No 210 - Weekly - 26 January 2007



>> European Union on-line > DG Energy and Transport on-line

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

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

Europe Direct

[ Transport ]

[ Energy ]

[ Practical Information ]


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

08/03/07- 09/03/07

Spring European Council


Maritime Safety in the Commission's website

Improving safety at sea in Europe

The recent accidents off the English and Italian coasts illustrate the need to expedite the proposals made by the European Commission to improve safety at sea in European waters. Back in November 2005, acting on the initiative of Vice-President Jacques Barrot, it had proposed a new package of legislative measures relating to maritime safety with a view to improving accident prevention and dealing more effectively with the aftermath of accidents.

[full text]

Related topics from previous issues:

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


Air Transport Portal of the EU Commission

Commission approves public financing of the infrastructure at Tortoĺ-Arbatax airport

The European Commission decided on January 24 to allow the Italian government to finance the extension of infrastructure at the Tortoĺ-Arbatax airport. The measure intends to enhance the regional development and communication of the province of Ogliastra. Furthermore, the new infrastructure will enable Tortoĺ-Arbatax airport to comply with current airport safety requirements.

[full text]


Road Transport portal of the EU Commission

Commission authorises German scheme to promote environmentally friendly heavy vehicles

The European Commission decided on January 24 not to raise any objections to a German State aid scheme that aims to help transport operators acquire heavy vehicles with better emission performance. The scheme will promote positive environmental effects by reducing harmful road traffic emissions. This is especially important for congested urban areas, which have difficulties meeting European anti-pollution requirements.

[full text]

Related topics from previous issues:

(20/12/2006) Commission approves aid for anti-pollution filters on heavy duty vehicles


Air Transport Portal of the EU Commission

Commission proposes a landmark regulatory package for airports

On January 24 the European Commission adopted an "airport package" consisting of three key initiatives: a proposal for a directive on airport charges, a communication on airport capacity, efficiency and safety in Europe and a report on the implementation of the groundhandling directive. The package focuses on the role of airports in the further development and competitiveness of the European internal aviation market and will mark the future of airport regulation in Europe by ensuring regulatory convergence between Member States.

[full text]

Related topics from previous issues:

(06/04/2006) Consultation on airport policy


European Sustainable Energy Week website

Towards a sustainable energy future: European Commission launches first Sustainable Energy Week

Following the launch, on 10 January, of the proposal for a new Energy Policy for Europe, the European Commission will launch on January 29 the first EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), a series of events that will bring together 44 stakeholders. The participants in this first EUSEW cover most sectors of activity in renewable sources of energy and in energy efficiency, at all levels of responsibility: public and private, European, international, national, regional and local. Its major aim is to set the basis for the accomplishment of the measures necessary to implement two key pillars of the proposed new Energy Policy: accelerating the shift to low carbon energy and boosting energy efficiency. "Energy Policy is not only about legislation, but also about communicating, hearing, and bringing together all stakeholders. With the EU Sustainable Energy Week, the Commission leads the most willing stakeholders to undertake together a real European energy revolution", said Energy Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs.


[full text]

Related topics:

(25/01/2007) MEMO: Sustainable Energy Europe Campaign 2005 – 2008

(25/01/2007) Energy for a Changing World: The New European Energy Policy, speech by Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs

(25/01/2007) Biofuels and Renewable Energy for tackling climate change, speech by Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs

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.

This FREE weekly digest is published by : European Commission,  Directorate-General for Energy and Transport
Information & Communication
B-1049 Brussels - Fax : (32-2) 295.61.18
To log in, subscribe or unsubscribe, click here.
 Privacy statement
Send YOUR COMMENTS and questions to the editor
To view PREVIOUS ISSUES of the Digest click here
To view the HIGHLIGHTS in the European Commission for the coming week click here
Legal notice : The contents of this digest are prepared by officials of the Energy and Transport DG and represent their personal views on the subject matters. These views have not been adopted or in any way approved by the European Commission and should not be relied upon as a statement of the Commission or the Energy and Transport DG.
(c) European Communities, 2006
Reproduction is authorised provided the source is acknowledged.