No 84 - Weekly - 27 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

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Maritime safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Erika 2 package (PDF)

The Commission starts infringement process against 12 Member States for failing to transpose a key maritime safety directive [ full text ]

The Commission has sent on 23 February a letter of formal notice to all EU Member States, except Denmark, Germany and Spain, for failure to respect EU legislation on vessel traffic monitoring and information systems, a 2002 Directive adopted in the wake of the Erika accident. This is the first step of an infringement procedure against Member States which should have adopted the necessary legislation by 5 February 2004. The aim of the legislation is to enhance the safety of maritime traffic with a package of measures including the establishment of places of refuge for ships in distress and the obligation to carry on board a voyage data recorder ("black box").

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Galileo in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Galileo: slides presentation (PDF)

Video on Galileo

Loyola de Palacio welcomes the outcome of EU/US discussions on GALILEO  [ full text ]

On 25 Febru, the European Union and the United States of America agreed on the opening of negotiations for an overall agreement on air transport liberalisation. The conclusions adopted note that the leaders of the United States of America and the European Union “are pleased to announce their agreement to begin comprehensive air service negotiations in early Autumn following the early June decision of the EU Council to approve a negotiating mandate for the Commission. This is an historic opportunity to build upon the framework of existing agreements with the goal of maximising benefits for consumers, airlines, and communities on both sides of the Atlantic. The United States and the European Union will work together in a spirit of co-operation to develop a mutually beneficial approach to this crucial economic sector in a globalise economy." “An aviation agreement between the EU and US would set the model for the rest of the world these negotiations provide an opportunity to achieve fundamental reform of this sector that we should not waste” said European Commission vice-president Loyola de Palacio.

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Galileo in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Galileo: slides presentation (PDF)

Video on Galileo

GALILEO project is off the ground [ full text ]

The European Commission adopted on 25 February a communication on progress on the GALILEO programme. Less than two years after the launch of the project in March 2002 and less than six months after the actual setting up of the GALILEO joint undertaking, the Commission was keen to inform Parliament and the Council of progress achieved in the development phase of the project. Among other things, the communication covers the ordering of the first two experimental satellites, the cooperation agreement with China and the procedure for designating the future concession holder for the system. «Everything is now in place to be able to move on to the deployment and operation phases in accordance with the planned deadlines, i.e. before the end of the decade », declared Loyola de Palacio, Vice-President of the Commission.

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Nuclear issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

The web site of the European Economic and Social Commitee

EESC rapporteur says EU cannot duck hard answers and cannot abandon nuclear power for the foreseeable future [ full text ]

A draft European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) Opinion considers that nuclear power must be one of the elements of a diversified, balanced, economic and sustainable energy policy for the EU. The draft Opinion indicates that nuclear power is also essential if the EU is to successfully apply the concept of sustainable development to policy making. Nuclear power strongly contributes to the EU's energy needs and security of supply. Europe also needs nuclear power in order to meet its commitments vis-ŕ-vis reductions in CO2 emissions agreed under the Kyoto protocol. Respecting the stabilisation commitments on CO2 emissions at the present time will not be possible without further advances in technological development and consumer behaviour. Abandoning nuclear power would only exacerbate the problems associated with climate change. Several key points that form the backbone of a draft own-initiative Opinion that is due to be debated during EESC's February's Plenary Session that takes place on 25-26 February*.

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The web site of the European Parliament

EP: Go-ahead for protocol on liability for nuclear accidents [ full text ]

The House gave on  its assent to authorise the Member States which are Contracting Parties to the Paris Convention of 29 July 1960 on Third Party Liability in the Field of Nuclear Energy to ratify, in the interest of the European Community, the Protocol amending that Convention, or to accede to it.

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Rational use of energy in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Managenergy web site

Live Internet Broadcasting – ‘Buildings’ Directive and World Sustainable Energy Days 2004 [ full text ]

The European Directive on Energy Performance of Buildings presents a great challenge for the transformation of European building sector towards energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources. Governments are required to implement a respective legal framework. To make sustainable energy happen in real life, local action is essential, such as awareness raising, training, technical support for different professional groups. The workshop will discuss how to make sustainable energy a reality at local level. The World Sustainable Energy Days 2004 conference provides a key forum for learning about major European trends in energy policies and technologies, for exchanging expertise, initiating projects and establishing partnerships.
Both events will be broadcasted live on Internet from Wels, Austria, on 4-5 March 2004. The ManagEnergy workshops will allow Internet participants to discuss directly with Commission officials and members of the ManagEnergy team. It will also allow networking among Internet participants. You are welcome to register for the Internet broadcasting on


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

Framework contract for long-range energy modelling for the period up to 2030

O.J. S 16-026916


Public awareness campaign for an energy sustainable Europe

O.J. S 16-012944 22/03/2004

Study on outputs, performance and future perspectives of SAVE agencies

O.J. S 16-012942 08/03/2003

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

Publications : Just Released !

A selection of our latest publications:

Nuclear safety: A Community approach
Just published (December 2003)
Luxembourg: Eur-OP, 2003 – 98 p.
Catalogue no KO-49-02-369-**-C
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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