No 331 - Weekly - 5 November 2009

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• 16-17 November
3rd European Renewable Energy Policy Conference , Brussels








• Transport

Conference on the future of transport

The European Commission will be hosting a high-level conference on the future of our transportation system in Brussels on 20 November. This is the closing event of the public consultation the Commission launched last June regarding its Communication 'A sustainable future for transport'. The conference is meant to summarise contributions received from stakeholders and discuss concrete ideas that have emerged in the consultation process.

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• Energy

New EU-US Energy Council to boost transatlantic energy cooperation

A new EU-US Energy Council has been launched this week in Washington. The meeting brought together the Commissioners for Energy, Andris Piebalgs, External Relations, Benita Ferrero-Waldner and Research, Janez Potočnik, with the US Secretary for Energy Steven Chu and US Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg to launch the EU-US Energy Council. The EU-US Energy Council will provide a new framework for deepening the transatlantic dialogue on strategic energy issues such as security of supply or policies to move towards low carbon energy sources while strengthening the ongoing scientific collaboration on energy technologies.

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Piebalgs Blog


Barcelona Provincial Council hands over first energy action plans to Commissioner Piebalgs

Representatives of the Diputació de Barcelona, the Barcelona Provincial council, have handed over the first 39 Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs) of the Covenant of Mayors signatories in the Province to European Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs. The meeting marks a step change from preparation to action, as signatories have a year from signature to submission of their SEAPs.

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Energy Star




New regulation on civil aviation accident investigation



· Aviation is one of the safest forms of transport. But with air traffic steadily increasing, accidents do happen despite the best efforts of regulators and industry.

· To make flying safer, independent investigations into accidents are essential – as the surest way of identifying the causes of an accident and answering the fundamental question "what really happened"

· The current EU rules on investigating air accidents need to be updated, to reflect the current realities of Europe's aviation market and the complexity of the global aviation industry.

· Today, investigating air accidents takes new kinds of expertise and more resources than a decade ago. The organisational set-up has also changed substantially, with the European aviation safety agency (EASA) now responsible for certifying aircraft in the EU.



· Air accident investigations across the EU would be of a better and more consistent quality.

· Victims' rights would be better protected.

· Accident investigation bodies would have greater independence, and sensitive safety information (and persons providing it) would be better protected.

· The roles of national and EU bodies involved in accident investigation would be clarified.

· Better implementation of safety recommendations would improve air safety.



· Passengers – improved safety thanks to better implementation of recommendations and independent technical investigations

· Victims and families – improved access to assistance in the immediate aftermath of an accident and reliable information about the fate of relatives and progress of the investigation

· National accident investigation bodies – more cost-effective use of scarce investigating resources, better exchange of safety information and clarity of roles of all the parties involved

· Aviation industry – better coordinated, more efficient accident investigations and increased safety

· Aviation professionals – better protection of sensitive safety information from inappropriate use or unauthorised disclosure

· Judicial authorities – more clarity as to the roles of the various bodies involved in investigating air accidents.



· Only the EU is able to coordinate the use of scarce investigation resources and flow of safety information across Europe.

· Air accident investigations involve cooperation between various national and EU bodies; their roles and authority must be clearly defined in advance.

· EU citizens should enjoy equal protection throughout the EU in the case of an air accident.

· Safety recommendations resulting from an investigation in one EU country may be relevant to other countries.



· Probably 2011 – once the EU Council of Ministers and European Parliament have considered the proposal.



For a complete list of current public consultations please go to Consultations on Energy issues and Consultations on Transport issues


•  Public Consultations

No new public consultations were posted this week.



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Calls for Tenders

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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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