No 144 - Weekly - 17 June 2005


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Europe Direct


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27/06/2005: Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council


4-7/07/2005: Plenary Session of the European Parliament


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Rail Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

The European Rail Agency  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Mr Barrot speech at the opening of ERA 

European Railway Agency starts its work [ full text ]

The European Railway Agency has been inaugurated on 17 Juin  in two ceremonies at Lille and Valenciennes, in the north of France. The Agency's role will be to draw up common technical and operational rules for all European railways. Jacques Barrot, Vice President of the European Commission with responsibility for transport and Dominique Perben, French Minister of Transport, have laid the foundation stone for its offices at Valenciennes. "Harmonisation of the regulations is indispensable to the formation of Europe's railway system. This new agency will make rail transport more competitive, safe and efficient", Jacques Barrot said. "It is also the future of Europe's railway industry that is at stake: standardised European products will be more competitive on world markets."

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Single European Sky  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Sesame project  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

SESAME: European Commission and Eurocontrol announce imminent launch of Definition Phase [ full text ]

In a press conference held on 14 June during the Paris Airshow, Jacques Barrot, Vice-President of the European Commission and Víctor M. Aguado, Director General of Eurocontrol, announced the imminent launch of the Definition Phase for SESAME, the modernisation programme for European air traffic control infrastructure, which is one of the key elements in the development of the Single European Sky.

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Maritime safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

MEMO on The "Prestige" (PDF)

A new list of ships banned from EU ports [ full text ]

The Commission has published on 11 June in the Official Journal the list of ships that were refused access into EU ports between September 2004 and March 2005. These ships were banned from EU ports until they could prove to inspectors the required safety level. An up-to-date list of banned ships from EU ports is available on the website of the European Maritime Safety Agency. Commenting on the publication of the list, Mr Jacques Barrot, Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of Transport said: “The Commission is determined to combat substandard shipping in European waters. The publication of this list will prompt shipowners and flag States to take the necessary safety measures for all ships concerned.” Since July 2003 and full implementation of the European rules on port State Control, 37 ships, flying 12 different flags, have been refused access into EU ports.


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Memo on ports directive

Sea Ports  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

EP'S Transport Committee: Self-handling to be excluded from liberalisation of port services? [ full text ]

The Transport Committee may propose that the contentious paragraph on "self-handling" be removed from Commission proposals on public access to port services. At the end of a public hearing with representatives of the port sector on Tuesday 14 June, EP rapporteur Georg JARZEMBOWSKI (EPP-ED, DE) announced that an EU port service directive could go ahead without this, the most controversial point in the Commission's draft directive. Self-handling means an arrangement whereby port users could employ their own staff or equipment for services such as loading and unloading, instead of using regular dockers. In the recent past, thousands of dockers have protested against the Commission proposals. They feared their jobs would be threatened by unskilled and less well-paid staff. At the hearing, several MEPs voiced concern about this part of the directive.

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Road safety  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Road safety video

In the long run we are all dead - but not through road accidents, hopes Transport Committee [ full text ]

Cross-border enforcement of road traffic law remains very unsatisfactory, says the Transport Committee. It therefore argues that the time is ripe for a Community-wide approach to enable authorities to follow up offences and penalties imposed in another Member State. The committee also feels that enforcing compliance with existing road traffic rules would dramatically improve road safety as most accidents are the results of a failure to comply with traffic rules. On 14 June the committee adopted an own-initiative report by Ari VATANEN (EPP-ED, FR) on a Commission proposal on a European road safety programme, which bears the title "Halving the number of road accident victims in the EU by 2010: a shared responsibility". The vote was 30 in favour, 5 against and 5 abstentions.

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Bringing the European Commission on-line: the e-Commission benchmark [ full text ]

The e-Commission is an ambitious project designed to make the European Commission a model in its advanced use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). In 2004 the European Commission did an internal survey resulting in a first benchmark measuring ICT usage in the European Commission's internal administration activities. Now we would like to hear your opinion and views on how the European Commission can improve its use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in communicating with outside partners and in providing services for the public and business.  The resulting benchmark will be published on and will be used as direct input to the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) strategy of the European Commission's administration for the years to come. The indicators are based where possible on the e-Europe benchmarking exercise.
Thank you for taking the time to answer this consultation.

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EASA web site

EMSA web site

Job opportunity: New Posts in EMSA and EASA [ full text ]

The European Maritime Safety Agency has published 8 new temporary agent vacancies. The deadline for the submission of application is the 27 June for more info visit EMSA web site at: At the same time, the European Aviation Safety Agency has four vacancy notices that can be found on the EASA's website at:



This selection is not exhaustive. For a complete list of current calls for tenders please log on Tenders Electronic Daily

Calls for tender in web site of Energy & Transport DG

New Calls for Tender

The internet service of DG TREN has developed a new web page announcing the Call for tenders & Call for expression of interest concerning the Directorate General for Transport and Energy. In this new section you will find not only contract notices published in the Official Journal but also, prior information notices, calls for expressions of interest, and the list of contracting parties.



Time-limit for receipt of tenders

Proposal to update and supplement the EU–US open aviation area study

JO S 114-112502 


Framework contract for electrical services

JO S 114-112498


Framework contract for mechanical services

JO S 114-112497


Contract for the supply of high-level neutron coincidence counters

JO S 114-112494


Market analysis and feasibility study for a European road transport market observatory

JO S 113-111586


Energy efficiency and safety in road transport

OJ S 106-105348


Transparency of airlines tickets

OJ S 104-103426


Promotion, dissemination and analysis for the Concerto initiative (Concerto +)

OJ S 103-102368


Summary and publication of best practices in road safety in the Member States

O.J. S 100-099223


Development of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies in a large-scale lighthouse project

O.J. S 100-099221


Estimation and forecast of short-term trends in passenger and goods transport and of the modal split in the European Union

O.J. S 99-097973


Technical support to the Commission for the development of new energy efficiency eligibility criteria for office equipment qualifying for the Energy Star programme

O.J. S 93-091398


Analysis of the contribution of transport policies to the competitiveness of the EU economy and comparison with the United States

O.J. S 93-091395


EU Energy Star web site: development and maintenance

O.J. S 93-091394


Supply and installation of a measuring instrument for testing for alpha and beta contamination of swabs as a part of radiation protection checks

O.J. S 93-091390


Supply and installation of 2 unattended spectrometric monitors for real time measurement of alpha and beta activity concentrations in gas emissions

O.J. S 93-091389


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