No 154 - Weekly - 30 September 2005


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Green Paper on Energy

  White Paper
  on Transport



Europe Direct


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07/10/2005 Intelligent Energy – Europe: European Info Day on the 2005 Call for Proposals


12-13/10/2005: Mini-Plenary Session of the European Parliament in Brussels


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


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International aviation in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Air Transport in the web site of energy & Transport DG

The European Commission proposes to open aviation negotiations with Ukraine [ full text ]

The Commission has proposed on 27 September  to open negotiations with Ukraine to develop a common aviation area. The aim is to further deepen aviation relations with Ukraine following the negotiation of a so-called “horizontal” [1] air agreement in June. Vice-President Jacques Barrot, in charge of transport, said: “By sharing the benefits of the single aviation market, both Ukraine and the EU will improve their relationship and create benefits for aviation industries and consumers”. The proposal follows the conclusions of the Transport Council of 27 June 2005 concerning the EU’s external aviation policy, in which EU Transport Ministers welcomed a wider European Common Aviation Area with our neighbours. This common area aims at opening markets and at creating a competitive level playing field that will ensure and foster regulatory co-operation.

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Road safety  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Road safety video

The Parliament supports European road safety target  [ full text ]

On Thursday 29 September, the European Parliament adopted a report by Ari VATANEN on how to cut by half the number of road accident victims by 2010. Mr Vatanen is a former world rally champion from Finland, but was elected in June 2004 as an MEP from France and sits with the largest political group, the EPP-ED (European People's Party - European Democrats). During the committee debate on his report he quoted the economist John Maynard Keynes, who said: 'In the long run, we are all dead'. But, Mr Vatanen added, this need not necessarily be on the EU's roads. In the debate addressing the entire the European Parliament, Mr Vatanen said on Wednesday 28 September "The figures regarding traffic safety are as bleak and grim as the weather outside tonight. There are about 50 000 deaths per year, about 2 million people are injured. It is the main cause of death in the under-50s age group. It costs about 2% of GNP, equivalent to EUR 200 billion. But that is only money. We have to realise that what is at stake is the human suffering.

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The 3rd railway package in the web site of Energy and Transport DG

Memo file on the 3rd railway package (pdf)

Parliament to debate and vote on the the third railway package [ full text ]

Parliament will debate and vote on 27 September the following four reports (the third railway package) relating to the rail sector in the EU. - Contractual quality requirements for rail freight services - Development of the Community's railways - International rail passengers' rights and obligations - Certification of train crews. The Transport Committee is recommending giving the thumbs down to Commission plans that would require rail freight operators to pay compensation if they fail to meet punctuality and reliability standards for goods deliveries.  The committee argues that they would increase costs for rail freight services and distort competition with road transport.

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Oil issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Commissioner Piebalgs speech on oil prizes

MEPs are calling for Europe to diversify its energy sources and to promote energy conservation and renewable energy [ full text ]

MEPs are calling for Europe to diversify its energy sources and to promote energy conservation and renewable energy, given the continuous increase in the price of oil and its effects on both businesses and the public. They want the EU to be the least fossil-fuel dependent and most energy-efficient economy in the world by 2020. This call comes in a resolution adopted on 29 September which also says energy saving and efficiency and the use of alternative energy sources needs to be tackled on global basis.

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New and renewable energies  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

The web site of the European Parliament

MEP Turmes report on Renewable Energies

MEPs ask for mandatory EU target for renewable energies - 25% is feasible  [ full text ]

Stressing the 21st century as the "renewable energies – renewable century", Claude Turmes (Greens/EFA, LU) for Parliament's Committee on Industry, Research and Energy put  forward on 29 September an own initiative report on the share of renewable energy in the EU and proposals for specific action. The non-binding report gives a strategic overview of renewable energy policy in Europe. MEPs in the committee underline that last year the European Parliament called for a 20 per cent target for renewable energies in overall energy consumption in the EU by 2020. New studies show that a target of at least 25 per cent is feasible.

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The green paper on Energy Efficiency in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

The consultation on the Green Paper now on line [ full text ]

The Green Paper on Energy Efficiency was adopted by the Commission on the 22nd of June 2005. It is the starting point of a thorough discussion with all stakeholders on the priorities in this field. The consultation on the Green Paper will last until the end of March 2006. The Commission will publish an Action Plan as the outcome of the consultation in which it indicates which actions should be undertaken, in what fields and in what order of urgency. The Commission, therefore, warmly welcomes your input on the questions below. Your input will help determine the Commission’s policy on energy efficiency. In order to be able to process the replies, the Directorate General for Energy and Transport has set on September 2005 an on line for to send your replies.


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

Creation of the European Radiation Protection Training and Education Platform

OJ S 186-183023


European non-destructive testing ALARA network

OJ S 186-183024


European ALARA Network for Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material-NORM

OJ S 186-183025


Repair and maintenance services of measuring apparatus

OJ S 182-179458


Apparatus for measuring radiation

OJ S 171-169518


SERVRAIL - study on the assessment of present and likely future conditions of providing rail-related services

OJ S 153-152330


Study to prepare a revision of Directive 92/42/EEC on efficiency requirements and energy performance labels for new hot water boilers

OJ S 153-152322


Comparative study on the powers and competencies of regulators in the energy and transport fields

OJ S 146-145154


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