No 187 - Weekly - 30 June 2006

 

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13/0706 Fossil Fuels Forum, Berlin

15/09/06 Inauguration of the European Maritime Safety Agency, Lisbon

26/09/06 Adoption of the Energy Efficiency Action Plan

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Intermodal transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

The web site of Jacques Barrot

Promoting sustainable mobility through advanced transport logistics    [ full text ]

The Commission adopted on the 28th of June a communication on freight transport logistics. The communication highlights the need for an overall approach to the improvement of transport logistics and rehearses the issues in preparation for an action plan in spring 2007 to promote such logistics. Transport logistics makes it possible to optimise flows of goods. Logistics is thus an essential tool for meeting the challenges of growing mobility and competitiveness. It is also a means of reducing the adverse effects of mobility, such as pollution, congestion and energy dependence.

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

Rail Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Brenner Tunnel: construction of the exploratory gallery begins   [ full text ]

 The work that started on the  30 June 2006, to drive an exploratory gallery along the line of the future Brenner Base Tunnel represented a milestone towards completing the modal shift from road to rail for crossing the Alps. The European Commission is pleased with the rapid progress being made and confirms its support.

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

Rail Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG  

Second Railway Package: European Commission sends a reasoned opinion to 4 Member States [ full text ]

On the 28th of June Greece, Italy, Portugal and Slovenia were sent a reasoned opinion for failing to notify the Commission of any transposition measures for a Directive, which opens the market for international and national rail freight services. The transposition of this directive into the national legal framework should enable more efficient and on-time international and national services by rail, which are particularly important to make rail more competitive. The Commission will fully play its role in ensuring an open internal market for rail freight services.

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 Maritime Policy in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Maritime security  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Port reception facilities for ship-generated waste and cargo residues: Commission sends reasoned opinions to Germany, Estonia and Spain and brings Greece, France, Italy, Finland and Portugal to the Court of Justice [ full text ]

The Commission sent on the 28th of June reasoned opinions to Germany, Estonia and Spain and decided to lodge a case to the Court of Justice against Greece, France, Italy, Finland and Portugal. The countries have failed to respect EU legislation on the improvement of the availability and use of port reception facilities for ship-generated waste and cargo residues.

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 Maritime Policy in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

 Maritime security  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Port State Control: Commission sends a reasoned opinion to Portugal and brings Malta to the Court of Justice [ full text ]

The Commission sent on the 28th of June a reasoned opinion – the last step before lodging a case to the Court of Justice – to Portugal and brought Malta to Court for failure to respect EU legislation on port State control of shipping.

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Road Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Road charging: European Commission sends reasoned opinion to Spain and France for discriminative road pricing  [ full text ]

The European Commission sent on the 28th of June a reasoned opinion to Spain and France for failure to respect European legislation on road charging. Both Member States apply excessively high discounts of up to 50% and 30 % respectively for frequent users of their motorways.

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  Call for proposals with a view to obtaining grants for pilot projects to promote secure rest places along the trans-European road network 

European Commission directorate-general for Energy & Transport published a call for proposals with a view to obtaining grants for pilot projects to promote secure rest places along the trans-European road network on the 23rd of June.  Closing date for submission of applications is the 8th of September. For further information please click here.

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Gas issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

The Green Paper on Energy

Commissioner Piebalgs welcomes agreement to accelerate Nabucco gas pipeline project [ full text ]

The Energy Ministers of Austria, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey together with Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs agreed to accelerate commercial, regulatory and legal work to build the Nabucco gas pipeline in the shortest possible time. The agreement was signed in the form a joint declaration at the end of a ministerial conference on Nabucco that took place today in Vienna. The pipeline is critical to the long-term necessity for Europe to connect its gas market to the Caspian region and is likely to be the first of many supply routes through Southern Europe. The European Union had conceived a scenario in which 10 – 15% of its gas would come from this region by 2025

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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

Biofuels: European Commission launches infringement procedures against Italy and Greece      [ full text ]

The European Commission decided on the 28th of June to send a reasoned opinion (the second step of an infringement procedure) to Italy for failure to provide adequate reasons for setting a biofuel target considerably lower than the 2% reference value for 2005 laid down by the biofuels directive. The Commission also decided to initiate Court proceedings against Italy and send a reasoned opinion to Greece, as the two countries have not submitted the annual report on biofuel use that was due on 1 July 2005.

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Nuclear issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Nuclear safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Radiological emergency plans: Italy before the Court of Justice for its failure to apply Euratom provisions [ full text ]

The European Commission has decided to refer Italy to the European Court of Justice because Italian legislation does not comply with Euratom rules on the preparation of emergency plans and the prior information that must be provided to the general public in preparation for a radiological emergency.

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  Public Consultation on Transmission Pricing (for Transit) and how it interacts with Entry-Exit Systems

On 29th June, the European Regulators Group for Electricity and Gas (ERGEG) launched a public consultation on its Report on the Transmission Pricing (for Transit) and how it interacts with Entry-Exit Systems. This report identifies key requirements on how transmission pricing for cross border transport (transit) and regulated entry-exit systems could encourage competition and support a competitive market for natural gas. The deadline for comments is the 24th August. Further details are available on the ERGEG website: www.ergeg.org

  Public hearing on Guidelines on Electricity Transparency and Information Management

The European Regulators Group for Electricity and Gas (ERGEG) will host an open (free) public hearing on Guidelines on Electricity Transparency and Information Management on the 6th July. Further details are available on the ERGEG website: www.ergeg.org

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

 

31/07/2006

Revision of the community legislation on the access to the road transport market and on the admission to the occupation of road transport operator

 

09/08/2006

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

 

24/09/2006

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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.

Contract
Notice

Official
Journal

Time-limit for receipt of tenders

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

OJ S 100-106616

  06/07/2006

Study on the compensation thresholds for damaged or lost equipment and devices belonging to air passengers with reduced mobility

OJ S 111-118193

  27/07/2006

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

  10/07/2006

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

OJ S 96-102084 31/07/2006

Assessment, using PC-CREAM, of the radiological impact on the population of the EU of radioactive discharges from EU sites between 1997 and 2004

OJ S 116-122973 31/07/2006

Nuclear safety in a situation of fading nuclear experience

OJ S 116-122972 31/07/2006

Cross-cutting study as regards regulation and operation of industries requiring specific safety regulations to prevent potentially harmful effects on human beings and the environment

OJ S 116-122971 31/07/2006

Incident reporting and follow-up in the nuclear sector

OJ S 116-122966 31/07/2006

Nuclear safety performance indicators

OJ S 116-122968 31/07/2006

Study on the codification of the European Union regulatory framework on transport of radioactive material

OJ S 116-122965 31/07/2006

Study on the use of explosive-detection dogs in the field of aviation security

OJ S 111-118192 08/08/2006

Facilitation of aviation security — feasibility study of 'registered passenger' concept

OJ S 109-115959 10/08/2006

Study on the energy savings potentials in EU Member States, candidate countries and EEA countries

OJ S 114-121036 10/08/2006

Funding Handbook in the field of inland navigation

OJ S 116-122975 16/08/2006

Study on administrative and regulatory barriers in the field of inland waterway transport

OJ S 116-122974 16/08/2006

Collection of data for an energy market observation system

OJ S 118-125099 23/08/2006

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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