No 265 - Weekly - 16 May 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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2-6 June, 16th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition, Valencia, Spain

GREEN WEEK 2008 Climate change opportunities: Promote rational energy use, 4 June, Brussels

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Directive 2002/59/EC establishing a Community vessel traffic monitoring

Vessel traffic monitoring and information system: the Commission brings Poland to the Court of Justice

The European Commission decided on 6 May to lodge a case to the Court of Justice over the incorrect transposition by Poland into its national law of EU legislation on the Community system to monitor the traffic of ships in EU waters.

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Regulation (EC) no 358/2008

Aviation Security: European Commission avoids undue operational complications and inconvenience for passengers on cabin baggage size

Initial plans to set legal limits at European level to the size of carry-on cabin baggage in airplanes have been withdrawn by a Regulation which came into force on 5 May. In October 2006, security experts initially advised the European Commission to limit the maximum permitted size of cabin baggage throughout the EU to 56 cm x 45 cm x 25 cm. However, introduction was delayed pending in-depth studies and analysis ordered by the Commission. In its efforts to focus only on the most efficient security measures, the Commission considers that the effectiveness of this measure does not justify the additional costs and inconvenience to airline passengers.

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Community guidelines on State aid for railway undertakings

The Commission gives the go-ahead to funding to modernise railway rolling stock in the Czech Republic

On 30 April the Commission approved an aid programme for the acquisition and modernisation of rolling stock in the Czech Republic. The Czech Government is set to spend CZK 4 800 million (EUR 173 million) under this programme between 2008 and 2013.

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Community guidelines on State aid for railway undertakings

Rail transport: Commission adopts guidelines for State aid to rail undertakings

The European Commission adopted on 30 April guidelines for State aid to railway undertakings. The guidelines clarify the rules governing public funding of these businesses. This is one way the Commission is boosting the liberalisation of the industry and ensuring that public funding contributes to sustainable mobility in Europe.

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State Aid On DG Energy and Transport Homepage

Commission authorises a research and development aid scheme for public transport in Germany

The European Commission has authorised on 30 April a State aid measure by Germany aimed at supporting the development of an electronic fare management system for public transport, the so-called "e-ticketing system". The approved State aid amounts to approximately € 9.75 million and will be granted between 2007 and 2009.

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Air Transport Portal of the European Commission

Airport slot allocation: The Commission clarifies the existing rules

On 30 April the European Commission adopted a Communication on the application of the slot allocation regulation. The Communication clarifies a number of issues in order to ensure a better implementation of the existing rules and to improve the efficient use of scarce capacity at congested Community airport. In particular, it signals the acceptance of "secondary trading" of airport slots between air carriers.

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International aviation relations

European Community strengthens aviation relations with Australia

On 29 April the European Union and Australia signed an aviation agreement which allows European airlines to fly between any EU Member State and Australia. “I welcome this important step in the EU's air transport relations with Australia,” said Jacques Barrot, Vice-President in charge of transport. "This will pave the way for a comprehensive aviation agreement involving cooperation in key aviation areas such as competition, safety and the environment."

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Conference on the Promotion of the Rights of Energy Consumers

EU Presses Forward on the Promotion of European Rights for Energy Consumers

Leading stakeholders from across the EU met on 6 May with Consumer Commissioner, Meglena Kuneva, and Energy Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, to reinforce and promote the rights of EU energy consumers. Stakeholders gave their support to the process launched by the Commission to better implement these rights and better inform consumers. The basis for this process will be the Citizens' Energy Forum, building on the measures proposed in the "Third Energy Package".

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European Union - Russia Energy Dialogue

Commissioner Piebalgs and Minister Khristenko discuss EU-Russia Energy Cooperation

May 4, Moscow

European Energy Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs met the Russian Minister of Industry and Energy Victor Khristenko in Moscow to discuss EU-Russia Energy Cooperation. Ahead of the G8 Energy Ministers Meeting on 8th June in Aomori in Japan and also ahead of the EU-Russia Summit that will take place on 26 June in Khanty Mansiysk in Russia, they assessed the current situation and prospects of cooperation in the field of energy.

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Euro-Mediterranean Energy Partnership

Commissioners host meeting to boost energy co-operation with Mashreq countries, Iraq and Turkey

European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, and European Commissioner for Energy, Andris Piebalgs, meet representatives of the Mashreq countries, Iraq and Turkey on 5 May in Brussels to discuss improving energy security in the region and in the EU, in particular by deepening co-operation on natural gas. The meeting will be attended by the Minister of Oil and Mineral Resources of the Arab Syrian Republic, Sufian Al-Alao, the Deputy Minister and Chairman of Egyptian Natural Gas Company, Eng Mahmoud Latif, as well as senior officials from Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey. The meeting will support finalisation of the Arab Gas Pipeline, and promote its role as a future supplier of the Nabucco project. It will also encourage the full participation of Iraq in regional energy activities, including as a partner in the Arab Gas Pipeline.

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Energy Performance of Buildings - Public Consultation

Commission launches a public consultation for the coming Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the recasting of the 2002 Energy Performance of Buildings Directive. The consultation will help the Commission gain input on the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive from interested parties through an online questionnaire and thus enable it to better develop the new proposal.

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

Public Consultations

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Time-limit for receipt of tenders

 

EU Action to promote Offshore Wind Energy

Recasting of the 2002 Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

Modernization of the emergency oil stock regime

Marco Polo II Programme

Labelling of Tyres

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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.

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Official
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Time-limit for receipt of tenders

 

Purchase of portable multichannel analyser module

Study on interoperability — gas quality harmonisation — cost benefit analysis except appliances

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

OJ S 84-113462

OJ S 82-110911

OJ S 62-083191

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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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