No 271 - Weekly - 27 June 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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11-17 July, Maritime fair, Brest, France

17 - 19 November, Salon International des Energies Renouvlables et de la Maitrise de l'Energie, Paris, France


The First Railway Package (Railway Infrastructure Package)

Commission calls on Member States to ensure correct implementation of the First Rail Package

Brussels, 26 June

The European Commission sent letters of formal notice to 24 Member States today, regarding their failure to implement the First Railway Package legislation properly. As part of its duty to monitor the transposition of EU legislation into national law, the Commission came across failure or improper implementation of the legislation in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Spain, Finland, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Slovenia, Slovakia and the United Kingdom. The creation of an integrated railway market will be a key factor in boosting its efficiency and competitiveness, as well as a further step in ensuring sustainable mobility in Europe.

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Single European Sky II

The Commission launches Single European Sky II for safer, greener and more punctual flying

The European Commission adopted on 25 June the second package of legislation for a Single European Sky (SES II). These proposals aim to further improve safety, cut costs and reduce delays. That will in turn mean lower fuel consumption, so that airlines could save up to 16 million tons of CO2 emissions and cut their annual cost by between two and three billion euros. This full reform of the European air traffic management system will be key to managing the doubling of traffic expected by 2020. Not only airline passengers, but also freight forwarders and military and private aviation will benefit. The package will create additional jobs in aviation. Meanwhile, European manufacturing industry will gain from being at the forefront of innovation in air traffic management technology (i.e. satellite based systems - Galileo, datalink, etc.), thus giving it a competitive edge on global markets.

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Energy Community Ministerial Council Meeting

Ministerial Council of the Energy Community pushes further integration of electricity markets

On Friday, 27 June 2008 in Brussels, the Energy Community Ministerial Council addressed key issues for the functioning of electricity markets in South-East Europe. At this occasion, Commissioner Piebalgs declared: "Last week the European Council reiterated its full support for the European perspective of the Western Balkans and the importance of regional cooperation: the Energy Community is becoming a success story in this respect, but efforts should be pursued."

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Innovation and technological development in energy

Energy revolution kick-off meeting

The first meeting of the Steering Group on the implementation of the Strategic Energy Technologies Plan (SET Plan) on 26 June will set the agenda for an EU energy technology policy. It will enhance the coordination of national and European research and innovation efforts to position the EU in the forefront of the low-carbon technologies markets. The group, jointly hosted by Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs and Research Commissioner Janez Potočnik includes high level energy, research and finance representatives from Member States. Together they will identify areas for mission oriented actions through joint programming of R&D policies and programmes to achieve Europe's set climate change targets and security of energy supply objectives while boosting Europe's competitiveness in this area.

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Further steps in the constructive EU-OPEC Energy Dialogue

The fifth ministerial-level meeting of the Energy Dialogue between the European Union (EU) and the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) took place in Brussels, the 25th of June.

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Jubail Refining and Petrochemical

Andris Piebalgs welcomes European-Saudi co-operation to create new refining capacity

Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs welcomed on 22 June the signature of a shareholders agreement for the creation of the Juabial Refining and Petrochemical Company, between French oil company Total and Saudi Aramco, in a ceremony that took place the same day in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on the margins of the Conference on high oil prices. Abdallah Jum'ah, president and CEO of Saudi Aramco, and Christophe de Margerie, CEO of Total, signed the agreement in the presence of Commissioner Piebalgs, and Saudi and French energy ministers, Al Naimi and Jean Louis Borloo. "In a time of high oil prices, any new initiative to improve market fundamentals, such as refinery capacity, is extremely welcome", said Commissioner Piebalgs after the signature.

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Andris Piebalgs's, Energy Commissioner, speech at Jeddah Energy Meeting

Commissioner Piebalgs calls on oil producing and consuming countries to bring barrel prices down

Speaking in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), at the 22nd of June summit on oil prices, Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs has called producing and consuming countries to jointly take measures with the clear objective of bringing oil prices down. "Oil prices over 100$ are damaging for both consuming and producing countries. We have a common interest to work as a partnership to reduce volatility in the markets and bring oil prices back to sensible levels. We need to act together to return confidence and stability to the world economy and prevent recession", said Commissioner Piebalgs. "This can only be done by addressing market fundamentals. Oil producing countries should increase both production and investment in new production capacity. Consuming countries should push strongly on energy efficiency; ensure that emergency stocks are at high levels and combat market speculation. With determined action on all these fronts, we can bring the price of barrel to a reasonable level", he added.

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

Public Consultations



Time-limit for receipt of tenders


Measures for a 'rail network giving priority to freight'

Commission launches public consultation on the oil bulletin




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


Support services for the Covenant of Mayors

Advisor's contract to the European Commission on the European GNSS programme

Study on methodologies for gas transmission network tariffs and gas balancing fees in Europe

Purchase of hybrid video cables

OJ S 116-153992

OJ S 121-160494

OJ S 110-146928

OJ S 105-140295





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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