No 158 - Weekly - 28 October 2005


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2-4 November 2005: CIVITAS Forum "Integrating Sustainable Transport Policies"


7-8 November 2005: EUROSAFE Forum for Nuclear Safety, Brussels


28-29/11/2005: First Annual Conference Sustainable Energy Europe Campaign 2005-2008  


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Please note that there will be no newsletter next week. Edition 159 will appear 11 November 2005.

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Galileo in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Galileo: slides presentation (PDF) 

Jacques Barrot appoints Karel Van Miert as facilitator for Galileo  [ full text ]

Jacques Barrot, Vice President of the European Commission in charge of Transport, has appointed Karel Van Miert, former European Commissioner, to take up the role of mediator for Galileo. Mr Van Miert’s mission will be to act as mediator between Member States and European industry in order to facilitate decisions on the Galileo programme.

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Trans-European energy networks in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

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

Financing Trans-European Networks for Transport and Energy - EP Plenary Session Strasbourg, 25 October 2005  [ full text FR]

On 25 October Jacques Barrot , Vice President of the European Commission and Commissioner in charge of Transport, made a speech at the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, outlining the vital importance of Trans-European networks for Transport and Energy to achieve the goals outlined in the Lisbon Strategy and introducing plans for the next financial perspective. The need for stepping up the rate of investment in order to realise the 30 priority transport projects was emphasised.

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Euro-Mediterranean energy partnership  in the web site of energy & Transport DG

Enlargement and international relations in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

The EU and South East Europe sign a historic treaty to boost energy integration  [ full text ]

The first ever multilateral treaty in South East Europe was signed on 25 October in Athens. Signing the Energy Community Treaty, the European Union and nine partners of South East Europe – Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Albania, Romania, Bulgaria and UNMIK on behalf of Kosovo – will create the legal framework for an integrated energy market. Negotiations with Turkey are ongoing for joining the treaty at a later stage. European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso hailed the Treaty as “a major achievement for peace and stability in Europe”. Commissioner Andris Piebalgs in charge of energy, who signed the treaty on behalf of the European Union, commented that “the Energy Community Treaty will enhance security of supply and give support to a strategically vital sector”.

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

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

An integrated market for electricity and gas across 34 European Countries [ full text ]

The Energy Community Treaty that was signed in Athens on 25 October represents the achievement of the largest internal market for electricity and gas in the world, with effectively 34 participating parties: the 25 European Union Member States and Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Bulgaria, and UNMIK Kosovo. Negotiations with Turkey are ongoing. Moldova, Ukraine and Norway have applied to join, but for the moment are observers. The signing of the treaty is the conclusion of the Athens process which started in 2002 when the European Commission brought forward proposals for the creation of a regional electricity market in South East Europe.

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The European Energy and Transport Forum in the web site of Energy and Transport DG

UK Presidency of the EU Website

EU informal summit: UK Prime Minister Tony Blair emphasises the need for a common European energy grid [ full text ]

Discussion of energy supplies in Europe featured prominently at the EU informal summit at Hampton Court, UK on 27 October. In the following press conference, Prime Minister Tony Blair summarised: "In respect of energy, there was an agreement to take forward work in the energy sector, including how we try to establish a common European grid. Obviously there are already on a bilateral basis certain interconnections. There is a lot more we can do however, and it is important too that energy policy is something that we work on together as a European Union, given the fact that according to the European Commission, over the next few years we will start to import round about 90% of our oil and gas needs in Europe."

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Doing more with less: Green Paper on energy efficiency
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Trans-European transport network: TEN-T priority axes and projects 2005
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