No 171 - Weekly - 10 February 2006 

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White Paper
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Green Paper on Energy


  Green Paper
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Europe Direct


[ Transport ]


13-15 February 2006: Inland Navigation Summit, Vienna


20-21 February 2006: EU-China Energy Conference, Shanghai


2-3 March 2006: Informal Meeting of Transport Ministers, Bregenz


14 March 2006: Extraordinary Meeting of Energy Ministers, Brussels


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Maritime Policy in the web site of Energy & Transport DG  

Maritime Careers in the web site of Energy and Transport DG

The importance of maritime research for sustainable competitiveness  [ full speech ]

On 8 February  the European Commissioner for Science and Research, Janez Potocnik, addressed the Community of European Shipyard Associations and the European Marine Equipment Council with a speech highlighting the importance of research and innovation in the waterborne transport sector for the future prosperity of the industry and for the European economy.  The Commissioner emphasised the connection between research and innovation and the goals of the Lisbon Strategy to make Europe the world’s most advanced knowledge based economy and society.

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Biofuels in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

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

Commission urges new drive to boost production of biofuels [ full text ]

On 8 February the European Commission adopted an ambitious EU Strategy for Biofuels, with a range of potential market-based, legislative and research measures to boost production of fuels from agricultural raw materials. The paper, which builds on the biomass action plan adopted in December 2005, sets out three main aims: to promote biofuels in both the EU and developing countries; to prepare for large-scale use of biofuels by improving their cost-competitiveness and increasing research into ‘second generation’ fuels; to support developing countries where biofuel production could stimulate sustainable economic growth. Increased use of biofuels will bring numerous benefits, by reducing Europe’s dependence on fossil fuel imports, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, providing new outlets for farmers and opening up new economic possibilities in several developing countries.

NEW VIDEO: "Biofuels to replace oil" [Watch Video]

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International relations in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Oil issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG  

EU-OPEC Energy Dialogue: OPEC Conference President meets with the President of the EU-Energy Ministers' Council [ full text ]

OPEC Conference President and Secretary General, Dr Edmund Maduabebe Daukoru, met with the President of the EU-Energy Minister's Council, Austria’s Federal Minister for Energy Dr Martin Bartenstein, in Vienna on 1 February. The meeting, described as a continuation of the EU-OPEC Energy Dialogue, is the first to take place between the two sides since Austria assumed the Presidency of the European Union on 1 January 2006 and Dr Daukoru, who is Minister of State for Petroleum Resources of Nigeria, took over the Presidency of the OPEC Conference on the same day.

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Job Vacancies in the web site of Energy and Transport DG


Job Vacancies: Galileo [ Vacancy Information ]

The European GNSS Supervisory Authority (responsible for the European Satellite Navigation programmes - Galileo and EGNOS) is organising a selection procedure for the positions of:


For a complete list of current calls for tenders please log on Tenders Electronic Daily

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



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 (TEN-T)



Public consultation on strengthening the protection of the rights of passengers travelling by sea or inland waterway in the EU



Open Public Consultation on GREEN PAPER on Energy Efficiency "Doing More With Less"




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

Call for Applications

Call for applications to the EcoDesign Consultation Forum



Please note that the announcement of technical reports and documents recently produced in specific energy and transport sectors can be found on the "What's New" pages of the corresponding chapters of Energy and  Transport on the EUROPA website.

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