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No 63.  Weekly. 19 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 

EU and China are set to collaborate on GALILEO the European global system of satellite navigation

Road safety: EU professional drivers finally required to undergo professional training

Commission moves smartly as European Mobility Week starts

Loyola de Palacio speaks on global growth and sustainable mobility at the 3rd International Conference on Transport Europe - Asia 

MEPs to debate on taxation of energy products and electricity

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

EP proposes measures for preventing further accidents at sea

Taxation of passenger cars in the European Union to be debated in the EP

CALL FOR TENDERS

Galileo  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

International co-operation for Galileo  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

Galileo in the web page of ESA 
                     

EU and China are set to collaborate on GALILEO the European global system of satellite navigation

An agreement has been reached between the European Union and China on its participation in the GALILEO programme. This agreement was initialled in Beijing on 18 September 2003 by Mr F. Lamoureux, Director-General of Energy and Transport at the European Commission, and Mr Shi Dinghuan, Secretary General of China's Ministry of Science and Technology. “China will help GALILEO to become the major world infrastructure for the growing market for location services,” said Loyola de Palacio, Vice-President of the European Commission, responsible for the GALILEO programme. Her counterpart in the negotiations, China's Science and Technology Minister Xu Guanhua highlighted that “China supports GALILEO and plans to participate actively in its construction and application for mutual benefits”.

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Road Safety  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

Road safety: EU professional drivers finally required to undergo professional training

EU professional drivers will now be required to have followed professional training. The Directive on the initial qualification and periodic training of drivers of certain road vehicles for the carriage of goods or passengers entered into force on 10 September 2003. This important milestone in the harmonisation of social aspects in road transport policy should lead to enhanced safety on European roads.

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The web site of the European mobility week 
                     

Clean Urban Transport  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

 

Commission moves smartly as European Mobility Week starts

European Mobility Week kicks off on 16 September and closes on 'Car Free Day', 22 September. The objective of this week-long event is to promote sustainable modes of transport and this year over 500 cities across the European Union are participating. As part of its support for Mobility Week, the European Commission is launching its “Smart Moves” campaign, with the theme of accessibility centre stage. The campaign will be launched by Environment Commissioner Margot Wallström and Vice President Neil Kinnock on Tuesday 16 September at 9.30 am in the Commission's Charlemagne building.  

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The web site of Loyola de Palacio 
 
                     

 

Loyola de Palacio speaks on global growth and sustainable mobility  at the 3rd International Conference on Transport Europe - Asia

In a speech addressed to the audience of the 3rd International Conference on Transport Europe - Asia held in St. Petersburg (Russia) on 11th of September 2003,  Loyola de Palacio Vice-President of the European Commission, Commissioner for Transport and Energy analyses how the EU Transport Policy meet the challenges of growth and sustainable mobility. To this end, she started by outlining how the European Union is looking at transport infrastructure planning in this global context (I). Then she presented the modal transport policy and how the Commission is aiming at developing a sustainable transport system (II). Finally she gave a look at EU's international policy with regards to transport in this new global context (III).

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The web site of the European Parliament
                   

MEP Jonckheer report on taxationof energy products
                   

The Green Paper on Security of Energy Supply
                     

MEPs to debate on taxation of energy products and electricity

Pierre JONCKHEER (Greens/EFA, B), for the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, will be putting forward a non-binding draft resolution on the taxation of energy products. This proposal has undergone lengthy debate in the Council (the Commission’s initial proposal actually dates from 1997). The Economic Committee, although unsatisfied with the Council’s position, limits itself to only a few technical amendments. This Directive seeks to establish a Community framework for the taxation of energy products. Taxation must not only avoid distorting competition, but also act as a tool to combat waste and pollution, thereby ensuring optimum energy independence for Europe. The committee welcomes the fact that the Council did indeed reach an agreement on a comprehensive energy tax directive, encompassing all forms of energy. But, says the committee, the proposal is disappointing as to content. The committee notes that the Council almost completely disregarded Parliament’s position as expressed in its 1999 report. The debate will take place on 29 September.

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Maritime safety  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG                    

The web site of the European Parliament
                     

MEP Sterckx report on maritime safety                    

 EP proposes measures to preventing further accidents at sea

Dirk STERCKX (ELDR, B), for the Transport Committee, will be putting forward a resolution which rejects 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 was turned down in committee and is presented in a report on improving safety at sea drafted in response to the disaster. The debate will take place on 22 September.

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Road Transport  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG                    

The web site of the European Parliament
                     

MEP Honeyball report on taxation of cars                    

Taxation of passenger cars in the European Union to be debated in the EP

Mary HONEYBALL (PES, UK), for the Economic & Monetary Affairs Committee, is putting forward a draft resolution which broadly welcomes a Commission communication on taxation of passenger cars in the European Union. MEPs in the committee agree that there is an urgent need to restructure vehicle taxes in the European Union. MEPs also consider that urgent action must be taken at national level to remove barriers to the free movement of persons and cars. The committee is convinced that, without environment-oriented taxation, the objectives of the three-pillar Community strategy on CO2 reduction and the shared goal of achieving a CO2 level of 120 g/km for new cars by 2010 at the latest are in jeopardy and cannot be realised. The committee therefore calls on the Council to implement the third pillar of the Community CO2 strategy speedily. MEPs in the committee find it unacceptable that 10 years after the launch of the Single Market, such a large number of obstacles to transfer of cars caused by administrative practices or procedures still remain. The committee is also calling on the Commission to present proposals, before the end of November 2003, as a temporary solution pending measures to abolish registration taxes, and to present proposals to overcome internal market barriers resulting from registration taxes. The debate will take place on 29 September.

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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  


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