No 135 - Weekly - 15 April 2005


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Green Paper on Energy

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Europe Direct


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


9-13/04/2005: Plenary Session of the European Parliament


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Air Transport in the web site of energy & Transport DG

Eurostat web site

Air passenger transport up by 5% in 2003 [ Full text ]

In 2003, compared with 2002, the number of air transport passengers1 in the EU25 grew by 4.9% to reach 590 million. The most significant increases were registered in some of the new Member States, Slovakia (+25.9%), the Czech Republic (+18.0%), Estonia (+17.8%) and Lithuania (+13.6%), while the largest falls were observed in Sweden (-7.3%) and Luxembourg (-3.7%). London/Heathrow (United Kingdom) remained the busiest airport in the EU25 in 2003, followed by Frankfurt/Main (Germany) and Paris/Charles-de-Gaulle (France). This information comes from a report released on 14 April by Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Communities, on air transport passengers in the EU25.

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Decision process in the Tachographs directive 

MEP Markov repport on Tachographs 

Memo on road Transport social legislation 

VP Barrot speach  on road Transport social legislation 

Working time and social conditions in the road transport sector: EP says yes in second reading and goes to conciliation with the Council [ full text ]

The European Parliament adopted on 13 April  two recommendations for second reading by Helmuth MARKOV (GUE/NGL, D) on social legislation in road transport. The adoption of these reports could have serious impact on the road transport sector in the EU. The vote made clear that Parliament and Council disagree seriously on some key issues, such as daily rest periods for lorry drivers, the definition of regular rest periods, the introduction of a common spectrum of penalties and on road checks. It is generally expected that a conciliation procedure will now be set in motion.

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Motorways of the sea  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

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

Maritime freight transport: inauguration of the Toulon – Civitavecchia route [ full text ]

The Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for transport, Jacques Barrot, welcomed the inauguration on 08 April of the new shipping route established by European shipowners Louis Dreyfus Armateurs[1] and Grimaldi between the ports of Toulon and Civitavecchia (Rome). This service, with three departures every week, is aimed at road hauliers operating between France and Italy. "This is a courageous initiative. I hope it will develop into a genuine alternative to crossing the Alps by road", the Vice-President stated.

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 Maritime Policy in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

The web site of Environment DG

Full speed ahead for clean ships as EU Parliament adopts marine fuel Directive in second reading [ full text ]

The European Commission welcomes today's positive second-reading vote by the European Parliament on a new marine fuel Directive. With this vote, the EU has finalised important legislation to cut sulphur dioxide (SO2) and particle emissions from seagoing ships. SO2 is an air pollutant which acidifies lake and forest ecosystems and harms human health. Particles can cause serious breathing problems and premature death.

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

The web site of Commissioner Piebalgs 

Commissioner Piebalgs asks for Zero Emission Power Plants in a speech delivered in the European CO2 Capture and Storage Conference [ full text]

"The next years will be a watershed period for both European and global energy policy. The issues to be discussed in this conference are of key importance for the medium and long term energy supply of Europe and of the world.  I greatly welcome this opportunity for reviewing progress achieved so far and discussing challenges to developing and implementing new technologies for CO2 capture and storage, on the road to Zero Emission power generation." Those were the closing words of the speech that Commissioner Piebalgs delivered to the participants of the "European CO2 Capture and Storage Conference" which took place in Brussels, 13 April 2005.

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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 

Commission welcomes the adoption of the directive for environmentally friendly design of energy-using products [ full text ]

The European Commission welcomed the adoption on 13 April by the European Parliament of the Directive on the eco-design of energy-using products. This initiative aims at improving the environmental performance of products throughout their life-cycle by systematic integration of environmental aspects at the earliest stage of their design. EU Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs said that “the Directive will deliver long-lasting and increasing energy savings beneficial to consumers that will also contribute to a reinforced security of energy supply for the Community”.

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

Intelligent Energy for Europe in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

The Commission proposes the continuation of the Intelligent Energy - Europe programme in 2007- 2013 [ full text ]

On 6 April, the Commission adopted a proposal for the continuation of the Intelligent Energy - Europe programme during the period 2007-2013, as part of the "Competitiveness and Innovation framework Programme (CIP)" . CIP provides a response to the call of the renewed Lisbon strategy for bigger, simpler and more visible and targeted Community tools. CIP brings together several existing EU activities with proven and successful track record that support competitiveness and innovation, notably eco-innovation and the sustainable use of resources. CIP has three main pillars: the Entrepreneurship and Innovation programme, the ICT Policy Support programme and the Intelligent Energy - Europe programme.


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

Competition and complementarily between air and high speed rail

O.J. S 72-069101


General policy towards services of general economic interest and consumer protection in the energy sector

O.J. S 71-068064


Analysis and appraisal of the extent to which passengers' rights are protected in the maritime transport sector in the EU

O.J. S 63-060259


Framework contract with regard to the Energy and Transport DG's team-building activities

O.J. S 63-060250


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