No 190 - Weekly - 21 July 2006


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Mid-term review of the 2001 Transport White Paper
Mid-term review of the 2001 Transport White Paper

Green Paper
 on Energy

 Green Paper
 on Energy Efficiency

Europe Direct

[ Transport ]

[ Energy ]

[ Practical Information ]


08/09/06 EU-Russia Summit , Helsinki

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

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


The web site of the European Environment Agency

Clean Urban Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Commission authorises Dutch Province of Gelderland to grant € 4.6 million aid for environmental protection and innovation in public transport
[ full text ]

The European Commission decided on the 19th of July not to raise any objections to the € 4.6 million aid which the Dutch Province of Gelderland plans to allocate to initiatives which explore new ways for protecting the environment and making public transport more efficient and more appealing to the users.



The functioning of the air transport market in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Air Transport in the web site of energy & Transport DG

More competition and better quality: European Commission wants to strengthen the Single Market for Aviation [ full text ]

The European Commission adopted 0n the 18th of July a proposal to modernise the Single Market legislation for aviation. The proposal will ensure a consistent application of EU legislation in all Member States, thereby creating equal conditions for all airlines. It imposes transparency in fares announced to passengers. It addresses shortcomings in the legal framework for the Single Aviation market in order to enhance its efficient working.


Related topics from previous issues:

(20/01/2006)  Parliament gives support to EU external aviation policy


Open skies in the web site of Energy and Transport DG

Single European Sky  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Cooperation agreement with the USA on modernising air traffic management [ full text ]

Vice-President Jacques Barrot, the Commissioner responsible for transport, and Marion C. Blakey of the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), recently signed a cooperation agreement that will ensure coordination between their respective programmes for the modernisation of air traffic control, SESAR on the European side, and NGATS (“ Next Generation Air Transport System”) on the American side.


Related topics from previous issues:

(07/07/2006) Interoperability of European air traffic management systems: towards a Single European Sky

(23/06/2006)  European Union signs aviation agreement with New Zealand


Maritime Policy in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Maritime Careers in the web site of Energy and Transport DG

Maritime transport: the Commission approves a tonnage tax regime for Lithuanian shipping  [ full text ]

The Commission approved on the 19th of July the introduction of a tonnage tax system whereby tax liable entities in Lithuania engaged in international transportation by ship or a directly related activity can change the tax base for their operating profits. Companies fulfilling certain criteria may opt for a “tonnage tax” for the taxation of their profits from international maritime traffic. The tax will be calculated according to the net tonnage of their fleet, instead of the normally applicable corporation tax. The authorised scheme will run from January 2007 for 10 years and is expected to cost up to €0.6 million a year.


Air Transport in the web site of energy & Transport DG

Proposed Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council on common rules for air services in the European Union  [ full text ]

The text gives answers for the questions concerning consumer protection, an operating licence and more stringent control over them, consequences for relations with third countries, the rules with regard to the leasing of aircraft and also those with regard to public service obligations (PSO).


Air passenger rights  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Air safety in the web site of Energy and Transport DG

Passenger Rights & Air Safety - A Commission Priority [ full text ]

This memo recalls the initiatives taken by the European Union to protect air passenger rights and ensure high safety standards in aviation. A new element is that since 16th of July passengers have the right to be informed about the identity of the airline which will operate the flight(s) for which they have made a reservation.


Related topics from previous issues:

(23/06/2006) Commission updates its aviation blacklist for the first time

(17/03/2006) Questions and answers on the aviation blacklist

(13/01/2006) Air passengers’ rights: The European Court of Justice confirms legality of EU rules


Coal issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Commission authorises Germany to grant € 2.5 billion aid to its coal industry for the year 2006 [ full text ]

The European Commission decided on the 19th of July not to raise any objections to the € 2.5 billion aid package which Germany is proposing to grant to its coal industry for the year 2006. The aid is compatible with the proper functioning of the internal market.


Related topics from previous issues:

(24/06/2005)  European Commission approves “coal package” authorising restructuring plans for the Polish, German and Hungarian coal industry until 2010

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
Revision of Community legislation on the Inland transport of dangerous goods



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



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



The Commission is holding a public consultation until 26 July on a revision of the new approach which is planned for later this year. The new approach is the procedure whereby the Community legislates on essential requirements of protection and safety of products to be put on the market. It is then left up to industry to choose how to meet these minimum requirements. This is frequently done by means of voluntary standards agreed by the Industry in the sector concerned. DG Enterprise is in charge of this dossier, but there are some energy and transport sectors which already make some use of this approach (e.g. energy efficiency, rail ineroperability, marine equipment, transport of dangerous goods (pressurised vessels)) and it may be possible to extend the revised new approach to other sectors where, for example, safety requirements are important.

Further information is available here and here.

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

OJ S 111-118193


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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