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No 64.  Weekly. 26 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 

Czech Republic: EIB lends EUR 75 Million for construction of Prague Metro

EU networks contribute to European nuclear plant safety

MEPs vote yes  on taxation of energy products and electricity

Prestige disaster: EP demands the setting up of a temporary committee

MEPs challenge Commission over security of oil and gas supplies

CALL FOR TENDERS

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

The web page of the EIB 
                     

Czech Republic: EIB lends EUR 75 Million for construction of Prague Metro
 

Representatives of the European Investment Bank and the City of Prague signed on 22 September  a EUR 75 million loan for construction of the extension of Prague's metro line C. Prague is investing massively in its public transport systems with the goal to reduce congestion and pollution, and to modernise its system to reach European standards. The project will extend Prague's metro line C from Ladvi to Letnany, in the northeast of the City, adding 4.6 km track and 3 stations. This area of Prague is subject of significant demographic and economic development but it is insufficiently served by public transport, with heavy reliance on buses using congested and polluted roads. The first section of the extension of line C to Ladvi was already financed by the EIB and will be completed shortly.

 

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The web site of safelife 
                     

NuclearSafety  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

EU networks contribute to European nuclear plant safety

As Europe's 150 nuclear power reactors grow older, maintaining high safety levels is a key issue for industry and policymakers. The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) has led ten years of network collaboration between key European players in research and development (R&D) on ageing nuclear power plant safety. The 'networking for effective research and development' seminar, to be held at the JRC Institute for Energy in Petten (the Netherlands) on 22 and 23 September 2003, will look into future networking activities for nuclear plant life management. The Commission co-ordinates major networks on the ageing of materials in nuclear power plants (AMES), on inspection and qualification (ENIQ), for evaluating structural integrity of components (NESC) and on application of neutron diffraction techniques (NET), and on safety of Eastern European type nuclear facilities (SENUF). These are part of the JRC's SAFELIFE project on the safety of ageing nuclear power plants. These initiatives address issues such as stepping up safety of Soviet-era nuclear reactors in Eastern Europe, checking the capacity of ageing nuclear facilities to withstand accidents, and preventing cracks and leaks.

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The web site of the European Parliament
                   

MEP Karlsson  report on security of energy supply
                   

The Green Paper on Security of Energy Supply
                     

MEPs vote yes on taxation of energy products and electricity

The Parliament adopted on 23 September legislative resolution by Peter MOMBAUR (EPP-ED, D) concerning measures to safeguard security of natural gas supply. It is the first reading of the proposal for a directive on the matter. However, MEPs refused to adopt the report of Hans KARLSSON (PES, S) concerning measures with regard to security of supply for petroleum products. His second report on the difficulties in the supply of crude oil and petroleum products was sent back to the Industry Committee. In all the reports, MEPs strongly disagree with the Commission's initial proposals. The Commission proposed 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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  Maritime safety  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG                    

The web site of the European Parliament
                     

MEP Sterckx report on maritime safety                    

Prestige disaster: EP demands the setting up of a temporary committee

With 336 votes in favour, 171 against and 14 abstentions Parliament demanded on 23 September that a temporary committee be set up that will deepen investigations into the causes and consequences of the Prestige disaster. The committee will also assess maritime safety standards more generally and seek to ensure better implementation of existing EU law. One absolute priority for the Parliament is to avoid a repeat of the Prestige disaster and its resulting tragic consequence for the local population in Spain and France, for the marine environment and for the fishing industry. Parliament noted the efforts made by the Spanish authorities, but regretted that, almost a year after the accident, the wreckage - which still contains more than 14 000 tonnes of oil - was still leaking. MEPs were alarmed at the lack of transparency associated with the decisions and the procedure adopted to date, which had not prevented the repeated occurrence of oil spills along the Atlantic coastline. They called upon the Council, the Commission and the European Maritime Safety Agency to assist the Spanish authorities with all available technical resources to stop the leakage and to recover the wreck.

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The web site of the European Parliament
                   

MEP Karlson  report on security of energy supply
                   

The Green Paper on Security of Energy Supply
                   

 MEPs challenge Commission over security of oil and gas supplies

The Parliament adopted on 22 September legislative resolution by Peter MOMBAUR (EPP-ED, D) concerning measures to safeguard security of natural gas supply. It is the first reading of the proposal for a directive on the matter. However, MEPs refused to adopt the report of Hans KARLSSON (PES, S) concerning measures with regard to security of supply for petroleum products. His second report on the difficulties in the supply of crude oil and petroleum products was sent back to the Industry Committee. In all the reports, MEPs strongly disagree with the Commission's initial proposals.

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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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