No 316 - Weekly - 3 July 2009

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Commission authorises UK state aid to improve freight transport by rail and inland waterway

The European Commission decided not to raise any objections to a new aid scheme which will encourage modal shift of freight from road to rail and inland waterway within the UK. The Mode Shift Revenue Support (MSRS) scheme will thus grant financial support to intermodal services provided that they generate environmental benefits within the UK.

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State aid: The Commission endorses the revised development plan for Newquay Cornwall Airport

The European Commission decided not to raise any objections to an additional public support, amounting to around 24.3 million in public funds coupled with 22.5 from EU funding, for the re-development of Newquay Cornwall Airport in the United Kingdom. This follows an earlier decision approving the development plan for the airport. Subsequently, additional investments and public support proved necessary. In its decision, the Commission considers that this further funding does not call into question the overall compatibility of the measure with the common market.

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Transport: Reinforcing cooperation between Europe and Africa

Strengthening cooperation between Europe and Africa in the transport sector is at the core of the communication that the European Commission has adopted. It aims to connect the Trans-European and African networks, in particular through developing a common map of transport infrastructures. The Commission will make available the experience it gained from European transport policy to its African partners. This seeks to contribute to the implementation of a more efficient transport system, assisting in the development of the African continent in order to face the challenges of poverty, environmental degradation and migratory imbalances.

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Road safety

 

Driving licences: The Commission sends reasoned opinions to three Member States

The European Commission has issued reasoned opinions against three Member States of the European Union who have not yet communicated the measures to transpose into national law a Community directive on driving licences.

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Maritime safety

 

Safety of ships: The Commission sends a reasoned opinion to Slovakia

The European Commission has sent a reasoned opinion – the last stage before bringing possible proceedings before the Court of Justice – to Slovakia for not having correctly transposed a Community directive in the field of maritime safety. The Directive concerned lays down common rules for ship inspection and survey organisations.

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Security of Supply

 

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Gas Coordination Group identify regional cooperation and filling storages as the best means to mitigate potential gas cuts

The Gas Coordination Group, chaired by the Commission, has analysed in a extraordinary meeting held in Brussels the progress made by the Member States of the EU and the Energy Community (EnCT) to increase their preparedness to a potential supply disruption. The Commission has stressed the need to fill the storages and seek further regional arrangements ahead of any possible disruption.
 

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Commission adopts template for National Renewable Energy Action Plans

The Commission adopted a decision establishing a template for National Renewable Energy Action Plans (NREAPs) as required by the recent Renewable Energy Directive. The template will guide Member States in the elaboration of their Renewable Energy Action Plan and detail their strategies for reaching their 2020 renewable energy targets. Each Member State must submit a NREAP to the Commission by 30 June 2010 at the latest.

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ENTSO

 

No disturbances expected for electricity supply this Summer under usual weather conditions

There is no reason to expect electricity disturbances this Summer under usual weather conditions. This is the main conclusion of the Electricity Supply Outlook Report presented by the newly founded European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E). Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs welcomed this coordinated approach of European electricity transmission network operators aiming to ensure uninterrupted services to citizens and industry in general and also for this Summer. "Rising demand for electricity and energy in general requires good coordination between European electricity companies and networks. Only in this way we can ensure uninterrupted service to citizens and industry and to make rational use of resources available", said Commissioner Piebalgs.

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Nuclear energy

 

The EU establishes a common binding framework on nuclear safety

The adoption by the Council of the Nuclear Safety Directive is a major step for achieving a common legal framework and a strong safety culture in Europe. The EU has thus become the first major regional nuclear actor to provide binding legal force to the main international nuclear safety standards, namely the Safety Fundamentals established by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the obligations resulting from the Convention on Nuclear Safety. The Directive also reinforces the independence and resources of the national competent regulatory authorities.

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Third legislative package

 

EU adopts new rules strengthening the internal energy market

President Barroso and Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs have welcomed the adoption of new rules on the internal energy market by the Council following a positive vote by the European Parliament in April. The new legislation is expected to strengthen the EU's internal energy market, 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. Member States now have 18 months to transpose the new rules into national law.

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Country fact sheets

 

Commission acts to ensure effective and competitive energy market across Europe

The Commission has taken firm action against 25 Member States who prevent European consumers benefiting from the advantages of a competitive and open Energy Market by not complying with EU legislation. Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Spain, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Sweden and the United Kingdom will be receiving letters of formal notice for not complying with applicable gas and electricity regulations. The Commission has also sent letters of formal notice to Greece, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Lithuania for maintaining a system of regulated prices in violation of the EU directives on electricity and gas.

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Nuclear energy

 

Background

Nuclear Safety


The EU adopted on 25 June 2009 a Council Directive establishing a Community framework for the nuclear safety of nuclear installations, making it the first major regional nuclear actor to provide a binding legal framework on nuclear safety.

Nuclear energy plays an important role in the transition to a low carbon economy and reduces EU external supply dependency. The choice to include nuclear energy in the energy mix lies with the Member States. The role of the European Union is to ensure that this source of energy is developed while meeting the highest level of safety.

Every country in the world and in the EU which runs nuclear installations needs to have detailed rules to guarantee the safety of the operations. Everyone agrees that there are crossborder risks involved in the operation of nuclear installations, but there has been only limited harmonisation in approaches to nuclear safety between countries in the past.

An EU legislative initiative, confirming fundamental safety principles in the EU legislation is therefore required. Moreover, move towards harmonisation of nuclear safety requirements, including legally binding EU level legislation, is supported by the broader public.

The directive on nuclear safety defines basic obligations and general principles on the safety of nuclear installations which have to be implemented by all EU Member States. The legal basis is article 31 of the Euratom treaty. The directive's basic approach is that existing common principles and requirements on nuclear safety (as defined by the CNS and the IAEA Safety Fundamentals) are regulated at EU level. Theseprinciples include strengthening the independence of the regulatory body, rules for the responsibility of the operator, ensuring sufficient financial and human resources, management systems, regular safety supervision and cross-border availability of expertise. Moreover, a possibility is created for Member States to develop additional safety requirements for future nuclear power reactors when and if this becomes necessary.

An expert group made up by the highest representatives of nuclear regulatory bodies in the EU, the High Level Group on Nuclear Safety and Waste Management (ENSREG), will become a focal point of cooperation between regulators and will contribute to the continuous improvement of the EU safety framework.

The new Directive would benefit EU citizens by enhancing their safety and giving them legal certainty. It would benefit Member States, as it would give them a reference for their national nuclear safety systems.
 

 

 

Disclaimer::
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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Evaluation and Revision of the Action Plan for Energy Efficiency

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

Driver training and traffic safety education

 

 

03/08/2009

 

15/07/2009

 

 

31/07/2009

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

New Calls for Tenders

No new calls for Tenders have been published this week.

 

 

         
 

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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