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22 December 2011

  • Digital Agenda: Commission consults on massive expansion of LED lighting in Europe
  • Energy Roadmap 2050: a secure, competitive and low-carbon energy sector is possible
  • Q&A on Energy Roadmap 2050
  • Public consultation on areas of reinforcing the existing EURATOM nuclear safety legislative framework

08 December 2011

  • Mergers: Commission approves acquisition of energy company Nuon's Belgian assets by ENI
  • ITER: Agreement on the extra €1.3BN needed for 2012 and 2013
  • EU and US boost economic partnership
  • Join energy operators' discussions on cyber security on 19 December!
  • Conclusions of the XXI European Electricity Regulatory Forum
  • Public consultation on renewable energy strategy
  • Public consultation on governance of day-ahead market coupling

24 November 2011

  • Nuclear safety: stress tests well on track
  • Nuclear safety: EU will give extra €500 million for the decommissioning of old Soviet type nuclear reactors
  • Commission welcomes Desertec and Medgrid cooperation on solar energy in North Africa and the Middle East
  • Energy performance of buildings: Commission refers Spain to Court
  • Renewable energy: French and Czech legislation still not in line with EU rules
  • Energy efficiency: Slovenian legislation still not in line with EU ecodesign rules
  • EU gas market: Commission refers Bulgaria and Romania to court to ensure European law is properly implemented
  • Q&A. Nuclear stress tests – Commission Interim Report
  • Call for tender. EU energy star programme: development and maintenance of thewebsite and technical support for the development of new technical specifications

27 October 2011

  • Energy: Commission sets out new safety standards for offshore oil and gas operations
  • Stakeholders consultation "RES Integration - integrating renewables into the electricity grid and market". Deadline 30/11
  • The new issue of Intelligent Energy Europe Magazine now available
  • Q&A. Commission proposes new rules on the safety of offshore oil and gas activities

21 October 2011

  • Connecting Europe Facility: Commission adopts plan for €50 billion boost to European networks
  • Energy Community – Five years of regional cooperation
  • Energy markets: Commission welcomes adoption of new rules on wholesale electricity and gas trading
  • The Commission's energy infrastructure package

06 October 2011

  • Ecodesign: Transposition measures still to be communicated by Czech and German authorities
  • Energy performance of buildings: Italy is requested to comply with EU legislation
  • EU law: Commission acts to ensure that European legislation is fully and properly implemented
  • EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, appointed as member of the UN High Level Group on Sustainable Energy for All
  • Proposal for a Council Directive: Basic safety standards for protection against the dangers of ionising radiation
  • Speech by President Barroso at the High-level Meeting on Nuclear Safety: EU response to Fukushima accident
  • Call for tenders "ManagEnergy: Coordination and support for implementation of EU energy policies by local authorities and energy agencies"

19 September 2011

  • High-Level Conference on "The completion of the EU internal energy market: getting to 2014"
  • EU starts negotiations on Caspian pipeline to bring gas to Europe
  • Speaking with one voice – the key to securing our energy interests abroad
  • Report on Education and Training in the Nuclear Energy Field in the EU
  • EU-Russia energy roadmap until 2050
  • Snapshot on European wind energy
  • Public Consultation "Modification of Congestion Management Procedures in the gas sector": summary of responses received
  • Public consultation "The future Role of Regional Initiatives": overview of responses received and way forward
  • Call for tenders "Study on product labelling options and consumer understanding of these options and the energy label"

19 July 2011

  • Nuclear waste: Commission proposes safety standards for final disposal
  • First EU sustainability schemes for biofuels get the go-ahead
  • The EU-Kazakhstan cooperation in Clean Coal and Environmentally Sound Solutions enhanced
  • New European Energy Efficiency Fund (EEE-F) as part of the European Energy Programme for Recovery (EEPR)
  • Certification schemes for biofuels
  • Call for tenders "Financial aspects of the security of assets and infrastructures in the energy sector"

30 June 2011

  • Strong impetus to energy savings and energy efficiency
  • Energy Commissioner Oettinger launches European Smart Cities and Communities Initiative
  • Launch of the European Advanced Biofuels Flightpath
  • Nuclear "Stress tests": Joint Declaration on comprehensive risk and safety assessments of nuclear plants
  • The Commission's new Energy Efficiency Directive
  • Call for tenders "Integration of renewable energy in Europe"
  • Call for tenders "European coal resources: a geographical database and map of EU coalbasins including potential sources of coal bed methane based on a harmonised typology"

17 June 2011

  • Energy Council, 10th June 2011
  • European Commission and Iraq sign Strategic Energy Declaration
  • Energy performance of buildings: Belgium called upon to comply with EU legislation
  • Study: Impact of the use of biofuels on oil refining and fuels specifications
  • FP7 Energy Research Information Day - 2012 calls
  • Call for tender: Study on the operation of the system for the biofuels and bioliquids sustainability scheme

26 May 2011

  • After Fukushima: EU Stress tests start on 1 June
  • Commission asks Portugal to change its end-user price regulation scheme to ensure freedom of choice and protection for consumers
  • Eurobarometer survey on public awareness and acceptance of CCS
  • Nuclear stress tests: Q&A
  • Call for tender: Guidelines on a risk analysis of accidental and unintended exposures in radiotherapy
  • Call for tender: Support activities for assessment of progress in renewable energyand sustainability of biofuels, and the transposition of the RES Directive
  • Call for tender: Energy performance certificates in buildings and theirimpact on transaction prices and rents in selected EU countries
  • Call for tender: Europe-wide awareness raising campaign on sustainable urban mobility

05 May 2011

  • EU Sustainable Energy Week: Commission announces action on smart meters for more savings
  • Nuclear energy: Objectives of the proposed WENRA 'Stress tests' specifications
  • Call for tender: Towards nearly zero-energy buildings - definition of common principles under the EPBD
  • Call for tender: Study on the implementation of Council Directive 97/43/Euratom
  • Call for tender: Evaluation of the 'Energy star' programme: survey of the market penetration of energy-efficient office equipment and compliance testing
  • Public consultation: Accounting methods and conditions for the 10% renewable energy in transport target and on the need for additional types of biofuels being listed in Annex III of the Renewable Energy Directive

07 April 2011

  • Commission urges Italy, Poland and Romania to change their end-user price regulation schemes to ensure freedom of choice for consumers
  • Public consultation on oil and gas offshore safety
  • CCS Project Network Knowledge Sharing Event, Rotterdam, 10 May 2011
  • The EU Sustainable Energy Week 2011: Smart Energy for a Sustainable Future
  • Call for tenders: Smart cities stakeholder platform

28 March 2011

  • European Council conclusions on nuclear situation in Japan
  • EESC calls for a common EU external policy on energy
  • Contributions to the public consultation "The external dimension of the EU energy policy" are available
  • EU's response to the earthquake and nuclear plant situation in Japan
  • Public consultation on smart cities and communities initiative
  • Public consultation on oil and gas offshore safety
  • Overview of the EU directives and regulations in the field of energy

10 March 2011

  • Energy Community – Commission calls for reforms to boost investments
  • European Energy Efficiency Plan: Commission gears up for more savings with renovation and smart meters
  • New impetus for internal market: Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators takes up operations in Slovenia
  • Commissioner Oettinger attends inauguration of Italian CCS pilot plant
  • Q&A: The Commission's new Energy Efficiency Plan
  • Public consultation on the establishment of the priority list for the development of network codes for 2012 and beyond
  • Public consultation on the future of the nuclear decommissioning programmes for Bulgaria, Lithuania and Slovakia

24 February 2011

  • Europeans strongly in favour of EU energy solidarity
  • EU research and innovation funding: Commission consults on radical changes to create more growth and jobs
  • Q&A: new energy labels for televisions, refrigerators, dishwashers and washing machines
  • Public Consultation on the modification of Congestion Management Procedures in the gas sector
  • The external dimension of the EU energy policy (deadline extended till 7 March)

10 February 2011

  • Renewable Energy Targets: Commission calls on Member States to boost cooperation
  • Key issues at the European Council
  • Public consultation "Preparation of a report on additional sustainability measures at EU level for solid and gaseous biomass used in electricity, heating and cooling"

27 January 2011

  • Commission and Azerbaijan sign strategic gas deal
  • Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation between the EU and the Republic of Uzbekistan
  • Thematic Network on Protection of Critical Energy Infrastructure (TNCEIP) Started
  • Commission launches €67 million call for intelligent energy projects
  • Job opportunities at the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER)

13 January 2011

  • Biofuels: Commission adopts Report on indirect land use change
  • The second edition of ENEF news has been released
  • Conclusions from the Annual Report of the European Coordinator for the "Connection of offshore wind power in Northern Europe"
  • Call for tenders "Work on preparatory studies for eco-design requirements of ErPs (IV)
  • Public consultation on "Energy Roadmap 2050"
  • Public consultation on "The external dimension of the EU energy policy"
  • TEN-E-2011 call for proposals under the annual work programme for grants in the field of the Trans-European Energy Network
  • Call for tenders "Energy research knowledge centre"
  • Job opportunities at the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER)
  • Calls for tenders "Monitor for radioactive contamination measurements of large objects"


16 December 2010

  • Wholesale energy markets: Commission proposes rules to prevent market abuse
  • European Commission proposes to strengthen regional cooperation
  • Croissance verte : 313 millions d’euros en faveur de la performance énergétique et du transport collectif en Tunisie
  • Questions & Answers: Preventing abuse in wholesale energy markets
  • Public consultation: Communication "The future Role of Regional Initiatives"

02 December 2010

  • Energy performance of buildings: the Commission asks Italy and Spain to ensure full compliance with European legislation
  • New EU rules on security of gas supply for citizens
  • 10th Anniversary of the EU-Russia Energy Dialogue
  • EU-US Energy Council – Press statement
  • Study "The revision of the trans-European energy network policy (TEN-E)

18 November 2010

  • Energy infrastructure: Commission proposes EU priority corridors for power grids and gas pipelines
  • Commission presents its new energy strategy towards 2020
  • Energy infrastructure: Questions & Answers
  • Call for tender: Methods and conditions for counting electricity, hydrogen and methane from renewable sources towards the 10% renewable energy in transport target - Deadline: 7 December

4 November 2010

  • Speech of Commissioner Oettinger at Desertec Industrial Initiative Barcelona: Energy in the EU from Northern Africa: a realistic option?
  • Guidelines to reconcile wind energy development and biodiversity policy
  • Nuclear waste: Commission proposes safety standards for final disposal
  • Safety standards for nuclear waste disposal. Questions & Answers
  • Call for tender: Methods and conditions for counting electricity, hydrogen and methane from renewable sources towards the 10% renewable energy in transport target

21 October 2010

  • Europeanisation of energy policy. Speech of Commissioner Oettinger at the Dinner Debate with the European Energy Forum Strasbourg
  • Offshore oil drilling: European Commission envisages EU safety rules
  • Conference: Building public awareness of CO2 capture and storage
  • Safety of offshore oil and gas exploration and production. Questions & Answers
  • Job opportunities at the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators(ACER)

7 October 2010

  • Conclusions of the 18th meeting of the European Gas Regulatory Forum
  • Conclusions at Stakeholder Conference on preparation of Energy Strategy 2011-2020

30 September 2010

  • Commission welcomes Ukraine in Energy Community
  • Energy savings: Commission sets up new energy labels for televisions, refrigerators, dishwashers and washing machines
  • Energy: Commission takes Poland to court to ensure compliance with European legislation
  • Questions & Answers: new energy labels for televisions, refrigerators, dishwashers and washing machines

23 September 2010

  • Commission sets up world's first project network for CO2 Capture and Storage
  • EU strengthens rules on security of gas supply for citizens
  • Energy Market: Flashback on the third legislative package
  • Call for Tender: Structuring and financing of energy infrastructure projects, the financing gaps and recommendations regarding the new TEN-E financial instrument

16 September 2010

  • Mergers: Commission clears APX's proposed purchase of Belpex in energy trading field
  • Energy in Africa: Commissioners Piebalgs and Oettinger launch the Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme
  • Market observatory: Latest update of energy trends up to 2030 now available
  • Q&A: High Level Meeting of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership

09 September 2010

  • Commission addresses key issues in nuclear medicine, radiology and radiotherapy
  • Energy cooperation in the Black Sea region: Speech of Commissioner Oettinger at the International Odessa Forum
  • Belgian Presidency: Informal Energy Council 6-7 September
  • Commission opens public consultation on indirect land use change and biofuels
  • Call for Tender: Operation of the Covenant of Mayors Office (COMO) in order to provide support services for the Covenant of Mayors
  • Call for Tender: Assessment of voluntary schemes used for sustainability claims of biofuels under Directive 2009/28/EC
  • Call for Tender: Radio-toxicological analysis of bioassay samples
  • Call for Tender: Permitting procedures for energy infrastructure projects in the EU: evaluation and legal recommendations

22 July 2010

  • Fossil Fuels Forum Berlin
  • Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union: Energy Priorities

15 July 2010

  • Commission requests Poland to stop violation of EU rules on internal gas market
  • Renewable energy contributed 10.3% of energy consumption in the EU27 in 2008
  • Call for Tender: Renewable energy best practice and implementation of national action plans in the 27 EU Member States

08 July 2010

  • Renewables account for 62% of the new electricity generation capacity installed in the EU in 2009
  • Pre-announcement: EU Emission Trading System (EU ETS)
  • Speech by the Commissioner: Oil exploration and extraction - risks, liability and regulation
  • Call for Tender: Whole body counter measurements to assess internal exposure of radiation workers
  • Call for Tender: Supply of passive personal radiation dosemeters and assessment of radiation exposures

01 July 2010

  • Oil bulletin: Update of European maps covering consumer prices of Euro-super 95 and automotive gas oil
  • Call for interest: Establishing the Board of Appeal for ACER Agency
  • Conclusions of the EU-OPEC Energy Dialogue
  • Call for Tender: Assessment of integrating electricity from renewable energy sources to the electricity grid and to the electricity market in the 27 EU Member States

24 June 2010

  • Energy: Commission requests 20 Member States to implement and apply Single Market rules without delay
  • Commission promotes integration of the electricity markets of the Maghreb
  • Oil platforms: Commission convenes second safety talks with industry
  • Russia-Belarus gas dispute
  • Security of gas supplies: trialogues end with an informal agreement

17 June 2010

  • European Investment Bank signs £250 million loan with DONG Energy for London Array offshore wind farm.
  • Conclusions of the 18th EU Electricity Regulatory Forum
  • Call for Tender: Framework contract to implement improved metrology for portable UF6 cylinder verification systems (Lot 1) and portable High-Purity Germanium (HPGe) gamma detectors (Lot 2)

10 June 2010

  • Commission sets up system for certifying sustainable biofuels
  • Strategic Energy Technology Plan – launch of Four European Industrial Initiatives: Wind, Solar, Electricity Grids, Carbon Capture and Storage
  • "From Regional Markets to a Single European Market" - a new gas and electricity study

3 June 2010

  • Public consultation: "Initiative for the integrity of traded energy markets"
  • Council conclusions on the forthcoming Energy Strategy for Europe 2011-2020
  • Building Bridges with China in the Energy Field: GREEN ENERGY FOR SMART CITIES at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai

27 May 2010

  • Climate change: Commission invites to an informed debate on the impacts of the move to 30% EU greenhouse gas emissions cut if and when the conditions are met
  • EU energy and transport in figures: Pocketbook 2010 released
  • Climate change: Q&A on the Communication Analysis of options to move beyond 20% greenhouse gas emission reductions and assessing the risk of carbon leakage
  • Call for Tender: Deposit Boxes Arrangement

20 May 2010

  • Energy Labelling Directive adopted by the European Parliament
  • Acquisition of NWR Energy by Dalkia Česká republika approved
  • TWENTIES Project: Commission signs milestone research agreement in the field of electricity grids
  • A milestone in electricity market integration
  • Commission enters 35 million Euro strategic research partnership with industry for innovative biofuels

6 May 2010

  • EU conference: 500 cities pledge to reduce CO2 by more than 20%
  • Commission refers Greece to Court for failure to implement a Euratom Directive
  • Gas Committee: Member States agree to improve transparency on gas networks

29 April 2010

  • Radioactive Waste: Large majority of citizens in favour of European legislation
  • Covenant of Mayors: Cities take the lead to tackle climate change

22 April 2010

  • Council adopts position on the energy performance of buildings directive
  • Council adopts position on the labelling of energy-related products
  • European Energy Programme For Recovery (EEPR): The role of CO2 Capture and Storage
  • Call for tender: Organisation of training courses in health and safety at work

15 April 2010

  • GreenLight and GreenBuilding EU awards: winners save up to 85% of their energy consumption
  • European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group (ENSREG)
  • Call for tender: framework contract for the provision of meeting rooms and related services in Brussels

08 April 2010

  • Public Consultation: Approaches for a possible EU legislative proposal on the management of spent fuel and radioactive waste
  • Statement of Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action, on Council Conclusions on 26 March
  • TEN-E Information Days: presentations are online
  • Call for tenders: Framework contract for impact assessments and evaluations in the field of energy
  • Call for tenders: Study on benchmarking biomass sustainability criteria
  • Call for tenders: Services related to information and communication activities
  • Call for tenders: Collection of data and other services for the energy market observation system

25 March 2010

  • EU Sustainable Energy Week: Decarbonising our energy
  • Commission awards Sustainable Energy Prizes
  • European Commission, EIB support one billion Euro investment by cities, regions in energy efficiency, renewables
  • The CONCERTO initiative continues to grow

18 March 2010

  • Speech by Günther OETTINGER : An integrated and competitive electricity market: a stepping stone to a sustainable future
  • The EU Sustainable Energy Week 22-26 March 2010
  • Spotlight on the Future: Sustainable Energy Week 2010

11 March 2010

  • Renewable energy: forecasts show EU on track to meet 20% target
  • Benchmarking Report: correct implementation of EU energy law and infrastructure investment top priority
  • Commissioner Oettinger welcomes agreement on acceleration of gas interconnector between Bulgaria and Serbia
  • Summary on Member States' renewable energy forecasts

4 March 2010

  • A welcome word by Director-General Philip Lowe
  • Economic Recovery: Second batch of 4-billion-euro package goes to 43 pipeline and electricity projects
  • EU strengthens the European Neighbourhood Policy with increased funding for the period 2011-2013
  • Commission adopts biomass sustainability report
  • Recast to reality- Public buildings to show example
  • Q&A: European Energy Programme for Recovery

No. 343 - 18 February 2010

From today on the Directorate-General for Transport and Energy is split into two separate Directorate-Generals: the Directorate-General for Energy (DG ENER) and the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE). For you dear readers, this means that the joint electronic newsletter of DG TREN will be split into two. You will automatically be signed up to both newsletters. Should you prefer not to receive one or both of the newsletter, you will be able to quickly unsubscribe.

  • Vice-President Siim Kallas addresses the European Parliament on the use of body scanning technology in airport security
  • Commission creates two new Directorates-General for Energy and Climate Action
  • Mediterranean energy market
  • Call for tenders "Technical assistance to the stakeholder representation of consumer organisations and environmental NGOs in preparatory work for implementing measures"; deadline 31 March 2010

No. 342 - 11 February 2010

  • Commission launches a one-stop helpdesk for motorways of the sea
  • Accident investigation in civil aviation: EDPS insists on ensuring confidentiality of data from persons involved in accidents
  • Alpine Traffic Observatory

No. 341 - 4 February 2010

  • Tajani calls for more action on lost luggage
  • Commissioner Piebalgs welcomes the creation of the "European Nuclear Energy Leadership Academy"
  • Urban Mobility
  • The Lisbon strategy evaluation
  • First overview of Europe 2020 public consultation

No. 340 - 28 January 2010

  • Commission closes investigation into agreement between Bratislava Airport and Ryanair
  • Commission authorises state aid to a Franco-Spanish Motorways of the Sea project and includes it among the twenty-two selected projects for Marco Polo financing
  • Marco Polo European Info Day
  • Risk governance of European critical infrastructures in the ICT and energy sector

No. 339 - 21 January 2010

  • EU and Iraq sign a Strategic Energy Partnership Memorandum of Understanding
  • EU-Latin America Civil Aviation Summit

No. 338 - 14 January 2010

  • Commission approves public support for Vaasa regional airport in Finland
  • Commission authorises Hungarian fiscal aid for transport coordination
  • Commission awards major contracts to make Galileo operational early 2014
  • Opening-up of rail international passenger transport market to competition on 1 January 2010: towards additional services offered to consumers
  • Other news
  • Gas Coordination Group discusses security of gas supply in the light of the current winter situation in Europe
  • Agreement reached on Integrated Safeguards in the European Union
  • Other news
  • Galileo

No. 337 - 17 December 2009

  • Commission raised no objection to the public financing for new infrastructures in Ventspils Port but raises doubts on a concession price
  • Transport: making this winter's holiday travel plans safe and trouble-free
  • No disturbances expected for electricity supply this winter
  • EU emergency oil stocks at comfortable levels
  • European Commission and European Investment Bank launch European Local Energy Assistance (ELENA) facility
  • Gas Coordination Group discusses the gas supply outlook and the emergency preparedness in the EU
  • Gas Coordination Group

No. 336 - 10 December 2009

  • New road transport rules will lead to fairer competition and less red tape
  • Commission approves over €1,5bn for 15 CCS and off-shore wind projects to support European economic recovery
  • Number of signatories to Covenant of Mayors reaches 1000!
  • Ljubljana designated as seat of the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators
  • The European Electronic Toll Service

No. 335 - 3 December 2009

  • Rail passengers on track for new rights across the European Union
  • Commission authorises aid for construction and maintenance of A2 motorway in Poland
  • Inauguration of key transport infrastructure project in Maastricht underlines the importance of European mobility
  • Road safety in Europe: a priority for the coming decade
  • Commission updates the list of airlines banned from the European airspace
  • Antitrust: Commission accepts commitments by GDF Suez to boost competition in French gas market

No. 334 - 26 November 2009

  • Single European Sky: Commission sends reasoned opinions to four Member States
  • Transport: a further step towards a sustainable future
  • Commission approves state aid for purchasing low-carbon buses in England
  • Commission authorises state aid for the Groningen airport runway extension
  • Commission approves German aid scheme to promote use of hybrid buses in public transport
  • Commissioner Piebalgs welcomes the adoption of the Tyre labelling regulation by Council and Parliament
  • Commissioner Piebalgs participates in the inauguration of a state-of-the-art Wind Farm in Belgium
  • Commission and Swedish Presidency sign EU's accession to the International Renewable Energy Agency
  • Green electricity: Commission refers Italy to the Court of Justice
  • Commission takes action against Greece for non-notification of the transposition of a Euratom directive
  • Cogeneration Directive: Commission sends a Reasoned Opinion to four Member States
  • Creating a competitive, connected and greener economy

No. 333 - 19 November 2009

  • Workshop on TEN-T Project Management
  • Conference on road safety
  • Gas Coordination Group sees overall good level of preparedness of EU Member States and Energy Community countries in case of gas crisis
  • Commissioner Piebalgs welcomes political agreement on the Energy Labelling Directive
  • Commissioner Piebalgs welcomes political agreement on energy performance of buildings
  • The EU and Russia reinforce the Early Warning Mechanism to improve prevention and management in case of an energy crisis
  • IEA's World Energy Outlook 2009 confirms EU energy and climate policies are on the right track
  • EURATOM Supply Agency work programme for 2009

No. 332 - 12 November 2009

  • DG TREN announced no news regarding transport this week
  • DG TREN announced no news regarding energy this week
  • EU-US Energy Council

No. 331 - 5 November 2009

  • Conference on the future of transport
  • New EU-US Energy Council to boost transatlantic energy cooperation
  • Barcelona Provincial Council hands over first energy action plans to Commissioner Piebalgs
  • New regulation on civil aviation accident investigation

No. 330 - 29 October 2009

  • State aid: Commission closes investigation into public financing of ferry shipping services in Scotland
  • Commission takes Portugal to the Court of Justice for infringing EU legislation on road charging
  • Flying safer: Commission proposes new rules for better investigation of civil aviation accidents
  • Energy Star: EU Commission and the US reinforce the energy efficiency standards for displays
  • New Energy Star agreement

No. 329 - 22 October 2009

  • EU to reinforce transport cooperation with Africa
  • EU invests first part of €500 million worth of TEN-T funding in infrastructure works
  • New partnership launched to improve infrastructure in northern Europe
  • Annual European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET Plan) conference in Stockholm
  • TEN-T Days in Naples on 21-22 October 2009

No. 328 - 15 October 2009

  • Commission authorises state aid for the voluntary redundancy scheme of Olympic Catering
  • Marco Polo: Fresh air for European freight transport
  • The Commission and 22 world leaders explore ways for the viability of Carbon Capture and Storage
  • Commission builds on the success of Marco Polo programme

No. 327 - 08 October 2009

  • Groundhandling market at Community airports: the Commission sends reasoned opinion to Latvia
  • Access to the groundhandling market: Commission sends letter of formal notice to Hungary
  • Maritime safety and port state control: Commission requires proper implementation of European rules
  • Commission takes Greece to court over Single European Sky
  • Commission refers Greece to the Court over free establishment of road hauliers and fuel traders
  • Commission warns Member States over lack of implementation of the 'first rail package'
  • EU and Georgia start negotiations on a Common Aviation Area Agreement
  • Trans-European Transport Network Coordinators present their annual report and a common Position Paper
  • Commission clears the way for a single European Road Toll Service
  • Commission goes step further in developing renewable energy with Mediterranean and Gulf countries
  • Mayors from Europe and America join forces to fight against climate change
  • Investing in the future: Commission calls for additional €50bn in low carbon technologies

No. 326 - 01 October 2009

  • Commission launches EGNOS Open Service - free access to citizens and businesses
  • Commission approves €9 million State aid to rail and intermodal freight transport in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna
  • Airport infrastructure in Lithuania: Commission approves State aid to airports of Vilnius, Kaunas and Palanga
  • Commission takes action to make urban travel greener, better organised and more user-friendly
  • Citizens' Energy Forum: consumers, industry and regulators endorse recommendations for billing, complaint handling and smart metering

No. 325 - 24 September 2009

  • TEN-T Project Management Workshop
  • Commissioner Piebalgs takes part in the inauguration of the state of the art Solar Power Plant in Seville
  • Finding the resources for sustainable transport

No. 324 - 17 September 2009

  • European Mobility Week 2009: 'Improving City Climates'
  • Commissioners welcome French reform proposal for national electricity market
  • Saving Energy

No. 323 - 10 September 2009

  • Commission to promote rail safety rules and monitor their implementation
  • Commission Report on Railway Safety and Interoperability
  • European Commission opens negotiations with Turkey upon accession to the Energy Community
  • Railway safety

No. 322 - 03 September 2009

  • State aid: Commission approves the restructuring of Austrian Airlines
  • EU and Indonesia agree on horizontal air services agreement
  • Phasing out of inefficient lighting

No. 321 - 06 August 2009

  • European Consumer Centres – transport remains the number one problem sector for consumers, accounting for one third of complaints
  • Commission clears joint venture between Sabena Technics and TNT Airways
  • Analysis of penalties for serious infringements against the social rules in road transport

No. 320 - 30 July 2009

  • Tajani: lost luggage problem still unacceptable in the European Union
  • Public-Private Partnerships in research: Commission calls for proposals to boost research in key market areas
  • Progress on renewable energy

No. 319 - 23 July 2009

  • Mandates of the European coordinators in the trans-European transport networks sector renewed
  • Transport ferroviaire européen: un grand pas vers un système de signalisation harmonisé
  • Commission adopts four ecodesign regulations that will save the equivalent power consumption of Austria and Sweden
  • Commission welcomes the recommendations presented in the first activity report of the EU Nuclear Safety Regulators Group (ENSREG)
  • List of banned airlines in the EU

No. 318 - 16 July 2009

  • Commission updates the list of airlines banned from
  • European airspaceCommission partly approves public financing for infrastructure development in the Port of Piraeus in Greece
  • The Commission authorises State aid for pension funding for staff of the Paris public transport company RATP
  • Commission approves Polish aid scheme for intermodal transport
  • Commission approves state funding to develop transport infrastructure in Hungary
  • Commission approves public support to the planning phase of the Fehmarn Belt transport link between Germany and Denmark
  • Commission approves aid for ten Polish airports
  • La Commission déclare incompatible l'aide d'Etat octroyée à la société de transport danois Combus
  • European Commission authorises State Aid for Spanish Coal
  • President Barroso and Commissioner Piebalgs welcome the signature of the Nabucco Intergovernmental Agreement
  • State aid: Commission authorises support of up to €170 million for two investment projects in Polish energy sector
  • Commission proposes to improve transparency on investment projects into EU energy infrastructure
  • The Commission adopts new rules to prevent and deal with gas supply crises
  • Security of energy supply

No. 317 - 09 July 2009

  • EU signs aviation agreement with Azerbaijan
  • Antitrust: Commission market tests commitments by GDF Suez to boost competition in French gas market
  • Antitrust: Commission fines E.ON and GDF Suez €553 million each for market-sharing in French and German gas markets
  • Nuclear Safety
  • Wind Energy

No. 316 - 03 July 2009

  • Commission authorises UK state aid to improve freight transport by rail and inland waterway
  • State aid: The Commission endorses the revised development plan for Newquay Cornwall Airport
  • Transport: Reinforcing cooperation between Europe and Africa
  • Driving licences: The Commission sends reasoned opinions to three Member States
  • Safety of ships: The Commission sends a reasoned opinion to Slovakia
  • Gas Coordination Group identify regional cooperation and filling storages as the best means to mitigate potential gas cuts
  • Commission adopts template for National Renewable Energy Action Plans
  • No disturbances expected for electricity supply this Summer under usual weather conditions
  • The EU establishes a common binding framework on nuclear safety
  • EU adopts new rules strengthening the internal energy market
  • Commission acts to ensure effective and competitive energy market across Europe
  • Nuclear Safety

No. 315 - 25 June 2009

  • Mergers: Commission clears proposed takeover of SN Brussels Airlines by Lufthansa, subject to conditions
  • €2.7 million from European Globalisation Fund to help some 600 redundant car sector workers in Spain
  • Gas Coordination Group, in the light of explanations given by Gazprom and Naftogaz, studies the measures possibly needed to secure next winter season's supplies
  • Mergers: Commission approves proposed acquisition of Nuon Energy by Vattenfall, subject to conditions
  • Intelligent Transport Systems
  • Building on energy reduction

No. 314 - 17 June 2009

  • Tajani: Shaping transport policy for the future
  • Commission gives green light to Italian State aid for a new combined freight transport service
  • Aviation : Antonio Tajani réitère l'importance du Ciel Unique Européen
  • Commission refuses amendment to Danish tonnage tax scheme
  • Commission gives green light to Italian State aid for a new combined freight transport service
  • The Baltic Sea Region States reach agreement on the Baltic Energy Market Interconnection Plan
  • Commission approves aid for German coal mining companies
  • Energy Star: Commission and the US reinforce the energy efficiency standards for office equipment
  • Enhancing Asia-Europe cooperation on energy security: Commission hosts First ASEM Energy Ministerial meeting
  • Commission welcomes the Council agreement on oil stocks which improves EU's readiness in case of supply crises
  • State aid: Commission authorises proposed Danish CO2 tax reductions under certain conditions
  • Commission launches BUILD UP web portal to help cut energy consumption for buildings
  • The BUILD UP initiative
  • The future is green, the future is urban

No. 313 - 11 June 2009

  • New rules on state aid to ship management companies
  • Europe accelerates the ERTMS North-South rail freight axis
  • Energy Council – 12 June 2009
  • New study shows economic benefits of supporting renewable energy sources

No. 312 - 04 June 2009

  • Commission study finds out that European 20% renewables' target can give jobs to 2.8 million people
  • Trans-European Transport Network – moving transport forward

No. 311 - 28 May 2009

  • Commission conference discusses progress on the Genoa-Rotterdam priority rail axis
  • G8 Energy Ministerial: Commissioner Piebalgs calls for good investment climate to take the energy sector out of the crisis
  • Negotiations on new global climate agreement to resume in Bonn
  • Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET Plan)

No. 310 - 21 May 2009

  • Consumers: Airlines move to clean up ticket selling websites
  • Port reception facilities to prevent maritime pollution: Commission sends reasoned opinion to Italy
  • The Commission calls for proposals for €4 billion worth of energy investments
  • SESAR: the single European sky air traffic research programme

No. 309 - 14 May 2009

  • Commission approves State aid to London & Continental Railways and Eurostar
  • Commission authorises aid for construction and maintenance of A1 motorway in northern Poland
  • Commission approves public financing of infrastructure investments in Falconara regional airport, Italy
  • Commission authorises financing for new Berlin Brandenburg International airport
  • European Commission promotes cycling as healthy way to travel
  • Commission proposes a new framework to regulate aviation security charges
  • Admission to the occupation of urban and regional transport operator: Commission sends reasoned opinion to Belgium
  • Internal market in electricity: Commission refers Slovakia to the Court
  • Carbon capture and storage

No. 308 - 08 May 2009

  • EU-Canada aviation agreements
  • The Southern Corridor: EU and partner countries commit to move forward
  • CIVITAS: ambitious strategies for clean urban transport in Europe

No. 307 - 01 May 2009

  • Regional airport infrastructure: Commission approves Polish aid to Rzeszów airport
  • Commission authorises Czech financing of infrastructure to develop clean public transport in Severovýchod
  • Commission conference discusses better and safer parking areas for trucks
  • Energy Commissioner Piebalgs received the Energy Efficiency Visionary Award
  • Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs welcomes the agreement of the three Baltic States on the route of the electricity interconnection project between them and Sweden
  • The EU-Russia Energy PPC underlines mutual interdependence in EU-Russia energy relations
  • Covenant of Mayors – local authorities join the fight against climate change

No. 306 - 24 April 2009

  • Commission hearing to discuss ways to help road hauliers affected by crisis
  • European Parliament votes to support new rules strengthening the EU internal energy market
  • Commission to participate in Major Economies Forum on energy and climate
  • Transport trends for the next 20 to 40 years

No. 305 - 17 April 2009

  • Safety assessment of third-country aircraft using Community airports: Commission sends reasoned opinion to Italy and Luxembourg
  • Maritime safety: the Commission requires proper implementation of port state control rules by Poland and Spain
  • Commission approves public financing of infrastructure investments in five regional airports in Tuscany
  • Commission updates the list of airlines banned from European airspace
  • EU and Africa join forces to develop aviation cooperation
  • Security of electricity supply directive: Commission refers Czech Republic and Poland to the Court
  • Ecodesign: Commission adopts rules to reduce electricity consumption of external power supplies
  • Improving energy efficiency through legislation

No. 304 - 3 April 2009

  • EGNOS: Commission takes major step forward in European satellite navigation
  • TEN-T 2009 Calls for Proposals: Nearly €1 billion available in Trans-European Transport Network funding
  • Historic Aviation Conference between the European Union and Africa
  • Commission welcomes today's decision of the Council to adopt a new Directive on clean vehicles used by public authorities
  • The Commission welcomes today's political endorsement by the Council of the Single European Sky package
  • EU signs civil aviation agreement with Mongolia
  • Gas Coordination Group: supplies in South Eastern Europe under control after gas pipeline explosion
  • Energy savings: Member States support proposals to improve the energy performance of televisions, refrigerators, freezers and washing machines
  • Commission earmarks 15 million euro to promote sustainable energy investments in cities
  • Energy savings: Member States support rules to reduce the energy use of circulators

No. 303 - 27 March 2009

  • The Commission welcomes the decision of the European Parliament to support the Single European Sky package
  • State aid: Commission approves MÁV-Trakció Zrt taking over loans covered by Hungarian state guarantees
  • TEN-T Calls for Proposals 2009 Info Day
  • Stronger international guarantees of nuclear non-proliferation: Commission moves forward

No. 302 - 20 March 2009

  • Road Safety: Commission sends a reasoned opinion to Cyprus, Luxembourg, Poland and the United Kingdom for failing to act on blind spot mirrors on trucks
  • Transport: Commission sends a reasoned opinion to Portugal for failing to report on penalty systems concerning driving time and rest periods for truck drivers
  • Transport: Commission sends a reasoned opinion to Austria for failing to report on the implementation of EU legislation to protect truck drivers
  • TEN-T Calls for Proposals 2009 Info Day
  • Renewable electricity: Commission sends reasoned opinion to Italy for not accepting guarantees of origin
  • Commissioner Piebalgs welcomes the commitment of European Electricity Companies to achieve a carbon-neutral power supply by 2050
  • Commission adopts two regulations to progressively remove from the market non-efficient light bulbs

No. 301 - 13 March 2009

  • Greening buses and trucks! Commission's research centre opens new CO2 emissions testing laboratory
  • Maritime safety: towards better prevention of maritime
  • Commission welcomes the adoption of the Directive on airport charges by the European Parliament and the Council
  • European Commission authorises a Belgian aid scheme for combined road/rail transport
  • Commission approves Czech aid scheme supporting renewal of public transport services Aid to maritime transport: Commission approves modifications in the Dutch tonnage tax scheme
  • Authorisation for State aid to German combined transport aid scheme
  • State aid: The Commission endorses the revised privatisation plan for Olympic Airlines and Olympic Airways Services
  • The Commission proposes making rights to slots more flexible in order to counteract the impact of the crisis on air transport
  • Commission pushes ICT use for a greener Europe
  • Energy savings: Member States support rules to reduce the energy use of industrial motors

No. 300 - 6 March 2009

  • Future of Transport: Commission stages conference in Brussels to discuss scenarios for the next 40 years
  • Forum on how to fund greener and more access

No. 299 - 27 February 2009

  • Airport financing: Commission gives green light to state support for Münster/Osnabrück Airport in Germany
  • Airport financing: Commission gives green light to state support for Kassel-Calden Airport in Germany
  • Commission authorises Irish tonnage tax amendment
  • EU signs civil aviation agreement with Pakistan

No. 298 - 20 February 2009

  • Road charging: Commission gives final warning to Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal for failing to act on road charging
  • Energy Council - Brussels, 19 February 2009

No. 297 - 13 February 2009

  • Commission authorises Flemish Region aid to build intermodal terminal in Antwerp
  • Austrian Airlines: The Commission opens the formal investigation procedure regarding its sale to Lufthansa and plans of Austrian Government for its restructuring
  • Eight Polish airports to receive state aid
  • Marco Polo: third call for proposals to fight road congestion and improve performance of freight transport
  • GALILEO: the European Commission and the European Space Agency look forward to first-rate cooperation to bring the European satellite radio navigation project to a successful conclusion
  • 400 cities commit to go beyond the 20% EU's energy objectives through the Commission's led Covenant of Mayors
  • Commission rewards Europe’s most pioneering Sustainable Energy Projects

No. 296 - 6 February 2009

  • Trans-European transport networks: towards a new policy for meeting future challenges
  • The Covenant of Mayors – the main highlight of an intense EU Sustainable Energy Week
  • Cooperation with developing countries: ‘Auction floor’ conference on 13 March 2009

No. 295 - 30 January 2009

  • Commission proposes to open negotiations on a Common aviation area with Georgia
  • Commercial road transport: an important step towards harmonised rules on enforcement
  • Free establishment of road transport operators: Commission sends reasoned opinion to Greece
  • Working time of lorry and coach drivers: Commission sends reasoned opinion to the Netherlands
  • Maritime safety: Commission requires proper implementation of port State control rules
  • Environmental certification of aircrafts: Commission sends reasoned opinion to Germany
  • Differentiation in airport charges: France abolishes existing State aid
  • Commission approves restructuring aid for PKS Wadowice S. A
  • Commission approves Czech State aid to promote the interoperability of railway transport
  • Member States reinforce European Commission efforts to fund infrastructure projects in the EU neighbourhood
  • The Commission continues its action to ensure the implementation of the Directive on security of electricity supply
  • Ireland ordered to amend legislation that allows its oil stocks to be used as collateral
  • 20 Member States still not in compliance with Community legislation promoting energy efficiency
  • Commission addresses a reasoned opinion to Bulgaria for not compliance with the electricity directive

No. 294 - 23 January 2009

  • Towards a European maritime transport area without barriers
  • Digital tachograph for road transport: new measures to prevent fraud and equip light vehicles
  • The Commission presented the strategic goals for European maritime transport policy up to 2018
  • Maritime security: protecting maritime transport from piracy
  • Vice President Tajani: EU action needed to promote sustainable urban mobility
  • Austrian Airlines: the Commission authorises rescue aid for Austrian Airlines
  • Gas Coordination Group: Solidarity works and the EU's gas market adapts to challenges of gas crisis

No. 293 - 16 January 2009

  • Breakthrough in EU-Japan aviation relations
  • A strategic milestone for the modernisation of air traffic management
  • Commission gave green light to the new Danish system of reduced tariffs in favour of certain categories of passenger travelling in long-distance bus services
  • Commission approved aid for Ostrava airport in the Czech Republic
  • Approval of a new tonnage tax scheme to stimulate the shipping sector in Slovenia
  • Commission authorised Denmark to extend the scope of certain types of aid to include maritime cable-laying and dredging activities
  • EU sustainable energy week
  • The EU gas observation mission, already deployed on the ground and the terms of reference of the mission signed. Once again, there is no reason to further delay gas supplies
  • Statement from the President Barroso and Commissioner Piebalgs on the agreement for the gas monitoring
  • Update on the deployment of EU monitor team in Ukraine
  • Commissioner Piebalgs welcomed Ukrainian deliveries of gas from their own reserves to Bulgaria and Moldova
  • The Gas Coordination Group evaluated the current gas crisis and confirms measures to assist countries in need
  • Monitoring team started work in Kiev and Gas Coordination Group urged Naftogaz and Gazprom to resume gas deliveries immediately

No. 292 - 09 January 2009

  • A single certificate for safer navigation on European inland waterways
  • European Commission welcomes the European Court of Justice's decision on air passenger rights
  • Monitoring team starts work in Kiev and Gas Coordination Group urges Naftogaz and Gazprom to resume gas deliveries immediately
  • Joint statement by Eurogas and the European Commission Commission adopts special measures to increase interconnection between Ireland and Britain
  • European Commission welcomes creation of ENTSO for electricity