No 181 - Weekly - 12 May 2006


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18-19 May 2006: EU Gas Regulatory Forum, Madrid

23.05. - 24.05.2006 - ARTEMIS Advanced Relay Technology Mission: Annual Conference of the Embedded Systems European Technology Platform

08.06. - 09.06.2006: Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council


Rail Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

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

1st Railway Package: implementation in Member States finally on track   [ full text ]

Three years after the deadline to transpose the European Directives of the 1st railway package, the European Commission reported on the 3rd of May on concrete implementation in the Member States. Adopted in 2001, this legislative package is the first step aimed at reviving the railways by gradually creating a “railway area” which is integrated at a European level, in particular opening rail freight markets and to specify the conditions under which railway undertakings can access the railway infrastructure. The report concludes that legal implementation is completed; however, efforts have to be enhanced in some countries to ensure an effective regulatory framework and the satisfactory functioning of the rail service market. Member States must also complete the restructuring of their railway undertakings and adapt them to the new, open and competitive market context in the European Union.

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Road safety video

Road safety  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Road safety: new European rules on seat belt use [ full text ]

 The latest European Directive on the compulsory use of seat belts had to be incorporated into law in the Member States by 9 May 2006. Under the previous European legislation it was compulsory to use seat belts in vehicles below 3.5 tonnes fitted with restraints. This obligation has now been extended to all categories of vehicles. The Directive also requires the use of restraint systems specially adapted for children.

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Air Transport in the web site of energy & Transport DG

The functioning of the air transport market in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Reform of European air traffic control takes shape    [ full text ]

The European Commission has adopted the Airspace Classification Regulation, thus marking another step towards the realisation of the Single European Sky. Together with two other recently adopted Regulations relating to the Single European Sky, the recently published Directive on a Community air traffic controller licence, the launch of the SESAR programme to modernise air traffic management systems and the extension of the tasks of the European Aviation Safety Agency, the Regulation represents a concrete contribution to increased safety in aviation and in transcending national borders in European air traffic management.

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Maritime Policy in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

IMO web site 

European Commission clarifies rules for maritime public service links to small islands  [ full text ]

The Commission modified its policy on maritime public service links to and between small islands. European rules apply to the selection of public service operators to and between small islands. The Commission clarified on the 12th of May  that public authorities can choose a simplified procedure in order to select the service provider. Such simplified procedure can apply if the maritime service involves less than 300 000 passengers per year. The previous threshold for applying the simplified procedure was 100 000 passengers

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Hydrogen  in the web site research DG

Green Paper on Energy Efficiency in the website of Energy & Transport DG

Commission presents the outstanding results of the CUTE project and announces new action for Clean Public Transport [ full text ]

The European Commission released on the 11th of May the results from the world’s largest trial of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Powered Buses at the Clean Urban Transport for Europe (CUTE) Conference in Hamburg, and announced the launch of a new hydrogen initiative. Since mid-2003, 27 public transport buses have covered more than 1million km and carried more than 4 million people in 9 European cities, producing zero emissions and causing no accident during their operation. The buses operated as part of the CUTE Project which has just come to a close.


Green Paper on Energy

The EU-Russia Energy Partnership in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Commissioner Piebalgs Enhances Bilateral Energy Cooperation with Kazakhstan  [ full text ]

The Commissioner paid an official visit  to Kazakhstan, a major oil and gas producer in Central Asia, on the 4th of May, in order to discuss the possibilities for enhancing energy cooperation between Kazakhstan and the EU. He was joined by representatives of the European oil and gas industry and will meet with numerous high level officials during his stay. The event marks the very first visit to Kazakhstan of any European Energy Commissioner.

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Gas issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

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

The EU gas market developments: the case of the Baltic Sea Region countries   [ full text ]

Commissioner Piebalgs' speech at the Baltic Gas Seminar in Vilnius, 8 May 2006.

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For a complete list of current calls for tenders please log on Tenders Electronic Daily

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   Deadline
Biofuels Directive Review and Progress Report   10/07/2006

Safer Roads through Infrastructure Safety Management



 Safer Trucks through Blind Spot Mirrors


Strengthening the protection of the rights of passengers travelling by sea or inland waterway in the EU



Public consultation on the Green Paper on a European Strategy for Sustainable, Competitive and Secure Energy Policy



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

New Calls for Tender

The internet service of DG TREN has developed a 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
Feasibility study on the tracking and tracing of transport by road of passengers, living animals and dangerous goods
OJ S 59-060801


Electronics sets for measurements using fork detectors

 OJ S 69-071533


A services contract (framework contract) to provide legal, economic and technical support for bi-lateral relations between the EU and third countries in the field of air transport OJ S 69-071558 31/05/2006

Industrial workbenches with electronic equipment

OJ S 75-078039


An impact assessment of the internalisation of the external costs of transport

OJ S 87-091433


Study on training needs and offers in the European railway area for the next 15 years


OJ S 87-091437


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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