No 204 - Weekly - 1 December 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

Europe Direct

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  06/12/06  Adoption of Green Paper on Galileo Applications

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


Road Transport in the web site of energy & Transport DG

Common problems, shared solutions: development of the transport network in South-East Europe

The second annual ministerial meeting for the development of the principal South-East Europe regional transport network took place in Brussels, attended by Jacques Barrot, Vice-President of the European Commission, and the Transport Ministers of Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo (UNMIK). The purpose of the meeting, held on 1 December, was to promote regional cooperation in developing the transport networks and thereby to contribute to the regional integration of the partners. The high-level participants signed a political resolution as well as a more specific declaration dealing with cooperation in the rail sector.

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Road Transport in the web site of energy & Transport DG

Forty-five-foot containers can continue circulating on European roads

Member States may still allow the circulation of forty-five-foot containers in national road transport. A 1996 Council Directive, laying down the rules for weights and dimensions in road transport, contains a ten year transition period that has so far allowed the carriage of forty-five-foot containers. The transition period will terminate at the end of this year, which has left stakeholders worried that this could lead to a total ban of forty-five foot containers from road transport. However, this will not be the case, in particular for the road legs of intermodal transport operations.

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Excellence in Road Safety Awards

European Road Safety Observatory

Vice-President Jacques Barrot presents road safety awards

On 29 November 2006, Jacques Barrot, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for transport, presented the European Road Safety Charter’s Excellence in Road Safety Awards. The prizes reward the six organisations which gave, in each of the categories, the best commitments contributing to the overall objective of saving 25 000 lives a year by 2010. The winners were selected from the more than 500 signatories to the Charter after an independent evaluation by the Commission.

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Related topics from previous issues:

(25/09/2006) Road safety: still high on the agenda

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


The Baku Initiative

The EU and the countries of the Black Sea and Caspian Sea regions agree on a common energy strategy

The Energy Ministerial Conference of the "Baku Initiative" that brings together the EU countries and the governments of the Caspian and Black Sea regions was held in Astana, Kazakhstan on 28 November. The Ministerial Conference agreed on a new Energy Road Map which sets out a long-term plan for enhanced energy cooperation between all partners. Its implementation will pave the way for a comprehensive legal and regulatory framework governing an integrated EU-Black Sea-Caspian Sea common energy market based on the EU acquis.

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Related topics:

(28/10/2006) Commissioner Piebalgs attends the 2nd Ministerial Conference between the EU and the States of the Black and Caspian Seas’ regions

(14/10/2004) European Commission and the countries of the Caspian and Black Sea Regions agree to open new co-operation aimed at the progressive integration of their energy and transport markets

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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