9 September 2010

European Commission > Directorate-General for Energy > Newsletter

Privacy statement 

| Write to the editor | Subscribe/unsubscribe





Practical Information


Commission addresses key issues in nuclear medicine, radiology and radiotherapy

The Commission adopted on the 6th of August a Communication to the European Parliament and to the Council on medical applications of ionizing radiation. It proposes a way forward to resolve the urgent issue of shortage of supply of radioisotopes for nuclear medicine.

The Communication also identifies key issues to improve radiation protection of patients and medical staff, to avoid a rise in population exposure associated with the technological advances in X-ray computed tomography imaging (CT) and an increase of accidental or unintended exposures in radiotherapy.

This Communication was jointly proposed by Günther Oettinger, Commissioner responsible for Energy, and by John Dalli, Commissioner responsible for Health and Consumer Policy.


[full text]


More: Radiation protection



Speech of Commissioner Oettinger at the International Odessa Forum

In a speech given at the International Odessa Forum on 27 July, Günther H. Oettinger, EU Commissioner for Energy, summarised the EU energy priorities in the Black Sea area:

First, develop the Southern corridor in a manner that will balance the interests of the producing countries, of the transit countries and of the consumer countries, bearing in mind that several countries, like Turkey, are at the same time a consumer country and a transit country.

Second, pursue market integration with those countries wishing to do so, in the framework provided by the Energy Community Treaty.

Third, promote regional solutions to regional problems such as the oil export routes and the preservation of the maritime environment in the Black Sea and the Mediterranean Sea.


[full text]




Belgian Presidency: Informal Energy Council 6-7 September


The informal meeting of Energy Ministers (Brussels, 6-7 September) was devoted to the theme of fuelling a secure, low-carbon and affordable energy future for Europe, in view of the December TTE Council and the special European Council meeting on energy planned for February 2011.

Consumer protection in the focus

The debates on Monday 6 September were about the consumer-related aspects of the EU’s energy policy. Most of the Member States acknowledged that recent European legislation has already done a lot to improve the energy consumers' rights and interests. But there was also a broad consensus that there still remains substantial room for improvement.

Presiding over the work, Paul Magnette, Belgian Minister for energy, welcomed the determination demonstrated by his European colleagues with regard to taking consumer interests more into account.

In light of a report on the internal market, presented by the former European Commissioner Mario Monti, energy ministers all highlighted the insufficient consideration of consumer interests within the context of invoicing, choice of service provider and opportunities for appealing to an independent mediator in the event of litigation. In the context of the European year against poverty and social exclusion, the Belgian Presidency therefore seized the opportunity at a ministerial level, of examining the phenomenon of energy poverty.

Following Monday’s exchanges and debates, the Presidency has concluded that this issue must remain at the top of the European policy agenda and must work actively to educate and inform the consumers. The Presidency has welcomed the Commission’s proposal to draw up a report with a view to the Energy Council of 2 December 2010.


Modernisation of infrastructure


The question of building a modern and integrated European network was at the centre of the debates on Tuesday.

Günther Oettinger, European Commissioner for energy declared: “my objective is the implementation over the next 20 years of quality infrastructure, with a sufficiently dense capacity for gas and electricity. I want this infrastructure to be at the same level as that for the common airspace, motorways and railway networks. A lot needs to be done. Renewables and our competition objectives should be taken into account. However, infrastructure is essential if we are to attain our objectives (Ed: climate and energy security)”.

Ministerial discussions were based on two themes: regulatory shortcomings, which put a brake on market integration and maintain market fragmentation in the absence of sufficient inter-connections (particularly in central and eastern Europe), and sources of funding for energy infrastructure projects.

Ministerial discussions are expected to bring a significant contribution to the work of the European Commission on the next legislative package on energy infrastructure. Commissioner Oettinger has promised this package by next spring at the latest. A greater awareness characterises the EU27 with regard to the major challenge of the EU modernising infrastructure in this domain.

More: Website of the Belgian Presidency


Public consultation on indirect land use change and biofuels

Indirect land use change is a subject of great complexity. The Commission is therefore consulting on a wide basis; seeking advice on both the scale and characteristics of the problem, as well as, if the scale of the problem is significant enough, how it should be addressed.

Responses to this public consultation are expected by 31 October 2010 at the latest.

More: How to submit your contribution


If you no longer wish to receive the newsletter on energy topics, please log in here and unsubscribe