No 228 - Weekly - 08 June 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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9-10 June:  Inauguration of the TGV Strasbourg-East European line, Strasbourg

12-13 June:  IEA governing board meeting, Paris

  21 June: European Council

Road Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Green Paper on Urban Transport: citizens and stakeholders have high expectations for European urban transport policy

The consultations to prepare a new Green Paper on Urban Transport ended on 4 June with a major stakeholder conference in Brussels, "Towards a European policy for urban transport”. The event gathered around 350 participants from all sectors with an interest in urban transport. High level representatives from cities and from the European Institutions presented their expectations of the Green Paper, commented on results of the consultations, and addressed the added value of actions at European level.

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Galileo in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Eurobarometer on GALILEO: Europeans support EU setting up its own navigation system

According to a recent Eurobarometer opinion survey, Europeans are highly positive about the GALILEO program, which aims to develop Europe's own satellite-based navigation system. The survey indicates that most of EU citizens are aware of the role global positioning systems play in their everyday lives, know about possible applications and are firmly behind the development of such new technologies. Furthermore, an overwhelming majority consider that Europe should set up an independent navigation system even if this involves securing additional public funds.

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

European air traffic management: further steps towards the Single European Sky

On 7 June the European Commission adopted new rules for more interoperability between air traffic management (ATM) systems in Europe. This aims to set common technical and procedural rules and thereby remove barriers to the harmonised use of ATM systems. The new legislation complement two Regulations adopted last year in order to modernise air traffic management systems within the Single European Sky.

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The transport Council took place on the 7 and 8  June. Click on the link below for a full list of items on the agenda.

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Rational use of energy in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Commissioner Piebalgs welcomes the initiative of the lamp industry to phase-out energy inefficient lighting

Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs welcomed on 5 June the initiative launched by the lamp industry to phase-out the least efficient lamps from the European markets by 2015. "I welcome the commitment of the industry as a very positive contribution to the goal stated by the European Council in March: to have good light without wasting energy. The decision of the industry demonstrates that energy efficiency is a way of combating climate change and reduce our energy dependency, but also a good business opportunity", stated Commissioner Piebalgs.

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The Florence Forum in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Commissioner Piebalgs welcomes the creation of a 5-country electricity coupling as a positive step towards a single European energy market

Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs welcomed the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the coupling of the French, German, Belgian, Dutch and Luxembourg electricity markets into a single regional area. The MoU, signed on 6 June in the margins of the Energy Council being held in Luxemburg, is the founding stone of the largest integrated regional energy market in Europe. “Regional markets are a positive step towards the creation of single European energy market. It will bring lower prices for consumers, increased security of supply and will attract investment in new generation capacity and transmission infrastructure”, said Commissioner Piebalgs.

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The energy Council took place on the 6th of June in Luxembourg. Click on the link below for a full list of items on the agenda.

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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
Biofuel issues in the new legislation on the promotion of renewable energy
Rail noise abatement measures addressing the existing fleet






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
Comparative study of EC and IAEA guidance on exemption and clearance levels OJ S 91-111343  


Analytical support for monitoring the implementation of the major transnational transport axes connecting the EU and its neighbours OJ S 69-083633 29/06/2007
Management of liquid radioactive effluents arising from medical establishments in EU Member States and candidate countries — Mediwaste OJ S 95-116035  06/07/2007

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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