No 97 - Weekly - 11 June 2004

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Informal Council of Transport on short sea shipping and wider Europe 9 -10 /07/2004

Council of Transport, Energy and Telecom


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Enlargement and international relations in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

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

Improving transport connections between the enlarged EU and its new neighbours [ full text ]

Transport infrastructure development was discussed on 8 june at a ministerial meeting on a “Wider Europe for Transport” in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Improving connections between the enlarged EU and its new eastern and southern neighbours is especially important following the historical enlargement of the Union as well as the recent adoption of the Guidelines for the development of the trans-European transport network (TEN) inside the EU. “This meeting is an important starting point to our discussions with our neighbours on improving our transport inter-connections and identifying priority projects on the main axes” said Loyola de Palacio, the Commission Vice-President responsible for energy and transport.

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Air passenger rights  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

The functioning of the air transport market in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Air transport: price discrimination practices in Internet sales no longer a problem [ full text ]

In December 2003 the Commission decided to request further information from 18 European airlines about price differences for tickets on the basis of national residence, especially in Internet sales. Thanks to the Commission initiative, these price differences have mostly disappeared, the Commission announced on 7 June. In December 2003, the services of the Commission wrote to 18 European airlines, asking each of them whether it charged different prices for exactly the same ticket depending on the customer‘s country of residence, and if so, why. The initiative of the Commission services was in response to an increasing number of complaints from citizens who felt that they had been discriminated against when buying plane tickets, especially via the Internet. Airlines typically used the postal address or the credit card address to determine the residence of a customer. Depending on the country of residence, some then quoted different prices.

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Inland waterways in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

 A brochure on Inland waterways transport

Inland waterway transport: Commission boosts modern information and communication services [ full text ]

The Commission proposed on 7 June new legislation on harmonised Traffic Information Services (“River Information Services” - RIS) on inland waterways in the European Union. RIS will contribute to the modernisation of the network and make inland waterway transport a competitive alternative and a valuable partner in the intermodal transport chain. Vice-President Loyola de Palacio expects that the proposal will be supported by the Member States. “River Information Services can really increase the safety, reliability and efficiency of inland waterway transport, and thus improve the competitiveness of this cheap, economical and environmentally friendly transport mode”, she said.

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The web site of the Council

Energy transeuropean networks  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

 Main results of the Council of Energy [ full text ]

The Ministers of Energy met on 10 and 11 June under the Irish presidency to discuss on Transport Telecommunications and Energy issues. Energetic affairs were dealt on 10 June. The main results were the Political agreement on a Common Position for Eco-design requirements, the political agreement ona Common position on the access to the gas transmission networks. On the subject of Trans-European energy networks, the council reached an agreement on a general approach without prejudice to the definite setting  out of projects. If you click on the "full text" bottom you will find the provisional conclusions in a pdf file as released by the Council on 10 June.

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

European Investment Bank web site

EIB EUR 100 million support for the regional gas pipeline [ full text ]

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is lending EUR 100 million to the Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS) towards construction of a 393 km south-north gas pipeline across Jordan (Aqaba to Rehab) to bring Egyptian natural gas to major power plants, industries and consumers throughout Jordan, the EIB announced on 07 June. The pipeline is also known as Arab gas pipeline or Jordanian gas transmission pipeline. The agreement was signed today in Cairo in the presence of Eng. Sameh Fahmy, Minister of Petroleum of Egypt by Eng. Mohamed I. Tawila, Chairman of EGAS and Mr Philippe de Fontaine Vive, Vice-President of the EIB with special responsibility for FEMIP, on the occasion of his official visit to Egypt to chair the 4th FEMIP Ministerial Meeting taking place in Alexandria on 7 June 2004.

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RTD Framework Programme in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Managenergy web site

Information Day on the 3rd call for proposals for the 6th Framework program on research [ full text ]

In the frame of the Third Call for Proposals, under the 6th Framework Programme, the European Commission Energy & Transport DG is organizing an Information Day which will take place in Brussels on 22 June 2004, immediately after the launch of the Call that opens on 8 of June and closes on 8 of December 2004. The aim of the event is to give a detailed overview of the third Call for Proposals, and to offer potential proposers an opportunity to meet, find new partners and discuss. More that 300 people had downloaded the registration form at the moment this newsletter was delivered. The organisation urged the interested participants to register as soon as possible.


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

Study on the functioning of the internal market

O.J. S 102-081578


Impact assessment study on different aspects of road safety at European level concerning sports utility and multipurpose vehicles (SUV), light vans, cruise control, harmonisation of signs on the TEN

O.J. S 102-081581


Study on the public financing of seaports in the EU

O.J. S 103-083655


Notice of call for proposals with a view to obtaining grants in the field of transport

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Notice of call for proposals with a view to obtaining grants for the organisation of conferences in the field of energy and transport

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

Publications : Just Released !

A selection of our latest publications:

Implementing the internal energy market : Second benchmarking report
Just published (March 2004)
Luxembourg: Eur-OP, 2003 - 84 p.
Catalogue no KO-52-03-352-**-C
ISBN 92-894-5584-5
Language(s) : EN DE FR
Price: gratis
Available on-line


Nuclear safeguards: Europe remains vigilant
Just published (January 2004)
Luxembourg: Eur-OP, 2003 – 8 p.
Catalogue no KO-56-03-409-**-C
ISBN 92-894-6644-8
Language(s) : EN FR
Price: gratis
Available online


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