No 219 - Weekly - 23 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

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International aviation in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

European Union signs aviation agreement with Malaysia

he EU signed on 22 March an aviation agreement with Malaysia, which removes nationality restrictions in the bilateral air services agreements and thereby allows European airlines to operate flights between any EU Member State and Malaysia. The agreement was signed in Brussels by Commission Vice-President Jacques Barrot in charge of transport, Germany's Federal Minister of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs, Wolfgang Tiefensee, and the Malaysian Minister of Transport Y. B. Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy. The agreement demonstrates that there is an external dimension to the single European market for air transport.
 


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Related topics from previous issues:

(23/02/2007) European Union signs aviation agreement with Paraguay

(15/12/2006) EU-Morocco aviation agreement: Morocco joins Europe in the aviation field

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The TEN-T  in the web site of energy & Transport DG
Trans-European energy networks in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Towards an integrated approach to trans-European transport, energy and telecommunications networks - a communication of the Commission.

One of the central pillars of the Commission's strategy on growth, employment and competitiveness in the European Union is better connection, integration and coordination of the development of European infrastructure, so on Commission President José Manuel Barroso's initiative Jacques Barrot has chaired a Steering Group, consisting of Viviane Reding, Danuta Hübner, Dalia Grybauskaité, Stavros Dimas, Joaquín Almunia and Andris Piebalgs, to develop an integrated approach to trans-European transport, energy and telecommunications networks. Having worked on this for a year, the group has now presented a communication which describes the state of play on each of the three trans-European networks and looks at possible synergies between the networks, ways of reconciling their development with respect for the environment, and improved methods of financing them.
 


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Related topics from previous issues:

(28/06/2006) Commissioner Piebalgs welcomes the adoption of new guidelines for the Trans-European Energy Networks

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Maritime safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 
Erika 2 package (PDF)

Vessel traffic monitoring and information system: Belgium targeted by the Commission

The European Commission sent on 21 March a reasoned opinion to Belgium due to its failure to comply with a decision of the Court of Justice. According to the decision of 15 December 2005, Belgium must take all measures necessary to transpose into national law a European directive on vessel traffic monitoring and information system. In spite of its efforts so far, Belgium's transposition remains incomplete more than three years after the original deadline (5 February 2004).
 

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Related topics from previous issues:

25/11/2005 ) Stringent measures to guarantee the safety of maritime transport
 

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Maritime safety in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Ship classification societies: Commission takes Slovakia to Court of Justice

The European Commission announced on 21 March that it would be taking Slovakia to the European Court of Justice for failing to comply with Community rules on the use of ship classification societies.

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Related topics from previous issues:

(13/10/2006 ) Maritime Safety: the Commission reviews the classification societies

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Sea Ports  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Port reception facilities for ship-generated waste and cargo residues: Commission sends a reasoned opinion to Estonia

The European Commission sent on 21 March a reasoned opinion to Estonia for failure to respect EU legislation on better availability and use of port reception facilities for ship-generated waste and cargo residues. The rules on the necessary inspections designed to ensure respect of this legislation were inadequately transposed into Estonian law.
 

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Related topics from previous issues:

(30/06/2006) Port reception facilities for ship-generated waste and cargo residues

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Road Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Road transport – rules for admission to the occupation: Commission sends reasoned opinion to Greece

The European Commission sent on 21 March a reasoned opinion to Greece for its failure to comply with European rules on admission to the occupation of road haulage operator and passenger transport operator. This is the last step before possible referral to the Court of Justice. With the rapid growth of road transport, these rules are essential to the proper functioning of the internal market and the quality of professional transport as regards efficiency, road safety and compliance with social legislation.
 

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Related topics from previous issues:

(10/11/2006 ) Towards simpler rules: meeting with the road haulage industry

(03/02/2006) European social rules for road transport

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The digital tachograph in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Digital tachograph for road transport: Commission sends reasoned opinion to Greece
 

The European Commission sent on 21 March a reasoned opinion – the last step before a formal complaint to the Court of Justice is lodged – to Greece for failure to respect European legislation on digital tachograph. The introduction of the digital tachograph aims to increase road safety and enforcement of driving times and rest periods.
 

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Related topics from previous issues:

(13/10/2006 ) Achieving pan-European introduction of the digital tachograph

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The 2nd railway package in the web site of Energy and Transport DG
Rail Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

European rail market: Commission takes 10 Member States to the Court
 

The European Commission decided on 21 March to pursue infringement proceedings against ten Member States that have not yet communicated their national implementing measures to transpose two key directives of the so-called "second railway package". These directives aim to ensure high levels of safety and interoperability for rail business across Europe. Jacques Barrot, Vice-President of the Commission, incharge of transport, said : "A certain level of harmonisation in technical and safety requirements is essential to ensure the level playing field necessary for the good and fair functioning of the rail internal market. It is now essential that all the conditions are put in place by the Member States to allow a fair, open and safe market for rail transport to emerge."

 

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Related topics from previous issues:

(17/11/2006 ) Commission reports on positive growth of rail interoperability

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State Aid in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Commission approves public financing of bus transport in Malta
 

The European Commission decided on 21 March that payments made by Malta to finance public transport on its territory do constitute State aid but are compatible with the common market. Instead of signing public service contracts, Malta had unilaterally imposed public service obligations on the bus operators of the Public Transport Association. In exchange, it pays the companies public service compensation.

 

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State Aid in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Commission authorises aid to passengers on domestic routes in French Guiana

 

The European Commission decided on 21 March to authorise a social State aid scheme to benefit residents of French Guiana. This measure will offset the permanent disadvantage endured by the inhabitants of this outermost region, who face much more severe transport difficulties than the inhabitants of mainland France, considering the major shortage of transport infrastructure on Guianese territory.


 

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State Aid legislation

Commission authorises extending fiscal aid to wind-propelled commercial cruising vessels in the Netherlands
 

The European Commission has decided on 21 March not to raise any objections to an extension of a Dutch fiscal aid scheme in order to apply reduced remittances for maritime navigation to seafarers of wind-propelled commercial cruising vessels (CCVs). The measure aims to make the Netherlands more attractive to shipping companies that are active in operating wind-propelled CCVs.

 

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The web site of Jacques Barrot


Transit through the Alps: the observatory for traffic in the Alpine region is now operational

The representatives of the European Commission and the Swiss Government held on 16 March their first meeting with experts from the observatory for traffic in the Alpine region. This is the first working meeting of the new permanent observatory, which has been set up to monitor road, rail and combined traffic in the Alpine region.


 

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Related topics from previous issues:

(21/10/2005) Vice President Barrot's speech on Sustainable Transport in the Alps

Disclaimer:
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

 

13/05/2007

 

 

 

 

30/04/2007

 

 

27/04/2007

 

06/04/2007

 

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.

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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.

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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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