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No 68.  Weekly. 24 October 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 

Commission calls for better enforcement of road safety rules

Driving licences: ensuring security, safety and free movement

EU-Russia Energy Dialogue: two Round Tables enhance mutual understanding of energy strategies and the challenges of electricity interconnection

Single-hull oil tankers banned from European ports from 21 October 2003

GALILEO: launching of the call for a concessionaire

Road safety: First «European accident-free night» sponsored by the Commission

Commission welcomes agreement on new emissions standards for off-road diesel engines

Parliament sets up a Temporary Committee on Improving Safety at Sea

Just published: European energy and transport - Trends 2030

Road Safety  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

MEMO: Halving the number of road accident victims in the EU by 2010: A shared responsibility
                     

 Commission calls for better enforcement of road safety rules

The European Commission proposed on 22 October a package of measures aiming at improving road safety through a better enforcement of road safety rules. The package includes a proposal to update and enhance existing common rules for standard checking procedures in the professional road transport sector as well as a recommendation to Member States on enforcement of road safety measures. Best practise experiences show that if traffic rules were thoroughly checked and sanctioned, more than 14 000 lives could be saved and 680 000 injuries avoided on European roads each year. This would go a long way towards achieving the Union's objective of halving the number of road deaths by 2010.

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Driving licences  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

MEMO: "Driving licences: ensuring security, safety and free movement"
                     

Driving licences: ensuring security, safety and free movement

The European Commission proposed 22 October a revision of European legislation on driving licences to reduce possibilities of fraud, ensure a true freedom of movement to EU drivers and reinforce road safety. “This new proposal should finally abolish one of the last obstacles to the free movement of EU citizens”, said Loyola de Palacio, Vice-President in charge of Energy and Transport, “More than 80 different driving licence models with different entitlements and validity periods are currently circulating in the Member States. Hardly any proper enforcement of driving licences is possible. It is time to equip European drivers with anti-fraud driving licences guaranteeing their right to drive vehicles for which they have the required qualifications. This will also facilitate the work of the administrative and enforcement authorities, and should contribute to reinforce safety on European roads”.

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  EU-Russia Energy Dialog  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

Internal market for electricity in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

EU-Russia Energy Dialogue: two Round Tables enhance mutual understanding of energy strategies and the challenges of electricity interconnection

On 16th and 17th October 2003, two Round Tables were held in Moscow in the framework of the EU-Russia Energy Dialogue. The Round Table on 16th October was devoted to electricity and, more specifically, to the problems and prospects for the development of a wider European electricity market, based upon a future interconnection of the continental European electricity grid with that of Russia and the CIS. The Round Table on 17th October permitted a joint analysis and discussion based upon the recently approved Russian energy strategy to 2020, the publication earlier this month by the European Commission of the latest “European Energy and Transport Trends to 2030”, as well as the European Commission's Green Paper “Towards a European Strategy for the Security of Energy Supply”.

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Maritime Safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

MEMO on The "Prestige" (PDF)
                        

Single-hull oil tankers banned from European ports from 21 October 2003

The Regulation banning single-hull oil tankers from European ports has been published in the Official Journal(1) and enters into force on 21 October. From that date single-hull oil tankers may not be used to carry heavy grades of oil to or from EU ports. In addition, the timetable for the phasing-out of such tankers has been speeded up, and oil tankers more than 23 years old, as the Erika and the Prestige were, are banned from EU ports immediately. During the gradual phasing-out period, tankers 15 or more years old will undergo exhaustive technical inspections. The EU is now focusing on the international arena in order to have similar measures introduced by everyone concerned.

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Galileo  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

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 GALILEO: launching of the call for a concessionaire

The GALILEO Joint Undertaking on 20 October published a call for tenders to launch the procedure for selecting the concessionaire for the European satellite navigation system. Commission Vice-President Loyola de Palacio issued the following statement: "This is a decisive step on the path towards the smooth functioning of a programme designed to ensure Europe's independence in one of the most promising sectors of the economy in the 21st century. Apart from the technical aspects, the success of GALILEO is also dependent on the completion of the concession process and private-sector funding"

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Road Safety  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

CARE
Community Road Accident Database
 
                     

 Road safety: First «European accident-free night» sponsored by the Commission

Three associations representing young people are joining forces this Saturday 25 October to launch the first European accident-free night in four EU Member States (Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands). This pan-European initiative designed to make 18-25 year olds more aware of road safety, co-financed by the Commission, is based on a massive communication campaign aimed at young people in discos and educational establishments. «Young people between the ages of 18 and 25 are the ones who come off the worst in terms of road accidents» pointed out Loyola de Palacio, Vice-President in charge of energy and transport. «European accident statistics1 clearly prove this, and the tragic accident in which five young people died in Riom in France last weekend, plunging the town into mourning, is a painful illustration of this. Saturday night fever can be fatal, let's make sure that this Saturday 25 October is the first in a long series of exceptions.».

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The web site of Environment DG                      

 

Commission welcomes agreement on new emissions standards for off-road diesel engines

The European Commission welcomes the agreement on 21st October by the European Parliament and the Council on a Directive to reduce emissions from diesel engines used in off road machinery (such as excavators and other construction equipment), locomotives, railcars and inland waterway vessels. The Directive will tighten emission standards for these engines in light of technological developments and their contribution to air pollution. If no action were taken, some estimates predict that emissions from these engines could, by 2020, approach the same level as forecast emissions from road transport. Emissions from conventional cars and trucks continue to be reduced and therefore, in parallel, further progress should be made in the non-road sector as technically and economically feasible solutions become available. The new Directive also addresses the issue of aligning legislation with that being finalised in the United States, which will facilitate trade between the US and the EU.

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The web site of the European Parliament
                   

Maritime Safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

MEMO on The "Prestige" (PDF)
                        

 Parliament sets up a Temporary Committee on Improving Safety at Sea

Parliament adopted a decision on the creation of the Temporary Committee on Improving Safety at Sea in response to the Prestige accident. The committee will have the following mandate: to examine in detail maritime disasters, in particular the Prestige, the Erika and other recent accidents and incidents; to further analyse their social and economic consequences, with regard in particular to fisheries, industry and tourism, as well as the environment and health; to assess maritime safety standards more generally and the application of these standards by the Member States in compliance with EU and international law; to seek to ensure implementation of the recommendations contained in its resolution of 23 September 2003; to propose additional measures which are found to be necessary.

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 Just published: European energy and transport - Trends 2030

The new edition of "European energy and transport - Trends to 2030 has just came out of the press. "Trends" extends the analysis presented in previous editions of the Annual Energy Review. In addition to a statistical analysis of the past 10 years, this publication gives detailed projections on energy and transport for the current EU and the enlarged Union of 25. It also addresses wider European and world developments. This publication also gives detailed view on how energy demand and emissions from transport might develop over the next three decades. This English only publication is presented on a package containing paper and CD Rom Versions. This publication is for sale. To contact a sales agent you can check the list of sales agents or call the Publications Office +352 29 29-427 58. If you want to obtain detailed information on Energy and Transport policies and market developments you can the Directorate-General for Energy and Transport Internet site.

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