No 251 - Weekly - 18 January 2008



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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





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

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

Road transport in the website of Energy and Transport DG

"External costs" in transport: Commission prepares the ground for efficient and fair pricing of transport services

The European Commission has released a comprehensive compilation of existing studies on external costs in the transport sector. This handbook, jointly prepared by several transport research institutes, summarises the state of the art as regards the valuation of external costs. The Commission intends to make use of the handbook as one element which prepares the communication on the internalisation of external costs for all modes of transport that is due in June 2008 and a proposal to revise the directive on the charging of heavy goods vehicles.

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State Aid in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Commission launches investigation into potential State aid involving Aarhus airport in Denmark

Following a complaint, the European Commission decided on 15 January to open a formal investigation procedure into allegations that the operator of Aarhus airport in Denmark, Aarhus Lufthavn A/S, would have granted State aid to certain airlines through discriminatory rebates on airport charges. The Commission has also adopted an injunction formally requesting from Denmark further information that is necessary to carry out a proper assessment on certain allegations by the complainant.

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State Aid in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Commission opens a formal investigation procedure into complaints of illegal State aid to certain Czech bus operators

Following a complaint alleging that contracts concluded by the Czech authorities providing public transport compensations to bus carriers in Southern Moravia involve illegal State aid, the European Commission has today decided to formally open an investigation procedure. The Commission at this stage cannot exclude that the contracts in question indeed involve State aid, which however may be compatible in that they may not involve overcompensation. Today's decision will give all stakeholders an opportunity to comment before the Commission takes a final view on this case.

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State Aid in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Commission approves Italian State aid to invest in clean lorries.

The European Commission has approved on 15 January environmental investment aid to Italian companies that intend to purchase new clean heavy-duty vehicles.

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State Aid in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

State Aid: Commission opens an investigation procedure into changes planned by Ireland to its flat-rate tax regime based on the tonnage of ships

Following up on a notification by the Irish authorities, the European Commission on 15 January decided to open a formal investigation into the changes Ireland plans to make to its flat-rate tax regime based on the tonnage of maritime ships (tonnage tax). This tax regime enables shipping companies not to pay company tax but to pay a flat-rate tax based on the tonnage of their fleet. The investigation concerns planned amendments to the existing time charter rules and whether the new notified scheme may apply retroactively from 1 January 2006.

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Road transport in the website of Energy and Transport DG

European Parliament supports proposal to reduce paper work for 300.000 freight carriers, saving € 160 million

The European Parliament has on 15 January adopted the European Commission's proposal to remove unnecessary burdens for transport companies. Freight carriers will no longer have to carry separate transport documents, explaining i.e. frontier crossing points, routes to be taken or distance travelled. In addition, this action rationalises outdated reporting requirements dating from 1960, allowing information on intra community transport flows, such as name and address of the consignor, nature and weight of the goods and place at which the goods are to be delivered to be collected through other available means. The proposal also aligns the remaining information requirements with provisions in existing international conventions, while facilitating freight carriers’ opportunities by allowing them to use simpler means of documentation. This simplification applies to more than 300.000 freight carriers across Europe, a majority of which is small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). It is part of the Fast Track Actions within an Action Programme which has the objective to cut administrative burdens on businesses in the EU by 25% in 2012.

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Oil issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs welcomes the resolution of the Kashagan oil field dispute

Energy Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, has welcomed on 16 January the fact that an agreement has been reached between the members of the Kashagan consortium and the authorities of Kazakhstan. The resolution of this dispute will allow the development of the Kashagan oil field, the largest oil discovery in more than 30 years, to proceed at the quickest pace possible (with the production stream to come on line by 2011). Such progress should also help to ease world energy markets at a time of sharply increasing energy demand.

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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)

Motorways of the Sea (online questionnaire)

European maritime transport space without barriers  (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
Economies of scale: analysis of data on research expenditure on labour and infrastructure

Survey of the competitive aspects of oil and oil product markets in the EU

OJ S 1-000060

OJ S 247-300716



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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