No 86 - Weekly - 12 March 2004

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Green Paper on Energy

White Paper on Transport

[ Transport ]

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.

Plenary Session of the EP 29 March 2003


[ Energy ]

[ Practical Information ]

  Declaration by President Prodi on the bomb attacks in Madrid [ full text ]

 I must express my deep outrage and shock at this savage, bloodthirsty and totally senseless slaughter of innocent lives. At this hour the pain and suffering of the victims, their families and loved ones are foremost in my thoughts, and my sympathy and compassion go out to them and their relatives, to all the people of Spain, who have been so cruelly and viciously targeted today, to the Spanish Government and to the King of Spain, whose dismay and grief I share. There is absolutely no excuse for the perpetrators of this appalling act of blind hate to hide behind. It is not a political act, it is not an act of revolt or rebellion. It is a vicious attack against unarmed, defenceless people, an aberrant and revolting act that only the perverted minds of terrorists could have hatched. It is violence for its own sake, gratuitous and pointless violence that leads nowhere, and the whole international community is -- and will continue to be -- mobilised against this inhuman, intolerable phenomenon until it is completely eradicated.


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Maritime safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

The Committee on Safe Seas web site

Maritime safety : Commission gives new implementing powers to the Committee on Safe Seas and the Prevention of Pollution from Ships [ full text ]

The European Commission has 11 March amended the rules governing the Committee on Safe Seas and the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (COSS) in order to confer new implementing powers on the Committee. These new powers addressed in the relevant EU Regulations and Directives cover : reporting formalities for ships arriving in and/or departing from European Union ports ; Community vessel traffic monitoring and information system ; the prohibition of organotin compounds on ships ; and specific stability requirements for "roll on roll off" passenger ships. The Committee was established in 2002 with the aim of centralising the duties of the committees created under several EU legal instruments dealing with maritime safety and the prevention of the pollution from ships

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Open skies in the web site of Energy and Transport DG

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

Provisional conclusions of the Transport council (09/03/2004) [ full text ]

The provisional conclusions fo the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council, that took place last 9  March are already in the internet. During this council, there has been an exchange of views on the Amended proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Regulation on the harmonisation of technical requirements and administrative procedures in the field of civil aviation. There has been information from the Commission on Community negotiation with third countries: (a) EU/US air Transport agreement (b) other third countries (horizontal mandate). There has been a presentation from the Commission (with public deliberation) on the Third Railway Package. There has been a General Approach to Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive on the charging of heavy goods vehicles for the use of certain infrastructures. There has been progress towards political agreement on the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the harmonisation of certain social legislation relating to road transport and amending Council Regulation on recording equipment in road transport.

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International aviation in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

The web site of the European Parliament

The Parliament vote rules to fight unfair competition in air transport [ full text ]

In adopting Nick CLEGG's (ELDR, East Midlands) second reading report, Parliament has taken on 11 March board EU measures to impose duties on non-European air carriers which compete unfairly with Community airlines. Following the events of 11 September 2001, the US administration and other governments granted their airlines huge subsidies, distorting above all the transatlantic market and thus hitting the interests of European airlines. In the near future, an EU airline can complain to the Commission if it feels to be the victim of unfair competition. After an investigation, the Commission can impose duties on the non-EU airline concerned. The House approved the common position with only minor changes. The legislation can now enter into force without changes by the Transport Council.

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Air Transport in the web site of energy & Transport DG

The web site of the European Parliament

Parliament approved on a regulation on insurance requirements for air carriers and aircraft operators [ full text ]

Parliament approved the Council common position on a regulation on insurance requirements for air carriers and aircraft operators. Rapporteur Jim NICHOLSON (EPP-ED, Northern Ireland) had recommended the house to vote in favour of the common position, albeit with some minor changes. The regulation aims at ensuring adequate levels of insurance cover, a level playing field throughout the Community, in the sense that the same basic conditions apply to all air carriers operating in or over Community territory. Insurance documentation should also be verifiable.Parliament took the view that microlights and lighter categories of gliders should not be within the scope of the regulation in view of the costs this would impose on this area of leisure flying and the minimal risks it represents.

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Air safety in the web site of Energy and Transport DG

The web site of the European Parliament

Common rules in the field of civil aviation security: EP votes yes [ full text ]

Parliament approved without amendments Jan DHAENE's (PES, B) report on the proposal for a regulation on establishing common rules in the field of civil aviation security. MEPs welcomed these new rules, which in particular apply to aerodromes with smaller aircraft (less than ten tonnes or fewer than 20 seats).

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Revision of the TEN-T guidelines in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

The web site of the European Parliament

Parliament set to back "motorways of the sea" [ full text ]

Parliament adopted on 11 March a legislative resolution on Community guidelines for the development of the trans-European transport network. Following the report last year on these guidelines by the High Level Group under Karel Van Miert, the Commission submitted to Parliament an amended proposal, adding nine new projects to those already adopted by the European Parliament at its initial first reading. MEPs warmly back the introduction of "motorways of the sea" to launch new regular trans-national cargo shipping lines. These routes are intended to improve links with islands and enable goods traffic to avoid natural barriers such as the Alps and the Pyrenees. Member States will, with Community assistance, support packages involving infrastructure, logistic systems and start-up aid. The "motorways of the sea" will thus acquire the same importance as road motorways and railways in the trans-European network.

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

Internal market for gas in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

European Regulators Group for Electricity and Gas launches its work programme for 2004 [ full text ]

At its second meeting on 3 March 2004, the European Regulators Group for electricity and gas launched its work programme for 2004 and became fully operational. Two working groups ("focus groups") were set up, one on electricity and one on gas. In electricity, the Group will focus its work on congestion management and network access charges, in gas on storage and network charges, including cross-border issues. The overall objective is to guarantee efficient operation of the single market for electricity and gas.


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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

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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
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