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No 72.  Weekly. 21 November 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 

Railways: Commission proposes conclusion of accession to the Convention concerning International Carriage by Rail

One year after the Prestige disaster, the Commission publishes the first list of ships definitively banned from EU ports

Loyola de Palacio presents the European policies on hydrogen in a Ministerial Meeting Washington

26-27 November: annual ManagEnergy Conference on Local Energy Action

European Parliament: no agreement on port services

44 MEPs in Temporary Committee on Improving Safety at Sea

Job vacancies: DG Energy and Transport seeks inspectors in the fields of nuclear safety, aviation security and maritime security

Job vacancies: EMSA and EASA keep on recruiting personnel

Rail Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

The web page of COTIF 
                     

Railways: Commission proposes conclusion of accession to the Convention concerning International Carriage by Rail

European Commission proposed that the Council should conclude the accession of the Community to the Convention concerning International Carriage by Rail (COTIF)1. This will make it possible for the EU to facilitate international rail transport by participating in the development of uniform legal rules for the continent of Europe. The accession of the Community to the Convention concerning International Carriage by Rail (COTIF) will enable the EU to extend beyond its frontiers the efforts of its Member States to develop railway interoperability. The aim is to develop rail transport throughout the continent as a result of better technical and administrative interoperability of rail systems. The accession of the Community to COTIF should therefore make it possible to rebalance the modal split for the benefit of the railways, a central objective of European transport policy.

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Maritime safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

List of ships that were refused access to Community ports between 22 July and 1 November 2003.
                     

Indicative List of Ships which may be banned in accordance with the new directive
                     

List of vessels which may be banned from the EU ports if they are detained one more time
                     

 

 One year after the Prestige disaster, the Commission publishes the first list of ships definitively banned from EU ports

The Commission has published on 14 November the blacklist of ships refused access to EU ports between 22 July and 1 November 2003 in the Official Journal. Publication of this information is required under the new European rules on port State control1. By way of a warning, the Commission is also publishing on its Europa Internet server the indicative list of ships which may be banned if they are detained in an EU port again. "The Prestige and the Erika would not be sailing in European waters today: no oil tanker of their type or age can now enter our ports, and single-hull oil tankers can no longer be used to transport heavy oil. Inspection of ships in EU ports is another essential measure: we must root out rust-bucket ships. And I hope that publication of this list of ships now banned from EU ports, and the list of ships which will be banned in the near future if they are inspected again and the findings are unfavourable, will prompt shipowners and flag States to take the necessary safety measures in respect of all the ships concerned", said Loyola de Palacio, Commission Vice-President responsible for transport and energy. "This measure is part of the arsenal of legislation adopted in the wake of the Erika and Prestige disasters to combat oil spills and make our seas safer. This legislation represents some spectacular advances, but we must keep up the pressure so that maritime safety continues to improve globally and ensure that the rules are applied rigorously by all States."

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Cute project in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

High Level Group on Hydrogen and Fuel Cells on the web page of Research DG 
                     

Loyola de Palacio presents the European policies on hydrogen in a Ministerial Meeting Washington

Loyola de Palacio, Vice-President of the European Commission, Commissioner for Transport and Energy pronounced a speech with the title “Hydrogen, a universal energy carrier - a crossroad for global Energy policies” in the International Partnership for the Hydrogen Economy” (IPHE)- Ministerial Meeting which took place in
Washington (USA) on 20 November. The main points of her speech were "why hydrogen energy systems are important for the European Union's future", and "how the Union intend to support the International Partnership for the Hydrogen Economy" (IPHE).

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Intelligent Energy for Europe in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

The ManageEnergy web site 
                     

 26-27 November: annual ManagEnergy Conference on Local Energy Action

This year's Annual ManagEnergy Conference on Local Energy Action will take pace in Brussels next 26 & 27 November. It will focus on the latest policy issues and new energy programmes, directives and other action initiated by the Commission and local and regional level actors, with a look toward the future. The European Commission will stream the whole conference live on the Internet in five languages. The streaming will also include the possibility of interactive Internet participation, virtual interviews and full video recordings online after the event. Further details are available on the ManagEnergy website. This event is followed by an Information Day on Intelligent Energy - Europe on 28 November 2003 in the same venue.

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Sea Ports  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

The web site of the European Parliament                      

Euroean Parliament: no agreement on port services

Parliament rejected on 20 November the text of the conciliation agreement on the directive on the opening up of the market in port services. There were 209 MEPs in favour, and 229 against, with 16 abstentions. The consequence of this vote is that the whole legislation, as proposed by the European Commission and amended in conciliation, now falls. The PES, Greens/ALE, and GUE/NGL groups, but also Members from other political groups voted against. Most Members of the EPP-ED and ELDR groups were in favour of the agreement.

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Maritime safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

The web site of the European Parliament                      

 44 MEPs in Temporary Committee on Improving Safety at Sea

The European Parliament on 20 November appointed the 44 Members of a Temporary Committee on Improving Safety at Sea. The list of Members was proposed to the plenary by the Conference of Presidents following Parliament's call of 23 September 2003 for such a committee to be set up. The Temporary Committee will assess maritime safety standards in general as well as compliance with EU law, and will propose any additional measures which it concludes are needed to avoid further maritime disasters of the kind involving the Prestige and other ships.

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  EPSO web site
                     

  How to prepare an European CV
                     

Job vacancies: DG Energy and Transport seeks inspectors in the fields of nuclear safety, aviation security and maritime security

The Directorate-General for Energy and Transports fo the European Commission is seeking applications for inspectors in the following fields: nuclear safety and security, radiation protection; aviation security and maritime security. The recruitment will be done under a short-term category B auxiliary agent contract (or, as from May 2004, as contract agent). In a first time, the Directorate-General evisages the recuirtment of 15 people. Deadline for the recipt of the candidatures: 24/11/2003.

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  EASA  web site
                     

  EMSA  web site
                     

  How to prepare an European CV
                     

 Job vacancies: EMSA and EASA keep on recruiting personnel

The Eurpean Martime Safety Agency (EMSA) is at present recruiting Temporary Staff pursuant Article 2 a) of the Conditions of Employment of other servants of the European Communities. To find more information about the recruitment process click here. At the same time the European Air Safety Agency is also building up its staff and recruiting new officers. For more information click here.

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