No 184 - Weekly - 9 June 2006


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Adoption of the mid-term review of the Commission's 2001 Transport White Paper

26.06. - 28.06.2006 - European Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion

26.06.  Conference on the Nabucco pipeline, Vienna


Maritime Policy in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Motorways of the sea in the website of Energy & Transport DG

Commission adopts Green Paper on a European Maritime Policy   [ full text ]

The Green Paper on a Maritime Policy published on the 7th of June, is the result of over a year of consulting with stakeholders, identifying gaps between sea-related sectoral policy areas and attempting to adopt best practice and learn from obstacles and challenges. The mandate has been to examine all economic activities of Europeans which are linked to or impact on the oceans and seas, as well as all the policies dealing with them, with a view to finding the best way to extract more benefit from the oceans in a sustainable manner. This Green Paper will be a success if it forges a consensus among stakeholders – the Member States and citizens – that the EU needs to look at the oceans and seas in an integrated manner, if Europe is to maintain its resource base and to continue being competitive in maritime affairs.The Commission hopes that this Green Paper will launch a broad public debate both on the principle of the EU adopting an overall approach to maritime policy and on the many ideas for action. It wishes to base its further work in this area on the views of stakeholders and it intends to spend the next year listening to what they have to say.

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Galileo in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Video on Galileo

Commission takes stock of the GALILEO Programme  [ full text ]

 The European Commission adopted on the 6th of June a communication taking stock of the GALILEO satellite radionavigation programme. The communication outlines the key components of this ambitious European project and includes an updated timetable for its implementation. It will be forwarded to the European Parliament, the Council, the Economic and Social Council and the Committee of the Regions.

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Rail Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

The 3rd railway package in the web site of Energy and Transport DG

Agreement on the setting-up of a high-speed rail freight corridor  [ full text ]

Ministers from France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland, meeting in the presence of Mr Jacques Barrot, Vice-President of the Commission with special responsibility for transport signed on the 9th of June a letter of intent concerning the setting-up of an interoperable rail freight corridor between Antwerp, Basel and Lyon based on the European rail signalling system ERTMS.

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State Aid legislation 

State Aid in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Single market for air transport between EU and Singapore  [ full text ]

European Commission Vice-President Jacques Barrot, Austrian Vice-Chancellor Hubert Gorbach and the Minister of State for Finance and Transport of Singapore, Mrs. Lim Hwee Hua signed an EU-Singapore aviation agreement on the 9th of June, which will allow European airlines to fly between Singapore and any EU Member State. Singapore is the first country in Asia to sign such a “horizontal” aviation agreement with the European Community.

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State Aid legislation 

State Aid in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Fast progress on the Paris-Strasbourg-Stuttgart-Vienna-Bratislava railway axis  [ full text ]

Ministers from Germany, Austria, Slovakia and France signed on the 9th of June a declaration of intent for the speedy realisation of a high-speed railway axis running through Paris, Strasbourg, Stuttgart, Vienna and Bratislava.


The EU-Russia Energy Partnership in the web site of Energy & Transport DG  

The Green Paper on Energy

Ministers hail largest energy internal market in the world – Energy Community Treaty  [ full text ]

The signatories of the Energy Community Treaty on the 8th of June  welcomed  its coming into force on 1 July this year, at the Ministerial meeting of the Energy Community held in Luxembourg. The Energy Community Treaty creates the largest internal energy market in the world, bringing together the 25 Member States of the European Union with 9 close European states and territories[1] into a single trading block. Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs who participated in the meeting welcomed this achievement. “The Energy Community is becoming a central plank of our external energy policy, providing a means to spread EU standards and a way for non-EU countries to access the EU market; the Treaty is a success for all concerned”, he said.


The Green Paper on Energy

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

Energy Council takes steps forward in developing a European Energy Policy [ full text ]

Energy Commissioner Piebalgs stated: “Today’s Energy Council took important steps towards formulating an integrated European Energy Policy, as requested by Hampton Court European Council and builds on the Commission’s Green Paper for a Sustainable, Competitive and Secure European Energy Policy. In particular, the discussions on international energy policy, the internal electricity and gas market and sustainable energy policy showed clear determination to reach concrete conclusions providing for real progress by the end of this year.”

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Oil issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

OPEC website

Further steps forward in the EU-OPEC Energy Dialogue [ full text ]

The third meeting of the EU-OPEC Energy Dialogue took place in Brussels, Belgium, today. The EU and OPEC representatives welcomed the progress that had been made since the second meeting of the Energy Dialogue in Vienna on 2 December 2005. This included a Ministerial-level meeting between Dr Daukoru and Dr Bartenstein in Vienna on 1 February, shortly after Austria assumed the Presidency of the EU, and informal discussions between senior officials from the two groups at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January and the Tenth International Energy Forum (IEF) in Doha in April. The representatives expressed their appreciation for the constructive exchange of views on the important issue of energy demand and supply security at the Forum, and reiterated their support for the IEF as the main global platform for producer-consumer dialogue.

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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

Energy Council 8 June 2006 [ full text ]

Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs took part on the 8th of June in the first Council of Energy Ministers after the adoption of the Green Paper “A European Strategy for Sustainable, Competitive and Secure Energy”, on 8 March this year. The Council is going to discuss the future foreign energy policy, the developments of the internal market for gas and electricity and sustainability of the production and consumption of energy.

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   Deadline
Biofuels Directive Review and Progress Report   10/07/2006
Revision of Community legislation on the Inland transport of dangerous goods



Public consultation on the Green Paper on a European Strategy for Sustainable, Competitive and Secure Energy Policy



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
An impact assessment of the internalisation of the external costs of transport
OJ S 87-091433


Study on training needs and offers in the European railway area for the next 15 years

 OJ S 87-091437


Calculation of charges for the use of rail infrastructure  OJ S 97-103249 20/06/2006

Transposition of the directives on rail interoperability and safety, and the development of the Community's railways

OJ S 93-098920


Respec (Radiological Emergency Support Project for the European Commission)

OJ S 96-102095


Study on the potential imports by Member States of agricultural products containing radiocaesium concentrations in excess of EC limits

OJ S 100-106616


Study on the feasibility of extending the activities of existing mode-specific promotion centres in Europe to encompass the wider concept of intermodal transport

OJ S 102-108791


Coordination tools for the implementation of sustainable EU energy policies at local level (Managenergy)

OJ S 96-102084 31/07/2006

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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