No 312 - Weekly - 4 June 2009

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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 study finds out that European 20% renewables' target can give jobs to 2.8 million people

Reaching the 2020 renewable energy targets is expected to lead to around 2.8 million jobs in the renewable energy sector and generate a total value added of around 1.1% of GDP. This is the main conclusion of a European Commission's study on the impact of renewable energy policy on economic growth and employment in the European Union (Employ-RES) which is available in the internet from today. Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs said: "This shows that benefits of renewables in terms of security of supply and fighting climate change can go hand in hand with economic benefits".

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Transport infrastructure


Trans-European Transport Network - moving transport forward

Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) policy aims to provide the infrastructure needed for the internal market to function smoothly and for the objectives of the Lisbon agenda on growth and jobs to be achieved. It also sets out to help ensure accessibility and boost economic and social and territorial cohesion. It supports every EU citizen's right to move freely within the territory of the Member States. Furthermore, it integrates environmental protection requirements with a view to promoting sustainable development.

The TEN-T Guidelines envisage the establishment of a single, multimodal network as the ultimate policy objective, covering both traditional ground-based structures and equipment (including intelligent transport systems) to enable safe and efficient traffic. Increasingly, it also involves the deployment of innovative systems that not only promise benefits for transport but also have substantial potential for industrial innovation.

Positive changes resulting from the implementation of TEN-T policy are already visible. National rail and road networks have become interconnected at many points and railways across borders are beginning to become interoperable. Community funding has concentrated on major high-speed rail projects, opening up a new generation of passenger traffic that can compete successfully with air and private cars. Finance has been channelled, under the Cohesion Fund, into major projects connecting countries and regions with differing levels of development, thereby helping to reduce disparities. It has had a significant catalytic effect and has enabled some of the most challenging and complex projects (geologically, technically, financially, legally/administratively) to be taken forward. It has promoted pilot schemes for public-private partnership solutions, which allow lessons to be learnt in terms of financing and project management.

TEN-T policy has also stimulated the development of intelligent transport systems. Apart from Galileo, this sector has – in the fields of road, rail, air and waterborne transport – made significant progress through TEN-T-supported projects at European or euro-regional level, many of which would otherwise not have been implemented or launched.

TEN-T policy has begun to provide responses to issues in the field of freight transport, where expected growth (an increase of 34% between 2005 and 2020) underlines the importance of introducing real co-modal solutions to overcome problems such as congestion, rising carbon dioxide emissions, infrastructure and organisational gaps. The motorways of the sea concept – truly multi-modal in nature – deserves considerably increased attention in further TEN-T development. It promotes “cleaner” freight transport on a co-modal basis, also linking the EU to the external world.





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  


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

Driver training and traffic safety education











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

  EGNOS GEO transponder service replenishment

  JO S 103-147724











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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