No 308 - Weekly - 8 May 2009

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Velo-City, cycling conference; Brussels, May 12-15
Conference on the impact of crisis on energy agenda; Brussels, 26 May




EU-Canada aviation agreements

At this year's EU-Canada summit in Prague on 6 May, the final text of the EU-Canada Air Transport Agreement, endorsed by the EU Council on 30 March 2009, was marked. The agreement will be a significant step in the opening of markets and investment opportunities and will generate major benefits for consumers, airlines and broader economies on both sides of the Atlantic. Formal signature of the Agreement will take place soon. In addition an agreement on aviation safety was signed allowing for savings of millions of euros annually thanks to shorter and simpler approval procedures and mutual acceptance of products' tests.

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External energy policy

The Southern Corridor: EU and partner countries commit to move forward

The European Commission and the Czech Presidency of the EU are hosting a Summit in Prague today (May 8) with partner third countries on the development of the Southern Corridor for energy and transport. The President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, and the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, Mirek Topolánek will meet with the leaders of partner countries from Central Asia, Southern Caucasus, Mashreq and Middle East. The Summit participants will discuss concrete ways for progressing on the development of the Southern Corridor for energy and transport, in particular the supplies of natural gas to the EU along the Corridor route. The Summit is the first time that potential partners in the Southern Corridor meet at the highest level to discuss their shared interests, and the summit declaration will provide the first formal commitments by consumer, producer and transit states on the conditions necessary to make a success of the Corridor. President Barroso will be accompanied by Commissioner Piebalgs during the summit.

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CIVITAS: ambitious strategies for clean urban transport in Europe

The European Commission will be promoting cycling as a healthy and safe way to travel in cities at Velo-City, world's largest conference related to cycling which will take part in Brussels from 12-15 May. The EU is funding a variety of initiatives to encourage cycling as an urban transport mode, such as co-financing the implementation and evaluation of 35 cycling-related measures across the 58 cities that participate in CIVITAS. This is an EU initiative that helps cities to achieve a more sustainable, clean and energy efficient urban transport system. For more about CIVITAS, visit

The CIVITAS Initiative helps cities to achieve a more sustainable, clean and energy efficient urban transport system by implementing, de-monstrating and evaluating an ambitious in­tegrated mix of technology and policy based measures. Urban traffic congestion, accidents and pol­lution are serious problems in Europe’s cities, therefore transport and mobility are of highest priority for local authorities. In 2000 the Europe­an Commission recognised the need for action and launched the CIVITAS Initiative, designed as a programme of “cities for cities”. In order to achieve their objectives, the CIVI­TAS cities test a coherent set of measures that are specifically selected to match local circum­stances. The measures address both the de­mand and the supply side of transport. The activities in the demonstration cities aim to provide a better quality of life for all citizens. The number of participating cities is constantly in­creasing and more than 100 cities over Europe are part of the CIVITAS community.


1. Increasing the use of alternative fuels and clean and energy efficient vehicles, and enhancing their integration into the urban transport system

2. Stimulating high quality and innovative energy-efficient collective passenger trans- port services, including intermodal integration with other transport modes

3. Implementing demand management strate­gies based upon economic (dis)incentives, regulatory measures (including zoning and spatial planning) and tele-services

4. Influencing travel behaviour and modal choice through mobility management plans, marketing, communication, education and information campaigns

5. Developing safe and secure road-infra­structure and means of travel for all users

6. Introducing mobility services that promote new forms of more energy-efficient vehicle use and/or ownership and a less car-dependent lifestyle

7. Promoting energy-efficient freight logistics services and new concepts for goods dis­tribution

8. Enhancing the use of innovative transport telematics systems for traffic management and traveller support, including solutions based upon satellite applications/GALILEO.

Every European city has the chance to become a member of the CIVITAS Forum by signing the CIVITAS Forum Declaration in order to join the exciting community of over 100 cities that is pioneering clean urban transport in Europe. By uniting cities who share common goals, CIVITAS is able to achieve its peer group education goal and offer financial support to cities for sustainable mobility initiatives. Through workshops and training events, cities have the opportunity to inspire and aid active exchange of know-how, ideas and experience to facilitate change in the field of transport. Members of the CIVITAS Forum can participate in the annual CIVITAS Forum conference. This conference enables similar-minded colleagues from Europe and beyond to engage in dialogue with other cities and European Institutions. Political representatives of CIVITAS Forum cities are also able to become members of the CIVITAS Policy Advisory Committee (PAC). The PAC is a group of highly motivated politicians from the CIVITAS Forum cities. It provides support to the CIVITAS Initiative in the identification of policy priorities and produces statements addressed to policy makers at the European, national and local level, as well as to the industry, transport operators and other stakeholders.






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.

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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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