No 322 - Weekly - 03 September 2009

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State aid: Commission approves the restructuring of Austrian Airlines

The Commission has decided to close the formal investigation procedure into the privatisation and restructuring of Austrian Airlines concluding that the restructuring following its sale to Lufthansa is compatible with community law. The Commission has concluded that the price to be paid by Lufthansa involves State aid but that such aid is compatible in accordance with the Community framework for rescue and restructuring of firms in difficulty.

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International Aviation


EU and Indonesia agree on horizontal air services agreement

The European Commission and the Government of the Republic of Indonesia have initialled in Brussels an aviation agreement which will restore legal certainty regarding bilateral air services agreements between Indonesia and EU Member States.

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Commissioner blog on the new energy efficiency requirements


FAQ on the phasing out




Phasing out of inefficient lighting


The EU has set new energy efficiency requirements that lamps produced for the EU market need to fulfil as from 1 September 2009.

What changes for the consumer? - energy and money savings

Conventional incandescent and halogen bulbs which cannot fulfil the requirements will be gradually phased out from the EU market beginning in 2009 and finishing in 2012. However, there are many alternatives offering the same light quality and/or higher energy savings, including:

  • Improved incandescent bulbs with halogen technology, fully equivalent to traditional incandescent bulbs in terms of shape and light quality
  • efficient and long-life compact fluorescent lamps
  • efficient lamps with the latest technology, light emitting diodes (LEDs)

All of these provide significant overall cost savings to the user due to lower consumption, even taking into account that their purchase price is higher. The costs savings will amount to 25 to 50 € per year, depending on the size of the household and on the choice of alternative bulbs.

Benefits of the measure

The measure brings benefits for citizens, the environment and the economy. It will save annually some 40TWh by 2020 – the equivalent of 11 million European household’s energy usage for the same period. Crucially, it will lead to a reduction of up to 15 million tons of CO2 emissions annually. It is part of the EU objective to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 20%, by 2020.

About 5 billion Euros will be saved and re-injected every year into the European economy. Finally, an average household's total electricity bill will be reduced by between 25 and 50 € per year, depending on the size of the household, of the number and type of lighting used.

Scope of the measure

Lamps that cannot meet the minimum energy efficiency and performance requirements (e.g. durability) will be phased out from the EU market beginning in September 2009 and ending in 2012. Further measures are planned for reflector lamps such as spotlights.

The measure distinguishes between lamps that are "clear" (transparent) and non-clear. Non-clear lamps will need to reach the A-class according to the EU's lamp energy label, which means energy savings of 75 % or more as compared to traditional incandescent bulbs. Only compact fluorescent lamps and LED lamps can achieve such high efficiency. Consumers who want other lamp technologies due to factors such as aesthetics and size may purchase clear lamps.

Meanwhile, inefficient clear lamps will also be phased out gradually. From September 2009, equivalents of clear incandescent bulbs of 100W or more must be made with more efficient technology (e.g. efficient halogens). This limit will be moved down to lower wattages gradually until 2012 (75W in 2010, 60W in 2011, 40W and below in 2012).

New requirements on the functionalities of lamps (starting times, lifetime etc.) are also introduced so that only quality lamps will be allowed on the market that will meet the users’ expectations. Additional product information will also be required on the packaging to help consumers to make the right choice for the intended purpose.

The measure applies to lamps manufactured and sold by the manufacturer or the importer as from 1st September 2009. Wholesalers and retailers will be able to continue selling existing stocks even after that date. This means that the lamps that are banned will only gradually disappear from the shop shelves.

The legislative process

This measure on domestic light bulbs is only one of a series of measures that the European Parliament and the Council of Member States have requested the European Commission to take under the Ecodesign of Energy Using Products Directive of (2005/32/EC) with the aim to improve the energy efficiency and environmental performance of more than 30 products groups (e.g. televisions, washing machines, electric motors, heating boilers etc.).

The measure on household lamps was prepared after in-depth technical and economic study, extensive consultation of all interested parties including consumer organizations, environmental NGOs and lamps and luminaires manufacturers. It was endorsed by the Council of Member States and the European Parliament and formally adopted by the Commission on 18 March 2009 (Commission Regulation N 244/2009 on the ecodesign of household lamps).  

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New Calls for Tenders



Impact of the use of biofuels on oil refining and fuels specifications (JO S 162-234571)

European information campaigns and tools to increase public awareness on passenger rights (JO S 163-235545)

Study on the technical aspects of variable use of oil pipelines coming into the EU from third countries (S 161 233431)

Supply contract for FORK detectors (JO S 153-222578 )

Galileo Operating Company Service Centre and Safety Of Life Service Centre definition study (JO S 151-220295)

Study on organisational models and best practice for facilitating local co-ownership and similar ways of increasing community acceptance of renewable energy projects (JO S 151-220268)























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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