No 197 - Weekly - 06 October 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

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9/10 Fossil Fuels Forum, Berlin

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

29/1/07 - 02/02/07 Sustainable Energy Week


Air security  in the web site of Energy and Transport DG

Air Transport in the web site of energy & Transport DG

Aviation security: the EU acts against new threats from liquid explosives

The European Commission adopted a regulation on the 5th of October restricting the liquids that passengers can carry past screening points and then onto aircraft. This comes as a reaction to another threat to civil aviation security stemming from home made liquid explosives.

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Road safety  on the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Road safety video

New directives for safer roads in the EU
In its efforts to halve the number of road fatalities by 2010, the European Commission adopted two proposals for directives on the 5th of October. The first directive aims at improving safety on the major roads, i.e. the trans-European transport network (TEN-T) through infrastructure measures and better engineering. The second directive provides for existing heavy vehicles to be equipped with "blind spot mirrors" in order to reduce the number of accidents involving in particular cyclists and motorcyclists.

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Related topics from previous issues:

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


Hydrogen  on the web site of research DG

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

Purchasing zero emissions hydrogen-powered buses

Six cities and regions in Europe and Canada are joining forces with the aim of buying environmentally friendly zero-emissions hydrogen-powered buses. The partners took a decision on the 5th of October to go ahead with this international alliance after the successful completion of the major EU-assisted hydrogen and fuel cell bus project CUTE (Clean Urban Transport for Europe). The European Commission fully supports this initiative as it sends a strong signal to the suppliers of hydrogen powered buses that potential markets exist for this new technology.

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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


Rational use of energy in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

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

The Commission presents a new International Cooperation Agreement on Energy Efficiency of Office Equipment

The European Commission proposed on the 5th of October a new five year Agreement with the United States on the ENERGY STAR programme the aim of which is to foster and reinforce the energy efficiency of office equipment. This new agreement will be the continuation of the 5 year programme first introduced in 2001. It covers computers, monitors, copiers, printers and fax machines, which are responsible for approx. 5% of the EU's electricity consumption.

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Related topics from previous issues:

(28/03/2006) Energy savings: Further Development of International Cooperation on Energy Efficiency of Office Equipment


Gas issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

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

Gas Coordination Group meets to evaluate the gas supply situation ahead of winter

The Gas Coordination Group met on the 5th of October in Brussels, at the request of Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs, in order to ensure that the EU can meet the demand for gas this winter, particularly in view of last year's challenges to the security of gas supply. For first time, the group has welcomed representatives of Ukraine and Russia. “The Commission is keeping a close watch on developments having an impact on the security of our gas supply. In times of increasing dependence from external sources, the Gas Coordination Group has an important role to play in this respect”, said Commissioner Piebalgs.

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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

Monitoring of freight traffic in the Alps

OJ S 154-165849 09/10/2006

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 from 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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