No 168 - Weekly - 20 January 2006 

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25 January 2006: European Parliament Committee Meeting on Transport and Tourism


25-26 January 2006:  European Parliament Committee Meeting on Industry, Research and Energy


7-8 February 2006:  European Conference on Local Energy Action:
The 5th Annual Event for Energy Management Agents in Europe, Brussels


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Inland Waterway Transport in the website of Energy & Transport DG

NAIADES Action Programme on the promotion of inland waterway transport

European Commission sets out ambitious action programme to boost Inland Waterway Transport [ full text ]

On 17 January the Commission proposed a multi-annual Action Programme in order to foster transport by inland waterways in Europe. Inland Waterway Transport is a significant option to improve Europe’s transport system which is suffering from congestion, delays and which harms the environment. Shifting more freight to water will help to deal with the constantly growing freight flows. Moreover, Inland Waterway Transport has great potential to be fully integrated into the door-to-door logistics chains. The Action Programme addresses five key components: services, fleet, staff, image and infrastructure.

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The digital tachograph in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Road Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

May 2006: the ultimate date for the digital tachograph [ full text ]

Vice-President Jacques Barrot, in charge of Transport policy, has written to the Member States to explain and re-affirm the Commission’s position on the introduction of the digital tachograph. May 2006 must be the ultimate date for the mandatory introduction of such a tachograph. In his letter, Vice-President Barrot has asked the Member States to provide the Commission by 1 March 2006 with a detailed and complete overview of the preparations at national level, including a confirmation that they will be ready to put in place the necessary arrangements in due time.

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Sea Ports  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

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

Parliament sinks port services proposals [ full text ]

The European Parliament for a second time torpedoed proposals on market access to port services. Many MEPs demanded in its place legislation on transparency and fair competition between ports. A number of MEPs also criticised the omission of Parliament's wishes on self-handling and pilot services, which were extremely controversial points of the first ports package.

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Open skies in the web site of Energy and Transport DG

International aviation in the web site of Energy & Transport DG  

Parliament gives support to EU external aviation policy [ full text ]

The European Parliament adopted a report by Belgian Socialist MEP Sad El Khadraoui on 17 January, which supports the European Commission's intention to make further progress on the EU external aviation policy. The Parliamentary report on EU external aviation policy stressed that a coherent policy should be introduced, which combines market opening and statutory convergence. The report stresses that future air agreements should be balanced in terms of market access, which relates to issues including State aid, cabotage, rights of establishment, property and controls, and competition rules, on a strictly reciprocal basis. Consideration in the selection of candidates must be given to countries of special importance for the European market, notably the United States, Russia and China, as well as countries located closer to Europe. Parliament has requested that the Commission presents examples of "best practice" for the safety of third country aircraft by the end of this year, and supports the extension of responsibilities of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). An amendment proposed by the Greens/EFA calling for an energy tax on aviation was rejected.

Parliament also demonstrated support for Transport Commissioner Jacques Barrot's view that negotiations with Russia must result in the abolition of charges on European airlines for overflying Siberia, before an EU-Russia air agreement can be reached. Parliament adopted the report by Roberts Zile (UEN, Latvia) on the Commission's request for a mandate to negotiate overall air agreements with Russia and China. During the debate before the vote, Transport Commissioner Jacques Barrot stated that the Commission is “determined” to put an end to Russian overflight charges. He highlighted air agreements with Australia, Ukraine, China and India as among the EU's priorities for 2006.

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Managenergy web site 

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

Andris Piebalgs underlines key role of research in energy, during visit to technological site [ full text ]

The European Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs underlined the need to act now to ensure a secure energy supply for Europe, during his visit of the "Energy Research Site" at Petten (The Netherlands) on 19 January. Recalling that the EU currently imports 50% of its energy (rising to 70% within 25 years), he advocated exploring all sources of energy and called for greater energy savings and efficent energy use. Centres such as the Petten site assess the energy challenges facing the EU and contribute to helping define a future with a secure, competitive, and sustainable European energy policy. Mr Piebalgs commented that the combination of public and private sector partners with the Commission's Joint Research Centre (Institute for Energy) provides valuable expertise in different energy areas from nuclear to renewables.


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Public Consultations

In this section you will find the newest calls for submissions to public consultations in fields of energy and transport.

Topic of Consultation



Public consultation on the report of the High Level Group on the extension of the main trans-European transport axes to the neighbouring countries and regions and the way forward (TEN-T)



Public consultation on strengthening the protection of the rights of passengers travelling by sea or inland waterway in the EU



Open Public Consultation on GREEN PAPER on Energy Efficiency "Doing More With Less"



Please note that the announcement of technical reports and documents recently produced in specific energy and transport sectors can be found on the "What's New" pages of the corresponding chapters of Energy and  Transport on the EUROPA website.

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