No 327 - Weekly - 8 October 2009

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• 21-22 October
TEN-T Days, Italy
• 7-8 December
TEN-T Project Management Workshop, Belgium

 

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Airports

 

 

 

 

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Groundhandling market at Community airports: the Commission sends reasoned opinion to Latvia

The European Commission has launched legal proceedings against Latvia for failure to notify any transposition of the directive on market opening for groundhandling services. Groundhandling services cover a wide range of activities at airports, from passenger check-in, to aircraft fuelling, including catering or baggage handling.

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Access to the groundhandling market: Commission sends letter of formal notice to Hungary

The European Commission has decided to send Hungary a letter of formal notice to remind the Hungarian authorities of the need to comply with the obligations incumbent on them under Directive 96/67/EC on access to the groundhandling market at Community airports.

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Ports

 

Maritime safety and port state control: Commission requires proper implementation of European rules

The European Commission has decided to lodge a case against Italy with the European Court of Justice for its failure to adequately implement EU legislation on port state control of shipping.

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Single European Sky

 

Commission takes Greece to court over Single European Sky

The European Commission has decided  to take Greece to the European Court of Justice for failing to establish effective and independent oversight authorities in the context of the Single European Sky.

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Haulage

 

Commission refers Greece to the Court over free establishment of road hauliers and fuel traders

The European Commission has decided to bring Greece to the European Court of Justice for its failure to comply with European rules on freedom of establishment for operators in the road transport and fuel marketing sectors. The Commission considers that Greece has failed to respect its obligation under the Treaty by restricting the registration of public use vehicles and private tankers, and by introducing minimum tariffs for transportation services.

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Rail

 

Commission warns Member States over lack of implementation of the 'first rail package'

The European Commission has sent reasoned opinions to 21 Member States, regarding their failure to implement properly the legislation called 'first railway package'. Important issues remain to be solved for opening up the railway markets to competition in Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Spain, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Slovenia and Slovakia .

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International Aviation

 

EU and Georgia start negotiations on a Common Aviation Area Agreement

Delegations from Georgia and the European Union met on 6/7 October 2009 in Tbilisi / Georgia for the first round of negotiations on a comprehensive aviation agreement between both sides.

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TEN-T Coordinators

 

Trans-European Transport Network Coordinators present their annual report and a common Position Paper

The coordinators of the Trans-European Transport Network have presented Vice-President Antonio Tajani with their fourth and final report for their first mandate giving a detailed state of play of the priority projects for which they are responsible.

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Road Charging

 

Commission clears the way for a single European Road Toll Service

The European Commission has adopted a decision setting out the essential technical specifications and requirements needed to launch a European Electronic Toll Service (EETS) which will enable road users to easily pay tolls throughout the whole European Union (EU) thanks to one subscription contract with one service provider and one single on-board unit. EETS will be available on all infrastructures in the entire Community such as motorways, tunnels and bridges where toll can be paid using on-board equipment. EETS will eventually limit cash transactions at toll stations, thereby improving traffic flow and reducing congestion.

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Renewable Energy

 

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Commission goes step further in developing renewable energy with Mediterranean and Gulf countries

The European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, Benita Ferrero-Waldner will host  in Brussels on 9 October a Ministerial level conference on renewable energy cooperation between the EU, the Mediterranean and the Gulf countries, in co operation with the Energy Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs. The conference aims to forge increased political support for closer cooperation in this field, and help to find concrete solutions to the challenges ahead. Ministers and high-level representatives of Albania, Bahrain, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Germany, Italy, Iraq, Jordan, Montenegro, Oman, the Palestinian National Authority, Spain, Syria, Tunisia and United Arab Emirates as well as the League of Arab States, the Gulf Cooperation Council and the Union du Maghreb Arabe will address the conference. Representatives from industry, research institutes and international financial institutions will also participate, providing a unique opportunity to explore the scope for future cooperation on renewable energy.

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International Relations

 

Mayors from Europe and America join forces to fight against climate change

Mayors from both sides of the Atlantic have pledged in Brussels to work together to highlight the key role played by the local and regional level in adapting to the effects of climate change. The leaders of big municipalities of Europe and America aim at ensuring recognition of this role in the conclusions of the UN climate change summit in Copenhagen next December.

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SET Plan

 

Investing in the future: Commission calls for additional €50bn in low carbon technologies

The European Commission is calling on public authorities, business, and researchers to join efforts in order to develop by 2020 the necessary technologies to address climate change, secure EU energy supply and ensure the competitiveness of our economies. In a proposal on "Investing in the development of low-carbon energy technologies", the Commission estimates that an additional investment of €50 billion in energy technology research will be needed over the next 10 years. This means almost tripling the annual investment in the European Union, from €3 to €8 billion. This represents a step forward in the implementation of the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan), the technology pillar of the EU's energy and climate policy. Different sources of funding are considered, from public and private sectors at national and EU level, to be used in a coordinated way will also help to push forward a fast growing industrial sector and to create jobs

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Memo

 

 

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Financing low carbon technologies

The European Commission called this week for an additional investment of €50 billion in energy technology research  over the next 10 years .

How much additional investment is needed?

With today's level of knowledge, the Commission believes that investment in the EU has to increase from the current €3 bn per year to around €8 bn per year to effectively move forward the SET-Plan actions 1 . This would represent an additional investment, public and private, of €50 bn over the next 10 years. These estimates and actions required have been defined by the industry, the research community, the Commission and Member States. Together, they have drawn up Technology Roadmaps for the development of low carbon energy technologies that show the way up to 2020. Each Roadmap presents the technology objectives that are critical for making each low-carbon technology fully cost-competitive, more efficient and proven at the right scale for market roll-out. Investment should cover basic and applied research, pilot projects (small scale trials), demonstration programmes (actual large scale trials) and market replication measures (successful transfer into fully viable, profitable low carbon technologies available for public use). Costs of deployment are excluded in these estimates. The assessment and monitoring of these technologies can be found on the new online Strategic Energy Technologies Information System (SETIS)- http://setis.ec.europa.eu .

Who will contribute to the additional investment needed?

The massive need for additional investment can't be supported by a sole actor, be it from the public or private sector. A European approach is essential to realise our ambition. The bulk of the funds required will have to come from the private sector and from Member States, with a contribution from the EU budget towards some of it. In this way, the limited resources available from the EU budget can be used to leverage a step change in the investment provided for the research and demonstration of low carbon technologies. The EIB would also be involved. The level of risk faced by low carbon technologies at different stages of their development calls for a risk-sharing approach in which all relevant actors, public and private, take on the part of the risk corresponding to their own field of activity. In general terms, the higher the technological uncertainties, the more public support is needed. But the Commission also wants the industry to take greater technological and market risks as well as banks and private investors.

Where will the extra public funding come from?

Times are difficult now and public spending and budget deficits are under pressure in the Member States. This limitation should act as incentive to prioritise public investments. Investment in energy technology development has to increase substantially – starting immediately. Focused public finance on the development of low carbon technologies is in line with achieving public policy goals For the time being, it has been agreed that the ETS will help financing the SET Plan in two ways. Firstly, the 300 million EU Allowances set aside from the New Entrants Reserve of the ETS will be used to support carbon capture and storage and innovative renewables. These allowances will be distributed by Member States for demonstration projects selected according to European Community criteria. Secondly, from 2013, the auctioning revenues from the ETS can be reinvested at national level in the development of more efficient and lower cost clean technologies. The use of the revenues is determined by the Member States. At least 50% should be used for climate change related activities, including in developing countries.

 

 

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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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