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TEN-T Calls for proposals 2009 Info Day, Brussels, April 22 

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EGNOS: Commission takes major step forward in European satellite navigation

The European Community, represented by the European Commission, has today become the owner of the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) infrastructure and entrusted the company ESSP SaS with the operation of the system. EGNOS is the precursor of Galileo, the global navigation satellite system that the European Union is developing.

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Transport infrastructure

TEN-T 2009 Calls for Proposals: Nearly €1 billion available in Trans-European Transport Network funding

The European Commission launched today the 2009 TEN-T Calls for Proposals, making nearly €1 billion of financing available for European transport infrastructure projects. This year's Calls include a €500 million call in the framework of the Commission's European Economic Recovery Plan, aimed at giving an immediate boost to the European economy by accelerating investments in infrastructure. In addition, there will be funding opportunities under the TEN-T Annual Programme and Multi-Annual Programme, whose priorities in this Call include Motorways of the Sea, Intelligent Transport Systems for Road, and the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS). The Trans-European Transport Network Executive Agency (TEN-T EA), which manages the technical and financial implementation of the TEN-T programme, is responsible for the management of the calls for proposals and the evaluation of project proposals submitted on behalf of its "parent", DG Energy and Transport.

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Single European Sky

Historic Aviation Conference between the European Union and Africa

The first ever EU-Africa Aviation Conference will take place on 2-3 April in Windhoek, Namibia. This conference constitutes a historic landmark, with over one hundred participants from all the African countries and all the EU Member States. Representatives of the Commission of the African Union, the European Commission, African regional organisations, national civil aviation authorities and industrial stakeholders will meet together over the two days to lay the foundations for a new EU-Africa partnership in the field of aviation.

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Sustainable transport

Commission welcomes today's decision of the Council to adopt a new Directive on clean vehicles used by public authorities

Today, the Council of Ministers adopted a new Directive promoting clean and energy efficient road transport vehicles that are in use by public authorities. The Directive aims to stimulate the market for clean and efficient vehicles and to prompt developments and investments by the industry. Increased sales will help reduce costs through economies of scale and will result in progressive improvement in the energy and environmental performance of the whole vehicle fleet. The new measures extend to all purchases of road transport vehicles by public authorities or by transport operators charged with public service obligations.

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Single European Sky

The Commission welcomes today's political endorsement by the Council of the Single European Sky package

After the positive vote in the European Parliament last week, the Transport Ministers confirmed today the agreement reached on a far reaching aviation package. This package, which will be formally adopted by the Council in the weeks to come, strengthens the Single European Sky, makes the European Aviation Safety Agency responsible for all safety links of the aviation chain and boosts the implementation of new technologies. As a package, these measures will deliver safer, greener and more cost-efficient flights. Annual savings for the airlines is calculated around four billion euros. At the same time the ATM Master Plan will put the European manufacturing industry at the forefront of innovation in air traffic management technology, thus delivering a performing European infrastructure and giving manufacturers a competitive edge on global markets.

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International Aviation

EU signs civil aviation agreement with Mongolia

Today, the European Union and Mongolia signed an aviation agreement which will restore legal certainty regarding bilateral air services agreements between Mongolia and EU Member States.

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Security of supply

Gas Coordination Group: supplies in South Eastern Europe under control after gas pipeline explosion

The members of the Gas Coordination Group (CGC) have discussed today the situation of gas supplies in South Eastern Europe after an explosion damaged an important gas pipeline that supplies the region. After hearing reports of the countries most affected GCG concluded that the situation appears to be under control. The Commission yesterday alerted the members of the group and asked them to report to the regular meeting of the GCG scheduled for today in Brussels.

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Energy savings: Member States support proposals to improve the energy performance of televisions, refrigerators, freezers and washing machines

EU Member States supported new rules to improve the energy performance of several products at the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Regulatory Committee meeting. The package sets mandatory energy performance requirements and creates an upgraded energy labelling system for televisions and 'white goods'. These new measures are expected to cut the EU's electricity consumption by 51 terawatt hours by 2020, which corresponds to the combined annual electricity consumption of Portugal and Latvia.

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Sustainable energy

Commission earmarks 15 million euro to promote sustainable energy investments in cities

The European Commission has adopted today the 2009 Work Programme of the Intelligent Energy-Europe (IEE) Programme aiming at co-financing non-technology projects to promote energy efficiency, renewable energy and clean transport. For the first time financial support will be provided for technical assistance helping cities to develop bankable projects or investment programmes in the field of urban sustainable energy. The IEE 2009 budget is more than 96 million euro of which 15 million is foreseen for developing the potential of municipalities and regions to accelerate local investments, notably in buildings and urban transport.

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

EU Member States expressed their support for a Commission proposal to reduce the electricity consumption of circulators - which will save the equivalent of Ireland's yearly electricity consumption - during today's Ecodesign Regulatory Committee meeting. The Regulation is expected to create 7,000 jobs and make electricity savings of €2.2 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  


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"














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



TEN-T Calls for Proposals 2009 Info Day

New Calls for Tenders



Time-limit for receipt of tenders

Study on Interoperability - Gas quality harmonisation - Cost Benefit Analysis

Reference Security Management Plan for Energy Infrastructure Operators

European symposium on the assessment and evaluation of occupational radiation exposure in Europe — ESOREX 2009

Feasibility study for Europe-wide CO2 infrastructures

Respec (radiological emergency support project for the European Commission)

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 61-086851

JO S 61-086837

JO S 53-075656


JO S 51-072967

JO S 51-072956

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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