No 217 - Weekly - 09 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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Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council in the German Presidency webpage



7-8 June: Energy  Council


Open skies in the web site of Energy and Transport DG

Open sky: Jacques Barrot welcomes the draft aviation agreement reached by the EU-US negotiators

Jacques Barrot, Vice-President of the Commission in charge for Transports, warmly welcomes the draft aviation agreement reached on 5 March by negotiators for the European Union and the United States of America : ''I am delighted with the progress that has been made this week by the European and American negotiating teams. It is my intention to submit this draft agreement to the Transport Council at its next meeting on 22 March. We have an opportunity to unlock major benefits on both sides of the Atlantic. In economic terms, this unprecedented agreement would represent a step change - it could be worth up to 12 billion euro in economic benefits and up to new 80.000 jobs. The decision of the next Transport Council will be crucial. The open aviation area could be a centrepiece for a reinvigorated transatlantic relationship."

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Related topics from previous issues:

(16/03/2005) The Commission continues to take action against illegal "Open Sky" agreements


Air security  in the web site of Energy and Transport DG

Airlines black list: Commission adopts new measures

The European Commission adopted on 5 March the third update of the Community list of airlines banned in the European Union, which is now available on the Commission’s website[1]. The revised Community list is notable for (1) the withdrawal for the first time of two carriers who have introduced adequate safety measures, (2) the action by five countries to stop the operations of carriers included in the Community list, (3) the adoption at Community level of new safety measures imposed on two companies – Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and Air West from Sudan and (4) the adoption by two states – Russia and Bulgaria – of autonomous measures on a number of their carriers.

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Related topics from previous issues:

(12/10/2006 ) Airlines black list: Commission adopts new measures


State Aid legislation

Cyprus Airways: Commission authorises restructuring plan

The Commission has found compatible with the common market the restructuring plan proposed by the Republic of Cyprus in order to restore the viability of Cyprus Airways. Following an in-depth investigation the Commission has decided that the plan is in line with the Community rules regarding the rescue and restructuring of firms in difficulty.

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Related topics from previous issues:

(22/03/2006 ) European Commission raises doubts about Cyprus Airways restructuring plan


State Aid in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Regional airport infrastructure: Commission approves German aid to Memmingen and Augsburg airports 

The European Commission has decided on 7 March  not to raise any objections to the public financing of infrastructure developments at the regional airports of Memmingen and Augsburg in Schwaben (Bavaria). In Memmingem, the transformation of the former military airbase of Allgäu into a regional airport is expected to cost € 14.6 million of which € 7.3 million (50%) will be provided by the Bavarian government. The small regional airport of Augsburg will also receive a funding of € 8.85 million for its redevelopment. The Commission found that the proposed measures are in line with the Community rules as the financing is set to achieve a clear objective of general interest without leading to undue distortion of the market.

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Energy for a Changing World website

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

According to a recent Eurobarometer opinion survey, released on 5 March, 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.

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Related topics from previous issues:

(24/01/2006 ) European citizens in favour of a European Energy policy, says Eurobarometer survey


Energy for a Changing World website

Conclusions of the European Council

To read the full conclusions of the European Council of 9 March, please click on the link below (PDF).

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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
European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan)


Preparation of a Green Paper on Urban Transport
Possible revision of Regulation 2299/89 on a Code of Conduct for computerised reservation systems (CRS)

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.

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
Annual analysis of the European air transport market OJ S 46-055886 20/04/2007

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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