No 149 - Weekly - 22 July 2005


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Green Paper on Energy

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Europe Direct


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6-9/09/2005: Plenary Session of the European Parliament


6-7/09/2005: Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council


26-29/09/2005: Plenary Session of the European Parliament


19-21/10/2005: Public Private Partnerships in the Transport Summit


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Memo on the TEN-T decision (FR)

The TEN-T  in the web site of energy & Transport DG

Transport network: speeding up completion of the key routes [ full text ]

The Commission adopted on 20 July a series of measures on closer political and technical coordination on the completion of the trans-European transport network (TEN-T). These measures include the nomination of six prominent figures as European coordinators and the setting up of an Executive Agency for the TEN-T. As Vice-President Jacques Barrot, the Commissioner responsible for transport, stated: "Implementation of major transport projects is hindered not only by a lack of funding but also by problems of coordination between Member States. It is these transnational projects that experience most delays. The coordinators will facilitate the dialogue between the Member States concerned so that work and financing plans are better synchronised." President Barroso has also entrusted Jacques Barrot with the task of chairing a steering group with the Commissioners concerned to improve the contribution of trans-European transport, energy and telecommunications networks to economic growth.

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MEMO on the regulation for public transport services

Giving local authorities the means to develop public transport [ full text ]

The European Commission has adopted on 20 July a revised proposal for a regulation which will help to develop public transport services. The revised text provides a clear framework suited to the needs of local authorities and enabling them to organise public transport and finance public services. Public authorities and the operators responsible for providing public passenger transport will have to come to agreement, within the framework of a contract, on the criteria necessary for offering the best quality of service. Jacques Barrot, European Commission Vice-President responsible for transport, said “Local authorities will have the option either of running local transport themselves or of entrusting it, in a fully transparent manner, to a specialised operator. This revised text will ensure that public transport services are implemented and funded."

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State Aid in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

“Green light” for Czech energy savings programme for transport [ full text ]

The European Commission has on 20 July agreed to authorise five measures to be taken by the Czech Republic on energy efficiency and renewable energy in the transport sector. The Commission's analysis has shown that most of these measures do not threaten to distort competition in the transport market or affect competition between Member States. For 2005-2008, the Czech Government plans spending totalling CZK 278 million (about €8 million).

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State Aid in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Air transport / Outermost regions: the Commission authorises a French social aid scheme [ full text ]

The Commission has on 20 July approved a social State aid scheme for passengers from the Island of Réunion flying to metropolitan France. The scheme will be valid for one year. It is intended to compensate the island’s inhabitants for the continual disadvantage which they face from transport costs that are far higher than for people living on the French mainland.

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The web site of Competition DG

State aid: Commission endorses Dutch guarantee scheme for financingshipbuilding [ full text ]

The European Commission has authorised on 20 July, under the EC Treaty’s state aid rules, a state guarantee scheme introduced by The Netherlands. Guarantees will be granted to financial institutions providing loans to Dutch shipyards in order to finance the construction of ships. Guarantee premiums will be charged and vary according to the risk of the loan. The premium level will cover the risks of payments and the administrative costs generated by the scheme. Consequently, the scheme should be self-financing. This measure therefore does not constitute state aid and does not threaten to distort competition in the single market.


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

Sustainable Energy Europe web site

European Commission launches a four-year Campaign to raise public awareness on sustainable energy [ full text ]

“Intelligent energy production and consumption will change the European energy landscape forever”. This is the core message of the Sustainable Energy Europe campaign that the European Commission launched on 18 July, and which will last until 2008. This action is set to contribute to meeting EU energy policy aims: an increase in the share of renewable energy up to 12% by 2010, together with substantial savings in energy consumption that have been estimated in the recently adopted Green Paper on Energy Efficiency at 20% by 2020. Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs on launching the campaign said: “This campaign will promote better living standards, stimulate economic growth, create jobs and enhance the competitive position of European industry on world markets.”

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

EREG web site

European energy regulators launch consultation process [ full text ]

On the 18th July, the European Regulators Group for electricity and gas (ERGEG), which was set up by the Commission to provide advice on matters related to the internal electricity and gas market, published a public consultation document on gas balancing. The document identifies potential problems that exist in gas balancing regimes across the EU - including the provision of information, the interaction between neighbouring balancing regimes and the way in which penalties are levied for imbalance. The document proposes the development of gas balancing guidelines for good practice (similar to those for gas storage), which may help to overcome some of the problems. The starting point for the guidelines will be a high level set of principles - which are also being consulted upon in the document - with a more detailed set of guidelines following later in the year. Stakeholders have until the 26th September to respond to the ERGEG consultation - after which a final set of high level principles will be published, followed by the guidelines towards the end of the year. The consultation document can be found under

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The web site of Competition DG

State aid: Commission endorses €5 million aid for investment project in Czech lignite mine [ full text ]

The European Commission has decided on 20 July that regional investment aid to Lignit Hodonín, the operator of the last lignite mine in the Czech Republic, is compatible with EU state aid rules. The aid of CZK 155.5 million (€5 million) covers investment for opening new lignite deposits which will safeguard 350 direct and 150 indirect jobs. After having scrutinised the aid, the Commission finds it compatible with Community rules for regional state aid, given its positive effects on the economic development of the region concerned in terms of safeguarding employment and supporting investment in new mining technology.


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EASA web site

EMSA web site

Job opportunity in the Directorate General for Energy and Transport. ATENTION : deadline 8 August [ full text ]

The Directorate General for Energy and Transport has set a selection process for temporary agent posts within the Directorate General in order to establish a reserve list for temporary agents.  Attention  deadline for applications: 8 August 2005. The posts will be for the Directorate "Security – Protection of persons, goods and installations", Unit "Aviation and maritime security"; Directorate "Maritime and Inland waterway transport, intermodality", Unit "Maritime transport policy & maritime safety"; and for Directorate "Nuclear Energy", Unit "Nuclear Energy, Waste Management".

The European Maritime Safety Agency (deadline 25 July), the European Air Safety Agency (deadline 16 August) and the European Rail Agency (deadline 1st and 15th August) have also temporary agent vacancies. Please check EMSA web site at:, EASA's website at:, and ERA website



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

Calls for tender in web site of Energy & Transport DG

New Calls for Tender

The internet service of DG TREN has developed a new 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

Study on the impact of the introduction of secondary slot trading at Community airports

JO S 129-127180


Better buildings for Europe: assessing and communicating the Buildings Directive (the buildings platform)

JO S 132-130139


Preparatory studies on eco-design requirements for energy-using products (I)

JO S 129-127180


Study on the development of a European aviation code

JO S 128-126167   


Definition of critical infrastructures at EU level in the energy sector

JO S 121-118823  


Harmonised register of train drivers

JO S 119-117016


Analysis of the economic impact of the energy products prices on the competitiveness of the energy and manufacturing sectors in the EU — comparison EU and USA

JO S 118-116052  


Proposal to update and supplement the EU–US open aviation area study

JO S 114-112502 


Framework contract for electrical services

JO S 114-112498


Framework contract for mechanical services

JO S 114-112497


Contract for the supply of high-level neutron coincidence counters

JO S 114-112494


Market analysis and feasibility study for a European road transport market observatory

JO S 113-111586


Transparency of airlines tickets

OJ S 104-103426


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