No 198 - Weekly - 13 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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  3-4/11/06 Conference Verona IV: Innovative Road Safety Approaches, Verona

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

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Air safety in the web site of Energy and Transport DG

Air Transport in the web site of energy & Transport DG


Airlines black list: Commission adopts new measures

The European Commission adopted on the 12th of October the second quarterly update of the Community list of airlines banned in the European Union, which was drawn up in March 2006 and already amended last June. The new list replaces the previous one and is now available on the Commission’s website. The Commission has therefore fulfilled its obligation to update the black list on a regular basis.
 

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Related topics from previous issues:

(28/04/2006) Update on list of air carriers of which all operators are subject to a ban within the Community

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Rail Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

The 2nd railway package in the web site of Energy and Transport DG

Second Railway Package: Commission sends Reasoned Opinions to 13 Member States
 
The European Commission decided on the 12th of October to pursue infringement proceedings against the 13 EU countries that have failed to notify the Commission of the transposition of two key directives of the second railway package into domestic legislation. These two directives aim at ensuring high levels of safety and interoperability for rail business across Europe. The Commission is determined to ensure a level playing field for rail across the single market.

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Air security  in the web site of Energy and Transport DG

Air Transport in the web site of energy & Transport DG

Air transport security: European Commission sends reasoned opinion to Luxembourg

The European Commission sent on the 12th of October a reasoned opinion – the last step before a formal complaint to the Court of Justice is lodged – to Luxembourg for failure to respect European legislation on aviation security. The aim of this legislation is to ensure common basic standards on aviation security measures at Community airports in order to prevent acts of unlawful interference against civil aviation.

 

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The digital tachograph in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Road Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Achieving pan-European introduction of the digital tachograph

The European Commission has issued formal notifications to Greece and Cyprus urging implementation of measures for the use of digital tachograph in road transport operations. On 1st May 2006, the digital tachograph became mandatory for all new heavy goods vehicles and buses in the European Union.

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Related topics from previous issues:

(20/01/2006) May 2006: the ultimate date for the digital tachograph

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Maritime safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Third Maritime Safety Package in the website of Energy & Transport DG

Maritime Safety: the Commission reviews the classification societies
 

The European Commission adopted on the 12th of October a report on evaluating the quality of the work of the classification societies, which are the bodies responsible for certifying ship safety. Following the adoption of the “ERIKA I” and “ERIKA II” legislative packages, the Commission was entrusted with this evaluation, which it has carried out with the help of the European Maritime Safety Agency. Today’s report shows the progress which has been made following two years of intensive work.

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Evaluation of classification societies
 

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Related topics from previous issues:

(15/09/2006) Safety at sea: The European Maritime Safety Agency settles in Lisbon

(02/12/2005) The Third Maritime Safety Package

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Marco Polo in the web site of Energy and Transport DG 

The European Commission has selected 16 Marco Polo projects
 

The European Commission decided to award financial support to the 16 best projects submitted under the third call of the Marco Polo Programme. These projects will result in an important transfer of freight off heavily congested roads to more environmentally-friendly modes of transport, such as short-sea shipping, rail and inland waterways. The financial support awarded to the 16 selected projects amounts to € 21.7 million.

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Related topics from previous issues:

(04/08/2006) European Commission launches the Fourth Call for proposals for its Marco Polo programme

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The web site of Jacques Barrot

European forward thinking in the transport White Paper Review - Keep Europe Moving.

Speech by Vice-President Barrot during 13th ITS World Congress Intervention end of the plenary session London, 9 October 2006

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Nuclear issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Control of radioactive sources: Commission acts against Denmark, France, Portugal and Sweden

The European Commission decided on the 12th of October to send reasoned opinions to four Member States which have not yet notified transposition measures necessary for complying with the Directive on the control of high-activity sealed radioactive sources and orphan sources. The sending of reasoned opinions to Denmark, France, Portugal and Sweden is the second stage of an infringement proceeding. If these Member States do not notify all the domestic law transposition measures within the established time limit, the Commission will have to refer the matter to the Court of Justice.
 

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Related topics from previous issues:

(23/12/2005) Commission proposes reinforced legislation on transfer of radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel

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

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

Energy Performance of Buildings: European Commission sends Reasoned Opinions to nine Member States

The European Commission sent on the 12th of October reasoned opinions - the last step before a formal complaint to the Court of Justice is lodged - to Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Finland, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, the Slovak Republic, Spain and the United Kingdom, for failure to notify sufficient national implementing measures requested in the 2002 Energy Performance of Buildings Directive. The aim of the Directive is to reduce energy consumption in buildings by obliging Member States to lay down minimum energy performance standards and apply those for new buildings and for bigger existing buildings. It is thus an important part of EU legislation aimed at improving overall energy efficiency.

 

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Related topics from previous issues:

(30/04/2004) Videos of the Symposium "The Buildings Directive - opportunities at a local level" now available

(18/10/2002) Loyola de Palacio welcomes agreement on the energy performance of buildings

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Gas issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

The web site of Andris Piebalgs

Energy Commissioner Piebalgs visits two of Europe’s largest underground gas storage facilities in Germany
 

Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs visited on the 10th of October two of the largest underground storage facilities of the European Union, located in Rehden and Doetlingen (Lower Saxony, Germany). In his visit, Commissioner Piebalgs was informed about the way these facilities operate and on their importance for security of gas supply. “Gas storage facilities play a capital role in maintaining the flow of gas in the transmission and distribution systems. It is essential for the internal security of supply that this infrastructures are appropriately fed, operated and maintained”, said Commissioner Piebalgs.
 

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Related topics from previous issues:

(06/10/2006) Gas Coordination Group meets to evaluate the gas supply situation ahead of winter

(29/092006) Annual Conference of Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE), Bratislava: speech by Energy Commissioner Piebalgs

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The Green Paper on Energy

1st European Fossil Fuels Forum

Fossil Fuels Forum meets for the second time to discuss security of supply
 

Security of supply of fossil fuels and other related issues identified in the European Commission's recent Green paper on a "European Strategy for Sustainable, Competitive and Secure Energy": these were some of the subjects that were discussed at the second meeting of the Fossil Fuels Forum in Berlin on the 9th of October. The Forum is an important initiative of the Commission to improve communication and exchange of information on fossil fuels with Member States, stakeholders and energy experts.
 

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Related topics from previous issues:

(21/10/2005) European Commission organises first Forum on Fossil Fuels in Berlin on 19-20 October 2005

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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.

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Time-limit for receipt of tenders

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

 

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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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