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Energy Efficiency Global Forum, Paris, April 27-29

Research Connection 2009: Prague, May 7-8,


Information on the hearing

Commission hearing to discuss ways to help road hauliers affected by crisis

Measures to help road haulage companies survive the economic crisis were discussed at a stakeholder hearing in Brussels organised by the European Commission. The hearing attracted about 100 representatives from European road haulage associations, the Commission, the European Parliament and the European Investment Bank with the aim to collect first-hand information from stakeholders on the effects of the recession and to identify ways forward.

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Memo on internal energy market

European Parliament votes to support new rules strengthening the EU internal energy market

President Barroso and Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs have welcomed the vote of the European Parliament backing new rules to strengthen the EU's internal energy market. The new legislation is expected to give consumers more protection and the benefit of the lowest possible energy prices while offering companies the chance to compete on a level playing field. In addition the legislative package will promote sustainability by stimulating energy efficiency.

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Sustainable energy

Commission to participate in Major Economies Forum on energy and climate

A high-level European Commission delegation will participate in the 27-28 April meeting in Washington of the Major Economies Forum (MEF) on energy and climate. The MEF has been convened by President Obama to facilitate dialogue among key developed and developing countries and help achieve a global climate change agreement at the UN climate conference in Copenhagen in December. It forms part of the Obama administration's strategy of US re-engagement in international climate change discussions which the Commission strongly welcomes. The MEF brings together 17 of the world's major economies, which are collectively responsible for 80% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Denmark, in its capacity as the President of the Copenhagen conference, and the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change will also participate. The Washington meeting is the first of up to three sessions that will be held to prepare a MEF summit in Italy in conjunction with this year's G8 summit. The Washington meeting will focus on how the MEF process should be designed as well as discussing existing and new technologies and policies with significant potential to catalyse the transformation to a low carbon economy. The Commission delegation will be led by Joao Vale de Almeida, chef de cabinet of President Barroso, and includes Karl-Friedrich Falkenberg, Director-General for Environment, and other high-level officials. Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas will not be able to attend as the MEF meeting coincides with a major conference on future EU biodiversity policy he will host in Athens (see IP/09/624).







Future of Transport website


The Commission intends to launch a debate on the main challenges and opportunities for the transport sector in the next 20 to 40 years. To help with the debate, a study was commissioned to collect and analyse information on transport long-term scenario forecasting, develop long-term transport scenarios including modelling work and case studies, and suggest long-term objectives for the European transport policies. Some of its conclusions can be found below. For the full report, click here.

Total passenger motorised transport with origin and/or with destination in EU27 (measured in passenger-km) will keep growing along existing patterns. A basic constraint which is expected to continue to prevail in the future for all scenarios is that the average time spent on transport per day per person is about one hour and that approximately 15% of personal available income is allocated, on average, to personal transport. Depending on GDP per capita and the evolution of transport costs, passengers will travel more or less (in passenger-km). This reflects the fact that personal mobility is not only driven by economic considerations. While daily commuting trips may remain stable, business, personal visits or leisure trips abroad will show more variation.

Road traffic is still expected to remain the dominant transport mode in passenger transport although it will lose some market share to the benefit of railways.

The relationship between passenger transport (passenger-km) and GDP depends very much on the type of trips made. When considering trips made by EU27 citizens inside the EU27 territory the expected growth in transport is less than the growth in GDP. The same result is valid if non-EU citizens’ transport inside the EU is added to the transport carried out in the EU territory. However, when EU27 citizens’ travel outside the borders of EU is added, the expected transport growth (passenger-km) is faster than the EU GDP growth. And the population of the transition countries (e.g. China, India, Russia) is expected to bring about further long-distance travel to and from the EU.

 Total freight motorised transport with origin and/or with destination in EU27 (measured in tonnes-km) will keep growing following previous patterns, following the overall growth of the economy for all scenarios, but the elasticity to GDP growth will depend on the scenarios. The freight transport elasticity towards GDP depends very much on the types of movement considered. National transport has a low elasticity, while export and import in tonnes- km inside EU show growth rates more in line with GDP growth. The development of freight transport is even faster if neighbouring countries are included, in particular because the import of crude oil and oil derivates from Norway and Russia are linked to economic development. When overseas trade is included, the growth rates of tonnes-km are increasing considerably more than the EU GDP.

In relation to freight, road transport may also be losing shares, but just marginally. It is expected that Short Sea Shipping will continue to grow in Europe in line with overseas traffic. Therefore transhipments hubs and secondary ports in Europe may become more important in their regional hinterlands.

The footprint of Europe in the rest of the world measured in terms of CO2 direct emissions due to freight and passenger transport activities is already high, just a bit smaller than emissions generated inside the EU. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary to think more of European transport as an activity that European citizens and companies do at world level, and not only within Europe.

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

Driver training and traffic safety education













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TEN-T Calls for Proposals 2009 Info Day

New Calls for Tenders

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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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