No 82 - Weekly - 13 February 2004

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Green Paper on Energy

White Paper on Transport

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Transport, Energy and Telecom-munications Council
8 Mar 2004 - 9 Mar 2004

European Council meeting
Date: 25 Mar 2004 - 26 Mar 2004

3rd Annual European Energy and Transport Conference 4-5 May 2004

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Automotive industry  in the web site of Enterprise DG

 The web site of Enterprise DG

Road safety  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Road safety: Commission welcomes new rules to eliminate 'blind spot' on motor vehicles [ full text ]

The Commission welcomes the adoption on 11 February by the European Parliament and Council of a new directive on rear view mirrors and supplementary indirect vision systems for motor vehicles. This directive will improve road user safety by upgrading the performance of rear view mirrors and accelerating the introduction of new technologies that increase the field of indirect vision for drivers of passenger cars, buses and lorries. As many severe road accidents at crossings, junctions or roundabouts are caused by vehicle drivers who are unaware that other road users are very close to, or beside, their vehicles, the measures are designed to reduce blind spots in the immediate area around vehicles. The first effects of these new rules should start to be seen on new models from 2005 onwards with a gradual phasing in of obligations up to the end of the decade.

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Galileo in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Video on Galileo

Progress in Galileo-GPS negotiations [ full text ]

On 29-30 January the US and the EU had two intensive days of discussion on a possible cooperation agreement. The atmosphere was constructive. Even though a final agreement could not yet be reached a number of issues were clarified and for the first time the shape of a possible agreement has become visible for the parties. With regard to the Galileo open signal both sides discussed solutions and possibilities to improve the signal further. The US declared again their willingness for a common approach on the basis of a modulation Boc (1,1) . The EU responded positively to the idea of a common approach for the open signal. However, an agreement could not yet be achieved on the specific modulation to be used.

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Galileo in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Galileo Joint Undertaking web page

GALILEO: Three operators competing for the concession [ full text ]

The GALILEO joint undertaking has completed on 6 February the first phase of the procedure for selecting the future concession holder of the European satellite navigation system. The second phase will now go ahead with the three consortia of companies on the shortlist. In response to the results, Loyola de Palacio, Vice-President of the Commission said: « The pre-selection results are very encouraging. They endorse the European institutions' approach : the private sector is willing to invest heavily in the GALILEO programme. The quality of the three tenders selected augurs well for the competitive negotiation phase».

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Air safety in the web site of Energy and Transport DG

Air Transport in the web site of energy & Transport DG

Conciliation Committee: Agreement on safety of third country aircraft using Community airports [ full text ]

On the day of the official opening of conciliation between the Council and the European Parliament regarding the proposal for a Directive on the safety of third country aircraft using Community airports, both institutions succeeded in reaching agreement in the Conciliation Committee that night (on 4 February). The agreement will allow for rapid adoption of this Directive; the agreement must now be endorsed by a majority of votes cast within the Parliament and by qualified majority within the Council.

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Maritime safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

EMSA  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

The web site of the European Parliament

New tasks for the European Maritime Safety Agency [ full text ]

In adopting this report from Emmanouil MASTORAKIS (PES, GR), Parliament welcomed on 12 February Commission proposals to equip the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) with the legal and technical means necessary to operate specialised anti-pollution ships and equipment for collecting oil and other noxious substances in the sea. MEPs are also in favour of widening EMSA's powers to seafarer's qualifications. However, they did not take on board proposals regarding the extension of the Agency's jurisdiction in the security field, which the Commission had proposed in the light of increased concerns regarding the threat of terrorism and other illicit actions targeting ships and port installations. MEPs argue that the Agency, which is clearly a Community body, should not be given 'third-pillar' responsibilities.

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Intermodal transport  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

The web site of the European Parliament

First reading approval for Intermodal Loading units directive [ full text ]

Parliament gave on 12 February first reading approval to a proposed directive on Intermodal Loading Units (ILUs) when it adopted a report from Ulrich STOCKMANN (PES, D). The proposals will mean that in future standardised, safer, more efficient and stackable equipment will enable easier transfer of freight from one mode of transport to another. The directive also aims to harmonise aspects of newly built ILUs through the definition of standards by the European Committee for Standardisation. Another goal is greater security for new intermodal loading units through requirements on use of alarms (for instance electronic seals) to counter break-ins.

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MEMO on The "Prestige" (PDF)

The web site of the European Parliament

International Fund for Compensation of Oil Pollution Damage: 2003 Protocol approved [ full text ]

The House granted on 12 February assent for the Member States to sign, ratify or accede to, in the interest of the European Community, the Protocol of 2003 to the International Convention on the Establishment of an International Fund for Compensation of Oil Pollution Damage, 1992, and authorising Austria and Luxembourg, in the interest of the European Community, to accede to the underlying instruments.


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

Public awareness campaign for an energy sustainable Europe

O.J. S 16-012944


Study on outputs, performance and future perspectives of SAVE agencies

O.J. S 16-012942 08/03/2004

Interoperability of electronic fee collection in alpine region

O.J. S 11-008544 13/02/2004

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Publications : Just Released !

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Nuclear safety: A Community approach
Just published (December 2003)
Luxembourg: Eur-OP, 2003 – 98 p.
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ISBN 92-894-4772-9
Language : DE, EN, FR
Price: gratis

EU energy and transport in figures:
Statistical pocketbook 2003
Just published (December 2003)
Luxembourg: Eur-OP, 2003 - 208 p.
Catalogue no KO-AB-03-001-EN-C
ISBN 92-894-6244-2
Languages: English
Price: gratis
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