No 216 - Special edition - 5 March 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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01January -31 June 2007

Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council in the German Presidency webpage

08/03/07- 09/03/07

Spring European Council


Eurobarometer: Europeans support greater EU action on energy and climate change

According to a recent Eurobarometer opinion survey, released today, the overwhelming majority of European Union citizens are concerned about climate change. Europeans are well aware of the impact of energy production and consumption on climate change and global warming, while an overwhelming majority feel that the best way to tackle energy-related issues would be at EU level.

“This survey clearly shows that EU citizens expect the EU to shape a common European response to face energy and climate change challenges”, said European Energy Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs. “The Commission is working to address citizens’ concerns with initiatives that will deliver an integrated energy policy for Europe that will tackle climate change and provide us with a sustainable, secure and competitive energy supply.”

Half of EU citizens are very much concerned about the effects of climate change and global warming, while a further 37% say that they are to some degree concerned about the issue. The level of concern increases significantly as we look further south: people in Spain, Cyprus, Malta and Greece are the most worried.

"Climate change is happening. EU citizens expect EU leadership on this issue. The EU must use this political momentum in order to put Europe and the World on the path to a more energy secure and low carbon future" said Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas.

More than eight out of ten Europeans (82%) are well aware that the way they consume and produce energy in their country has a negative impact on climate. For a majority of EU citizens (62%) the best way to tackle energy-related issues is “through measures agreed at EU level” as opposed to “measures agreed on at a national level”, an option preferred by 32%. Several policy initiatives of the EU also enjoy the support of the majority of citizens. 83% agree that the EU sets a minimum percentage of the energy used in each Member State that should come from renewable sources.

The survey shows that EU citizens are fairly certain that energy prices will increase significantly over the next decade due to ongoing climate change. More than seven out of ten Europeans feel that they will need to change their energy consumption habits in the next decade (76%), and that they will need to install energy-saving heating, lighting, cooling and other such equipment (72%).

Europeans believe that it is essential to have a real choice of supplier for electricity and gas (85%), and that environmental concerns also play a role in their preference for free competition. Currently, 80% of EU citizens say energy efficiency influences their decision when buying household appliances. When asked what actions citizens would most welcome from authorities in helping them cope with future energy challenges, they most often indicated monetary assistance to upgrade the energy-efficiency of their living space.

When asked, 61% of the overall EU population think that the share of nuclear energy should be decreased due to concerns such as nuclear waste and the danger of accidents. At the same time, Europeans almost unanimously (92%) back the introduction of common, high safety requirements for all nuclear installations in the EU.

Finally, almost two thirds (65%) believe the EU is in a better position to negotiate energy supplies and prices for all Member States, against 26% who prefer their government to act independently. Europeans express a strong level of solidarity on the issue of energy: almost eight out of ten (79%) EU citizens agree that in the case of a sudden shortage of oil and gas, the affected Member State should be able to rely on the reserves of other EU countries, while only 17% is opposed to this.

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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 Regulation 2299/89 on a Code of Conduct for computerised reservation systems (CRS)


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

GALILEO Green Paper on Satellite Navigation Applications












Consultation on barriers to renewable electricity development 

On behalf of the European Commission a consultation was initiated to identify currently existing administrative and grid barriers to the realisation of renewable energy projects in EU Member States. The consultation is part of ongoing research to provide the European Commission with information to assess progress made within scope of Directive 2001/77/EC.

Project developers, generators and other stakeholders are invited to share their experiences via a questionnaire which can be downloaded here.

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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