No 164 - Weekly - 16 December 2005

 

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Green Paper on Energy

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Europe Direct

   
 

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19-20/12/2005: Western Balkans Negotiations, Brussels

     

26 December 2005: Planned launch of first GALILEO test satellite, Kazakhstan 

     

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Air passenger rights  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG  

Single European Sky  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

European Commission determined to enforce air passengers’ rights [ full text ]

The Commission has decided on 14 December to refer Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg and Sweden to the European Court of Justice and to deliver reasoned opinion to Slovakia for failure to comply with European legislation on air passenger rights. These countries have not fulfilled all their obligations pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 261/2004, which entered into force on 17 February 2005 and provides additional protection for air passengers in the event of denied boarding, flight cancellation or long delays. To date they have still not established an effective system of penalties vis-à-vis airlines which infringe the provisions of the Regulation.

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Road Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG  

The digital tachograph in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Working time in road transport: 10 Member States still late to implement the rules            [ full text ]

The European Commission sent a reasoned opinion – the last step before a formal complaint to the Court of Justice is lodged – to Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain on 13 December for failure to transmit their national implementing measures on working time for the road transport sector. The rules on working time include time for driving, loading and unloading, vehicles maintenance and administrative tasks. The aim of this legislation is to improve and harmonize social conditions of road transport workers on the European transport market thus contributing to better health and safety of workers, fair competition and enhanced road safety.

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Galileo in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

International relations in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

GALILEO Information Centre for Latin America: cooperation between EU and Latin America on satellite navigation intensifies [ full text ]

On 9 December 2005, the GALILEO Information Centre for Latin America was inaugurated in São José dos Campos close to São Paulo, Brazil. Officials and business executives both from the European Union and the Latin American partners attended the opening ceremony. On the occasion of this event, Jacques Barrot, Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of transport said: “The last EU-Latin America summit put satellite navigation on our common agenda. I see a huge potential for our cooperation on GALILEO. The information centre will help, in a very practical way, to foster our scientific and industrial relations in this promising field.” The GALILEO Information Centre for Latin America is the third such centre to open after the Centres in China and in the Mediterranean region.

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Road Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Transport infrastructure charging policy in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Road charging (Eurovignette): European Commission sends reasoned opinion to Italy  [ full text ]

The European Commission sent a reasoned opinion – the last step before a formal complaint to the Court of Justice is lodged – to Italy on 15 December for failure to respect European legislation on road charging. Italy applies excessively high discounts of up to 30% for frequent users of their motorways. “Excessive discounts that are practically only available to national hauliers distort competition and contradict the user pays principle”, said Vice-President Jacques Barrot in charge of transport. The aim of the Eurovignette Directive is the elimination of distortions of competition between transport undertakings in the Member States. It therefore establishes a mechanism for charging infrastructure costs to hauliers.

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Road safety  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Road safety charter  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Speed limitation devices and road safety: European Commission refers Ireland to Court of Justice [ full text ]

The Commission referred Ireland to the Court of Justice on 14 December for continued failure to notify measures transposing into national law EU legislation on the installation and use of speed limitation devices for certain categories of motor vehicles. Improving road safety is an ongoing priority of European transport policy. The Directive supplements the existing legislation by further harmonising the requirements relating to the installation and use of speed limitation devices.

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Single European Sky  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Air Transport in the web site of energy & Transport DG

European Commission sends reasoned opinion to Greece on Single European Sky legislation [ full text ]

On 15 December 2005 the Commission sent a reasoned opinion – the last step before a formal complaint to the Court of Justice is lodged – to Greece for failure to respect EU legislation on the establishment of a national supervisory authority in the context of the Single European Sky.
The Regulation, which entered into force in April 2004, sets up the institutional framework for the single European sky. A main feature is the separation between the provision of air navigation services on the one hand and the supervision and regulation of these services on the other hand. Member States are required to establish an independent national supervisory authority to assume the different tasks identified in EU legislation including certification of air navigation service providers and on-going compliance oversight.

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Green Paper on Energy Efficiency in the website of Energy & Transport DG 

Energy Demand Management in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

European Parliament: Agreement on energy efficiency [ full text ]

Given the growth in world energy demand and the decline in resources, there is an increasing need to save energy and use it more efficiently. A step in the right direction was been taken on 13 December when Parliament confirmed an agreement with Council on a directive aiming to encourage Member States to save energy and use it more efficiently when it is sold to private households or the public sector. "The directive must and can kick off a real energy efficiency offensive in the Member States," said Parliament's rapporteur Mechtild ROTHE (PES, DE) in the debate before Parliament's second reading vote. The report was adopted with 582 votes in favour, 13 against with 18 abstentions. Andris Piebalgs, Energy Commissioner said, "Energy efficiency is one of the main priorities of this Commission. That will remain so throughout our mandate period. This new directive is expected to be a valuable tool for achieving that goal."

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The Energy End-use Efficiency and Energy Services Directive 

Intelligent Energy for Europe in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Andris Piebalgs welcomes the approval of the Energy End-use Efficiency and Energy Services Directive [ full text ]

The Energy End-use Efficiency and Energy Services Directive agreed in the European Parliament on 13 December will require Member States to save at least an additional 1% of their final energy consumption each year for the next 9 years. In order to achieve these savings, Member States must adopt targets, impose obligations on their energy suppliers and prepare national Energy Efficiency Action Plans. Savings will be achieved in both the private and public sectors, using a framework of measures. These measures should expand the use of energy services such as energy-efficient and cost-effective lighting, heating, hot water, ventilation and transportation. They will also improve the market uptake of energy-efficient technology and integrate energy efficiency criteria into public procurement practices. Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs declared, “I am particularly happy with the agreement found today on this key legislation which will help the European Union save energy and reduce its dependence on oil” after the vote in favor of new legislation to boost the cost-effective and efficient use of energy in the European Union. “I now call on Member Sates to implement the rules as swiftly as possible.”

 

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The Energy End-use Efficiency and Energy Services Directive 

Managenergy web site 

Energy saving : the Commission refers Portugal and Luxembourg to the Court of Justice [ full text ]

The Commission decided on 13 December to open infringement proceedings against Portugal and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg for failure to comply with European legislation on the energy labelling of household refrigerators and freezers. In the case of Luxembourg, the infringement proceedings also concern the energy labelling of electrical ovens and household air-conditioners. This legislation is part of a range of measures to curb energy demand in the European Union. “At a time when rising oil prices make energy saving more necessary than ever, it is regrettable that these two Member States still have not implemented a piece of legislation which has proved invaluable to consumers", said Andris Piebalgs, Commissioner for Energy.

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Biofuels in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Clean Urban Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Commission urges Luxembourg, Italy, Portugal and Slovakia to implement Biofuels Directive [ full text ]

The European Commission decided on 13 December to take Luxembourg, Italy and Portugal to the Court of Justice and to send a reasoned opinion to Slovakia for failure to fulfil their obligations under the Biofuels Directive. This directive requires that an increasing proportion of all diesel and gasoline sold in the Member States be biofuels, starting with 2% in 2005 and progressively increasing so as to reach a minimum of 5.75% of fuels sold in 2010. The Commission also sent letters of formal notice to 16 Member States about the national report they need to submit to the Commission for the year 2005. Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs said “Today biofuels are the only substitute for fossil fuels in transport. They will contribute to our security of energy supply, will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create jobs in rural areas. I regret that Member States are still late in implementing these rules.”

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Job Vacancies in the web site of Energy and Transport DG

 

Job Vacancies: Galileo [ Vacancy Information ]

Application deadlines extended to 1 January 2006!  The European GNSS Supervisory Authority (responsible for the European Satellite Navigation programmes - Galileo and EGNOS) is organising a selection procedure for the positions of:

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Public Consultations

In this section you will find the newest calls for submissions to public consultations in fields of energy and transport.

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European Regulators for Electricity and Gas (ERGEG) seek views on Gas Roadmap

On 22 November, ERGEG, which was set up by the Commission to provide advice on matters related to the internal electricity and gas market, published a Gas Roadmap paper for public consultation. The document “Roadmap for a Competitive Single Gas Market in Europe” identifies key issues where action is needed, sets priorities and aims to deliver practical improvements to European gas markets through regional initiatives. Submissions from interested parties on the ERGEG Gas Roadmap are invited until 23rd January 2006. The consultation document can be found on the ERGEG website www.ergeg.org.
 

 

23/01/2006

Open Public Consultation on Mid-term Review of the White Paper on European Transport Policy

Over the coming months the Commission will carry out  the mid-term review of the White Paper on "The European transport policy for 2010". To supplement its own analysis, the Commission would like to take note of your ideas on European transport policy. To this end, the Commission would appreciate your comments, concerns, wishes, observations and views. Please follow the link for further information.

 

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