No 241 - Weekly - 19 October 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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28 January- 1 February 2008 :2nd European Sustainable Energy Week, Brussels

29 November: Transports, Telecommunications and Energy Council, Brussels

20-21 November: Conference on "Airports: Dialogue with Industry", Lisbon
 
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Keeping Freight Moving on the website of Energy & Transport DG

Freight transport in Europe: new Commission initiatives aimed at achieving greater efficiency and sustainability

The European Commission adopted on 18 October a series of initiatives aimed at making freight transport in the EU more efficient and sustainable. This new package of measures consists of proposals concerning logistics, a rail network giving priority to freight, and European ports, as well as two documents on the barrier-free European maritime transport area and the motorways of the sea. The simultaneous adoption of all these measures gives a strong signal demonstrating the close links between logistics and the various modes of transport. The common objective of these initiatives is to promote innovative infrastructure technologies and practices, develop means of transport, improve freight management, facilitate the construction of freight transport chains, simplify administrative procedures and enhance quality throughout the logistic chain.

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Road Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Digital tachograph for road transport: Commission takes Greece to the Court of Justice

The European Commission on 17 October launched a court proceeding against Greece for failure to properly introduce the digital tachograph system. This tamper proof recording equipment is essential to make sure that all professional drivers and operators engaged in transport of goods and passengers respect the common European rules on driving time and rest periods. These rules ensure that professional drivers take their rest and do not drive excessive hours, thus improving their social conditions and road safety for all.

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Road Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Road charging - discounts on motorway tolls: Commission refers Spain to Court of Justice

The European Commission decided on 17 October to take legal action against Spain for failure to respect European legislation on road charging when applying excessively high discounts on motorway tolls. Spain has introduced discounts of up to 50% for those heavy goods vehicles that frequently use its motorways. These excessive discounts for road usage favour mainly domestic hauliers, violate the principle of non-discrimination and distort competition. According to the referral decision, Spain has an additional three months to comply with the European rules. If there are no satisfactory measures taken within this deadline, the Commission will refer the matter to the European Court of Justice.

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Road Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

European Electronic Toll System: Commission refers Denmark to Court of Justice

The European Commission  decided  on 17 October to take legal action against Denmark, for failure to transpose EU legislation on European electronic road toll systems. The Directive lays down the conditions to be met for the interoperability of electronic road toll systems in the EU. It applies to the electronic collection of all types of road fees on the European road network. According to the referral decision, Denmark has an additional three months to bring into force the laws necessary to comply with the European rules. If there are no satisfactory measures taken within this deadline, the Commission will refer the matter to the European Court of Justice
 

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Road Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Road transport - enforcing social rules: Commission sends reasoned opinions to 8 Member States

The European Commission has decided on 17 October to send reasoned opinions – the last step before a formal complaint to the Court of Justice is lodged – to Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and the United Kingdom for failure to notify their national measures transposing Directive 2006/22/EC. The Directive sets out minimum conditions for implementing new rules in the road transport sector on driving times and rest periods and on the introduction of the digital tachograph. By failing to implement this important Directive, the Member States concerned lack the necessary legal tools to promote fair competition within the sector and improve road safety.

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

 


Eco-design Consultation Forum discusses concrete action to reduce "standby" electricity consumption

During the 19 October meeting of the Ecodesign Consultation Forum, Member States, industry and consumer environmental NGOs discussed the concrete action envisaged by the European Commission to reduce standby energy consumption in household and office appliances. The discussions are based on a new study undertaken in the framework of the Ecodesign Directive, showing significant potential for the reduction of energy consumption during the standby mode in the EU.

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The Commission promotes the social dimension of the Energy Community

On 18 October, a Memorandum of Understanding on the social dimension of the Energy Community was signed in Vienna.
"The signature of the Memorandum of Understanding will mark the start of a process of permanent dialogue on social issues in the Energy Community to accompany the substantial changes that the energy sector needs to face." Commissioner Piebalgs welcomed today's signing ceremony from Brussels.

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Gas issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

European Gas Regulatory Forum working on further integration of the EU Gas Market

The 13th meeting of the European Gas Regulatory Forum ("Madrid Forum") which was held on 16 and 17 October in Madrid, discussed important topics for the further development of a fully operational internal gas market linked to the recent proposals for a 3rd legislative energy package, in particular transparency, interoperability and new investments. The new legislative proposals presented by the Commission on 19 September, aim for harmonisation and improved cooperation of regulators and network operators at European level. Experience gained over recent years has shown that some of the core barriers for the development of the European gas market are incompatible rules at national level. The Madrid Forum, since the start of the liberalisation process, has served to address the practical implementation of the European legislation in the natural gas market.

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Infringement procedures on the website of Energy & Transport DG

Commission takes legal action against Portugal regarding safety standards for ionizing radiation

The European Commission decided on 17 October to send a reasoned opinion to Portugal for failure to fulfil its obligations on basic safety standards for the protection of the health of workers and the general public from ionizing radiation. If Portugal does not take the necessary measures to fulfil these obligations within the established timeframe, the Commission will have to refer the matter to the Court of Justice.

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Infringement procedures on the website of Energy & Transport DG

Commission takes legal action against Member States for failing to submit their Energy Efficiency Action Plan

The European Commission launched on 17 October infringement procedures against Belgium, Estonia, France, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Sweden for failure to notify their national Energy Efficiency Action Plan by 30 June 2007, as required by the 2006 Energy End-Use Efficiency and Energy Services Directive. The Action Plans should present national strategies on how to achieve a 9% energy savings target by the end of 2016 as well as how Member States comply with a number of other provisions of the Directive.

 


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Infringement procedures on the website of Energy & Transport DG

Energy Performance of Buildings: Commission takes legal action against France and Latvia

The European Commission sent on 17 October a Reasoned Opinion – the last step before referral to the Court of Justice – to France and Latvia for failure to notify whether they implemented the measures required by the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive[1]. The measures in question should have been transposed by 4 January 2006. The aim of the Directive is to significantly reduce energy consumption in buildings, one of the cornerstones in mitigating climate change.

[1] Directive 2002/91/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2002 on the energy performance of buildings, Official Journal L 001, 04/01/2003 P. 0065 – 0071

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In this section you will find the newest calls for submissions to public consultations in fields of energy and transport.

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Discussion paper on the operation of Regulation (EC) 785/2004 on insurance requirements for air carriers and aircraft operators

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

22/11/2007

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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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Framework contract on aviation security policy development

OJ S 193-234231

 

28/11/2007

International symposium on medico-legal exposures OJ S 193-234229  19/11/2007
Benchmarking strategic options for European shipping and for the European maritime transport system in the horizon 2008–2018  

OJ S 188-228482 

16/11/2007

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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