No 85 - Weekly - 05 March 2004

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Green Paper on Energy

White Paper on Transport

[ Transport ]

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

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

(URGENT)3rd Annual European Energy and Transport Conference. The conference will be held in a date which will be specified later.

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Rail Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

The 3rd railway package in the web site of Energy and Transport DG

Memo file on the 3rd railway package (pdf)

The Commission is proposing the opening up of the market for international passenger services in 2010 [ full text ]

With the "Third railway package" presented on 03 March, the Commission is proposing to continue the reform of the railway sector by opening up international passenger services to competition within the European Union. It thus seeks to complete the integration of the European railway area and stimulate a mode of transport which is needed more than ever. The Commission is also proposing to improve the rights of passengers using international services, establish a certification system for locomotive drivers and step up the quality of freight services. "In 2010, the high-speed trans-European network will be connected and new services will be able to develop on the basis of competition. Pressure from low-cost airlines is already a reality for international rail passenger services: they will have to evolve into new models and this is without any doubt the right time to free up initiatives" stated Loyola de Palacio, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for transport and energy. "This proposal is both ambitious and realistic: with the 2010 deadline, we are establishing a clear timeframe for all operators so that they can prepare"

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State Aid legislation

State Aid in the web site of energy & Transport DG

Commission to stop examining small amounts of State aid in the transport sector [ full text ]

The European Commission decided on 3 March to extend the " de minimis" rules to the transport sector for State aid not exceeding €100 000 per enterprise over a three-year period. Once the Regulation has been adopted, the transport sector, like every other economic sector, will benefit from decentralised supervision of national State aid by the Member States. Such aid need not be notified to nor authorised by the Commission in advance. Only subsidies for the acquisition of road transport vehicles will still be subject to notification and prior authorisation.

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State Aid legislation

State Aid in the web site of energy & Transport DG

Combined transport by rail: Commission authorises an Italian aid scheme [ full text ]

TThe Commission gave the go-ahead today to an aid scheme proposed by the Region of Friulia-Venezia Giulia (Italy) to encourage the development of combined transport and reduce its costs of access. The € 3.6 million aid scheme is compatible with competition rules and will be limited to the period 2004-2005. The Italian Region of Friulia-Venezia Giulia intends to grant subsidies to firms offering combined transport services by rail to or from the Region. The subsidies will be limited to offsetting the differences between the external costs of road transport not otherwise covered and combined transport. They will make it possible to reduce the price paid by combined transport infrastructure users and for them to compete with road transport under similar market conditions.

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EASA web site

Air Transport in the web site of energy & Transport DG

Job vacancies: EASA to recruit 13 managing officials [ full text ]

The European Air Safety Agency (EASA) is at present recruiting Temporary Staff pursuant Article 2 a) of the Conditions of Employment of other servants of the European Communities. EASA has published its call for applications in its web page for the following posts: Deputy Director of the Certification Directorate, Head of Certification Programs, Manager Applications – Certifications, Head of Product Department, Head of Organisations Department, Certification Manager Flight Standards, Assistant of the Rulemaking Directorate, Rulemaking Officer, Head of Environmental Protection, Head of International Co-operation, Head of Product Safety, Head of Personnel, Head of Finance. Applications should be submitted by 31 March 2004.


This selection is not exhaustive. For a complete list of current calls for tender please log to 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 20/04/2004

Study on outputs, performance and future perspectives of SAVE agencies

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

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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