No 229 - Weekly - 15 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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18-24 June:  International Paris Air Show

19-20 June:  FT Global Energy Leaders Summit


The TEN-T  in the web site of energy & Transport DG

Commercial transport: a pilot project for secure truck parking sites on the trans-European network

Out of a general concern to ensure greater security for all road users, Vice-President Jacques Barrot took part on 12 June in the launch of a pilot project to develop secure parking sites for trucks using the trans-European network. A total of five pilot parking sites will be built or equipped in France, Germany, Belgium and the United Kingdom to serve as a model and encourage investors to develop such facilities. The first secure truck parking site, at exit 20 on the A2 motorway near Valenciennes between Brussels and Paris, is scheduled to open in January 2008. The Commission is providing half the investment needed for this pilot project.

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State Aid in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Commission approves start-up aid to promote Antwerp Airport

The European Commission approved on 13 June Belgian start-up aid to promote the development of Antwerp Airport as regional airport. In order to increase the number of passengers travelling through Antwerp Airport, aid is granted to air carriers starting new lines or providing additional rotations in departure from this regional airport.

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State Aid legislation

Commission approves social aid for European seafarers on Estonian ships

The European Commission approved on 13 June an Estonian social aid for European seafarers working on board of internationally operated cargo ships. The eligible ships must be entered in the Estonian shipping register and fly the Estonian flag. The measure will benefit shipping companies established in Estonia that either own such cargo ships or operated them under a charter party. The aid is aimed at increasing the international competitiveness of Estonia's shipping sector.

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 Maritime Policy in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Commission approves Belgian aid for employment of seafarers in maritime transport and dredging

The Commission decided on 13 June to accept the extension of Belgian exemptions from social security contributions for maritime transport and dredging introduced at the start of 2000 and widened in 2003. With the new extension in place, Belgian ship owners should be in a position to cope better with competition from vessels flying flags of convenience.

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The TEN-T  in the web site of energy & Transport DG

New priority section of the trans-European transport network completed: the Betuweroute starts operating between the Netherlands and Germany

On 16 June 2007 about 160 km of dedicated rail freight line will start moving freights between the port of Rotterdam and Germany at a speed of 120 km/h. Through this new railroad, an average of 160 trains per day is expected to cross the Dutch-German border, carrying around 37 million tons of freight a year. "Today's celebrations mark a major milestone in the completion of the trans-European transport network. By contributing to this important project, the European Commission has supported not only the revitalisation of rail transport in Europe but the overall development of a region", said Jacques Barrot, Commission Vice-President in charge of transport, welcoming the first example of railway track in Europe solely dedicated to freight transport.

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The web site of Andris Piebalgs

Commissioner Piebalgs supports a common energy agenda for the Baltic States

Commissioner Piebalgs attended the Baltic Regional Energy Forum which addresses the issues of strategic development of the energy sector in the Baltic States. The Forum aims to engage high level participants into discussions on the optimum energy mix and supply aspects, clean and sustainable energy, energy efficiency and new technologies. ''Enhanced cooperation and coordination between the Baltic states in all these areas can bring significant contribution for strengthening the energy security in the Baltic region. I see this event as an important step in forging a common energy agenda for the Baltics,'' said the Commissioner.

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Energy for a Changing World on the website of energy & transport DG

Commissioner Piebalgs launches pioneer underground CO2 storage facility in Germany

Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs took part on 13 June in the official launch of a test CO2 storage facility in Ketzin, Germany. This pilot installation – the first of its kind onshore in Europe – will provide valuable knowledge on the practical aspects of underground storage of CO2 from power generation. As CO2 emissions from power generation are a major source of greenhouse gases, the project is an important step in the EU's fight against climate change.

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New and renewable energies  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Commissioner Piebalgs opens the 1st European Wind Day with a strong call for more renewables in the EU

Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs has inaugurated on 15 June the first European Wind Day by breaking a bottle of champagne to a wind generator installed on the occasion in the centre of the European quarter in Brussels. "If we want to reach the ambitious European target for Renewable Sources of Energy we need to develop state of the art technology. The wind generator installed today in Rond Point Schuman is a good example of this: it shows the citizens that wind energy is not dangerous and can produce clean energy in a safe and sustainable way", said Commissioner Piebalgs.

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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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