No 178 - Weekly - 31 March 2006 

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White Paper
  on Transport

Green Paper on Energy


  Green Paper
  on Energy Efficiency


Europe Direct


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25-26 April 2006: EU Renewables Forum, Amsterdam

18-19 May 2006: EU Gas Regulatory Forum, Madrid

23.05. - 24.05.2006 - ARTEMIS Advanced Relay Technology Mission: Annual Conference of the Embedded Systems European Technology Platform


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Road Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Road safety video 

Member States Agree on the European Driving Licence   [ full text ]

The Council of Ministers reached a political agreement on a European Commission proposal from 2003 regarding a European driving licence on the 27th of March. Common European rules will facilitate the free movement of EU drivers, prevent fraud when driving licences are used as identification documents and improve road safety, particularly where motorcycles are concerned. A single model in credit card format will replace the more than 110 different models currently in circulation.


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Rail Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG  

Rail Passenger Transport in the Website of Energy & Transport DG

New standard signalling for trains in Europe    [ full text ]

 The Commission has adopted Technical Specifications for Interoperability for control/command and signalling on the conventional trans-European railway network on the 30th of March. At the moment, more than twenty different signalling and speed control systems are used in Europe, which means that most international passenger and goods trains still have to stop at the border station to change locomotive. The adopted Decision will allow these incompatible systems to be gradually replaced by a single system known by its abbreviation ERTMS.


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Road Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

The Ecopoints system  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Sustainable transport - Towards fair and efficient infrastructure charging   [ full text ]

On the 27th of March  the Council of Ministers approved the European Parliament’s amendments on the Eurovignette Directive and thus finalised the new European road charging regime. The new Directive will enter into force following its publication in the Official Journal. This legislation will encourage Member States to introduce and develop tolls and charges which will make it possible to improve the management of commercial freight traffic, reduce pollution and generate funds for investment in new transport infrastructure.

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Sea Ports  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Maritime Policy in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Inauguration of a new port in Le Havre, France (FR)   [ full text ]

 Vice President of the European Commission in charge of transport, Jacques Barrot, and regional policy Commissioner Danuta Hübner attended the inauguration of Port 2000, a new port in Le Havre, France on the 30th of March. The project, co-financed by the EU, marks the renaissance of the port and will prepare Le Havre for increased maritime traffic.


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

ManagEnergy web site

Energy savings: Further Development of International Cooperation on Energy Efficiency of Office Equipment  [ full text ]

The European Commission launched on the 28th of March  the procedure to negotiate a new Agreement on the EU-US ENERGY STAR programme for office equipment with the United States. The programme was first introduced in 2001 for an initial period of five years and aims at fostering the energy efficiency of computers, monitors, copiers, printers and fax machines, which are responsible for approx. 5% of the EU’s electricity consumption. ENERGY STAR is part of the Commission’s strategy to improve the efficiency of energy use and to implement a sustainable energy policy in the European Union.

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The website of Commissioner Piebalgs

External trade on the Europa web site

Commission welcomes international agreement to boost trade in new generation of semiconductors  [ full text ]

The European Commission welcomed on the 28th of March  the signing of an international agreement which will make it easier to trade in semi-conductors, a key component in many popular goods such as mobile phones, MP3-players, electronic devices in cars and personal organisers. The MCP Agreement will eliminate customs duties and other charges on multi-chip integrated circuits among the main semiconductor trading nations and territories. Over the last year, the European Commission had assumed a leading role in the negotiations towards the conclusion of this Agreement.


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



Rail and urban transport passenger security



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



European Commission 2006 report on the application of Council Regulation 1407/2002 on state aid to the coal industry, foreseen by article 11 of that regulation



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

New Calls for Tender

The internet service of DG TREN has developed a  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 operation and the results of regulation establishing common rules on compensation
OJ S 36-038536


Survey Services

OJ S 36-038536


Assistance in organising information, communication and broadcasting activities covering energy and transport OJ S 45-046805 19/04/2006

Report on the implementation of the TEN-T guidelines for the period 2004–2005

OJ S 44-045848


Study on the implementation of a European Network of Certification Centres (ENCC) for the purpose of the Single European Service of Electronic Fee Collection

OJ S 44-045846


Research and development consultancy services. Analytical support framework to monitor the implementation of the infrastructure and 'soft' measures proposed by the High Level Group


OJ S 50-051757


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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Job Vacancies in the web site of Energy and Transport DG


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