No 134 - Weekly - 08 April 2005


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Galileo in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Galileo: slides presentation (PDF) 

GALILEO: European Commission proposes to open negotiations with Argentina on satellite navigation [ Full text ]

The Commission sought Council approval on 01 April for its recommendation to start negotiations on a cooperation agreement with Argentina on the development of a civil Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). “This proposal for a new international cooperation agreement clearly underlines the success of GALILEO and demonstrates again the widespread interest in the project”, stated Jacques Barrot, Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of transport. The Commission intends to start the negotiations immediately after approval of the Council.

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Decision process in the Tachographs directive 

MEP Markov repport on Tachographs 

Road Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

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

Despite strong resistance from the European Commission, Parliament's Transport Committee will be recommending that Parliament 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 in the committee said these two starting dates were more realistic for the industry. The proposal will be debated on 11 April. The committee took this decision when, in two second-reading recommendations by Helmuth MARKOV (GUE/NGL, DE), it broadly approved proposals to tighten up social legislation on road transport, including lorry drivers and owners. However, MEPs in the committee disagree with the Council's common position on a number of points. Apart from tachographs, key issues are rest times and driving hours, penalties for violations of the new rules, the minimum age of drivers, roadside checks and inspections of transport firms, and courier and express services.

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MEP Navarro repport on Short Sea Shippin 

Short sea shipping  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Short-sea shipping - environmentally friendly, say MEPs [ full text ]

Robert NAVARRO (PSE, FR), for the Transport Committee, will be tabling a draft own initiative report on short sea shipping. MEPs in the committee take on board the rapporteur's view that the use of the sea for intra-community transport and as an environment-friendly alternative to road transport should be promoted. They stress that combating the congestion affecting many roads and limiting costs, short sea shipping could become an important link in the intermodal transport system chain in Europe with a promising future. But they add that a series of Community, national, regional and local measures have to be taken by the public authorities and by the private sector in order to develop it fully. The debate will take place on 11 April.


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Oil issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG  

Commissioner Piebalgs launches reinforced energy dialogue with oil & gas producing countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council region [ full text]

Commissioner Piebalgs visited Kuwait on 2 April on the occasion of the Eurogulf Energy Forum co-hosted by the European Union, the Energy Ministry of Kuwait and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The Commissioner addressed the Conference, a high level audience from all GCC countries, during the Plenary Ministerial Session together with the Kuwaiti Minister of Energy (also Chairman of the OPEC Conference for 2005), Sheikh Ahmad Fahad Al Ahmad Al Sabah. The Forum aimed at launching a new phase in the cooperation between the European Union and the oil and gas producing GCC countries (Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, and United Arab Emirates). The main issues in this dialogue relate to security of energy supply, demand and market stability: “Three quarters of our oil and one half of our gas demand is met by imports. By 2030, the European Union dependence is expected to increase to 90% for oil and 70% for gas. The lesson is clear: we cannot achieve energy supply security without strong international relations with all important producing and consuming regions.”

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

Decision process in the Eco-design directive 

MEP Ries repport on Eco-design 

Eco-design should be a clearer priority to improving energy efficiency, says MEPs [ full text ]

Frederique RIES (ALDE, BE), for the Environment Committee, will be recommending that Parliament approve a second reading draft report 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 debate of this proposal will take place on 12 April in Strasbourg.


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