No 148 - Weekly - 15 July 2005


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Europe Direct


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6-9/09/2005: Plenary Session of the European Parliament


6-7/09/2005: Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council


26-29/09/2005: Plenary Session of the European Parliament


19-21/10/2005: Public Private Partnerships in the Transport Summit


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Maritime safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Q&A on the new legislation on ship source pollution 

New EU rules to sanction maritime polluters [ full text ]

The Council of Ministers adopted formally on 11 July two pieces of legislation that aim at combating ship-source pollution through a system of sanctions in case of intentional acts or serious negligence. This legislation, proposed two years ago by the European Commission, will put in place effective and dissuasive sanctions throughout Europe against ship-source pollution, including in the high seas. “Illegal discharges and serious negligence must be fought at all cost: the threat of criminal sanctions will help to protect our coasts”, said Jacques Barrot, Vice-President responsible for transport. “We can no longer tolerate intentional pollution or serious negligence by a small minority of operators who do not comply with international standards and tarnish the image of the maritime industry.

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

Short Sea Shipping: European Commission sends reasoned opinion to Poland [ full text ]

TThe Commission has on 11 July adopted a reasoned opinion against Poland on non-conformity of measures to transpose European legislation on reporting formalities that are carried out when a ship arrives in and/or departs from European Union ports. “It is unfortunate that this piece of legislation that facilitates Short Sea Shipping has not been fully complied with yet. Short Sea Shipping deserves a wide backing from Member States”, said Vice-President Jacques Barrot in charge of transport.

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Sea Ports  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Port reception facilities for ship-generated waste and cargo residues: Commission sends reasoned opinions to Belgium and Hungary [ full text ]

The Commission has recently sent on 11 July reasoned opinions – the last step before a formal complaint to the Court of Justice is lodged – to Belgium and Hungary for failure to respect EU legislation on the improvement of the availability and use of port reception facilities to receive and treat ship-generated waste and cargo residues. “All Member States must implement properly this legislation that protects the maritime environment. It obliges the masters of ships to deliver their waste and Member States to provide facilities to treat this waste”, said Vice-President Jacques Barrot in charge of transport.

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Maritime safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Safety of passenger ships: European Commission asks six Member States to apply the rules [ full text ]

The Commission has sent on 11 July reasoned opinions, the last step before possible referral to the Court of Justice, to Austria, Finland, Portugal, Slovakia, Cyprus and Estonia for failure to transpose a number of Directives on passenger ship safety. The Commission is not prepared to tolerate delays by Member States in applying rules which actually concern the safety of individuals travelling by ship.

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

Joint Statement on the meeting between Andris Piebalgs, Commissioner responsible for Energy, and Thorhild Widvey, Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy [ full text ]

Commissioner Andris Piebalgs and Minister Thorhild Widvey at their meeting today in 6 July agreed to further strengthen the energy dialogue between Norway and the European Union and to continue to develop their energy relations and co-operation. At the meeting the mutual interest in close and comprehensive consultations on key energy issues was confirmed. Norway is a major exporter of oil and gas to the European Union and, through the EEA Agreement, an integral part of the EU internal energy market.

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

The web site of Competition DG

Freedom of establishment: the Commission calls on France, Italy and Spain to amend their legislation on hydroelectric concessions [ full text ]

The Commission has decided on 13 July to take France to the European Court of Justice for its legislation giving preference to outgoing concession-holders when concessions for works using hydraulic power come up for renewal. The Commission will do the same in the case of Italy with regard to its national legislation giving similar preference to the outgoing concession-holder and, in the Trentino-Alto Adige Region, to local public bodies. However, the decision concerning Italy is suspended for four months as legislative amendments designed to abolish these preferences are being prepared at national level. Lastly, the Commission has made a formal request to Spain to amend the law which does not provide for a competitive procedure for the award of hydroelectric concessions. This request takes the form of a reasoned opinion, the second stage of the infringement procedure laid down in Article 226 of the EC Treaty. If there is no satisfactory reply within two months, the Commission may refer the matter to the Court.

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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

Study on the impact of the introduction of secondary slot trading at Community airports

JO S 129-127180


Better buildings for Europe: assessing and communicating the Buildings Directive (the buildings platform)

JO S 132-130139


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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