No 132 - Weekly - 18 March 2005

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Green Paper on Energy

White Paper on Transport

   

 

Europe Direct

   

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11-14/04/2005: Plenary Session of the European Parliament

       

21/04/2005: Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council

       
 

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Rail Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

ERTMS web site

ERTMS: a major European project for the rail networks [ Full text ]

The European Commission and the rail industry (manufacturers, infrastructure managers and undertakings) have signed on 17 March a memorandum of understanding in Brussels on the deployment of the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERMTS) on a key part of the European network. “ERTMS is a major industrial project being implemented by Europe, a project which will serve to make rail transport safer and more competitive. We cannot create a European rail system without an overarching instrument to link the national rail systems together,” noted Jacques Barrot, Vice-President of the European Commission with responsibility for transport.
 

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Intermodal transport  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

European Commission authorises German aid programme promoting combined transport [ full text ]

The Commission on 16 March approved a German aid scheme for combined transport. This scheme will be in force during the period 2004-2006 with a budget of €15 million per annum. The new scheme is aimed at promoting the development of combined transport in Germany by creating new combined transport services and investment in technology transfer.

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Intermodal transport  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

European Commission authorises Belgian aid programme promoting combined transport in the Walloon Region [ full text ]

The Commission on 16 March approved a Belgian aid scheme for combined transport. This scheme will be in force from 2004 to 2006 with a €3 million budget for the whole period. The Belgian plan provides for aid (premium for combined transport) to be granted for building the infrastructure necessary for transhipment, transhipment facilities and intermodal loading/unloading systems. Undertakings will also be eligible to receive aid to finance any studies into the feasibility of shifting from road to combined transport which they commission.

 

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Air security  in the web site of Energy and Transport DG

Air transport security: European Commission sends reasoned opinion to Greece [ full text ]

The European Commission sent on 16 March a reasoned opinion – the last step before a formal complaint to the Court of Justice is lodged – to Greece for failure to respect European legislation on aviation security[1]. The aim of this legislation is to improve civil aviation security through reinforced measures including national quality control programmes. While Greece was required to do so since 19 July 2003, no national quality control programme has yet been formally approved.
 

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Rail Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Rail infrastructure: four Member States fail to comply with Court ruling [ full text ]

Following condemnation of Germany, Greece, Luxembourg, and the United Kingdom by the Court of Justice in October 2004, the Commission is launching on 16 March further legal proceedings against these four Member States for failure to comply with the judgment of the Court and to communicate national measures for implementing the three directives of the 2001 rail infrastructure package.

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Road Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Road transport: Portugal taken to Court [ full text ]

The Commission decided on 16 March to take Portugal to the Court of Justice for failing to notify measures transposing into national law EU legislation on the maximum weights and maximum dimensions authorised for certain types of road vehicle, including buses. The Directive concerned[1] supplements existing legislation by extending the harmonisation of maximum authorised dimensions to include road vehicles used for passenger transport.

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Open skies in the web site of Energy and Transport DG

The Commission continues to take action against illegal "Open Sky" agreements [ full text ]

Following measures taken in July and December 2004 to enforce the "Open Skies" rulings of the Court of Justice, the European Commission, as guardian of the Treaties, decided on 16 March to send letters of formal notice and reasoned opinions to eleven Member States which have air service agreements with the United States. Infringement proceedings have now been initiated against all the Member States which have bilateral agreements with the United States (20 countries out of 25).

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Road Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Compulsory use of tachographs: MEPs call for postponement [ full text ]

Parliament's Transport Committee voted on Tuesday to postpone the compulsory fitting of new lorries with a digital tachograph by 5 August 2005, as the legislation is not expected to be in place in time. The committee says all vehicles manufactured after 5 August 2006 should be fitted with such devices and all vehicles put into service for the first time after 5 August 2007 should be fitted with them. MEPs said these two starting dates were more realistic for the industry.
 

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

Opening up of energy markets: ten Member States have still not transposed the new EU rules  [ full text ]

The European Commission sent on 16 March reasoned opinions to Germany, Belgium, Estonia, Ireland, Lithuania, Latvia, Sweden, Greece, Spain and Luxembourg for failure to transpose into national law either one or both of the two EU Directives on the internal gas and electricity markets. In October 2004 the Commission sent letters of formal notice to 18 countries and this is now the second stage in the infringement proceedings.

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

Biofuels in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

The European Commission notifies Member States on delays in implementing European legislation on biofuels [ full text ]

The Commission on 16 March issued letters of formal notice to nine Member States that have not yet communicated their target for the share of biofuels in 2005, as required by the European legislation on biofuels. This legislation requires that an increasing proportion of all diesel and petrol sold in the Member States be biofuels, starting with 2% in 2005 and progressively increasing so as to reach a minimum of 5.75% of fuels sold in 2010.

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Coal issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Commission authorises Slovakia to grant € 350.000 aid to mining company Hornonitrianske Bane Prievidza a.s. [ full text ]

The European Commission has decided on 16 March not to raise any objections to the € 350.000 aid which Slovakia is proposing to grant to mining company Hornonitrianske Bane Prievidza a.s.. The aid is compatible with the proper functioning of the common market. Slovakia plans to annul fines imposed by the Slovak Health Insurance and by the Slovak Social Insurance on the mining company for the late payment of insurance contributions in 2001, 2002 and 2003.
 

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

The web site of the European Parliament

Eco-design: the EP gives clearer priority to improving energy efficiency [ full text ]

The Environment Committee of the European Parliament  adopted on 15 March almost unanimously (56 in favour and 1 abstention) a second reading recommendation by Frederique RIES (ALDE, BE) aimed at increasing the energy efficiency of electrical products. By comparison with the original legislation, MEPs want to place even more emphasis on improving energy efficiency and on better consumer information, while ensuring the burden on smaller companies is not too great. The vote in plenary session will take place in Strasbourg in April.

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