No 292 - Weekly - 9 January 2009

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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




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2009 Annual Conference: Investing in Europe's Energy Future, Brussels, February 5-6, 2009

International Exhibition EnergyReS ’09: Athens, February 19-22, 2009

ITA World Tunnel Congress, Budapest, May 23-28, 2009


Inland waterway transport

A single certificate for safer navigation on European inland waterways

As of 2009, vessels carrying the new European safety certificate are allowed to navigate on all rivers in the Union, including the Rhine. According to the new Community rules this single certificate is delivered on technical requirements for inland waterway vessels. The implementation of these common rules is a great step forward for the safety of inland waterway transport in Europe.

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Judgment C-549/07 Wallentin-Hermann

European Commission welcomes the European Court of Justice's decision on air passenger rights

The European Court of Justice established on 22 December that as a general rule air carriers are obliged to pay compensation to passengers in case of cancellations due to technical problems in the aircraft. It ruled that a technical problem in an aircraft which leads to the cancellation of a flight is not covered by the concept of "extraordinary circumstances" exonerating air carriers, unless that problem stems from events which, by their nature or origin, are not inherent in the normal exercise of the activity of the air carrier concerned and are beyond its actual control, which would have to be proven by the carrier.

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Decision establishing the composition of the Gas Coordination Group

Monitoring team starts work in Kiev and Gas Coordination Group urges Naftogaz and Gazprom to resume gas deliveries immediately

The Gas Coordination Group met on 9 January together with experts from Gazprom, Naftogaz and Ukrainian administration in Brussels to discuss the current gas crisis and to reach a common understanding between experts of the main elements of the dispute in order to facilitate an immediate resumption of gas supply to the EU. As the European market has lost about 30% of its gas imports, at a time of very low temperature, the Group underlined the importance and the necessity for both disputing parties to resume urgently supply and transit of gas towards the EU.

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Joint statement by the Czech EU Presidency and the European Commission

Joint statement by Eurogas and the European Commission

In the context of the current dispute between Gazprom and Naftogaz and the reported very serious reductions of the volumes of natural gas supplied to Europe, the European organization of natural gas industries (Eurogas) met with Commissioner Piebalgs on 6 January to exchange views on the latest developments and related measures. Eurogas and the European Commission expressed their strong concerns of the impact of the dispute on European customers and called for an immediate resumption of the natural gas supplies to Europe, urging both parties to respect their contractual supply and transit obligations.

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Commission adopts special measures to increase interconnection between Ireland and Britain

On 22 December, the Commission approved exemptions from rules on regulated pricing and access for two new electricity interconnectors between the United Kingdom and Ireland. The new high tension lines more than double the transfer capacity between the two countries. They will also compete with a third new interconnection which will be operated by the Irish TSO.

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Third legislative package

European Commission welcomes creation of ENTSO for electricity

EU Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs welcomed on 19 December the creation of European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E). The 42 European Transmission System Operators responsible for running the highest voltage interconnected grid signed an agreement  to establish this new organisation which could become the TSO organisation foreseen by the 3rd internal market package. The package is under discussion between the Council and the Parliament in view of its final adoption in Spring 2009. Existing associations such as ETSO, the Union for Coordination for Transmission of Electricity (UCTE) and Nordel will be dissolved and their tasks and functions will be moved to the new organisation. 

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For a complete list of current public consultations please go to Consultations on Energy issues and Consultations on Transport issues

Public Consultations

In this section you will find the newest calls for submissions to public consultations in fields of energy and transport.

Topic of Consultation   Deadline

Inter-TSO compensation mechanism and harmonisation of transmission tarification

Green Paper Towards a Secure, Sustainable and Competitive European Energy Network

The impact of the use of body scanners in the field of aviation security on human rights, privacy, personal dignity, health and data protection







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For a complete list of current calls for tenders please log on Tenders Electronic Daily

New Calls for Tenders



Time-limit for receipt of tenders

Preparing the Northern Dimension Partnership on transport and logistics

Study on weekly oil reporting

JO S 238-315690  

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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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