No 295 - Weekly - 30 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

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International Aviation

Commission proposes to open negotiations on a Common aviation area with Georgia

On 30 January, the European Commission proposed to the Council directives for negotiation for a comprehensive aviation agreement with Georgia. The aim is to establish a Common aviation area between the EU and Georgia which will remove market restrictions and associate Georgia to the EU internal aviation market.

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Road transport

Commercial road transport: an important step towards harmonised rules on enforcement

On 30 January, the European Commission adopted today a directive that establishes a common grading of the most common infringements to the so-called "social rules" in the road transport sector (those that govern driving hours and rest periods of professional drivers in the EU). Establishing a typology of infringements on the basis of their seriousness will put an end to the present situation, where the same infringement may be considered a minor infringement in one country and a more serious infringement in another country. This decision is the response of the Commission to concerns voiced by the road transport industry over the lack of harmonised rules in this area, which undermines fair competition and the smooth operation of businesses. 

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Road transport

Free establishment of road transport operators: Commission sends reasoned opinion to Greece

On 29 January, the European Commission sent a reasoned opinion to Greece for its failure to comply with European rules on freedom of establishment for operators in the road transport sector. This is the last step before a formal complaint is sent to the Court of Justice.

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Road transport

Working time of lorry and coach drivers: Commission sends reasoned opinion to the Netherlands

On 29 January, the European Commission sent a reasoned opinion to the Netherlands for its failure to comply with European social rules for lorry and coach drivers. This is the last step before a formal complaint is sent to the Court of Justice.

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Maritime transport

Maritime safety: Commission requires proper implementation of port State control rules

On 29 January, the European Commission decided to send reasoned opinions – the last step before lodging a case to the Court of Justice – to Estonia, France and Latvia for failure to respect EU Directive on port State control of shipping.

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Air

Environmental certification of aircrafts: Commission sends reasoned opinion to Germany

On 29 January, the European Commission sent a reasoned opinion to Germany for not recognising a type-certificate issued by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in accordance with European rules.

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Airports

Differentiation in airport charges: France abolishes existing State aid

On 27 January, the European Commission accepted  the measures taken by France to put an end to the differentiation in passenger charges between domestic flights and flights from/to countries in the Schengen area. Following a complaint from a low-cost airline, the Commission examined the rules applicable in France for setting the level of airport charges. It concludes that the differentiation in the levels of charges between those two categories of flights constitutes existing State aid, which is incompatible with the internal market. Meanwhile, France has adopted the measures necessary to abolish that aid.

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Road

Commission approves restructuring aid for PKS Wadowice S. A. 

On 28 January, the European Commission authorised a restructuring loan for the Polish passenger transport company PKS Wadowice S.A. The aid will mainly finance the partial replacement of the company's bus fleet and the repayment of its liabilities.

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State aid - Railway

Commission approves Czech State aid to promote the interoperability of railway transport

On 28 January, the European Commission adopted a positive decision on a State aid regime notified by the Czech authorities and investing in the interoperability of rail transport.

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International Relations

Member States reinforce European Commission efforts to fund infrastructure projects in the EU neighbourhood

Brussels, 26 January

The signature of the "NIF Trust Fund Agreement" in the margins of the General Affairs and External Relations Council of 26 January 2009, will allow EU Member States to provide additional funds to the Neighbourhood Investment Facility, a key lever of the European Neighbourhood Policy. This Trust Fund has been opened by the European Investment Bank in order to receive Member States bilateral contributions for the funding of infrastructure projects to the Union's East and South. In 2008, € 37 million of additional contributions have been pledged by 15 Member State and will complement the € 100 million already provided by the EC Budget.

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Security of supply of electricity
 

The Commission continues its action to ensure the implementation of the Directive on security of electricity supply

On 29 January, the Commission addressed a reasoned opinion to Sweden for not having communicated the national measures transposing the provisions of the security of supply directive. The Commission confirms its intention to follow up the implementation of internal energy market legislation and underlines the importance of the security of supply in the electricity sector.

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Oil

Ireland ordered to amend legislation that allows its oil stocks to be used as collateral

On 29 January, the European Commission decided to send a reasoned opinion to Ireland on the grounds that its national legislation does not comply with the EU Directive on emergency oil stocks. Community law requires Member States to hold a minimum level of oil stocks. It also requires the stocks held to be fully at the disposal of Member States in the event of oil supply difficulties. Irish law allows stocks to be used as collateral, which means that they are not fully available to be mobilised as needed in an emergency, which breaches Community law.

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Energy efficiency
 

20 Member States still not in compliance with Community legislation promoting energy efficiency 

On 29 January, the Commission sent a Reasoned Opinion to twenty Member States who have failed to communicate their transposition of the Energy Services Directive. The Directive aims at strengthening and improving energy end-use efficiency by providing a framework for incentives and energy services.

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Electricity
 

Commission addresses a reasoned opinion to Bulgaria for not compliance with the electricity directive

On 29 January, the Commission decided to continue its action against Bulgaria for failure to implement directive 2003/54/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 June 2003 concerning common rules for the internal market in electricity and repealing Directive 96/92/EC.

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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

 

28/02/2009

 

31/03/2009

 

 

postponed to
19/02/2009

 

 

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Support activities for the development of practical measures to facilitate the implementation of the biofuels sustainability scheme

 JO S 11-013808

  13/03/2009

 

 

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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