No 257 - Weekly - 29 February 2008

 

 

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Commission's integrated energy and climate change proposal 2008

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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31 March - 3 April, EWEC 2008 - European Wind energy Conference and exhibition, Brussels

18 April, SAFETYNET 2nd conference, Rome, Italy

 
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Maritime Policy in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

EU-China maritime transport agreement enters into force 

The 2002 agreement on maritime transport between China and the European Community and its Member States will enter into force on 1 March 2008. To mark this occasion, a Joint Statement was issued on 28 February and a press conference was held in Beijing involving the Chinese authorities, the Commission, Member States and industry representatives from both sides. The agreement contains provisions on market access and provides for cooperation on maritime affairs. It has become the key component of the existing strong relations in the maritime field between China and the EU.


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Sea Ports  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Port security: European Commission sends reasoned opinions to Germany and Poland 

The Commission has decided to send reasoned opinions to Germany and Poland for failing to transpose into national law the European rules for improving port security. Sending a reasoned opinion is the last step before possibly taking a matter to the Court of Justice.


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Maritime Policy in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

World's cleanest ship demonstrates how research is developing the waterborne transport of the future  

On 28 February, the low-emission, fuel efficient and environmentally friendly barge m/v 'Victoria' was moored in the Port of Brussels for a special one-day event illustrating how clean shipping technology is revolutionising the way goods are transported in Europe. BP and the EU-financed research project "CREATING" have worked together to develop environmentally efficient inland navigation. This fully operational vessel demonstrates how EU research provides real solutions to real problems; in this case delivering safer, cleaner, and more competitive waterborne transport for the future. In addition to "CREATING", the event, attended by key EU industry representatives, researchers and policy makers, showcases two complementary projects working on marine engine technology and the use of alternative fuels.


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Sea Ports  in the web site of Energy & Transport DG

Seaport services – the European Commission allows Germany to lower taxes on diesel fuel used for port handling activities

The European Commission on 27 February authorised a reduction in excise duty on diesel fuel used by port handling companies in line with Community rules on state aid. The rate of excise duty will therefore fall from 47.040 to 6.135 euro cents per litre for these activities.


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The web site of Andris Piebalgs

Commissioner Piebalgs joins the blogosphere

Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs has joined  today the ranks of EU Commission bloggers and other key figures of the public sphere who are increasingly embracing new technologies in an effort to communicate better with the public. The first weekly entry of the Commission's energy blog is already available with comments on the Energy Council held yesterday. Comments from internauts around the world are welcome.

Mr Piebalgs' blog can be found at http://blogs.ec.europa.eu/piebalgs/.


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Energy efficiency in the Website of DG Energy and Transport

Ecodesign Directive: Commission sends Reasoned Opinions to five Member States

On 28 February the Commission sent Reasoned Opinions to the Czech Republic, Finland, Greece, Portugal and Luxembourg, who have not communicated their transposition of the Ecodesign Directive. The Directive aims at lowering the environmental impact of energy-using products and is one of the pillars of the EU strategy on energy efficiency.


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Energy efficiency in the Website of DG Energy and Transport

Energy Performance of Buildings: Commission launches Court proceedings against Belgium and the UK

The European Commission on 28 February launched court proceedings against Belgium and the United Kingdom for failure to notify adequate national implementing measures as required by the 2002 Energy Performance of Buildings Directive. The goal of the Directive is to reduce energy consumption in buildings and it thus forms an important part of EU legislation aimed at improving overall energy efficiency.



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You Choose!, the European Commission’s campaign on energy consumer rights and opening of EU energy markets has published issue 4 of its newsletter. Topics include renewable energies and the consumer as well as an energy efficient lighting initiative by European industry. The newsletter is available in English, French and German. You Choose! also publishes weekly flash news on consumer and internal energy market topics. Read more about these on the campaign’s website.


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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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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

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