No 90 - Weekly - 16 April 2004

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Green Paper on Energy

White Paper on Transport

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Plenary session of the EP - 19-22/04/2004

Plenary Session of the EP - 03/05/2004

Council of Transport, Energy et Telecom 10 - 11/06/2004

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Road safety  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

The  Road safety charter in the web site of energy & Transport DG

The speech of VP De Palacio on road safety

Thirty-nine companies and associations sign the European Road Safety Charter [ full text ]

Hosted by Minister Seamus Brennan from the Irish Presidency, the first Official Signing Event of the European Road Safety Charter took place in Dublin Castle on 6 April. In the presence of the European transport ministers, European Commission Vice-President, Loyola de Palacio invited thirty-nine companies and associations to sign the Charter (see annexes). Announced in 2003 in the European Road Safety Action Programme, the purpose of the Charter is to integrate civil society in the endeavour to reach the EU target of halving the number of road deaths by 2010. "Experience shows that substantial progress towards safer roads can only be achieved if society is willing to accept enforcement of the rules", said Loyola de Palacio to an audience representing the major road transport stakeholders, including Formula One World Racing Champion Michael Schumacher. "Halving the number of road victims is a shared responsibility", she added. "I am looking forward to 2010 with a very positive feeling. With such commitments we will achieve the target. Let's start, there are 20,000 lives to save on our roads.

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

The web site of the European Parliament

Railways in the EU: MEPs vote on agreement with Council [ full text ]

Parliament and Council representatives to the Conciliation Committee have reached agreement on the second rail package. This consists of four pieces of legislation: on the development of the Community's railways, rail safety, a European Railway Agency and rail interoperability. The full plenary session is now due to vote on 19 April the agreement. The main sticking points had been the date for liberalisation of railways in the EU, the setting up of a railway safety system and the composition of the board of the railway agency. The most sensitive remaining issue was Parliament's amendment calling for liberalisation of all rail freight services and combined goods services by 1 January 2006. However, the EP delegation compromised on this point and as a result of the agreement, national freight services should be liberalised from 1 January 2007. It had already been agreed at second reading that international freight services would be liberalised as of 1 January 2006.

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Infrastructure charging in the web site of Energy and Transport DG

MEP Luigi's Cocilovo report on Road Charging

EP to debate Commission's proposal for a fairer charging system for heavy goods vehicles [ full text ]

TMEPs will consider on 20 April a first-reading report on the charging of heavy goods vehicles for the use of road infrastructure. The report, by Luigi COCILOVO (EPP-ED, I), for the Transport Committee proposes a large number of amendments on this highly technical issue.

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Driving hours in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

MEP Helmuth Markov repport on drivers' working hours

Checking lorry drivers' working hours. The EP will debate the Commission's proposal [ full text ]

MEPs will be voting on 20 April on a report for the Transport Committee by Helmuth MARKOV (EUL/NGL, D) on social legislation governing road transport. The main aim of the draft directive is to tighten up checks and penalties for infringements of such legislation. Contentious issues are the percentage of days that have to be checked each year as well as the definition of infringements which would constitute a serious offence. Although the committee welcomes the directive in principle, it is proposing a range of amendments demanding tighter checks on implementation.

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Safety in tunnels  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

MEP Reinhard RACK repport on tunnel safety

Safer road tunnels. The EP will debate the Commission's proposal [ full text ]

Parliament will vote next 20 April on a second reading recommendation by Reinhard RACK (EPP-ED, A) for the Transport Committee on proposals to improve the safety of tunnels on the trans-European Road network. MEPs in the committee are recommending approval for the Council's common position without any amendments. The Council has accepted most of Parliament's key first-reading amendments, in particular on the needs of disabled people.

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

MEP Astrid Thors repport on eco-design for energy using products

European Parliament to debate Commission's proposal on Eco-design requirements for Energy-Using Products [ full text ]

Clarity, better consumer information and transparency are the guiding principles emphasised in a report from Astrid THORS (ELDR, FIN) for the Committee on Environment and Public Health on a draft framework directive on eco-design rules for energy-using products. MEPs in the committee are asking the plenary session to make a large number of amendments to the Commission's proposals on the debate that will take place on 21 April. The committee argues that the directive is too vaguely worded and should contain more detailed requirements. It wants new rules to give consumers more information about their dishwashers and other energy-using products. The most important amendments were agreed by the major political groups and a compromise will be sought with the Council before the first reading vote in plenary.


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

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Public awareness campaign for an energy sustainable Europe

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