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No 74.  Weekly. 05 December 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 

Maritime safety: IMO introduces new double-hull requirements at world-wide level to close the gap with new EU safety rules

Zürich airport/noise: Commission rejects Swiss request to overturn Germany's overflight rules

Solar energy: Europe aims to lead the world in Photovoltaic technologies

Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (Brussels, 5 December)

EU supports historic energy agreement between Israel and Palestinian Authority

Loyola de Palacio welcomes the new dynamics of the Euro-Mediterranean energy partnership

Combined heat and power: Parliament stands firm

Job vacancies: EMSA and EASA keep on recruiting personnel

CALL FOR TENDERS

MEMO on The "Prestige" (PDF)
                     

The "Prestige" accident in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

Maritime safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

The web site of the International Maritime Organisation
                     

Maritime safety: IMO introduces new double-hull requirements at world-wide level to close the gap with new EU safety rules

The Commission welcomes the decision on 05 December taken within the framework of the International Maritime Organisation to amend the MARPOL Convention1 to introduce for the world fleet of oil tankers a similar regime to the new stricter measures in place at EU level2. Today's decision in favour of a world-wide ban, and its implementation as soon as possible, but not later than 5 April 2005, on the carriage of heavy grades of oil in single-hull tankers, as well as the accelerated phasing out of single-hull tankers in general, closes the gap between the international regime and the measures already adopted by the EU. Loyola de Palacio, Vice-President in charge of energy and transport, said “I am delighted that the European proposals for safety, security and environmental standards will now be established and applied globally. The IMO has proved itself able to develop and implement these important proposals”. She called on all IMO Members and MARPOL Parties to work together to ensure the success of the implementation of the decision. “This decision comes at a critical time, as shows the importance of the Latvian authorities' action for an inspection of the single-hull tanker GEROI SEVASTOPOLYA. This ship is due to sail from Latvia to Singapore through EU waters with a carriage of heavy fuel oil. Were the IMO's decision in force or Latvia already a member of the EU, she would not have been able to depart. Thanks to the Latvian's government action we will be able to make sure the ship is reasonably safe. I am urging all candidate countries to implement EU rules as from now ahead of accession on 1st May 2004 " added Loyola de Palacio.

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Air Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

Zürich airport/noise: Commission rejects Swiss request to overturn Germany's overflight rules

The European Commission on 05 December declared that German measures on the use of its airspace close to the Swiss border are compatible with the EC-Swiss aviation agreement. The Commission will thus not accede to the Swiss request to prevent Germany from imposing noise prevention measures which have the side-effect of precluding landings at Zürich airport from the North during late evening and early morning hours.

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New and renewable energies  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

Photovoltaic energy  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

The web site of Research DG                      

Solar energy: Europe aims to lead the world in Photovoltaic technologies

The recently created “Photovoltaics Technology Research Advisory Council” will meet for the first time on 05 December in Brussels. The initiative of Loyola de Palacio, European Commission Vice President in charge of Energy and Transport, , and of European Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin, involves 18 members representing all the major players in this technology. Europe is now the world's second largest manufacturer of photovoltaics, accounting for more than 24% of overall production, behind Japan (44%) and ahead of the USA (22%). Current forecasts show large potential for solar electricity production, for which Europe has seen an average growth rate of 30% per year over the last decade. Nevertheless, photovoltaics are currently under-utilised in the European Union, despite the active support of the Commission for research, development and demonstration projects in this area, with over € 200 million of funding for almost 200 projects over the last 10 years. To find the best way forward, the Advisory Council's objective is to develop a Foresight Report and a Strategic Research Agenda, in order to address the remaining barriers to maximising the potential of this clean energy source.

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The web site of the Italian Presidency                      

Galileo in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

Road Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

Maritime safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

  Revision of the TEN-T guidelines in the web site of Energy & Transport DG
                     

 

Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (Brussels, 5 December)

The Transport Council will take place on 5 December and will start its discussions at 10.00h. Vice-President Loyola de Palacio will represent the Commission. The Russian minister for Transport, Mr. Sergey Frank, will take part in the lunch for a general gathering of the relations between Russia and the UE in the field of transport. The agenda of the council includes a discussion on the modifications of the regulations instituting the European Maritime Safety Agency, on the proposed Directive on pollution caused by ships and on the proposed Directive on the inter-operability of electronic motorway pricing systems in the Community, on which the Ministers will attempt to define a general stance. The Council is then called upon to express itself, with a view to reaching political agreement, on the Commission proposal for the revision of trans-European transport networks, with particular reference to the list of 29 priority projects, the figure of the European coordinator and the development of the "maritime highways". The agenda also includes a discussion of the proposal for a Directive on a harmonised and transparent system of circulation limitations, the main roadways of the European network, heavy vehicles for international transport and an exploratory debate on the principal points in the proposal for revision of the Eurovignette Directive on tolls for the use of the roadway infrastructure and on the European Growth Initiative proposed by the Italian Presidency. Finally, a Commission communication is envisaged on the status of negotiations with Third Countries regarding the "Galileo" projects, in particular those with the United States.

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The web site of Loyola de Palacio                      

Enlargement and international relations in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                      

EU supports historic energy agreement between Israel and Palestinian Authority

An historic agreement on energy co-operation has been signed on 2 December in Rome between Israel, represented by the Minister of National Infrastructure Joseph Paritzky, and the Palestinian Authority, represented by Azzam Shawwa, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, under the auspices of the European Union (EU), in presence of Italian Deputy-Prime Minister Gianfranco Fini and European Commission Vice-President Loyola de Palacio. «As for European countries after the World War II, the energy dialogue must contribute to reconciliation and co-operation, in order to overcome the oppositions and conflicts, and take commitments for more interdependence and solidarity” declared Loyola de Palacio, vice-president in charge of Energy and Transport. “In this respect, the joint declaration between Israel and Palestinian Authority is significant and represents for all parties a real message of hope” she added

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The web site of Loyola de Palacio                      

Enlargement and international relations in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

Vice-President de Palacio speech at he Energy-Euromediterranean forum (FR)
                     

Loyola de Palacio welcomes the new dynamics of the Euro-Mediterranean energy partnership

The Energy Euro-Mediterranean forum, which met at the ministerial level in Rome on 1-2 December 2003, gave a spectacular impulse to energy cooperation between the Mediterranean partners. The Mediterranean Ministers, together with the EU Presidency and the European Commission, agreed on the principle of a genuine Euro-Mediterranean energy policy, which aims to promote the security of supplies, competitiveness and transparency of the markets and environmental protection. "Cooperation must be based on concrete realities which create a strengthened solidarity by the pooling of the vital resources.” declared Loyola de Palacio, Vice-President in charge of energy and of transport. "I welcome particularly the progress made and the prospects created by the Rome meeting: regional integration is a first step towards an increased integration of the networks and markets, which are the guarantee for further stability in the region" she added.

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Energy Demand Management in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

CHP Commission's proposals in slides 
                     

The web site of the European Parliament                      

Combined heat and power: Parliament stands firm

The Industry Committee has voted on 02 December to stick to its previous position on the issue of combined heat and power (CHP). Adopting a second-reading report on Tuesday by Norbert GLANTE (PES, D), MEPs decided to retable many of the first-reading amendments rejected by the Council. The committee's amendments focus on the need for harmonised definitions of CHP, support for small generation plants, and binding targets and timetables to increase use of CHP.

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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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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:

03/12/2003
Evaluation of intelligent transport systems projects
O.J. S 233-207491
Time-limit for receipt of tenders: 29/12/2003
  


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