No 293 - Weekly - 16 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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EU sustainable energy week: Brussels,  February 9–13, 2009

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

'Research Connection 2009': Prague, May 7-8, 2009


International Aviation

Breakthrough in EU-Japan aviation relations

Brussels, 16 January

Following Vice-President Tajani's visit to Tokyo and his constructive talks with the transport Minister of Japan Mr Kaneko, a fare reaching agreement has been achieved which will pave the way to significantly enhance the air transport relations between both sides. Vice-President Tajani has stated “I am extremely pleased that the EU Commission and Japan have agreed to further develop and strengthen their aviation relations. This is indeed good news for our citizens and for our industry. This represents a win-win situation for both sides”.

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Single European Sky

A strategic milestone for the modernisation of air traffic management

On 16 January, the European Commission agreed on new rules for the use of data link in air traffic management (ATM) systems in Europe. Data link technology revolutionizes communications between air traffic controllers and pilots through supplementing voice communications with an air-ground data link. The set of common technical and procedural rules adopted are essential to modernize air traffic management systems within the Single European Sky.

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Road Transport

Commission gave green light to the new Danish system of reduced tariffs in favour of certain categories of passenger travelling in long-distance bus services

The European Commission decided on 13 January that the new Danish system of reduced tariffs in favour of certain categories of passenger travelling in long-distance bus services is compatible with the Treaty. The objective of the Danish measure is to ensure that specific groups of customers - children, (i.e. families with children), students and pensioners - receive fixed discounts on long-distance busses by concluding public service contracts with individual long-distance bus operators.

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Ostrava Airport

Commission approved aid for Ostrava airport in the Czech Republic

The Commission authorised on 13 January the implementation of State aid related to the acquisition of the necessary equipment for the management of the Ostrava airport. The aid will be granted until the end of 2013 with a budget of approx. 11.15 million euros. The subsidized project consists of acquiring boarding bridges, self-propelled aircraft boarding stairs, a tractor for moving aircrafts, a self-propelled baggage conveyer as well as a de-icing unit. 

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Maritime transport

Approval of a new tonnage tax scheme to stimulate the shipping sector in Slovenia

The European Commission approved on 13 January the introduction of a tonnage tax system whereby entities which are tax liable in Slovenia and engaged in international transportation by ship or in a related activity have the possibility to change the tax base for their taxable profits. The Commission decision allows the Slovenian authorities to apply the scheme as from 1 January 2008 for a period of 10 years.

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State aid to maritime transport

Commission authorised Denmark to extend the scope of certain types of aid to include maritime cable-laying and dredging activities.

Brussels, 13 January

This final decision by the Commission is in response to a request from Denmark to bring dredging and cable-laying companies into the scope of an aid scheme which has until now been reserved for seagoing ships registered in the Danish International Shipping register (DIS). This scheme exempts shipowners from having to pay income tax and social security contributions for the seafarers they employ.

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Combined Transport

Commission approved an Austrian aid scheme for combined transport

The Commission authorised on 13 January an Austrian scheme which intends to encourage the development of combined transport by supporting the introduction of innovative technologies, systems and equipment.

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EU sustainable energy week

The EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) will take place on 9–13 February in Brussels and other cities across Europe. This third edition of the event is the key annual reference point for sustainable energy issues in Europe. The European Commission's Directorate General for Energy and Transport, the European Parliament and the Committee of the Regions as well as major stakeholders have joined forces to bring together decision makers and thousands of citizens to debate about strategies for a more sustainable future.

This year the EUSEW will comprise of up to 143 conferences. Events will be held in 20 countries, in more than 50 EU cities. In addition many side events are foreseen during the weeks immediately before and after the EUSEW. The European Investment Bank will also participate in a number of events.

Events for your calendar include:
- Opening event: “The EU energy & climate package – a new “green deal” for Europe” on Monday 09/02
- European Biomass Association (AEBIOM) conference on Monday 09/02
- "Towards a New Energy Efficiency Policy for Europe" on Tuesday 10/02
- "Buildings: Flagship on Energy Efficiency" (Let's make the new EU legislation deliver) on Tuesday 10/02
- The Covenant of Mayors Ceremony on Tuesday 10/02 (upon invitation only)
- Conference on urban mobility on Wednesday 11/02
- ManagEnergy Workshop on Mobility on Wednesday 11/02

We would warmly welcome your participation and invite you to see further information on the numerous events, and to register no later than 30 January 2009 at






Joint statement by the Czech EU Presidency and the European Commission

The EU gas observation mission, already deployed on the ground and the terms of reference of the mission signed. Once again, there is no reason to further delay gas supplies

Brussels, 11 January

The EU monitoring mission has already reached most of their destination points and it is already starting their monitoring work. The Commission team has been let in the Sudzha measuring station in Russian territory. Another group has arrived in Lugansk to monitor the gas measuring units of Pisarevka first and later on the metering station of Sokhranovka.

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Joint statement by the Czech EU Presidency and the European Commission

Statement from the President Barroso and Commissioner Piebalgs on the agreement for the gas monitoring

President Barroso said on 11 January: "Following the intensive efforts of both the Czech Presidency and the Commission, I warmly welcome the agreement to the document setting out terms of reference for the monitoring mission that has been signed by Russia, Ukraine and the European Commission. This should now finally allow the resumption of gas supplies from Russia to the EU. I particularly thank the Presidency of the Council, Prime Minister Topolanek, for his final efforts to facilitate the deal in Kiev and Moscow. We now need the gas to flow immediately to the EU. There are many EU citizens at risk without gas supply, and this situation has gone on for far too long."

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External Energy Policy

Update on the deployment of EU monitor team in Ukraine 

On 10 January, the monitoring team hold a technical meeting with the Ukrainian Gas Transmission System Operator UkrTransGaz (UTG) and with Naftogas on the modalities for the deployment of the monitoring mission. 

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Security of supply of natural gas

Commissioner Piebalgs welcomed Ukrainian deliveries of gas from their own reserves to Bulgaria and Moldova

On 10 January, Energy Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs welcomed the announcement of the Ukrainian government, who have indicated that gas is going to be delivered from Ukrainian reserves to Moldova and Bulgaria to alleviate the economic and humanitarian situation in these two countries due to the gas crisis.

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External Energy Policy

The Gas Coordination Group evaluated the current gas crisis and confirms measures to assist countries in need

On 9 January, in the afternoon session of the meeting of the Gas Coordination Group members, together with countries of the Energy Community in South-East Europe, discussed the impact of the current gas crisis, evaluating each country's situation with a particular view to identify further measures of assisting countries in need, in the spirit of solidarity. The group will meet again on 19 January in Brussels, and the monitoring will continue day by day until normal supplies are resumed.

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Security of supply of natural gas

Monitoring team started work in Kiev and Gas Coordination Group urged 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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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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Preparing the Northern Dimension Partnership on transport and logistics

Study on weekly oil reporting

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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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