No 202 - Weekly - 17 November 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
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Action Plan for Energy Efficiency

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  23/11/06  Transport & Energy Council

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



Rail Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Commission reports on positive growth of rail interoperability

The European Commission has adopted its second report on the progress of interoperability across European railways. The report examines growth of rail interoperability and implementation of rail legislation across the Member States. The key finding of the report is that interoperability – the seamless movement of trains across the European rail network – has improved and now covers both high speed and conventional rail networks.

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Related topics from previous issues:

(12/10/2006) Second Railway Package: Commission sends Reasoned Opinions to 13 Member States


The Energy Community

Energy Community Meeting: Ministers agree on concrete measures for the development of the energy market

EU Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs and the Macedonian Minister of Economy Vera Rafajlovska chaired in Skopje on 17 November the first meeting of the Energy Ministers of the Energy Community, after the entry into force of its founding treaty.. The Ministerial Council reiterated the commitment of all the Parties towards market reforms and agreed upon concrete national roadmaps – outlining the current status, the coming tasks and the responsible institutions of each country - for the development of the energy market.

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Related topics from previous issues:

(08/06/2006) Ministers hail largest energy internal market in the world – Energy Community Treaty


The Energy Community

Moldova, Norway, Turkey and Ukraine join the Energy Community as Observers

Turkey, Ukraine, Moldova and Norway were admitted to the Energy Community as Observers at the Ministerial meeting of the organisation that took place in Skopje on 17 November. Commissioner Piebalgs declared “The European Union’s voice is clear: we will act to bring our relations with key countries onto a legal basis so as to reinforce our common interests”. He underlined the fact that eventual membership was on offer “We want the European Union to share the benefits of the internal energy market as well as to underpin our commitment to our partners, and secure energy supplies”, he said

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Gas issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Internal market for gas in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Commission welcomes Court of Justice decision against Spain for not transposition of the Gas Directive

Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs, on 16 November, welcomed the decision of the European Court of Justice against Spain for not having transposed the 2003 directive for the liberalisation of Gas Markets. “This ruling confirms the commitment of the Commission to have the existing legislation”, 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


Internal market for gas in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

The web site of Competition DG

Mergers: Commission approves merger of Gaz de France and Suez, subject to conditions

The European Commission approved under the EU Merger Regulation the merger of Gaz de France (GDF) and the Suez group on 14 November. After an in-depth investigation, the Commission initially found that the deal would have anticompetitive effects in the gas and electricity wholesale and retail markets in Belgium and in the gas markets in France (see IP/06/802 and IP/06/1109). The Commission’s concerns related mainly to the removal of the increasing competitive pressure that GDF and Suez had so far exerted (and would have exerted in the foreseeable future) on each other in both Belgium and France. Given the conditions on the markets, including the very high barriers to entry, their respective dominant positions would have been considerably strengthened by the merger. In response to these concerns, the parties offered extensive remedies including the divestiture of Distrigaz and SPE and Suez relinquishing its control of Belgian network operator Fluxys. In light of these structural remedies, the Commission concluded that the merger would not significantly impede competition in the European Economic Area (EEA) or any substantial part of it.

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Related topics:

(14/11/2006) Summary of the remedies offered by GDF and Suez

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
Road Safety : Respecting the Rules Better Road Safety Enforcement in the European Union



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
GNSS Knowledge Management Facility OJ S 207-219954 04/12/2006

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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