No 113 - Weekly - 22 October 2004

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25-28/10/2004 Plenary session of the European Parliament

15-18/11/2004 Plenary session of the European Parliament

19-20 /11/2004
Informal Meeting of Ministers of Transport, Telecom and Energy

Council on Transport, Telecommunications and Energy

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TEN-T home page in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

TEN-T 2003 revision in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Connecting the trans-European transport network with EU neighbours: 1st meeting of the High Level Group  [ full text ]

The High Level Group, recently established by the European Commission to identify priority transport axes connecting the major trans-European axes with the different neighbouring regions, held its first meeting in Brussels on 18 and 19 October. The Group includes representatives from all EU neighbouring countries and international financing institutions as well as from the EU Presidency. Participants to the meeting reviewed criteria for the selection of priority axes and projects and started to identify horizontal issues such as financing and efficient use of the network. “Good transport connections between the EU and its neighbours are essential for trade and economic development”, said Vice-President Loyola de Palacio in charge of energy and transport who chaired the meeting. “The Group should focus on areas where real progress can be made, for example improving the efficiency of existing infrastructure use or technical and administrative interoperability”, she added. It is foreseen that the Group will submit a first report by the end of 2004 and complete its work in the autumn of 2005.

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Maritime transport  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

State Aid in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

The Commission approves the Italian aid scheme for shipping companies [ full text ]

The Commission decided on 20 October to approve the introduction of a flat-rate taxation scheme based on tonnage, the Tonnage Tax, which Italy plans to implement in the maritime transport sector from 2004.

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Sea Ports in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

State Aid in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

 The Commission approves public financing to maritime ports in Belgium [ full text ]

The European Commission has decided on 20 October to authorise a financing package that allows the Flemish Region to allocate up to € 342 million to maritime ports in Flanders for port infrastructure investments, including dredging, for the period 2001-2004.


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State Aid in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

The Commission conditionally authorises the majority of the aid paid to the French company ‘Sernam’ [ full text in French ]

The Commission decided on 20 October  to confirm the authorisation of € 503 million in restructuring aid paid to the French company Sernam and to require the refunding of an additional amount of € 41 million paid at a later date. Sernam is a company operating in the express and traditional delivery sector. Approval by the Commission of this aid is nevertheless subject to certain conditions. Thus, Sernam has to progressively recenter its activities towards rail within two years.


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Internal market of oil  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Withdrawal of the legislative proposals on oil stocks: the Commission will retake the initiative  [ full text ]

Following institutional blocking in Parliament and Council, the Commission decided on 20 October to withdraw the legislative proposals made in September 2002 to reform the Community management of oil stocks, especially in cases of supply crisis. However in the current context of continuous rises in oil prices and market speculation, the Commission remains convinced of the need to improve the current EU legislation, dating mainly from the first oil crisis, and therefore reserves the right to make other proposals to better meet EU needs. "This decision is in line with the framework agreement signed between the Commission and the European Parliament at the beginning of our mandate. However, I remain convinced that we need this tool and particularly the improvement of the current management system of oil stocks at European level ", declared Loyola de Palacio, Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of Energy and Transport.

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International relations in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Loyola de Palacio welcomes in Rome the practical implementation of energy co-operation in the Mediterranean region [ full text ]

European Commission Vice-President Loyola de Palacio, in charge of Energy and Transport, joined on 8 October the Energy Ministers from the Maghreb, the Mashreq, Israel, the Palestinian Authority and EU Member States for the launch of the Rome Euro-Mediterranean Energy Platform (REMEP). This platform will serve of a focal point for enhancing co-operation between the EU and its Mediterranean partner countries by ensuring the practical implementation of the important regional initiatives agreed at the Ministerial meeting in Rome on 1-2 December 2003, as well as for other actions of common interest which may be identified.

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Nuclear safeguards in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

The Commission’s nuclear inspectors check American plutonium delivered to Cadarache in France [ full text in French]

The European Commission’s inspectors responsible for nuclear safeguards were present, on 8 October last, at the arrival at the COGEMA site in Cadarache and during the unloading of plutonium of military origin from the United States. The first checks carried out indicated that the nuclear material contained in the eight containers was correctly accounted for. Given the very high strategic value of this material, which can form the basis for building a nuclear bomb, and in order to provide all guarantees necessary for European citizens, the Commission has decided to maintain inspectors on the spot throughout the recycling of American military plutonium into civil nuclear fuel. The fuel will be returned to the United States during 2005. The control of the implementation of nuclear safeguards in the EU, undertaken by a body of more than 200 inspectors from the Commission, makes it possible to guarantee that nuclear materials and equipment are not diverted from the civil use for which they are planned.



This selection is not exhaustive. For a complete list of current calls for tenders 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

Overview of national environmental monitoring requirements and inspection activities with regard to nuclear installations O.J. S 195-165855


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


Ex-post evaluation of the European Radiation Protection Policy O.J. S 196-166691


DOSE Datamed - Development of a harmonised methodology for dose data processing regarding radio-diagnostic imaging procedures in medical applications O.J. S 193-164119


Mediwaste - Management of liquid radioactive effluent arising from medical establishments in Member States O.J. S 191-162404



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