 

Spokesperson's Statement on inspections in Nordic ferry services

Following press inquires, the European Commission's spokesperson for Competition can confirm that, on 3 September, Commission inspectors assisted by officials from National Competition Authorities carried out simultaneous unannounced inspections at the premises of a number of ferry operators located in Sweden, Denmark and Germany. The purpose of these inspections is to ascertain whether there is evidence of suspected market sharing agreements and related illegal practices aimed at foreclosing competition and preventing access to the Nordic Ferry market.

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Rail Transport  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

The web site of Competition DG

 Commission acts to break the stranglehold of state railways on international passenger services

The European Commission has adopted on 28 August a decision requiring Ferrovie dello Stato (FS), the Italian State-owned railway company, to allow new train operators to provide cross-border passenger services into Italy. The decision finds that FS has prevented Georg Verkehrsorganisation (GVG), a small German railway operator, from providing passenger services from Germany to Milan, by refusing to enter into a so-called international grouping(1), by refusing to discuss terms for access to the track and by refusing to provide traction services. This has deprived rail passengers of the benefits of price competition and customer choice. With a view to settling the case, FS has made substantial commitments, granting GVG access and opening the market for other railway operators too. The decision illustrates the Commission's determination to apply the competition rules as a tool to ensure effective market opening in the EU railway sector.

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Electricity in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

The web site of Competition DG

 

 Commission authorises EDF to acquire full control of EDF Trading

The European Commission has authorised on 26 August Electricité de France (EDF) to buy Louis Dreyfus's holding in their joint subsidiary EDF Trading. As a result of the transaction, EDF will control 100% of the capital of EDF Trading.

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Air Transport  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

The web site of Competition DG

 Commission approves the acquisition of the Italian air and space company Avio by Carlyle and Finmeccanica

The European Commission has authorised on 19 August the acquisition of Avio (formerly FiatAvio) by the Italian conglomerate Finmeccanica and the US private investment group Carlyle. Carlyle will hold 70% of Avio's share capital and Finmeccanica will hold the remaining 30%. However, Finmeccanica and Carlyle will exercise joint control over Avio

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Rail Transport  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

The web site of Competition DG

 Commission gives go-ahead to setting-up of Autoroute Ferroviaire Alpine, a joint venture between SNCF and TRENITALIA

The Commission has approved on 4 August the setting-up of a 50/50 joint venture between SNCF and TRENITALIA, the French and Italian rail companies. The joint venture, also known as Autoroute Ferroviaire Alpine, will provide a new rail shuttle service for lorries and semi-trailers through the Fréjus tunnel under Mont Cenis linking France and Italy and intended to ease the traffic congestion caused by lorries and other heavy vehicles on routes crossing the Alps. The investigation carried out by the Commission under its Merger Regulation showed that the setting-up of the joint venture was not such as to create or strengthen a dominant position on the relevant market

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Transeuropean networks  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

The web site of the European Investments Bank 
                     

 

Hungary: EIB lends EUR 360 million for transport projects

During his visit to Budapest on 1 September, the President of the European Investment Bank, Mr Philippe Maystadt, met the Hungarian Prime Minister Mr Peter Medgyessy and Minister of Finance Mr Csaba László to discuss Hungary's integration into the EU and future EIB operations in the country. Mr Maystadt signed two loans with Mr. László totalling EUR 360 million for transport projects.  

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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:

19/08/2003
ESOREX 2005 (assessment and evaluation of occupational radiation exposure of workers in Europe)
O.J. S 157-142901
Time-limit for receipt of tenders: 
29/09/2003   


19/08/2003
Technical and administrative assistance for urban transport benchmarking initiative
O.J. S 157-142897
Time-limit for receipt of tenders: 


19/08/2003
RESPEC (Radiological Emergency Support Project for the European Commission)
O.J. S 157-142890
Time-limit for receipt of tenders: 
26/09/2003 


13/08/2003
Study on the compliance of rail border traffic agreements with EU rail and competition legislation
O.J. S 154-139787
Time-limit for receipt of tenders: 
03/10/2003 


12/08/2003
Admission to the occupation of road transport operator: review of current arrangements in Member States and acceding Member States
O.J. S 153-138857
Time-limit for receipt of tenders: 
03/10/2003 


09/08/2003
Study on road safety in school transport
O.J. S 152-137942
Time-limit for receipt of tenders: 
03/10/2003 


09/08/2003
Conspicuity of heavy goods vehicles
O.J. S 152-137941
Time-limit for receipt of tenders: 
30/09/2003  


09/08/2003
Application of road safety related Community legislation in transport companies
O.J. S 152-137940
Time-limit for receipt of tenders: 
03/10/2003  


09/08/2003
Minimum requirements for driving instructor qualifications
O.J. S 152-137938
Time-limit for receipt of tenders: 
30/09/2003  


08/08/2003
Study on road safety in school transport
O.J. S 151-136964
Time-limit for receipt of tenders: 
30/09/2003  


08/08/2003
Study: evaluation of the EU policy on the Transport of Dangerous Goods since 1994
O.J. S 151-136961
Time-limit for receipt of tenders: 
30/09/2003  


01/08/2003
Framework contract for evaluations, impact assessments and financial audits services in the energy and transport sectors
O.J. S 146-132289
Time-limit for receipt of tenders: 
12/09/2003  


29/07/2003
routine and breakdown maintenance on three Finnigan MAT 26X thermal ionisation mass spectrometers used in the two European Commission on-site laboratories, two units in Sellafield (Cumbria, UK) and one in La Hague (France)
O.J. S 143-129415
Time-limit for receipt of tenders: 
01/09/2003  


17/07/2003
Roadworthiness enforcement study

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

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