No 207 - Weekly -22 December 2006



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Mid-term review of the 2001 Transport White Paper
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EASA website

European Commission invokes safeguard clause against Bulgaria on aviation safety

The European Commission decided on 20 December to partially exclude Bulgaria from the benefit of the internal aviation market. Following an inspection performed by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) earlier this month, the Commission considers that there is a considerable risk that Bulgaria will not be able to ensure full compliance with the Community rules on aviation safety and on the internal aviation market. Therefore a safeguard clause based on the Act of Accession is invoked, in order to ensure the proper functioning of the EU air transport market and to guarantee the highest level of safety to EU citizens.


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Clean Urban transport in the web site of Energy and Transport DG

Commission approves aid for anti-pollution filters on heavy duty vehicles

On 20 December the European Commission approved aid to alleviate the cost of retrofitting Danish lorries and passenger buses with particulate filters. Such filters will especially reduce the pollution level of elderly heavy duty lorries and buses and thus contribute to the protection of human health and the environment, particularly in urban area.


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Related topics:

(07/12/2006) Commission authorises aid for anti-pollution filters on Italian buses


State Aid in the web site of Energy and Transport DG

The Commission launches a formal investigation procedure with regard to Germany for presumed State aid payments to the firms Bahnen der Stadt Monheim and Rheinische Bahngesellschaft   

In the decision of the 20 December, the Commission showed doubts over the classification of payments made to the firms Bahnen der Stadt Monheim and Rheinische Bahngesellschaft by the Verkerhrsverbund Rhein Ruhr and by the firms Monheimer Verkehrs- und Versorgungswerke and Düsseldorfer Stadtwerke Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH as public service compensation within the meaning of the Altmark ruling.

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Related topics from previous issues:

(19/07/2006) Commission authorises Germany to grant € 2.5 billion aid to its coal industry for the year 2006



Energy & Transport DG

Harmonised rules for dangerous goods transport

The European Commission has proposed on 22 December to harmonise the rules for the transport of dangerous goods by making them as user-friendly as possible. The new proposal integrates the existing rules into one piece of EU law, which covers all three land transport modes: road, rail and inland waterway. It contributes thereby to the Commission's strategic objective of legislative simplification. Simpler rules also mean safer transport.

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Road Safety in the web site of Energy and Transport DG

Commission to support 13 European road safety projects for €8,1 million

In line with its strategy to halve the number of road fatalities by 2010, the European Commission decided on 21 December to support 13 European road safety projects with a total subsidy of € 8,1 million. This is the outcome of the Open Call for Subventions for Road Safety, launched on 21 June 2006.

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Related topics from previous issues:

(05/10/2006) New directives for safer roads in the EU

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


Rail Transport in the web site of Energy and Transport DG

Total opening-up of rail freight to competition on 1 January 2007: towards a rail industry that is on the offensive

As of 1 January 2007 all rail freight services will be opened up to competition. This new stage in the process of revitalising the rail industry in which the Community has been engaged for several years should mark a turning point for rail freight, the market share of which has been declining since 1970 in most Member States and needs to be increased.


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Related topics:

(21/12/2006) Ouverture totale du marché de transport ferroviaire de marchandises, le 1er janvier 2007


Energy: Bilateral co-operation with Ukraine in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Commissioner Piebalgs inaugurates the EU-funded Natural Gas Metrology Centre in Boyorka, Ukraine

EU Energy Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, together with the Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Andriy Klyuyev, inaugurated on 21 December the Natural Gas Metrology Centre in Boyarka, Ukraine, which has been given support from EU funds. The establishment of the Centre in Boyarka is the first EU-Ukraine effort towards ensuring a transparent system of gas transit to Europe.


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Related topics from previous issues:

(18/10/2006) Commissioner Piebalgs and Ukrainian Energy Minister Boiko assess progress in the implementation of EU-Ukraine MoU

(01/03/2006) EU – Ukraine Common Energy Challenges- speech by Commissioner Piebalgs


Energy: Bilateral co-operation with the USA in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

EU and USA sign new Agreement on Energy Efficiency of Office Equipment

On 21 December the EU and the USA have signed a new Agreement to continue the ENERGY STAR programme for office equipment for another five years. The Agreement features innovative and demanding energy efficiency criteria for computers, copiers, printers and computer monitors, and is expected to yield 30 TWh electricity savings – the approximate equivalent of the electricity demand in Hungary - in the EU over the next three years. ENERGY STAR is part of the Commission’s strategy to better manage energy demand, contribute to the security of energy supply and mitigate climate change.

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European Regulators' Group for Electricity and Gas web site

Publication of interim Report on the lessons to be learned from the 4th November blackout

ERGEG, the advisory group to the European Commission on internal energy market issues, has delivered its advice to Commissioner Piebalgs on the 4th November blackout, and published its Interim Report on the lessons to be learned from these large disturbances in European power supply. Following an open public consultations, ERGEG has finalized the Guidelines for Good Practice (GGPs) on electricity balancing and on gas balancing respectively. ERGEG has also submitted advice on electricity transmission tariffication. For these documents, and the European energy regulators’ 2007 Work Programme, visit the ERGEG website

On 21 December, ERGEG has launched a public consultation on a paper "Towards Voltage Quality Regulation in Europe". The deadline for comments is 22 February 2007.

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

GALILEO Green Paper on Satellite Navigation Applications




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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