No 272 - Weekly - 4 July 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


European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS)

Rail transport: new agreement to accelerate deployment of the European Railway Traffic Management System (ERTMS)

The European Commission and the rail industry (manufacturers, infrastructure managers and undertakings) signed on 4 July a memorandum of understanding in Rome aimed at accelerating deployment of the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERMTS) throughout Europe. Deployment of ERTMS, which is equally suited to high-speed and conventional railway lines, will enable trains to carry a single signalling system on board. This new European concept will reduce operating costs and enhance the efficiency of the system.

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State aid- Inland Transport

Commission approves financing for combined transport in Hungary

The European Commission gave on 2 July its agreement to the financing of the rolling motorway between the Hungarian town of Szeged and Wels in Austria. Between 2008 and 2011, the Hungarian government will part-finance the aid scheme to the tune of 2 980 million forints (€11.92 million

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State aid - Maritime Transport

Commission approves French aid scheme boosting inland waterway transport

The European Commission gave on 2 July the green light to a French aid scheme for inland waterway transport. The scheme, which has an overall budget of €16.5 million and will run from 2008 to 2012, is designed to boost inland waterway transport in France by modernising the fleet and promoting the occupation of inland waterway carrier.

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GALILEO - European Satellite Navigation System

GALILEO: the procurement for the first constellation of the European navigation satellites will now start

On July 1st, the European Commission and the European Space Agency (ESA) have launched the procurement of the first complete constellation of the European satellite navigation system. A total of 30 dedicated navigation satellites will be put into space, monitored and controlled by a ground-based infrastructure which will be deployed around the world, with the main control centres in Europe.

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Bilateral cooperation with USA in Transport sector

Europe and US sign aviation agreement to improve safety and cut costs

As of 30 June, aviation relations between the European Community and the United States will be further strengthened through an agreement on aviation safety. Thanks to the mutual recognition of aviation safety certificates, the agreement will result in better harmonised safety systems on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as less cumbersome technical and administrative procedures for the recognition of certificates. It is expected that this will entail further improvement in safety levels and reduce costs by several millions of euros every year for European and US manufacturers alike. These savings should in turn be reflected in fares for passengers.

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Attitudes towards radioactive
waste - Report

Eurobarometer survey on Radioactive Waste: Europeans ask for the implementation of nuclear waste disposal facilities and for the development of a more common European approach

Brussels, 3 July

An overwhelming majority of EU citizens call for the concrete implementation of nuclear waste disposal facilities and for the development of a more common European approach in this field. These are some of the key messages expressed in the 2008 Eurobarometer on Radioactive Waste.

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European Transmission System Operators

Commissioner Piebalgs welcomes stronger coope-ration between European Transmission System Operators

CEO's of 36 European Transmission System Operator companies signed on 27 June a declaration of intent, to create a European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) before the end of the year. Energy Commissioner Piebalgs has welcomed this initiative, particularly as it represents a proactive step ahead of the Third Legislative Package on the Internal Electricity Market and reflects the principles set out therein.

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Trans-European Energy Networks

The Commission welcomes the agreement on the electricity link between France and Spain

Andris Piebalgs, European Commissioner for Energy, has hailed on 27 June the agreement between Mr Zapatero, Prime Minister of Spain, and Mr Fillon, Prime Minister of France, to complete the electricity connection between France and Spain as soon as possible thanks to decisive action on the part of Mario Monti, the European Coordinator.

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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

Feasibility study and impact assessment on the use of alternative fuels, including biofuels, for aviation

Framework contract for customised electrical and electronic services

Technical follow-up of ERTMS projects

Supply and services contracts for the Galileo full operational capability (FOC) procurement

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 124-165112

OJ S 121-160498

OJ S 126-167254

OJ S 125-165928

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.

Please note that exceptionally the next newsletter issue will be published on Thursday, 10 July.

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