No 286 - Weekly - 14 November 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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RailNet Business Conference: Vienna, November, 27

6th International Conference "Fuels of the Future 2008": Berlin, December, 1-2

CEE Power and Gas 2008: Vienna, December, 17


List of airlines banned within the EU

Airlines banned from European skies: Commission updates its blacklist

The European Commission adopted on 14 November  the ninth update of the so-called blacklist of airlines that are banned from flying into the countries of the European Union due to safety concerns. In addition to the previous restrictions, the Commission has imposed a ban on all operations of Siem Reap Airways International from Cambodia. At the same time, it has extended the ban on TAAG Angola Airlines to all airlines certified in Angola on the basis of "significant safety concerns" raised by ICAO in its audit report of 1st October 2008, which still remain open and affect the safety of operations of all Angolan carriers.

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Air Transport Policy

Air transport: Commission authorises rescue aid for Alpi Eagles

The European Commission authorised on 12 November  rescue aid for Alpi eagles SpA, a regional air carrier based in the Veneto region of Italy. The aid consists of a € 17 million loan guarantee for the next six months so as to allow the airline to recommence flight operations.

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Air Transport Portal

Alitalia: the Commission adopts two State aid decisions

The European Commission concluded on 12 November  that the sale of Alitalia’s assets does not constitute State aid provided that the Italian authorities fully comply with the undertakings they have given. The sale is planned in the context of the special administration procedure which will lead to the winding-up of the Italian airline. The Commission has therefore given Italy the go-ahead to start selling the assets. The decision follows the Commission’s earlier decision to close the official State aid investigation procedure it started on 11 June 2008 to look into a €300 million loan from Italy to Alitalia. The Commission’s conclusion was that the loan was unlawful aid and incompatible with the common market.

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State aid

Commission approves Polish aid for multimodal transport

The European Commission authorised on 12 November a Polish aid scheme which intends to encourage the development of multimodal transport through the construction of logistics centres and terminals.

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Road Safety

Vice-President Tajani presents road safety awards

Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for transport, presented on 12 November the European Road Safety Charter’s Excellence in Road Safety Awards. These Awards went to the six organisations that have made the most impressive commitments to improving road safety. During the ceremony, 16 new partners signed up to the Charter, most of them large European companies whose commitments under the Charter have a major impact on road safety.

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Second Strategic Energy Review

Securing your energy future: Commission presents energy security, solidarity and efficiency proposals

The European Commission proposed on 13 November a wide-ranging energy package which gives a new boost to energy security in Europe, supporting the 20-20-20 climate change proposals which should be agreed by December. The Commission puts forward a new strategy to build up energy solidarity among Member States and a new policy on energy networks to stimulate investment in more efficient, low-carbon energy networks. The Commission proposes a new EU Energy Security and Solidarity Action Plan which sets out five areas where more action is needed to secure sustainable energy supplies. The Commission also looks at the challenges that Europe will face between 2020 and 2050. In addition, a package of energy efficiency proposals aims to make energy savings in key areas, such as reinforcing energy efficiency legislation on buildings and energy-using products, and enhancing the role of energy performance certificates as well as inspection reports for heating and air-conditioning systems.

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

Public Consultations

There are no open public consultations in the field of energy and transport at the moment.

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
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Radiation protection information and training video film


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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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