No 273 - Weekly - 10 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


Greening Transport Package

Greening Transport: new Commission package to drive the market towards sustainability

On 8 July, The European Commission put forward a package of new "Greening Transport" initiatives to steer transport towards sustainability. First, a strategy to ensure that the prices of transport better reflect their real cost to society, so that environmental damage and congestion can gradually be reduced in a way that boosts the efficiency of transport and ultimately the economy as a whole. Second, a proposal to enable Member States to help make this happen through more efficient and greener road tolls for lorries, with the revenue to be used to reduce environmental impacts from transport and cut congestion. Third, a communication to reduce noise from rail freight. The package also includes an inventory of existing EU measures on greening transport and a communication on the additional greening transport initiatives that this Commission will take before the end of 2009.

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see also IP/06/1183 and IP/03/980).

Commission approves measures taken by France in favour of Société Nationale Corse-Méditerranée

The European Commission approved on 8 July the package of measures adopted by France in favour of Société Nationale Corse-Méditerranée (SNCM) as part of the partial privatisation of the company.

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Directive on security of natural gas supply.

Commissioner Piebalgs welcomes the agreement on the Szeged (HU) – Arad (RO) gas pipeline

Brussels, 8 July

Hungary and Romania have agreed to connect their gas systems for security of supply reasons. The completion of the interconnection between the two transmission systems will strengthen regional security of supply, creating a link that is not dependent on a third country. It will spread confidence throughout Central and Eastern Europe and demonstrates that EU states can make practical improvements to their domestic energy security. The line will follow the Arad - Szeged route.

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Eco-design of Energy-Using Products

Member States endorse Commission proposal to reduce standby electricity consumption

During the meeting of the Ecodesign Regulatory Committee on 8 July, EU Member States endorsed the Commission's proposal for a regulation reducing standby energy consumption of household and office products. The regulation lays down energy efficiency requirements for all products sold in Europe, thus cutting the EU's standby electricity consumption by almost 75% by 2020.

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

Public Consultations



Time-limit for receipt of tenders


Development of Integrated Ticketing for Air and Rail Transport

Second Strategic Energy Review

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

Study on analyses of preconditions for the implementation and harmonisation of noise-differentiated track access charges

Framework service contract for maintenance of measurement equipment for spent nuclear fuel (Fork II detector)

Framework contract for customised electrical and electronic services

Technical follow-up of ERTMS projects

EU energy star programme: development and maintenance of the web site and technical support for the development of new technical specifications

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

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OJ S 121-160494

OJ S 110-146928

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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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