No 166 - Weekly - 6 January 2006

 

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Green Paper on Energy

  White Paper
  on Transport

   

 

Europe Direct

   
 

[ Transport ]

23 January 2006: COGEN Europe Conference on European Biomass, Brussels

     

24 January 2006: Ministerial Conference on Motorways of the Sea, Slovenia

     

[ Energy ]

[ Practical Information ]

 

 

 
 

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New organisation chart of DG Energy & Transport

 

Matthias Ruete has been appointed Director-General of DG Energy and Transport as of 1 January 2006

            Matthias Ruete, of German nationality, has been working with the European Commission since 1986. He was Director for "International Relations, trans-European transport and infrastructure networks" from 1998 to 2000 in DG Energy and Transport. He then moved to DG Enlargement to become successively Director for "Coordination of negotiations, pre-accession and financial instruments" and Director for "Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey and Coordination". His last assignment before re-joining DG Energy and Transport was that of Director for "Coordination for Competitiveness" at DG Enterprise and Industry.

Matthias Ruete wishes all the readers of  "Energy and Transport in Europe Digest" a very happy New Year .

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GALILEO in the web site of Energy & Transport DG  

Video "GALILEO: the countdown has begun"

GALILEO on track: successful launch of the GIOVE-A satellite   [ full text ]

GALILEO, Europe’s global satellite navigation system is now a concrete reality. On 28 December 2005, the 600-Kilogram GIOVE-A satellite, manufactured by the British company Surrey Satellite Technology Limited, was placed in a 23,222 kilometres orbit by a Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Jacques Barrot, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for transport declared: “radionavigation based on GALILEO will be a feature of everyday's life, helping to avoid traffic jams and tracking dangerous cargos, for example. The launch of GIOVE today is the proof that Europe can deliver ambitious projects to the benefit of its citizens and companies”.

 

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Rail interoperability in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

 
Freedom of movement of trains on the conventional trans-European network comes one step closer  [ full text ]

The European Commission adopted on 23 December 2005 two Technical Specifications for Interoperability for the conventional trans-European rail network (in the form of a Decision and a Regulation) which will make it easier for trains to run throughout the whole of Europe. These specifications concern the noise emitted by rolling stock and telematics applications for freight. “These rules will help in creating a truly European railway area for the conventional lines. This is essential in order to promote rail freight services which are cleaner and require less energy”, said Jacques Barrot, Commission Vice-President responsible for transport. “By imposing noise limits, the needs of people who live close to railways are also being taken into account”, he added.

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The web site of Competition DG

 
Mergers: Commission clears the planned acquisition of Bax Global by Deutsche Bahn  [ full text ]

The European Commission has cleared on 22 December 2005 under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of the US-based freight forwarding and logistics company Bax Global by the German state-owned passenger transport company Deutsche Bahn. The Commission considers that although both companies are active in the same markets of freight forwarding and logistics, the acquisition would not lead to an increase in market share sufficient to significantly impede effective competition in the European Economic Area (EEA) or any substantial part of it.

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The web site of Competition DG

 
Mergers: Commission clears planned acquisition of control over Eurowings by Lufthansa, subject to conditions  [ full text ]

The European Commission has cleared on 22 December 2005 under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of control by German airline Deutsche Lufthansa AG over the German airline Eurowings Luftverkehrs AG and its subsidiary, the low cost airline Germanwings. The Commission's clearance is conditional upon the parties surrendering slots at Vienna and Stuttgart airports and other concessions. In light of these commitments, the Commission has concluded that the transaction would not significantly impede effective competition in the European Economic Area (EEA) or a substantial part of it.

 

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Security of gas supply in the website of Energy & Transport DG 

Video on electricity and gas security of supply

EU Council Presidency and European Commission welcome agreement between Gazprom and Naftogaz 

Following the announcement that Gazprom and Naftogaz have reached agreement on the supply of gas by Russia and its transit via the Ukraine, Mr Bartenstein, Austrian Federal Minister for the Economy and Labour, on behalf of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and Mr Piebalgs, Commissioner for Energy and Mrs Ferrero-Waldner, Commissioner for External Relations, on behalf of the European Commission, have welcomed  on 4 January the fact that the appeals from the EU to the Parties to settle their dispute have had a swift and positive response.  The EU welcomes that the Parties have taken account of the importance placed by the Union on the maintenance of their role as secure long-term suppliers of natural gas to the EU.
Minister Bartenstein and Commissioner Piebalgs have held on 4 January a joint press conference, following the opening of the meeting of the EU Gas Co-ordination Group, convened to examine the situation.

Speaking Note from Andris Piebalgs,  EU Energy Commissioner, welcoming the agreement between Gazprom and Naftogaz at the
joint Press Conference with Mr Bartenstein, Austrian Federal Minister for the Economy and Labour    [ full text ]
 

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The web site of Competition DG

 

Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of Danish Elsam and Energi E2 assets by Vattenfall [ full text ]

The European Commission has approved on 23 December 2005 under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition by the Swedish electricity incumbent Vattenfall of certain assets, mainly power plants, from the Danish energy companies Elsam and Energi E2. The Commission concluded that Vattenfall’s entry into Danish electricity markets would not lead to a significant impediment of effective competition in the European Economic Area (EEA) or any substantial part of it.

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State Aid in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

State Aid legislation

State aid: Commission opens investigation into the state aid awarded to Institut Français du Pétrole  [ full text ]

The European Commission has launched on 22 December 2005 a formal state aid investigation as provided for in Article 88(2) of the EC Treaty into the state aid awarded by France to Institut Français du Pétrole (IFP) and some of its subsidiaries. IFP is a non-profit-making body engaged in research, training and documentation in the hydrocarbons field and benefits, by virtue of its status, from state aid which amounted to €200 million in 2003 and €163 million in 2004. The Commission takes the view that IFP and its subsidiary Axens form a single player on the refinery processing technologies and petrochemicals market which is in competition with other private operators. The Commission also believes that R&D expenditure by IFP and its subsidiary on the market is funded at least in part from the state aid awarded for IFP's non-profit-making activities, and it doubts that this funding is compatible with the state aid rules. The investigation will enable the Commission to obtain further information on the scope and nature of the state-funded activities of IFP and some of its subsidiaries and will provide interested parties with an opportunity to submit their comments on the measure. It does not prejudge the outcome of the investigation.

 

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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.

Topic of Consultation

 

Deadline

Public consultation on the Green Paper on energy Efficiency

or "Doing more with less"
  31/03/2006
     
Public consultation on the report of the High Level Group on the extension of the main trans-European transport axes to the neighbouring countries and regions and the way forward

A public consultation has been opened on the report of the High Level Group on the extension of the main trans-European transport axes to the neighbouring countries and regions and the way forward. It will remain open until the 17 February 2006. Stakeholders are invited to express their ideas and views.  Provisional date for the public consultation meeting will be the 1st of March.
  17/02/2006
     

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.
 

 

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