No 147 - Weekly - 8 July 2005


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 Maritime Policy in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Freedom of establishment in the EU: the European Commission takes legal action against the Netherlands for failing to comply with a judgment of the Court of Justice [ full text ]

The Commission has sent on 7 July a letter of formal notice to the Netherlands for failing to take the necessary measures to comply with a judgment delivered by the Court of Justice on the right of establishment of foreign shareholders of companies owning seagoing ships, of foreign directors of such companies and of shipping companies owning seagoing ships registered in the Netherlands.

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Road safety  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Vehicle registration certificates: reasoned opinions sent to five Member States [ full text ]

The Commission has sent on 7 July reasoned opinions to Denmark, Luxembourg, Portugal, Cyprus and the Czech Republic for failure to transpose European legislation on the introduction of a harmonised registration certificate into national law. This legislation will help improve road safety by making it possible to check that drivers are only driving categories of vehicle they are authorised to drive. The harmonisation of registration certificates will also improve the working of the internal market in road transport.

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Speed limiters in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Speed limitation devices and road safety: reasoned opinions addressed to the Czech Republic and Ireland [ full text ]

The Commission has sent on 7 July reasoned opinions to two Member States which have so far failed to communicate to it measures for the transposal into national law of European legislation on the installation and use of speed limitation devices for certain categories of motor vehicles. Improving road safety is a constant priority of European transport policy.

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Air safety in the web site of Energy and Transport DG

Air transport safety: European Commission requires Cyprus to apply strictly Community legislation [ full text ]

The Commission has on 7 July sent a reasoned opinion – the last step before a formal complaint to the Court of Justice is lodged – to Cyprus for failure to transpose European legislation regarding the investigation of civil aviation accidents and incidents. The objective of this piece of legislation is to improve air safety by facilitating the expeditious holding of investigations that are held for the prevention of future accidents and incidents. The Commission will not tolerate any failure by Member States to implement rules that protect European citizens’ lives.

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Air transport and the environment in the web site of Energy and Transport DG

Aviation noise pollution: European Commission sends reasoned opinion to Estonia, Latvia and Malta [ full text ]

The European Commission has launched on 7 July infringement proceedings against Austria, Belgium, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta and Sweden for failure to meet all their obligations under the Regulation which entered into force on 17 February 2005 and affords air passengers greater protection in the event of denied boarding, flight cancellation or long delays. The Commission is thereby showing its determination to guarantee fair treatment for passengers in all the Member States and commitment to promoting the benefits of EU membership. "I am determined to ensure that the new passenger rights are respected" said Vice-President Jacques Barrot, responsible for transport. "All the Member States must have effective penalties which can be applied to airlines which do not meet their obligations."

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Air passenger rights  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

European Commission defends air passenger rights [ full text ]

Clarity, better consumer information and transparency are the guiding principles emphasised in a report from Astrid THORS (ELDR, FIN) for the Committee on Environment and Public Health on a draft framework directive on eco-design rules for energy-using products. MEPs in the committee are asking the plenary session to make a large number of amendments to the Commission's proposals on the debate that will take place on 21 April. The committee argues that the directive is too vaguely worded and should contain more detailed requirements. It wants new rules to give consumers more information about their dishwashers and other energy-using products. The most important amendments were agreed by the major political groups and a compromise will be sought with the Council before the first reading vote in plenary.

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Inland Waterway Transport

State Aid in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Dutch aid to make inland waterways vessels more environmentally friendly [ full text ]

The Commission authorised on 6 July a Dutch aid scheme on the basis of which subsidies can be granted for the replacement or retrofitting of diesel engines used by inland waterways vessels. The scheme will be in force for 5 years with a total budget of approximately € 20 million. The aim of the scheme is to achieve a substantial reduction in the NOx’s emissions of the existing inland waterways fleet[1] in the Netherlands by subsidising low-emission diesel engines.

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Intermodal transport  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

European Commission authorises Belgian scheme to assist combined transport [ full text ]

The Belgian aid scheme approved on 5 July by the Commission will run for three years with a budget of € 30 million a year (including 15 million in 2005). The aim is to help rail maintain its existing traffic of 300 000 ITU (intermodal transport units), rather than lose it to the roads, and to increase the level of rail traffic by 20% over a period of three years.

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Five billion to be invested in rail signalling [ full text ]

The European Commission today adopted a Communication presenting its strategy for deploying the harmonised European rail signalling system ERTMS/ETCS (European Rail Traffic Management System/European Train Control System) - on the major priority routes of the trans-European network. ERTMS has already been the subject of a Memorandum of Understanding signed on 17 March between the signalling industry, railway undertakings, infrastructure managers and the Commission (IP/05/321). “We still have to create the European railway area” said Jacques Barrot, Vice-President of the European Commission with responsibility for transport, “ERTMS is a major European industrial project which should generate more than €5 billion in investments by 2017.”

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Air passenger rights  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

EU passengers travel with ease but still not fully aware of their rights [ full text ]

The majority of EU citizens find it as easy to travel within the EU as within their home country, according to a Eurobarometer survey on Passengers’ Rights which the Commission published on 1 July. Of the 24 000 people surveyed, 69% agreed that travelling to other Member States was easy. Over half of the respondents would be willing to purchase services from transport companies established in another Member State. When asked to identify deterrents to travelling within the EU, lack of information and high prices were the primary responses given.

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

Energy markets: five Member States to be taken before the Court of Justice [ full text ]

On 6 July the European Commission decided to bring Estonia, Ireland, Greece, Spain and Luxembourg before the Court of Justice of the European Communities and to send a reasoned opinion to Portugal, for failure to transpose into their national law either one or both of the two EU Directives on the internal gas and electricity markets. This is the third stage in the infringement procedure after the Commission sent letters of formal notice to 18 States in October 2004. The situation has improved considerably, especially in the countries of northern Europe (Belgium, Germany and Sweden), but the situation in the Iberian Peninsula still gives cause for concern. “This legislation is an essential step towards the completion of a truly competitive EU energy market and vital for the success of the Lisbon strategy”, said Andris Piebalgs, the Commissioner responsible for energy.

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Biofuels in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

European Commission sends Reasoned Opinions to 9 Member States for failure to implement European legislation on biofuels [ full text ]

The Commission sent on 6 July Reasoned Opinions and letters of formal notice (first steps of an infringement procedure) to Member States that have not fulfilled their responsibilities under the biofuels Directive. “This is particularly unfortunate since biofuels have an important role to play in European transport and energy policy as one of the few options available for replacing oil-based transport fuels”, said Commissioner Piebalgs in charge of energy. “They tackle climate change by avoiding emissions of greenhouse gases; they diversify Europe’s sources of energy and reduce dependence on oil imports; and they offer new markets for European agriculture”.

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Enlargement and international relations in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

EU and India launch new co-operation on energy [ full text ]

The 1st meeting of the India - EU Energy Panel took place in Brussels on 29 June. The Panel was opened by François Lamoureux, Director General for Energy and Transport of the European Commission, and India Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran. The high level Indian delegation and the representatives of the European Commission had fruitful discussions on energy topics of common interest, including the use of clean coal technologies, renewable energies and energy efficiency. The two sides agreed on future co-operation in the areas of integrated energy markets, gas and oil and on energy forecasts in general.

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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

Preparatory studies on eco-design requirements for energy-using products (I)

JO S 129-127180


Study on the development of a European aviation code

JO S 128-126167   


Definition of critical infrastructures at EU level in the energy sector

JO S 121-118823  


Harmonised register of train drivers

JO S 119-117016


Analysis of the economic impact of the energy products prices on the competitiveness of the energy and manufacturing sectors in the EU — comparison EU and USA

JO S 118-116052  


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


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

O.J. S 100-099221


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