No 218 - Weekly - 16 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

Europe Direct

European Road Safety Day

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27 April: first European Road Safety Day

7-8 June: Energy  Council


Single European Sky  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Evaluation of the Single European Sky reveals positive impacts on air traffic management in Europe

The European Commission has published an independent evaluation of the impact of the Single European Sky (SES) initiative on air traffic management performance. This document will assist the Commission to prepare a formal report on the Single European Sky to the European Parliament and the Council later this year.

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Related topics from previous issues:

(06/12/2006) Single European Sky: Commission harmonises air navigation service charges


Road transport on the web site of Energy & Transport DG

European Commission explains to coach operators new EU social rules for road transport

On 14 March the European Commission received a delegation of coach operators to explain the new EU social rules for the road transport sector that will enter into force on 11 April 2007. The meeting took place in the margins of a demonstration organised by coach operators in Brussels.

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Related topics from previous issues:

(02/02/2006 ) European social rules for road transport


Rail Passenger Transport in the Website of Energy & Transport DG

Inauguration of the TGV Est high-speed line: high-speed rail link launched between Paris and Bratislava

Jacques Barrot, European Commission Vice-President responsible for transport, inaugurated the TGV Est high-speed line on 15 March 2007. This marked the completion of the first phase of work on the largest railway engineering project at the start of this century, which the European Union has cofinanced to the tune of €241 million. From June 2007, the new rail link will bring Strasbourg within 2 h 20 m of Paris and open the way to high-speed travel between France, Germany, Switzerland and Luxembourg. The 300 kilometres of track already built between Paris and Baudrecourt in Lorraine are the first section of a 1 500-kilometre European railway line intended to link Paris and Bratislava via Strasbourg, Stuttgart, Munich and Vienna.

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Related topics from previous issues:

(09/06/2006 ) Fast progress on the Paris-Strasbourg-Stuttgart-Vienna-Bratislava railway axis


Single European Sky  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

SESAR: Progress report on the Single European Sky modernisation project

The European Commission has adopted a communication containing a progress report on the SESAR project, the development phase of which is being launched. SESAR, the project for the modernisation of the air traffic control infrastructure adds a new dimension to the Single European Sky initiative by providing it with modern technologies and new working methods. It will ensure more efficient flight safety management, while minimising the environmental impact of aviation. The ambitious new phase on which we are embarking, that of the development of new generations of air traffic control tools, is now on a sound footing, in particular as a result of a strong partnership between the public sector and industry.

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Related topics from previous issues:

(16/11/2005) SESAR: Europe modernizes air traffic control


Single European Sky  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Commission urges Member States to speed up the construction of a single European sky

The single European sky aims to adjust air traffic management to the needs of a highly competitive civil aviation industry and of all other airspace users. It intends to enhance current safety objectives, optimize capacity and increase overall efficiency. Therefore, air traffic management needs to become more organised at European level. The key to a rational organisation of airspace is integration of management across borders through functional airspace blocks. These should be based on operational requirements – in particular traffic flows – rather than existing national borders. In a Communication, the European Commission expresses its concerns about the progress made to date and fears that the results over the next two years will not be sufficiently robust and beneficial.

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Related topics from previous issues:

(06/017/2006 ) Interoperability of European air traffic management systems: towards a Single European Sky


Road safety video

First European Road Safety Day: Friday, 27th April 2007

The European Road Safety Event, organised and sponsored by the European Commission, will take place on the 27th of April in Brussels. The event will provide a unique opportunity to discover the ongoing activities targeting young drivers throughout Europe, with a particular focus on alcohol and drugs in traffic. It will allow young people to share their experiences, receive up-to-date information, discover success stories in the field and discuss road safety issues with their peers. There will also be ample opportunity for practical experiences, as various associations will present their products and road safety services for young people. For more information please consult this website. 


The web site of Andris Piebalgs

Commissioner Piebalgs welcomes the agreement on the construction of the Burgas-Alexandroupolis oil pipeline

Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs welcomed on 15 March the signature of an agreement between Russia, Greece and Bulgaria on the construction of the Burgas-Alexandroupolis pipeline. This new infrastructure will link the Bulgarian Black Sea port of Burgas with the Greek Mediterranean port of Alexandroupolis. The Construction of this pipeline will reduce the increasing pressure of maritime oil transport through the Bosphorus and the Dardanel straights.

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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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