No 301 - Weekly - 13 March 2009

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European Wind Energy Conference: Marseille,  March 16-19

9.ICG-Branchentreffen Gas, Berlin, March 24-25

EBRD Regional Energy Forum, Sarajevo, March 30-31

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


Institute for Environment and Sustainability

Greening buses and trucks! Commission's research centre opens new CO2 emissions testing laboratory

Today European Commissioner for Science and Research, Janez Potočnik, opens a new facility for testing fuel consumption and emissions of trucks and buses. The new installation, "VELA 7" at the Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Ispra (Northern Italy), realistically simulates wind drag, tyre/road friction and full drive cycles for real-life articulated lorries of up to 40 tonnes or 12m long buses. It comes at a crucial time since implementation guidelines for new emission standards, notably the Euro VI regarding heavy duty vehicles, must be defined by 1st April 2010.

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Details on the package adopted

Maritime safety: towards better prevention of maritime accidents

The European Parliament  approved this week the third package of measures for maritime safety after the agreement reached in conciliation last December and approval by the Council.

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More about airport charges plus video

Commission welcomes the adoption of the Directive on airport charges by the European Parliament and the Council

The EU legislators agreed this week a Directive on airport charges. Vice-President Antonio Tajani, responsible for transport said: "I am delighted with this outcome: it is an important first step in addressing airport charges in Community law. Airport charges must be transparent and non-discriminatory, which will benefit the citizens of Europe."

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Info about creating multimodal transport network in Europe

European Commission authorises a Belgian aid scheme for combined road/rail transport

The Belgian aid scheme approved will run for four years, with a budget of €25 million per year. It is designed to encourage the development of co-modal transport, in particular by rail.

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State aid for transport

Commission approves Czech aid scheme supporting renewal of public transport services

The Commission approved a Czech aid scheme benefiting transport undertakings that carry out public services in the regions of Jihovýchod, Jihozápad, Moravskoslezsko, Severozápad, Severovýchod, Střední Čechy and Střední Morava. The State aid scheme aims at facilitating the acquisition and modernisation of buses, trams, trolleybuses, rail rolling stock and other vehicles in the Czech Republic.

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Documents relating to internal market for maritime transport services

Aid to maritime transport: Commission approves modifications in the Dutch tonnage tax scheme

The Commission decided to authorise the changes the Netherlands plan to make to their tonnage tax scheme. This tax regime enables shipping companies not to pay company tax but only a flat-rate tax based on the tonnage of their fleet.

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State aid

Authorisation for State aid to German combined transport aid scheme

The Commission authorised  a German scheme which intends to encourage the development of combined transport by supporting the construction of new infrastructure and the introduction of innovative equipment.

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State aid

State aid: The Commission endorses the revised privatisation plan for Olympic Airlines and Olympic Airways Services

The Commission decided that the revised privatisation plan for Olympic Airlines and Olympic Airways Services does not raise State aid concerns. The original privatisation plan, which had been approved by the Commission on 17 September 2008, was based on an open, transparent and non-discriminatory public tender procedure. However, given the financial and economic crisis, the tender process was not successful. The Greek authorities have now pursued the sale by direct negotiation with interested parties, in compliance with EC law.

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Single European Sky

The Commission proposes making rights to slots more flexible in order to counteract the impact of the crisis on air transport

The Commission adopted a proposal for an amendment to the 'slots' Regulation which it is submitting to the European Parliament and the Council for urgent adoption. This temporary measure would allow airlines to keep their rights over slots.

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Energy efficiency

Commission pushes ICT use for a greener Europe

As part of its effort to combat climate change and drive economic recovery, the European Commission yesterday called on Member States and industry to use information and communications technologies (ICT) to improve energy efficiency. These technologies are expected to reduce total carbon emissions in Europe by up to 15% by 2020. ICT can not only improve monitoring and management of energy use in factories, offices and in public spaces but above all help make people more aware of how they use energy. With smart metering in their homes, for example, consumers have been found to reduce their energy consumption by as much as 10%.

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Energy savings: Member States support rules to reduce the energy use of industrial motors

EU Member States showed their support for new rules to reduce the electricity consumption of industrial motors - which will save the equivalent of Sweden's electricity consumption each year - during Wednesday's Ecodesign Regulatory Committee meeting. The Regulation is expected to create 40,000 new jobs and make electricity savings of €9 billion by 2020.

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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 latest calls for submissions to public consultations in fields of energy and transport.

Topic of Consultation  


Communication on the Directive 2004/67/EC of 26 April 2004 concerning measures to safeguard security of natural gas supply

Proposal for new requirements on natural radiation sources in Basic Safety Standards Directive

Green Paper "TEN-T : A policy review – Towards a better integrated trans-European transport network at the service of the common transport policy"

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
















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

European Medical ALARA Network (EMAN)

Investment needs for future adaptation measures in EU nuclear power plants due to effects of climate change

Framework contract to provide technical, legal and organisational support
for the implementation of the ITS action plan

Study on urban access restrictions 

Study on public transport smart cards

Framework contract for long-range energy modelling

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

JO S 47-067527

JO S 47-067526


JO S 43-061954


JO S 33-047545

JO S 33-047544

JO S 21-029008

 JO S 11-013808












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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