No 109 - Weekly - 24 September 2004

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Annual ManagEnergy Conference on local energy action

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The new Commission


The web site of the European Parliament

Timetable of hearings for new Commissioners [ full text ]

At the European Parliament's plenary session in July, MEPs approved the nomination of Jos Manuel Barroso as President of the next European Commission. Candidates for the remaining 24 Commissioner posts were then put forward. Parliament must now vote on whether to approve the entire Commission before it can take office on 1 November. For this purpose, Parliament's committees will first conduct a series of hearings of the 24 candidate Commissioners over the period 27 September - 8 October. Designed Commissioner for Transport, Jacques Barrot will speak to the Parliament on Wednesday 29 September 2004 whilst designed  commissioner for Energy, Lszl Kovcs will have his hearing on Thursday 30 September 2004. The hearings will take place at Parliament's premises in Brussels. The committees will then make their recommendations to the full Parliament, which will vote on the 25-Member Commission as a whole at its plenary session of 25-28 October in Strasbourg. The hearings will be broadcast live on Europe by Satellite (EBS). Answers to the questionnaire by Commissioner Designate Mr Jacques Barrot, are also available here, for general questions and here for specific questions. Replies to questionnaire by M. Lszl Kovcs are available here, for general questions and here for specific questions.

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State Aid in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Maritime Policy in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Maritime transport: Commission approves continuation of German employment tax scheme [ full text ]

The European Commission authorised on 22 September Germany to continue financial contributions subsidising shipping companies’ non wage labour costs of seafarers from EU Member States for 2004 and 2005. The objective is to safeguard employment of seafarers on board of German merchant ships and to preserve maritime know-how. The German aid scheme has been already applied from 1 October 2001 to 31 December 2003. The aim is to safeguard and develop European maritime employment, expertise and skills in line with the objectives and principles outlined in the 2004 Community guidelines on State aid to maritime transport . The Commission considers that the aid is non-discriminatory, transparent, and compatible with the common market

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State Aid in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Air Transport in the web site of energy & Transport DG

Commission approves Italian public financing of Elba airport [ full text ]

The European Commission approved on 22 September a financial contribution of €1.6 million by the Region of Tuscany for the development of the Marina di Campo airport on Elba. The grant will be used partly by the Province of Livorno and partly by the airport owner, Aerelba Spa., to finance infrastructure works necessary for the safe and smooth running of the airport and to improve airport security. The public contribution will be used for investment only and no costs for the daily operational activity of the airport will be supported. In particular, the financing will not be used to increase the capacity of the airport, which is open to all potential air carriers on non-discriminatory terms.

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The web site of Loyola de Palacio

Air Transport in the web site of energy & Transport DG

Vice-President De Palacio highlights the future challenges in the air cargo transport [ full text ]

In the course of a presentation in the Air Cargo Forum that took place in  Bilbao, on 15th September 2004, the Vice-President of the European Commission, responsible for Transport and Energy, Loyola de Palacio, presented the three key themes for air transport in Europe: First, the developments of EU aviation policy in the last decade; secondly, the Commission's objectives in the field of international aviation; and finally two important elements for the air cargo industry: security and environment.

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The web site of Loyola de Palacio

Euro-mediterranean energy partnership  in the web site of energy & Transport DG 

Loyola De Palacio visits Jordan and Egypt to boost transport and energy co-operation across the Mediterranean [ full text ]

Loyola de Palacio, Vice-President of the European Commission, in charge of Energy and Transport, will visit Amman (Jordan) and Cairo (Egypt) from 23 to 27 September 2004. The main objective of this official visit is to discuss the development of the region’s oil, gas, electricity and transport sectors in the framework of Euro-Mediterranean co-operation and the European neighbourhood Policy.

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State Aid legislation

Nuclear issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Commission approves restructuring of British Energy [ full text ]

The Commission approved on 22 September British Energy’s wide-ranging restructuring plan, paving the way for the nuclear group’s survival. The Commission is satisfied that the new structure of British Energy will ensure that aid is exclusively used for the decommissioning of nuclear power plants in the future. According to the approval granted today, State aid given for future decommissioning liabilities may not be used to subsidise competitive activities, such as the operation of a fossil fuel power plant and energy trading with large business customers.


This selection is not exhaustive. For a complete list of current calls for tender please log on Tenders Electronic Daily

New Calls for Tender

In this section you will find the latest calls for tender, calls for manifestation of interest and calls for proposal in the fields of energy and transport.



Time-limit for receipt of tenders

Establishment of an energy market observation system O.J. S 185-157485


Risk assessment, security and emergency procedures in radioactive material transport operations O.J. S 184-156770


Training in relation to enforcement of road transport acquis: review of current arrangements in Member States and acceding Member States O.J. S 157-135927


'Railimplement' - study on the implementation of the Rail Infrastructure Package Directives (2001/12/EC, 2001/13/EC and 2001/14/EC) O.J. S 155-134119

New Date!!! 15/10/2004

Radiation protection services O.J. S 152-131356


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