No 249 - Weekly - 21 December 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

Sustainable Energy Europe 2005-2008




[ Practical Information ]


28 January- 1 February 2008 :2nd European Sustainable Energy Week, Brussels

31 January 2008 : Towards a new culture for urban mobility, Brussels

State Aid in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

State Aid: The Commission launches a consultation on the draft Guidelines on State aid to railway undertakings

The European Commission published on 21 December the draft Guidelines on State Aid to railway undertakings. This draft is open for consultation by Member States and stakeholders. The Commission aims to adopt these Community Guidelines during the first semester of 2008.

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State Aid in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Commission launches formal investigation into new State aid by Greece to Olympic Airways Services and Olympic Airlines

The European Commission decided on 19 December to launch a formal investigation into a number of financial flows and transfers which may amount to State aid to Olympic Airways Services SA and Olympic Airlines SA. The investigated aid payments are believed to have been made to both companies after the period covered by the Commission's negative decision of September 2005 finding that Olympic Airways/Airlines had received illegal and incompatible State aid. The Commission has also enjoined Greece to provide information relevant to its investigation.

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Clean Urban Transport  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Sustainable economics with clean and energy efficient vehicles

The Commission's revised proposal for a Directive on the promotion of clean and energy efficient road transport vehicles introduces sustainable economics into public procurement of vehicles and transport services. Public authorities will use criteria for lifetime costs for energy consumption, CO2 emissions and pollutant emissions when they procure vehicles. A harmonised methodology will be applied to quantify these costs.

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More information on the directive:

Energy Star programe's website


Commissioner Piebalgs welcomes adoption of the new Energy Star programme

The Council adopted on 17 December the new Regulation for implementing the EU-US Energy Star programme in the EU. This Regulation requires EU institutions and central Member State government authorities to use energy efficiency criteria no less demanding than those defined in the Energy Star programme when purchasing office equipment. Energy Star is part of the Community strategy to better manage energy demand, contribute to security of energy supply and mitigate climate change.

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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


ERTMS: the European Deployment Plan

Stakeholder consultation on the revision of Energy Labelling Framework Directive 1992/75/EEC

Launching by the European Commission of an Impact Assessment (IA) for the evaluation of a potential legislative measure in the area of Transport of Radioactive Materials (TRAM)
(online questionnaire)

Preparation of an Impact Assessment on the Internalisation of External Costs  (online questionnaire)
















DG DEV are interested in receiving feedback from energy and transport civil society on a consultation they are holding on policy coherence for development.The consultation, which continues until 30 January 2008, can be viewed via the following link:

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
Framework contract on aviation security policy development OJ S 193-234231



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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