No 264 - Weekly - 25 April 2008



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The 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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6 May: Energy and Consumer Rights conference, Brussels

2-6 June, 16th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition, Valencia, Spain


Transport Research Knowledge Centre


Relaunch of the Transport Research Knowledge Centre

The Transport Research Knowledge Centre (TRKC) has relaunched its web portal – with a dynamic new look, improved navigation and user-friendly structure.

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Rail Transport and Interoperability Transport Portal of the European Commission

Commission facilitates interoperability for Europe's trains

On 23rd of April the European Commission adopted an amendment to the European standard for train signaling and speed control – the European Train Control System (ETCS) - which guarantees a common standard that enables trains to cross national borders and enhances safety. Deployment of ETCS across key freight and high speed corridors will greatly improve the competitiveness of European railways.

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Conference on the Promotion of the Rights of Energy Consumers

Energy consumers’ choice and rights

On 6 May in Brussels EU Commissioner for Energy Andris Piebalgs and Commissioner for Consumer Protection Meglena Kuneva will host a Conference on the Promotion of the Rights of Energy Consumers.
The conference will bring together consumers, the energy industry, energy regulators,  EU Member States and the EU institutions to discuss ways of reinforcing energy consumers’ rights and providing consumers with practical information to help them get the most out of more competitive energy markets.
The conference will launch a number of initiatives to promote the rights of energy consumers  -  among others a European Energy Consumers’ Checklist to answer  ‘frequently asked’ questions about retail energy markets, the  launch of a new Citizens' Energy Forum – a forum that will bring together stakeholders to guide EU Member States in building a competitive EU-wide energy retail market and to discuss consumer issues, including the protection of vulnerable consumers. The half-day conference will also look at exchange of industry best practice for the benefit of energy consumers.  

Watch the conference online:


Innovation and technological development in energy

Commission launches consultation to prepare an EU Offshore Wind Energy Action Plan

April 25, Brussels

The European Commission is inviting investors, project developers, wind turbine manufacturers, energy companies, government services, environmental NGOs and all other interested stakeholders, including the general public, to help identify the key barriers for the further development of offshore wind energy in Europe and what might be done to overcome them.

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Commission launches public consultation on the modernization of the emergency oil stock regime

The consultation launched on 22 April will provide stakeholders with the opportunity to submit their views before the Commission develops its proposal for a possible revision of the current legislation. The on-line public consultation is open to all interested parties, who are invited to submit their views by 17 June 2008.

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For a complete list of current public consultations please go to Consultations

Public Consultations



Time-limit for receipt of tenders


 Marco Polo II Programme

EU Action to promote Offshore Wind Energy

Modernization of the emergency oil stock regime





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



Study on separation of accounts of railway undertakings and rail infrastructure managers

Framework contracts for legal, economic and technical services in energy and transport policy

A framework contract to provide expertise and related technical and logistical support for assistance to third countries in the field of aviation

OJ S 62-083191

OJ S 62-083192

OJ S 58-77537




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.

The next newsletter issue will be published on 16. May.


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