No 233 - Weekly - 13 July 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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27 July 2007: SESAR (Single European Sky ATM Research) Information day

24-25 September: International Conference on energy efficiency, Lisbon


State Aid legislation

State aid measures (10/07/07)

Commission authorises the creation of a marketing fund for Norrköping airport in Sweden  [full text]

- Commission opens investigation into suspected State aid at Tampere Pirkkala airport in Finland [full text]

- Commission launches formal investigation into potential State aid involving Lübeck airport [full text]

- Commission launches formal investigation into potential State aid involving Dortmund airport [full text]

- Commission launches formal investigation into potential State aid to Flughafen Schönefeld GmbH and air carriers operating from Berlin Schönefeld airport [full text]

- Commission approves real-estate tax exemption for Polish ports [full text]

- Aid scheme for Sardinian shipping companies incompatible with the common market, says the Commission [full text]

- Maritime transport: Commission initiates investigation into aid proposed by Denmark [full text]

- Commission cleared Greek State financial participation in the construction of Thessaloniki submerged tunnel [full text]

- MEMO: Questions on State aid for Airports and start-up aid to airlines [full text]


Gas issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Trans-Sahara Gas Pipeline conference: future possibilities for diversification of EU energy supply

European Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs participated as a keynote speaker at a conference on the Trans-Saharan Gas Pipeline project which could supply gas from Nigeria to Europe through Niger and Algeria. In his speech, Commissioner Piebalgs emphasized the importance of energy cooperation through the existing Euromed framework and the forthcoming EU-Africa Energy Partnership and underlined that the diversification of suppliers and routes is a key part of the EU's strategy for the security of energy supply.

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ManagEnergy web site

Commissioner Piebalgs welcomes more stringent energy efficiency standards in public procurement

The European Parliament has adopted today a new version of the regulation on the ENERGY STAR programme. It requires the Member States to apply demanding energy efficiency criteria in the public procurement of office equipment. This marks the first time that the Council, the European Parliament and the Commission agree that certain energy efficiency criteria become binding in public procurement. ENERGY STAR is part of the EU's strategy to better manage energy demand, contribute to security of energy supply and mitigate climate change.

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

Commission to set up a cell to oversee the stability of electric networks during summer months

Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs has called today European electricity transport network operators to get ready for possible disturbances this summer due to extreme weather conditions. In order to improve information flow, Commissioner Piebalgs has proposed to set up a cell within the Commission which would oversee the situation during the summer months. Those are the main conclusions of the meeting of the Electricity Cross-Border Committee which has taken place today to evaluate the risks of possible disturbances in electricity supply this summer.

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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
Rail noise abatement measures addressing the existing fleet

Consultation on multiannual contracts for rail infrastructure quality







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
Feasibility study on the use of renewable energy sources, in particular biofuels, for aviation OJ S 115-145489  


Survey of the market penetration of energy-efficient office equipment under the Energy Star Program OJ S 120-146529  


Study: qualification criteria for screening staff at airports OJ S 109-133725 31/07/2007
A framework contract to provide technical support to the industry consultation body of the single European sky (air traffic management) OJ S 114-139876 03/08/2007
Study to identify and evaluate European measures to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) from aircraft OJ S 115-140888  31/07/2007
Study on the effect of adapting the rules on the weights and dimensions of heavy commercial vehicles as established within Directive 96/53/EC regarding their ability to match the needs of advanced logistics and sustainable mobility OJ S 114-139889 10/08/2007
Study into the appointment, operation and effectiveness of recognised security organisations appointed by EU Member States under Regulation (EC) 725/2004 and Directive 2005/65/EC OJ S 109-133723 21/08/2007

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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