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Cities for Mobility World Congress 2009; Stuttgart (D) 14-16 June
International Conference on Energy Efficiency in Domestic Appliances and Lighting; Berlin (D), Germany, 16-18 June




Commission conference discusses progress on the Genoa-Rotterdam priority rail axis

Vice-President Tajani met in Genoa with ministers for transport or their representatives from the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France, Switzerland and Italy to push forward the priority rail axis between Rotterdam and Genoa. This north-south freight and passenger rail axis, known as the priority axis n24, connects Lyon/Genoa – Basel – Duisburg – Rotterdam/Antwerp. The rail freight corridor A Rotterdam – Genoa is a major component of the priority axis n24 and is expected to be one of the first among six major rail freight corridors to be equipped with the European rail traffic management system (ERTMS).

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Renewable Energy

G8 Energy Ministerial: Commissioner Piebalgs calls for good investment climate to take the energy sector out of the crisis

Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs has called for clear price signal in an open and transparent market, as the best tool to reinstall confidence in the global energy markets and mitigate the effects of the current economic crisis. This was one of the main messages that Commissioner Piebalgs delivered in the G8 Energy Ministerial Meeting that took place in Rome on 24 and 25th of May.

“Energy companies need clear price signals to know where to invest. The European Commission has tried to provide this with clear rules for the Internal Market, with a CO2 price, and with clear objectives for renewable energies and energy efficiency”, said Commissioner Piebalgs.

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Climate Action

Negotiations on new global climate agreement to resume in Bonn

The European Commission is looking for further progress towards convergence on a new United Nations climate change agreement during the next round of negotiations taking place in Bonn, Germany from 1 to 12 June. The new agreement is due to be finalised in December at the UN climate conference in Copenhagen and would cover the period after 2012, when the emission targets set by the Kyoto Protocol expire. The European Union's aim is to achieve a framework for ambitious global action to prevent climate change from reaching the dangerous levels that are predicted if the current rising trend in global greenhouse gas emissions continues. The Bonn session is the first to be held since comprehensive negotiating texts intended to form the basis of the Copenhagen agreement were proposed earlier this month. This will help to focus the discussions and encourage all Parties to put forward their views on the wide range of issues to be addressed. Though many issues are yet to be resolved, discussions to date have made important progress that can be built on in Bonn, for example regarding a new framework for action on adaptation to climate change and a possible registry of actions by developing countries to limit their emissions growth. The EU will be led by the Czech Presidency and the European Commission. They will hold joint press conferences in Bonn on the first and last days of the session which will be streamed live at







Communication on SET Plan


Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET Plan)

Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs was one of the speakers at a conference on the impact of the current economic and financial challenges on the energy agenda in Brussels on Tuesday. One of the ways the European Commission is helping to tackle energy challenges is the Strategic Energy Technology Plan, which is a strategic plan to accelerate the development and deployment of cost-effective low carbon technologies.

Energy technology is vital if Europe's objectives for 2020 and 2050 as regards the fight against climate change, security of energy supply and competitiveness of European companies are to be fulfilled.

However, certain constraints hamper the development and widespread application of energy technologies, be they the chronic underinvestment that has affected this sector since the 1980s, significant delays in the marketing of new products, the additional cost often involved without always giving better energy output, legal and administrative obstacle, or their social acceptability. In addition, faced with competition from certain industrialised countries and emergent economies, the European Union (EU) Member States must adopt an effective joint approach on the subject of energy technologies. The timing of the adoption of such an approach will also determine whether European objectives are met.

The strategic energy technology plan (SET plan) presented by the Commission aims to help achieve European objectives and face up to the challenges of this sector:

  • in the short term by increasing research to reduce costs and improve performance of existing technologies, and by encouraging the commercial implementation of these technologies. Activities at this level should in particular involve second-generation biofuels, capture, transport and storage of carbon, integration of renewable energy sources into the electricity network and energy efficiency in construction, transport and industry.
  • in the longer term by supporting development of a new generation of low carbon technologies. The activities to be carried out should focus, among other things, on the competitiveness of new technologies relating to renewable energies, energy storage, sustainability of fission energy, fusion energy, and the development of Trans-European Energy networks.

Implementation of this SET plan will involve collective effort and activities in the private sector, the Member States and the EU, as well as internationally. The SET plan first of all proposes a new governance method for energy technologies, based on joint strategic planning.

With this in mind, a steering group, created by the Commission in 2008 and made up of representatives of the Member States, will improve coherence by developing joint actions, making resources available and evaluating progress. Also, a European summit on energy technologies is planned for 2009. Furthermore, the Commission will set up a European information system, comprising technology mapping and capacity mapping.

The SET plan also improves the effectiveness of the implementation of the jointly decided actions, so as to take full advantage of the possibilities offered by the European research area and the internal market.

The Commission will therefore gradually launch new European industrial initiatives, in wind energy, solar energy, bio-energy, capture, transport and storage of CO, the electricity network and nuclear fission, which will take the form of public-private partnerships or joint programmes between Member States. Furthermore, the Commission wants to create a European energy research alliance to better coordinate, in terms of programming, the efforts of research centres and universities. A prospective approach will also be adopted to prepare the future development of Trans-European energy networks and systems. An increase in resources, both financial and human, is another major element of the SET plan. Investment in research and innovation must increase at Community level, through the research framework programme of the "Intelligent Energy - Europe" programme and the European Investment Bank, as well as in the Member States, in order to double the overall effort made in the EU within three years. A communication from the Commission will be issued in 2008 on the subject of funding of low carbon technologies. In addition, the training of energy researchers will be promoted and new research and training opportunities will be created, to increase the number and quality of engineers and researchers.

Finally, the SET plan makes provision for intensified international cooperation, in order to promote the development, marketing, deployment and accessibility of low carbon technologies worldwide. The EU should speak more often with one voice on this matter. Cooperation with developed countries will involve public interest research and long-term exploratory research. As for developing countries and emergent economies, cooperation should allow their sustainable development while creating opportunities for European companies; cooperation could be involved, for example, in networking of research centres, large-scale demonstration projects and increased use of the mechanisms of the Kyoto Protocol.






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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The aftermath of the expiry of Regulation (EC) No 1407/2002 on State aid to the coal industry

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Implementation of a centralised access system to the European GNSS simulation and testing infrastructure

Support to Galileo standardisation

Referral guidelines for imaging


JO S 98-140618


JO S 96-137211

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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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