No 208 - Weekly - 12 January 2007



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

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Spring European Council


Energy and Transport International realtions

Commission proposes to open aviation negotiations with Canada 

The European Commission proposed on the 9th of January  to open negotiations with Canada on a comprehensive aviation agreement. The aim is to establish an open aviation area between the EU and Canada, to open market restrictions and to achieve a high level of regulatory convergence.

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Related topics from previous issues:

(18/07/2005) Commission welcomes Council’s decision to sign agreement on the transfer of air passenger data to Canada


Energy for a changing world website

Commission proposes an integrated energy and climate change package to cut emissions for the 21st Century

The European Commission proposed on the 10th of January a comprehensive package of measures to establish a new Energy Policy for Europe to combat climate change and boost the EU's energy security and competitiveness. The package of proposals set a series of ambitious targets on greenhouse gas emissions and renewable energy and aim to create a true internal market for energy and strengthen effective regulation. The Commission believes that when an international agreement is reached on the post-2012 framework this should lead to a 30% cut in emissions from developed countries by 2020. To further underline its commitment the Commission proposes that the European Union commits now to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20% by 2020, in particular through energy measures.

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Related topics:

(10/01/2007) European Commission sets out a new impetus for the internal energy market

(10/01/2007) Aiming towards a low CO2 fossil fuel future

(10/01/2007) An energy policy for Europe: Commission steps up to the energy challenges of the 21st Century

(10/01/2007) Saving 20% by 2020: European Commission unveils its Action Plan on Energy Efficiency

(10/01/2007) Promoting biofuels as credible alternatives to oil in transport

 (10/01/2007) Energy Technology for cheaper renewables, greater efficiency and global leadership of the European industry

(10/01/2007) A Renewable Energy Roadmap: paving the way towards a 20% share of renewables in the EU's energy mix by 2020

(10/01/2007) EU almost on track in reaching its 2010 renewable electricity target

(10/01/2007) European electricity and gas networks: European Commission calls for urgent improvements

(10/01/2007) A European approach to nuclear power, safety and security


European Union-Russia energy dialogue

The EU agrees on a joint action to tackle disruptions in oil supplies from Russia

The Commission and EU Presidency are taking joint action to press Russia and Belarus to resolve completely the disputes concerning the Druzhba pipeline. At the same time, the EU convened its Oil Supply Group to coordinate the response of its Members States to the disruption of oil supplies. "We welcome the information that oil flows have resumed as signs of progress but continue calling on both sides to reach an immediate and complete resolution of all outstanding issues and guarantee reliability of future deliveries through the pipeline" declared Commissioner Piebalgs, the German Secretary of State in the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, Joachim Wuermeling and the IEA’s Executive Director, Claude Mandil at a common press conference following the meeting.

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Related topics:

(08/01/2007) Statement of Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs after the interruption of oil supplies from Belarus to the European Union


European Union-Russia energy dialogue

Commission convenes the Oil Supply Group to address oil supply disruptions to the EU

The Commission convened on the 11th of January a meeting of its Oil Supply Group to analyze the impact of the recent cuts in oil supplies from Russia via Belarus and to possibly explore measures in the case of any shortage of oil products. "It is unacceptable that energy suppliers or transit countries do not inform their counterparts about decisions that may affect their supplies. We call upon the two Parties involved to rapidly find a mutually acceptable solution to the current situation and to restore oil supplies to the European Union immediately. It is also important to ensure that ways are found to avoid this kind of disruption to energy supplies occurring again", said Commissioner Piebalgs.

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Related topics:

(08/01/2007) Statement of Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs after the interruption of oil supplies from Belarus to the European Union


Clean Urban transport in the website of the Commission

Commission launches the preparations of a Green Paper on urban transport

The European Commission will launch the preparations of a new Green Paper on urban transport with a major stakeholder conference in Brussels on 31 January 2007. The event "Urban transport: problems, solutions and responsibilities" is organised in the framework of the EU Sustainable Energy Week.This first stakeholder conference will bring together representatives from all the sectors that have an interest in the Green Paper on urban transport.

High-level representatives from the European institutions and from European cities will present their expectations. Representatives from the European Commission include Vice-President Barrot and Commissioner Hübner. During this conference particular attention will be paid to the question of subsidiarity and European added value.

The programme of the event is available on the EU Sustainable Energy Week website,

Participation is free but a limited number of places is available. Places can be booked until 22 January 2007 using the on-line registration system on the EU Sustainable Energy Week website.

Have your say! Participate in the discussions and help to shape future European policy!

For a complete list of current public consultations please go to Consultations

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
Possible revision of Council Directive 94/56/EC of 21 November 1994

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

GALILEO Green Paper on Satellite Navigation Applications









For a complete list of current calls for tenders please log on 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
Work on preparatory studies for eco-design requirements of EuPs (II) and on stakeholder representation OJ S 1-000055 28/02/2007
Employment and growth impacts of sustainable energies in the European Union OJ S 245-262361 05/02/2007

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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