No 129 - Weekly - 25 February 2005


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Galileo in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Video on Galileo 

Vice-President Jacques Barrot presents the Galileo project in the International Conference for Space co-operation (FR) [ Full text ]

With a speech titled "Galileo: Europe Shows the Way", Jacques Barrot, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible of Transport presented the European Radio-navigation system Galileo. The speech, delivered at the International Conference for Space co-operation in Brussels, last 17 February, presented Galileo as the first global public service. Galileo, said Barrot, is the first big industrial project leaded by the European Union, in which public and private sectors are working together in the first Joint Undertaking of this kind. Vice-President Barrot underlined the international dimension of Galileo, a project which is going to be under the EU control.

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Road Driving licenses  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

MEP Grosch's report on Traffic information services

Decision process of the driving licenses directive

The web site of the European Parliament

Driving Licenses: The European Parliament says yes [ full text ]

A majority of MEPs (548 votes in favour, 103 against and 9 abstentions) decided on 22 February that these licences should be replaced by a "credit card" model within 10 years and that a single EU driving licence should be introduced within 20 years. They also were in favour of the introduction of a European driving licence information network to combat fraud and "driving licence tourism". MEPs had tabled 130 amendments on the highly sensitive issue of EU driving licences when they voted on the report by Matthieu GROSCH (EPP-ED, B) following  a European Commission proposal to replace the existing 110 models of driving licence in the 25 Member States by a single EU format. The proposal would lead to easier movement for drivers and greater safety on the roads.

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Maritime safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

MEP Wortman-Kool's report on sea pollution

Decision process of the sea pollution directive

The web site of the European Parliament

EP approves Commission's proposal on pollution by ships in EU waters [ full text ]

The European Parliament on 22 February voted strongly in favour of an agreement, reached last week at an informal trilogue between Parliament and Council delegations, on pollution from ships. Until now, Council had been reluctant to accept such Parliament's proposals, arguing that criminal sanctions were a competence of the Member States. All the 13 compromise amendments were adopted following the agreement with Council. Criminal sanctions could, in the most serious cases, even include imprisonment or heavy fines. The new directive will be supplemented by detailed rules on criminal offences and sanctions in order to strengthen the legal framework for the enforcement of the law against ship-source pollution. Under the new law, all those responsible in the pollution chain could be prosecuted, not only captain and crew.

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Inland Waterway Transport

MEP Sommer's report on Traffic information services

Decision process of the RTIS directive

EP approves on 1st reading the River Information Services on inland waterways Directive [ full text ]

Parliament expressed its support for Commission proposals aimed at establishing a EU framework for the implementation of inland waterway transport information services at a First Reading vote last 23 February. Based on advanced information and communication technologies, this River Information Services (RIS) system will give information regarding the navigation conditions of waterways, the actual situation in the immediate vicinity of a vessel as well as strategic information for the planning of trips including lock, port and terminal scheduling. MEPs in the committee of Transport  felt that RIS guidelines and technical specifications should take account of, and build on, preliminary work carried out in this field by relevant international organisations. The Commission was asked to monitor the setting up of RIS and to report within three years of the Directive's entry into force. At an informal trilogue on 1 February 2005, Parliament and Council delegations reached agreement on a range of technical and practical aspects regarding RIS such as a uniform European vessel number system, interoperability and the use of satellite positioning. Parliament therefore adopted rapporteur Renate SOMMER's (EPP-ED, D) amendments relating to this compromise. The adoption of these amendments implies that this legislation can be finally adopted at first reading.

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 Maritime Policy in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

MEP Evans report on Seafarers recognition

Decision process of seafarers directive

EP approves by overwhelming majority the directive of recognition of seafarers' certificates [ full text ]

In adopting this legislative resolution by 619 votes in favour, 20 against, with 3 abstentions, Parliament welcomed on 23 February Commission proposals on the recognition of seafarers' certificates as an important step towards more safety at sea and less fraud involving these certificates. MEPs, however, adopted a range of compromise amendments forming part of a package aimed at a first reading agreement with Council and Commission. These amendments seek to tighten up the proposals.

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