No 253 - Weekly - 1 February 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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21-22 February,  6th European Business Summit, Brussels
31 March - 3 April, EWEC 2008 - European Wind energy Conference and exhibition, Brussels

18 April, SAFETYNET 2nd conference, Rome, Italy

 
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Road Safety in the web site of Energy and Transport DG

Compulsory use of safety belts and child-restraint systems: Commission sends reasoned opinion to the United Kingdom
 

The European Commission has decided on 31 January  to send a reasoned opinion to the United Kingdom for failure to transpose the Directive on the compulsory use of safety belts and child-restraint systems in vehicles in Gibraltar, and to notify its implementing measures. This Directive was adopted to increase safety for road users and especially for children.

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Maritime Transport in the web site of Energy and Transport DG

Port reception facilities for ship-generated waste and cargo residues: Commission decides to take Belgium and Estonia to the European Court of Justice
 

The European Commission decided  on 31 January to lodge a case to the Court of Justice against Belgium and Estonia for failure to respect EU legislation on better availability and use of port reception facilities for ship-generated waste and cargo residues.


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Tunnel safety in the web site of Energy and Transport

Safety requirements for tunnels: Commission sends reasoned opinion to United Kingdom

The European Commission sent on 31 January a reasoned opinion to the United Kingdom for failure to fulfil the reporting obligations under Directive 2004/54 on minimum safety requirements for tunnels. This Directive sets out technical requirements to reach a minimum level of safety of tunnels and shall apply to all tunnels in the trans-European road network, with lengths of over 500 metres.


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Road Transport in the web site of Energy and Transport DG

Commission approves Greek public financing of three motorways concessions
 

The European Commission decided on 30 January not to raise objections to certain measures adopted by the Greek authorities in support of road infrastructure. The Commission considers that grants for the construction and upgrading of such road infrastructure in Greece do not constitute State aid.


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State Aid in the web site of Energy and Transport DG

Commission authorises Czech State aid to support purchase of new railway rolling stock

The European Commission has decided on 30 January not to raise any objections to the aid scheme proposed by the Czech Republic to support its railway activities. The measure would contribute to the development of railway transport and is compatible with the proper functioning of the common market.


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External cooperation programmes in the web site of the European Commission

Belarus: Commission experts in Minsk for technical talks on energy, transport and environment
 

Experts from the European Commission met their Belarusian counterparts on 28-30 January in Minsk to discuss technical matters relating to the energy and transport situation in the EU and Belarus. A technical meeting between environment experts will take place on 7 February in Brussels.


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Enlargement and international relations in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

EU and Iraq discuss ways of enhancing Energy Cooperation

On 31 January the European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, and the European Commissioner for Energy, Andris Piebalgs met with the Minister of Oil of the Republic of Iraq, Hussain Al-Shahristani, to discuss enhancing energy cooperation between the European Union and the Republic of Iraq.


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Oil issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

Gas issues in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 


The Commission asks Poland to correct its procedures for granting rights over oil and gas resources

Community legislation seeks to ensure non-discriminatory access to and prospection, exploration and production of hydrocarbons. The Commission has noted a number of shortcomings regarding the conformity of the implementing measures adopted by the Republic of Poland. It is feared these will have adverse effects on competition in this sector.


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Nuclear Issues in the web site of Energy and Transport DG

European Commission sends Reasoned Opinion to the Czech Republic regarding the accession to the Safeguard Agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency
 

The European Commission decided on 30 January to send a reasoned opinion to the Czech Republic because of the country's failure to accede to the Agreement between the European Atomic Energy Community, its non-nuclear weapon Member States and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) regarding the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. If the Czech Republic does not take the necessary measures to accede to this agreement, the Commission will have to refer the matter to the Court of Justice.


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Sustainable Energy Europe web site

European Commission recognizes outstanding sustainable energy projects

On 29 January six winning projects from four EU member states - Italy, Austria, Hungary and France - were awarded trophies at the Sustainable Energy Europe Awards ceremony taking place under the umbrella of the second European Sustainable Energy Week. The European Commission initiative aims to raise public awareness on the use of renewable energy sources and energy-efficient methods. The winners were awarded for the exceptional work they have already accomplished but, above all, for the commitment they have made to the sustainable future.


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Covenant of Mayors in the web site of Managenergy
 

Sustainable Energy Cities take the lead on climate change: the European Commission launches the Covenant of Mayors

On 29 January the European Commission launched the Covenant of Mayors, the most ambitious initiative to date involving the citizens in the fight against global warming. It comes after an informal consultation with numerous cities across Europe, whose Mayors will join the Commission in launching the Covenant. The Covenant consists of the formal commitment of the adhering cities to go beyond the objectives of the EU in terms of reducing their CO2 emissions through energy efficiency and renewable energy actions. Almost 100 cities throughout Europe, including 15 capital cities, have expressed their early support for the Covenant.


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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

 

28/02/2008

 

 

22/02/2008

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disclaimer:
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.

Contract
Notice

Official
Journal

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

07/03/2008

05/03/2008

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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