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No 62.  Weekly. 12 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 

Loyola de Palacio, Vice-President of the EC, gives a speech at the 3rd Transport Europe-Asia Conference in St. Petersburg

EU  roadmap towards a European Partnership for a Sustainable Hydrogen Economy

Commission promotes environmentally-friendly design of energy-consuming products

Commission invites Member States to adhere to the new oil pollution compensation fund

MEPs challenge Commission over security of energy supply

Stricter safety rules for aircraft from third countries

MEPs demand clear deadline for EU-US negotiations on air passenger data

Stricter rules for Europe's road tunnels

Train engines and barges to give off less pollution

CALL FOR TENDERS

 

The web site of Loyola de Palacio 
                     

 

 

Loyola de Palacio, Vice-President of the EC, gives a speech at the 3rd Transport Europe-Asia Conference in St. Petersburg

Loyola de Palacio, Vice-President of the European Commission, Commissioner for Transport and Energy gave a speech on "European Transport Policy: towards global growth and sustainable mobility" at the 3rd International Conference on Transport Europe - Asia in St. Petersburg on 11 September. The speech covered the aspects of European transport infrastructure planning, the Trans-European Transport network, the Pan-European corridors and areas, the EU's policy towards a sustainable transport system and the planning of transport in a wider context.

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The web site of Loyola de Palacio 
                     

More information about hydrogen 
                     

 

EU roadmap towards a European Partnership for a Sustainable Hydrogen Economy

Are you ready for the energy of the future? On 10 September, in Brussels, Commission President Romano Prodi, Vice President Loyola de Palacio and Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin presented a Communication on actions towards the launch of a European Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Technology Partnership, steered by an Advisory Council, that will devise a Hydrogen Research Strategic Agenda. The Partnership will include all major hydrogen stakeholders, private and public, at EU level. The Commission will also fund hydrogen development and deployment research projects. It will foster joint public-private initiatives to promote commercialisation and business development. It will ensure a consistent policy framework, identify a realistic deployment strategy, boost international co-operation in this field, and promote education, training, information and dissemination of results in the hydrogen R&D area. The timetable, the definition of the structure, the terms of reference of the Advisory Council and invitation to note interest for participation in the Advisory Council will be ready as early as October 2003. 

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Energy demand management in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

 

Commission promotes environmentally-friendly design of energy-consuming products  

The European Commission has announced on 9 September the adoption of a proposal for a Directive on the eco-design of energy-consuming products, such as electrical and electronic devices or heating equipment. Eco-design aims to improve the environmental performance of products throughout their life-cycle by systematic integration of environmental aspects in product design. Coherent EU-wide rules for eco-design will ensure that disparities among national regulations do not become obstacles to intra-EU trade. The proposal does not introduce directly binding requirements for specific products, but does define conditions and criteria for setting requirements regarding environmentally relevant product characteristics (such as energy consumption) and allows them to be improved quickly and efficiently. Products that fulfil the requirements will benefit both businesses and consumers, by facilitating free movement of goods across the EU and by enhancing product quality and environmental protection. The proposal constitutes a breakthrough in EU product policy and introduces many innovative elements together with concrete application of the principles of the “better regulation” package.

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Maritime Safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

 

Commission invites Member States to adhere to the new oil pollution compensation fund  

Commission adopted on 8 September a proposal which invites EU Member States to sign the new international Protocol establishing a supplementary compensation fund. “This will significantly improve the compensation of victims of future oil spills in the EU”, said Loyola de Palacio, the Commission's Vice-President responsible for transport and energy policy “as one of the key problems of the existing oil pollution compensation regime is that there is not enough money in the system”.

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The web site of the European Parliament
                     

MEPs challenge Commission over security of energy supply

The Industry Committee adopted on 9 September by a large majority two first-reading reports on the security on energy supplies, the first by Hans KARLSSON (PES, S) on oil and the second by Peter MOMBAUR (EPP-ED, D) on gas. In both reports the Industry Committee strongly disagrees with the Commission's initial proposals. The Commission is proposing to introduce a "Community mechanism" for using oil and gas stocks, the aim being to ensure Member States share their stocks if shortages occur. At present, if supply problems arise, it is up to individual Member States to decide how and when to release their stocks. The Commission envisages harmonised rules for the use of stocks as a way of dealing with market fluctuations. It suggests the Commission itself should have the power to take emergency measures as required, taking account of the general aims of the mechanisms for the use of security stocks.

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Air Safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

The web site of the European Parliament
                     

Stricter safety rules for aircraft from third countries

Aircraft based in parts of the world which often fail to meet international safety standards (chiefly Africa, Asia, South and Central America but also sometimes Eastern Europe and Russia) can - under new EU rules - expect to be grounded and their crews face inspections when there is good reason to suspect that safety rules are being flouted. Parliament's Transport Committee gave broad backing to this approach when it adopted on 10 September a second reading report by Nelly MAES (Greens/EFA, B) on the directive on stricter safety rules for third countries aircraft using Community airports.

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Air Safety and Security in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

The web site of the European Parliament
                    

MEPs demand clear deadline for EU-US negotiations on air passenger data

The Citizens’ Rights Committee discussed on 9 September with Commissioner Frits BOLKESTEIN the progress made in negotiations with the USA on the issue of sharing passenger data relating to transatlantic flights. Since 5 March 2003, an interim agreement between the Commission and US Customs has allowed US authorities online access to Passenger Name Record (PNR) data for these flights. This has aroused grave concern on data protection grounds within the EU, and the European Parliament expressed strong criticism of the Commission in a resolution of 13 March 2003.

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Tunnel safety in the web site of Energy and Transport DG (including two videos)
                    

The web site of the European Parliament
                    

 

Stricter rules for Europe's road tunnels

New minimum safety rules for tunnels on major roads across Europe were welcomed by the Transport Committee on 10 September when it adopted a first-reading report by Reinhard RACK (EPP-ED, A). The rules would govern tunnels over 500 metres long in the Trans-European Network. Although MEPs backed the proposals for standard minimum safety requirements on infrastructure, operation, traffic rules and signing, a range of mainly technical amendments were adopted to improve protection of road users and harmonise safety equipment in tunnels.

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Train engines and barges to give off less pollution

EU proposals to curb emissions of fumes from tractors, cranes and bulldozers may well be expanded to include rail stock (especially train engines) and boats on inland waterways, following a vote by the Environment Committee. The committee on 9 September adopted a report by Bernd LANGE (PES, D) on a draft directive amending existing legislation on the emission of gaseous and particulate pollutants from internal combustion engines on non-road mobile machinery (current Directive 97/68/EC). Around a quarter of the committee's members, in particular from the EPP-ED group, opposed this widening of the directive's scope, although it seems acceptable to the Council.

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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  


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