No 206 - Weekly -15 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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  29/1/07 - 02/02/07 Sustainable Energy Week

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Spring European Council

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The web site of Jacques Barrot

Campaign against bottlenecks in freight transport logistics in Europe
 

On 14 December the European Commission launched an exercise to identify and alleviate obstacles to the smooth running of the freight transport chain in Europe. Interested parties are invited to submit details of bottlenecks they have encountered. A bottleneck is any obstacle to freight transport logistics services, whether administrative, operational, legislative, local, national, Europe-wide or the like. Participants to the bottleneck exercise are also asked to identify effective solutions to these problems.
 

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Rail Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

European Commission proposes new measures to remove red tape hindering the development of railways throughout Europe

The European Commission adopted on 13 December a series of measures to support the revitalisation of the railway sector by removing obstacles to the circulation of trains throughout the European rail network. The measures include a Communication on the simplification of certification of railway vehicles, a proposal to recast the existing Railway Interoperability Directives and to modify the Regulation establishing a European Railway Agency and the Railway Safety Directive.

 

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Related topics from previous issues:

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

(03/05/2006) First Railway Package: implementation in Member States finally on track
 

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

Rail competitiveness: Commission takes Portugal and Slovenia to the Court and sends reasoned opinion to Latvia  

The European Commission has decided on 12 December to pursue infringement proceedings against three Member States 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 to open up the market for international and national rail freight transport, as well as to ensure high levels of safety and interoperability for rail business throughout Europe. The Commission is determined to ensure a level playing field for rail across the single market.
 

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Single European Sky  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Single European sky: Commission takes Greece to the Court of Justice 

The European Commission decided on 12 December to refer Greece to the European Court of Justice for failure to respect EU legislation on the establishment of a national supervisory authority in the context of the single European sky.
 

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Related topics from previous issues:

(06/12/2006) Single European Sky: Commission harmonises air navigation service charge

(06/07/2006) Interoperability of European air traffic management systems: towards a Single European Sky

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Maritime safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Maritime safety: Commission takes Portugal to the Court of Justice

On 12 December the European Commission  decided to lodge two cases to the Court of Justice against Portugal for failure to respect EU legislation in the field of maritime safety: a Directive on the minimum level of training of seafarers and another on port State control of shipping.

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Related topics from previous issues:

(12/10/2006) Maritime Safety: the Commission reviews the classification societies

(14/09/2006) Safety at sea: The European Maritime Safety Agency settles in Lisbon
 

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Maritime Policy in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Maritime cabotage: the Commission sends a reasoned opinion to Malta

On 12 December the European Commission sent a reasoned opinion to Malta for failure to comply with Community rules on maritime cabotage. This is the last stage before a possible referral to the Court of Justice.
 

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Air Transport in the web site of energy & Transport DG

Airport tax: European Commission delivers a reasoned opinion to Malta

The European Commission sent on 12 December a reasoned opinion – the last step before a formal complaint to the Court of Justice is lodged – to Malta for the airport tax levied at Malta International Airport. The airport tax differentiates between passengers in a discriminatory way.

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Galileo in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

EU and Morocco seal their agreement on GALILEO

On 12 December the European Union and Morocco formally signed an agreement for co-operation on the European satellite radio navigation programme GALILEO. The agreement covers a large number of areas of cooperation, including joint activities in the field of scientific research and training, industrial cooperation, trade and market development, standards, certification and regulatory measures.
 

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Related topics from previous issues:

(11/11/2006) EU and the Republic of Korea seal their agreement on GALILEO

(09/12/2005) GALILEO Information Centre for Latin America: cooperation between EU and Latin America on satellite navigation intensifies
 

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International aviation in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

EU-Morocco aviation agreement: Morocco joins Europe in the aviation field

The EU Presidency, Vice-President Jacques Barrot and Karim Ghellab, the Moroccan Minister of Transport, have signed on 12 December a new type of aviation agreement between the European Union and Morocco. This agreement replaces all the bilateral aviation agreements between the Member States and Morocco. It is original in that it not only opens up markets but is also designed to approximate the legislation of the two parties.

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Related topics from previous issues:

(23/11/2006) The EU and India agree to strengthen cooperation in civil aviation

(21/06/2006) European Union signs aviation agreement with New Zealand
 

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Rail Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Commission authorises increase in Dutch aid for the European Train Control System

The Dutch state aid measure approved by the European Commission on 12 December concerns a budgetary increase from € 15 million to € 25 million in support of the installation of the European Train Control System (ETCS) - a signalling and speed control system and the new European standard for train control.
 

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Related topics from previous issues:

(07/06/2005) Dutch aid to European Train Control System


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

Energy Commissioner Piebalgs welcomes the agreement for the construction of a Lithuanian-Polish interconnector

Commissioner Andris Piebalgs has welcomed the agreement signed on 8 December between "Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne" energy company of Poland and "Lietuvos Energija" of Lithuania for the construction of an electric interconnector that will link the Baltic Republics to the continental European electricity network (UCTE). The signature of this agreement took place only days after the opening ceremony of the Estlink, an underwater electricity cable that links the electricity systems of Finland and the Baltic States.
 

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Related topics from previous issues:

(04/12/2006) Commissioner Piebalgs turns the switch on the cable that will end energy isolation of the Baltic States

(16/06/2006) Energy Commissioner Piebalgs welcomes energy cooperation in the Baltic Sea region

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The Green Paper on Energy

The Commission takes action against Member States which have still not properly opened up their energy markets

With the 26 reasoned opinions it has sent out on 12 December to 16 Member States, the Commission has confirmed its intention to follow up the implementation of internal energy market legislation. This second phase of the infringement procedure for the breach of the 2003 Directives on the opening of the gas and electricity markets concerns Germany, Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Spain, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Sweden, Slovakia and the United Kingdom. Finland and Austria alone – but only for gas – have put forward sufficient arguments for the procedures against them to be stopped.
 

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The Commission to act over EU energy markets: further background information
 

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

Energy Performance of Buildings: European Commission sends Reasoned Opinion to Slovenia

The European Commission sent on 12 December a reasoned opinion - the last step before a formal complaint to the Court of Justice is lodged - to Slovenia 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 renovations of larger existing buildings.

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Related topics from previous issues:

(02/02/2005 ) State aid: Commission takes two decisions concerning Slovenian electricity sector
 

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