No 211 - Weekly - 02 February 2007



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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

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Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council in the German Presidency webpage

08/03/07- 09/03/07

Spring European Council


Urban transport in the Commission's website

Green Paper on Urban Transport: a new role for urban transport within the European transport policy

The debate on the Green Paper on Urban Transport started on January 31 with a major stakeholders conference in Brussels on Urban Transport: Problems, Solutions and Responsibilities. The conference was organised in the context of the EU Sustainable Energy Week. Around 400 representatives from all sectors that have an interest in urban transport were present. High level representatives from European cities and from the European Institutions presented the expectations of local authorities from the Green Paper and addressed the added value of actions at the European level.

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Related topics:

(31/01/07) Commission launches the preparations of a Green Paper on urban transport


Energy & transport international relations in the Commission's website

Strengthening transport cooperation with neighbouring countries

The European Commission adopted on January 31 a Communication on "Guidelines for transport in Europe and neighbouring regions". It outlines an ambitious policy in view of creating an effective transport market involving the EU and its neighbours and of spreading the principles of internal market. The Communication identifies the five most important transport axes for international trade between the Union and the neighbouring countries and beyond. It also puts forward a package of measures to shorten journey times along these axes including improvement of infrastructure, streamlining of customs procedures and reducing administrative obstacles.

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Related topics:

(09/06/2006) Single market for air transport between EU and Singapore

(16/12/2005) Marrakesh Conference: new boost for transport cooperation between both sides of the Mediterranean


Electricity infrastructure on the website of the Commission

Blackout of November 2006: important lessons to be drawn

The final report on the incident of 4 November 2006, released today by the Union for the Coordination of Transmission of Electricity (UCTE), demonstrate that common action at European level is urgent. Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs stated, “Europe should draw lessons from this Blackout that left millions of Europeans in various Member States without electricity and develop stronger network security standards".

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Related topics from previous issues:

(06/11/2006) Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs reacts to Saturday's blackouts


Economic and Financial affairs in the Commission's website

Preparation of Eurogroup and Economic and Finance Ministers Council, Brussels 29 and 30 January

Eurogroup ministers met at 17:00 hrs on Monday 29 January. Joaquín Almunia, Commissioner responsible for Economic and Monetary Affairs, and European Central Bank Governor Jean-Claude Trichet took part in the conference.

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Commissioner Piebalg's website

Commissioner Piebalgs and Minister Enoksen discuss EC-Norway cooperation on carbon capture and storage (CCS)

Energy Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs and the Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Odd Roger Enoksen, met on February 2 to discuss ways to enhance the development of carbon capture and storage technologies, in the framework of the EC-Norway energy cooperation. "If we want to achieve the ambitious environmental goals of the European Energy Policy, the EU will have to develop carbon capture and storage technologies. The extensive experience of Norway in this area could have a very positive impact[1]" stated Commissioner Piebalgs and Minister Enoksen.

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Related topics from previous issues:

(13/05/2005) European CO2 Capture and Storage Conference, speech by 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.

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