No 277- Weekly - 12 September 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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17-19 November, Salon International des Energies Renouvlables et de la Maitrise de l'Energie, Paris, France

13 October, European Road Safety Day, Paris, France

16-18 September, European Transport Forum, Brussels, Belgium


State Aid legislation

State aid: Commission inquires into funding of Danish Railways


On 10 September the Commission decided to start an inquiry into two public-service contracts concluded between Denmark's Ministry of Transport and the railway company "Danske Statsbaner" in order to determine whether these contracts amount to state aid. The two contracts cover passenger rail services during 2000-04 and 2005-14. The Commission has a duty to ensure that public-service contracts do not result in overcompensation for the rail company, which would amount to granting it state aid.

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State Aid legislation
Rail Transport in the web site of Energy & Transport DG 

The Commission approves aid from France and Italy for the experimental rolling motorway service between Lyon and Turin

On 10 September the European Commission approved an extension of the aid from France and Italy to the experimental rolling motorway service between Aiton and Orbassano which uses the existing line between Lyon and Turin. The service is being operated by AFA – Autoroute Ferroviaire Alpine – from 2007 to 2009

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The web site of Antonio Tajani

Vice-President Tajani gave a speech to the TRAN Commission of the European Parliament

On 9 September Vice-President Tajani presented to the TRAN Commission of the European Parliament the recent activities and projects of the Directorate-General for Energy and Transport in the field of transport.

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The web site of Andris Piebalgs

European Commission launches a call for tender to establish a Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage (CCS) project network in Europe

The European Commission is preparing to establish a network of projects to demonstrate the use of CCS technology in power plants. The Commission launches a call for tender for an external service provider to assist in establishing and running the network. The deadline for submission of tenders is 6 October 2008 and the selection process should be completed by the beginning of 2009.

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The web site of Andris Piebalgs

African Union Commission and European Commission launch an ambitious Africa-EU Energy Partnership

On 8 September high-level discussions on the implementation of the Africa-EU energy partnership took place at the premises of the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to establish the Africa-EU Energy Partnership as part of the EU-Africa Joint Strategy. Dr. Elham Mahmoud Ahmed Ibrahim, African Union Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, Louis Michel, European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid and Andris Piebalgs, European Commissioner for Energy signed a “Joint statement on the implementation of the first Action Plan of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership” and agreed on actions to be taken in order to speed up the implementation of the Partnership

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The web site of Andris Piebalgs

Memo: Africa -EU Energy Partnership

Main elements of the Joint Statement the African Union Commission and the European Commission.

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

Public Consultations



Time-limit for receipt of tenders


Progress in developing an integrated safe and interoperable European railway area

Preparation of a report on requirements for a sustainability scheme for energy uses of biomass

Development of Integrated Ticketing for Air and Rail Transport





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


EGNOS GEO satellite transponder service replenishment

The European Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage (CCS) project network

A framework contract to provide expertise, and technical, managerial and logistical support to the implementation of the Single European Sky in south-east Europe (ISIS programme)

Work on preparatory studies for eco-design requirements of EuPs ( III )

Services related to the organisation of conferences, exhibitions and other events

Ethanol/petrol blends: volatility characterisation in the range 5–25 vol %

The Second Buildings Platform: Initiative to support the implementation of the Energy Performance of Building Directive (2002/91/EC)

Medical effectiveness of iodine prophylaxis in a nuclear reactor emergency situation and overview of European national practices

JO S 155-208650

JO S 163-219639

JO S 163-219636

JO S 163-219637

OJ S 145-194455

OJ S 149-199647

OJ S 124-165137

OJ S 136-181451









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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