No 294 - Weekly - 23 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

The ASI & Marketforce’s 14th Annual Conference:
The Future of European Rail, Vienna, March 17-18, 2009

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


Maritime Affairs

Towards a European maritime transport area without barriers

On 21 January, the European Commission adopted an action plan aimed at creating a maritime transport area without borders in Europe. This plan includes several legislative measures, including a proposal aimed at simplifying administrative formalities based on Community regulations and recommendations to Member States for reducing the administrative burdens imposed on shipping companies.

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Road transport

Digital tachograph for road transport: new measures to prevent fraud and equip light vehicles

On 20 January, the European Commission adopted a package of measures aimed at detecting and preventing abuses of the tachograph system, used to record the driving time and rest periods of professional drivers. Furthermore, the new legislation permits the use of dedicated, type-approved adaptors for light vehicles that are required to comply with the Drivers' Hours and Tachograph rules.

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Maritime transport

The Commission presented the strategic goals for European maritime transport policy up to 2018

On 21 January, the European Commission presented a comprehensive ten year strategy plan to promote safe, secure, clean and efficient shipping. The long-term competitiveness of European shipping and related maritime industries in world markets, and the adaptation of the entire seaborne transport system to the challenges of the 21st century are at the heart of this strategy plan.

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Studies on Maritime transport

Maritime security: protecting maritime transport from piracy

Piracy and armed robbery of maritime transport was the the subject of the seminar organised on 21 January by the European Commission to gather ideas on the means of preventing and dissuading acts of piracy and how we can protect ourselves and fight against this very real threat.

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CIVITAS Initiative

Vice President Tajani: EU action needed to promote sustainable urban mobility

On 21 January, Vice President Antonio Tajani announced the action plan at EU level to tackle the chronic problems created by transport in Europe's towns and cities. Speaking at the CIVITAS II Final Conference, held in Toulouse from 21-23 January 2009, he noted that for Europe to meet its commitments on climate change, energy security and environmental pollution, all actors at EU level, cities, Member States and the EU, need to work together to find solutions to the congestion and environmental problems that plague our cities.

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State aid - Air

Austrian Airlines: the Commission authorises rescue aid for Austrian Airlines

On 19 January, the Commission decided to authorise rescue aid for the Austrian flag carrier. The aid will be in the form of a guarantee on a loan facility worth some EUR 200 million to keep the company operating until the Commission can take a position on another issue involving possible State aid linked to its privatisation.

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Security of supply of natural gas

Gas Coordination Group: Solidarity works and the EU's gas market adapts to challenges of gas crisis

Brussels, 19 January

The mitigation measures undertaken by EU companies and Member States have allowed most countries to successfully manage the situation in a way which is the least disruptive for their consumers. Bulgaria remains the worst affected country but some measures have been proposed to bring gas from Greece to Bulgaria.

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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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New Calls for Tenders



Time-limit for receipt of tenders

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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