No 196 - Weekly - 29 September 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 ]


4-6/10/06 3rd General Assembly of the European Hydrogen and Fuel Technology Platform, Brussels

9/10 Fossil Fuels Forum, Berlin

3-4/11/06  Conference Verona IV Innovative Road Safety Approches, Verona


Road safety video

Road safety  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Road safety: still high on the agenda

Jacques Barrot, the European Commission Vice-President with special responsibility for transport, took part in a parliamentary symposium on road safety in Europe held at the French National Assembly on the 25th of September. He paid tribute to the measures taken by France to improve road safety, and outlined the achievements of EU policy in this field and the prospects for the future. In his conclusions, Mr Barrot urged the participants to keep up their good work and said that the Commission would step up its efforts with a view to achieving the target of halving the number of road accident victims by 2010.

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Related topics from previous issues:

(05/05/2006)  Road safety: new European rules on seat belt use

(22/02/2006) Road safety: we must do more


Biofuels in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Road Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Clean urban transport: a new role for cities in European transport policy
Burgos in Spain hosted on the 26th of September the fourth annual meeting of cities taking part in European Commission’s CIVITAS programme. The initiative is aimed at developing alternatives to private car use in towns and cities so as to reduce congestion and pollution and promote a more rational use of energy. Over two hundred city-representatives, including twenty transport councillors and mayors, will debate the role that cities can play in achieving sustainable mobility in Europe.

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Related topics from previous issues:

(11/05/2006) Commission presents the outstanding results of the CUTE project and announces new action for Clean Public Transport


State Aid legislation

State Aid in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Green light for Czech state aid to compensate inland waterway transport operators

The European Commission decided on the 26th of September not to raise any objections to the aid measures of the Czech authorities to compensate inland waterway transport operators for losses due to insufficient boating conditions on the river Elbe. The aid will encourage transport of goods in less suitable conditions, so that the maximum possible amount of goods is transported on the waterway and not transferred to roads.

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State Aid legislation

State Aid in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Commission authorises Czech state aid for research and development in transport

The European Commission decided on the 26th of September not to raise any objections to the aid scheme which the Czech authorities are proposing to support the implementation of sustainable development in transport sector. The aid was found to be compatible with the proper functioning of the common market.

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State Aid legislation

State Aid in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Commission approves public financing for six regional airports in Ireland

The European Commission decided on the 26th of September to allow the Irish government to finance infrastructure developments at six small regional airports. The measure in the form of capital investment expenditure, will last 5 years (2006-2010) and provides funding of up to €65.5 million to the airports.

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Gas issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Annual Conference of Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE), Bratislava: speech by Energy Commissioner Piebalgs

Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs gave a speech on the developments in the European Energy Policy at the Annual Confernece of Gas Infrastrcuture Europe (GIE), held in Bratislava on the 28th of Septmber.

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

European Court of Justice: Luxembourg fails to transpose Community legislation on Energy Efficiency

On the 21st of September the European Court of Justice ruled on the failure of Luxembourg to fulfil its community obligations under the directive on energy labelling of household electric refrigerators, freezers and their combinations. Energy labelling is part of the Commission's attempt to ensure that all European consumers have the opportunity to choose energy efficient appliances. It is part of the EU response to increase consumer awareness on the real energy use of household appliances through liable and clear labelling at their sales points. The Energy Labelling Directives allow for a comparison and encourage consumers to opt for appliance that consume less energy – this in turn means saving money, protecting the environment and contributing to security of supply. The European Commission is currently preparing an energy efficiency action plan which will include further development of the labelling scheme and monitoring of proper implementation of Community legislation.

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

Public Consultations

In this section you will find the latest calls for submissions to public consultations in fields of energy and transport.

Topic of Consultation   Deadline
Public consultation Promotion of Heating and Cooling from Renewable Energies



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

New Calls for Tenders

The internet service of the DG for Energy and Transport has developed a web page announcing the Calls for tenders & Calls 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 oil refining and oil markets

OJ S 148-159083 26/09/2006

Monitoring of freight traffic in the Alps

OJ S 154-165849 09/10/2006

Study for the analysis and the conceptual development of a European port access identification card

OJ S 157-168865 04/10/2006

Support to EGNOS certification

OJ S 169-180337 30/10/2006
Lot 1 — criteria of acceptability for medical installations and Lot 2 — referral criteria for medical exposure OJ S 177-187993 03/11/2006
Establishment of European technical recommendations for monitoring individuals exposed to external radiation OJ S 177-187997 03/11/2006
European guidance on clinical audit for medical exposures — clinical AUD OJ S 178-189010 03/11/2006


Publications, Videos & Memos
A Selection of Recent Titles

New videos produced and broadcasted by DG TREN

The Energy and Transport DG has recently produced thee videos in the field of transport:

Better and cleaner urban transport for Europe

Rail transport: speeding up trans-European priority axes and ERTMS

Protecting passengers and goods transport in Europe

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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