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Development of the trans-European transport network

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DTLR Consultation on The European Commission's proposal amending Decision No 1692/96/EC on Community guidelines for the development of the trans-European transport network:

Introduction

1. This consultation paper seeks your views on the European Commission's recently published proposal to revise Decision No.1692/96/EC concerning the guidelines for the development of the trans-European transport network (TEN).

2. The closing date for all responses is Thursday 28 February 2002. However, preliminary discussions on these proposals have commenced, so we would welcome any initial opinions as soon as possible so that we may use these views to inform the UK position.

European Commission proposal:

3. On 2 October 2001 the European Commission published a Proposal for a Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council, amending Decision No. 1692/96/EC on Community guidelines for the development of the trans-European transport network. This Decision seeks to establish, by 2010, a trans-European network (TEN) by integrating land, sea and air transport infrastructures and networks throughout the Community. The guidelines encompass a list of 14 priority projects for TENs development endorsed by the Essen European Council of December 1994. They also include maps for each mode, showing separately by member state, the designated railway routes, roads, inland waterways and airports. Sea and inland ports were recently added to the network under a separate Decision (No.1346/2001/EC) published on 22 May 2001. Air and marine traffic management projects are also covered by the guidelines, although by their nature such projects are impossible to identify on a map.

I attach a summary of the contents of the proposed amendment, including the Government's preliminary views at Annex A. The full text of the proposal (29 pages) can be found by accessing the European Commission's website on the TEN http://europa.eu.int/comm/ten/transport/index_en.htm This site also includes a set of TENs maps incorporating proposed changes.

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Purpose of Consultation

4. The Government will be joining the European debate on this proposal for amending the TEN guidelines and its relevance to transport in the UK. To inform this process we are inviting you to consider and comment on the Commission's proposals as soon as possible

5. You will find a list of questions at Annex B. We would be grateful if you would address these in making your reply but please feel free to comment on any aspect of the document. It would be helpful if you were able to support your views with examples or evidence where possible.

6. Views are being sought from a wide-range of people and organisations with a possible interest, including transport providers, transport users, trade unions, environment groups, local authorities etc. A list of those to whom this consultation paper has been sent directly is attached at Annex E. However, if you feel that we have overlooked anyone who may wish to contribute please let us know or pass a copy of this consultation paper to them directly.

7. This paper has been prepared in consultation with the devolved administrations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, with whom you are welcome to make direct contact about any implications for devolved responsibilities.

8. A full copy of this consultation document, with hyperlinks to other relevant background material can be found on the DfT website.

Code of Practice

9. This consultation is being conducted in accordance with the criteria contained in the Cabinet Office 'Code of Practice on Written Consultation'. The deadline for responses is however shorter than normal. This is because the proposals were trailed in the Commission's White Paper European Transport Policy for 2010: Time To Decide, on which the department launched a consultation exercise in November. A summary of the criteria is at Annex F. A full version of the code can be found at:

http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/regulation/consultation/code/index.asp

10. If you have any comments or wish to make a complaint about the consultation process itself, please contact:

Martin Leppert
Departmental Consultation Co-ordinator
Zone 6/J10 Eland House
Bressenden Place
London SW1E 4DR

martin.leppert@dtlr.gsi.gov.uk

Responses

11. Your reply should make clear whether you are making representations as an individual or on behalf of an association, group, organisation or company. It would also be useful if responses from organisations could include a brief explanation of their function.

12. Please note that your response may be made publicly available unless you specifically indicate that it is to be treated in confidence. We would be grateful if you would ensure that your response reaches the Department as soon as possible and by Thursday 28 February 2002 at the latest. If possible please reply by e-mail to:

tens.consultation@dtlr.gov.uk

or alternatively please send your response to:

Ms Ayo Newton
Europe and International Division
Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions
Zone 4/18 Great Minster House
76 Marsham Street
London SW1P 4DR

13. Once we have had the opportunity to analyse the responses we will publish a summary of the results of this consultation exercise. A copy of this will be sent to everyone who responds to this consultation paper and will be made available on the DTLR website.

14. The results of the consultation exercise will assist the Government's negotiations with other Member States and the European Parliament. Therefore we welcome your views on the environmental, economic or social effects the proposals may have either in the UK, or for UK businesses and travellers in Europe; and particularly on the specific effects they may have on you or your organisation.

15. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you in advance for your assistance. If you have any questions, require advice or have points to make regarding the nature of this consultation exercise please do not hesitate to contact:

Ian Timpson
Europe and International Division
DTLR
Zone 4/18 Great Minster House
76 Marsham Street
London SW1P 4DR

Tel 020 7944 5412
Fax 020 7944 5811

E-mail: tens.consultation@dtlr.gov.uk

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