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No 78.  Weekly. 16 January 2004

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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 to  launch the Road Safety Charter

Third Annual European Energy and Transport Conference will take place in Luxembourg on 4-5 May

Just released: Everything on transport statistics - DVD

Just released: video on road safety : "let’s start by respecting the rules…"

EP: No display of European stars on Member States' flags in EU ships  

MEPs approve tougher criminal sanctions for ships that pollute the oceans

EP's green light for nuclear package directives

Road safety  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

Road Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

 

Commission to launch the Road safety Charter

The European Commission will launch on 29 January the road safety charter, a declaration of principles to encourage civil society, national and local authorities to actively participate in the endeavour to reach the target of halving the number of road deaths by 2010, as set out in the Commission's White Paper on transport policy. The launch of the European Road Safety Charter initiative will take place in an event chaired by Vice-President of the European Commission Loyola de Palacio, and it will be attended by Seamus Brennan, Minister for Transport of the current European presidency, Ireland, and MEP and rally pilot Ari Vatanen.

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The second Conference of Barcelona in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

Air passenger rights  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

Third Annual European Energy and Transport Conference will take place in Luxembourg on 4-5 May

Following on from two very informative events in 2001 and 2002, the Directorate-General for Energy and Transport of the European Commission, will hold its third conference in Luxembourg, in the Hemicycle of the European Parliament and in the European Commission’s Jean Monnet Conference Centre, on 4-5 May 2004.
The focus this year will be put on users, passengers and consumers. One of the key priorities of the Commission for the future will indeed be to put at last the citizen at the heart of our policies in energy and transport.
The Commission wants the conference to be an open discussion between customers, passengers, consumers, citizens and industry as well as other main players in energy and transport so that it can be used as an input to future decision making. A number of key initiatives have indeed been taken in recent years with a view to developing passenger rights as well as electricity and gas consumer rights.

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Publications  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

The web site of Eurostat 
                     

Just released: Everything on transport statistics - DVD

This DVD is a repository of all public documents and data related to transport statistics in Europe and main partner countries. It contains about 20 million statistical data and more than 850 documents, mostly produced by Eurostat’s transport unit. Some documents related to transport statistics are also issued from other units of Eurostat (Environment, business statistics, regional data, etc.) or from other DGs of the European Commission such as the Directorate General for Energy and Transport. This work relies on the European Statistical System which for transport statistics is mainly represented by the statistical Institutes and the Ministries of transport of the European Union Member States plus Norway and Switzerland. This second edition gives access to many new data, publications and legal acts related to transport statistics, in particular in the fields of Aviation, Maritime and Road transport. Much more information related to candidate or Mediterranean countries can also be found.

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Publications  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

Road safety  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

 

Just released: video on Road safety : "Let’s start by respecting the rules"

A video (in English and French, 10’54” length) has just been produced by the European Commission on this theme. Through its action programme on road safety, the Commission proposes to reduce the number of people dying on Europe's roads from 40 000 to 20 000 by2010. Better respect for rules on speed, alcohol levels, seat belt use, and driving time for lorry hauliers would go a long way to reaching this objective.
The Commission proposes reinforcing controls in this area alongside
awareness raising campaigns and greater co-operation between Member States on cross-border controls, data exchange and the promotion of good practice.

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The web site of the European Parliament                      

  MEP Pignant report on transfer between registers
                     

Maritime Policy in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

EP: No display of European stars on Member States' flags in EU ships 

An overwhelming majority of MEPs is against the proposal to display the emblem of the European Union in a corner of their flags for ships sailing under the flag of an EU Member State. Two amendments, adopted earlier by the Transport Committee, were rejected in plenary this morning with respectively 369 votes against, 137 in favour and 6 abstentions and with 458 votes against, 44 in favour and 5 abstentions. The proposal to integrate the EU stars onto the national flags had already been heavily opposed in the UK. However, in adopting the report by Bernard POIGNANT (PES, F), MEPs welcomed Commission proposals to update, widen and strengthen existing rules on the transfer of ships between EU registers. It will now be easier for ships to change from one EU register to another. The aim is to improve the operating conditions and competitive position of European shipping.

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Maritime Policy in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

The web site of the European Parliament                      

  MEP Pex report on transfer criminal sacntions for polluting ships
                     

MEPs approve tougher criminal sanctions for ships that pollute the oceans

Parliament adopted on 13 January the report by Peter PEX (EPP-ED, NL) on imposing criminal sanctions on those responsible for pollution by ships. MEPs took the view that ship-source pollution should no be longer treated simply "as parking offences" and that, in the near future, polluters will have to pay a very high price, including jail sentences. Although the Commission proposal, which aims at incorporating existing international rules into Community law, was generally welcomed, a great number of amendments were adopted with a view to make the proposed rules even more strict.

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The web site of the European Parliament                      

MEP Vidal Quadras report on radioactive waste 
                     

MEP Hiltrud BREYER report on Euratom loans 
                     

Nuclear issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
                     

Video: the new nuclear package 
                     

EP's green light for nuclear package directives

Parliament adopted on 13 January two non-binding resolutions on closely linked proposed directives concerning nuclear plant safety and nuclear waste management. MEPs also adopted a non-binding resolution on a draft decision of the Council on Euratom loans, amending current legislation in the area. Currently nuclear safety is primarily the responsibility of the Member States. In view of the upcoming EU enlargement, which encompasses countries that have ageing nuclear plants, the EU considers it important to establish high common standards for nuclear safety. Parliament adopted a non-binding resolution on a directive setting out basic obligations and general principles on the safety of nuclear installations. Contrary to the Commission's proposal, where the Commission seeks to expand its competence in nuclear safety control, the Parliament clarifies that the responsibility for the safety of nuclear installations should remain with the national safety authorities. Moreover, the House suggests establishing a "Regulatory Authorities Committee", composed of representatives of national regulatory bodies, that would carry out reviews and horizontal control in accordance with the proposed directive. MEPs also underlined that nuclear facilities should be operated to a standard that reflects the state-of-the-art practice in the European Union in technical, regulatory and operational respects. Member States should also ensure, says the House, that the exposure suffered by the general public and by workers to ionising radiation during construction, operation and decommissioning is restricted to the lowest level that is technically achievable.

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