No 115 - Weekly - 11 November 2004

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Green Paper on Energy

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Europe Direct


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

Council on Transport, Telecommunications and Energy


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The 2nd railway package in the web site of Energy and Transport DG

The European Railway Agency in the web site of Energy and Transport DG

Mr Marcel Verslype appointed as Executive Director of the European Railway Agency [ full text ]

Following its inaugural meeting held on 15 July 2004 in Valenciennes, the Administrative Board of the European Railway Agency met again in Brussels on 28 October, under the chairmanship of Mr Reino Lampinen, and nominated Mr Marcel Verslype (52, Belgian) as Executive Director. "I am particularly pleased with the progress made today" said Loyola de Palacio. “It is very positive that the Board reached a decision which will enable the European Railway Agency to be set up speedily. I congratulate Mr Verslype and I can assure him of the entire support and trust of the Commission for the difficult tasks he will be facing, which are crucial for the realisation of an integrated European railway area."

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The web page of the Dutch presidency

Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council cancelled [ full text ]

The informal ministerial conference titled 'Innovations in Infrastructures' in Rotterdam on 19 and 20 November will not take place, announced the Dutch presidency on 10 November. The ministers of transport, public works, and economic affairs have made this decision because the new European commissioners affected cannot yet take part in the conference on 19 and 20 November. The Commissioners were supposed to play a central role in the conference. It is now being investigated whether the conference can be postponed to a later date.


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Internal market for electricity in the web site of Energy & Transport DGG

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

Commission hails reconnection of South-East Europe Electricity Grid to that of European Union [ full text]

Vice President Loyola de Palacio welcomed the news that the electricity transmission lines between South-East Europe and the EU that were severed by the war in 1991 were now repaired and the technical interconnection of the systems had been undertaken. A ceremony to celebrate this event was held on 9 November at Ernestinovo, Croatia. This re-connection comes at a propitious moment as the EU moves to re-integrate South-East Europe into the mainstream European energy markets. The aim is to create a single market established under the same regulatory rules from Sweden to Turkey and from Bulgaria to Portugal.

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The new Barroso Commission

The web site of the European Parliament

Former Latvian minister Andris Piebalgs appointed Commissioner for Energy [ more info ]

Former Finance and Education Latvian minister Andris Piebalgs (47) has been appointed Commissioner for Energy in the new team that Josť Manuel Barroso, designated president of the European Commission, presented at the European Council on 4 November. Mr. Piebalgs will replace Hungarian nominee Lazlo Kovacs, which will take the portfolio of Taxation and Customs Union in the new Commission. Andris Piebalgs is graduated in Physics from the University of Latvia and has occupied senior posts in the Latvian government since 1988, including two ministries (Education and Finance). Among other European related posts, he has been Latvian ambassador to the European Union, Deputy Secretary of State for Latvia’s relations with the European Union, and head of Cabinet of the first Latvian Commissioner, Sandra Kalniete. He is married and has three children. The hearings of Andris Piebalgs will take place in the European Parliament on Monday, 15 November 2004. You can follow them at this adress.

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Research  in the web site of energy & Transport DG

The web site of Research DG

Public Consultation on research domains for the next EU Framework Programme [ more info ]

The Commission has launched a public consultation on identifying thematic domains for activities under the 7th Framework Programme including energy and transport projects related to European policy on The Commission welcomes contributions from research organisations and associations, industrial and sector associations, individual universities, enterprises and research institutes and all individuals and groups with an interest in research. To ensure that contributions can be properly included in the analysis, they should be sent as early as possible, before the end of 2004. The current 6th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (2002-2006) includes research on energy and transport. The ongoing Call for Proposals TREN-3 covers energy and transport areas. In energy, work will be launched with a short to medium term perspective concerning the cost-effective supply of renewable energies covering several sectors, grid issues, poly-generation, biofuel cities and hydrogen for transport. In transport, the proposals will address air traffic management, improvements in urban and public transport, intermodal transport and logistics, road safety and questions concerning the implementation of infrastructure charging. In both policy areas, dissemination of results and promotion activities complete the picture. The call was published on 29 June, deadline for the submission of proposals is 8 December 2004.

More on DG Energy and Transport's publications, and how to order them.

Publications : Just Released !

A selection of our latest publications:

Road transport: Europe on the move
Luxembourg: Eur-OP, 2004 – 16 p.
Catalogue no KO-56-03-368-**-C
ISBN 92-894-6649-9
Language(s) : EN – FR (more to come)
Price: gratis


Trans-European energy networks: TEN-E priority projects
Luxembourg: Eur-OP, 2004 – 44 p.
Catalogue no KO-49-02-256-**-C
ISBN 92-894-4745-1
Language(s) : EN – FR
Price: gratis
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