No 333 - Weekly - 19 November 2009

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Road Safety Conference , Brussels
• 9 December
Green Corridors Conference , Brussels

 

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Transport Infrastructure

 

 

 

 

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Workshop on TEN-T Project Management

The TEN-T Executive Agency, which manages the technical and financial implementation of the TEN-T programme on behalf of the European Commission, will hold a TEN-T Project Management Workshop on 12-13 January 2010 at the Centre Conference Albert Borschette in Brussels. The workshop will look back at the Agency’s first full year of operations and provide a key forum for the Agency and its beneficiaries to discuss common issues and experience pertinent to successful cooperation.

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Road Safety

 

Conference on road safety

The European Commission will host a conference on road safety in the European Union on 2 December 2009 in Brussels, Charlemagne building. This will be an occasion to release the results of the consultation process on the next European Road Safety Action Programme (2011-2020).

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Gas Coordination Group

 

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Gas Coordination Group sees overall good level of preparedness of EU Member States and Energy Community countries in case of gas crisis

The Gas Coordination Group, chaired by the Commission, met this week to analyse in detail all elements of the preparedness of the EU and the Energy Community for a potential supply disruption in the Winter 2009/2010. The Gas Coordination Group examined the gas consumption and storage levels in the EU and assessed emergency responses that have been put in place by the Members since January 2009. Special focus was given to the countries mostly affected by the January 2009 crisis in South-East Europe and the Energy Community parties.

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Labelling

 

Commissioner Piebalgs welcomes political agreement on the Energy Labelling Directive

"The political agreement reached by the European Parliament and the Council on the Labelling Directive is a significant contribution towards reaching our energy savings target. This agreement paves the way to adopt legislation on a wide range of products in the future that helps us to honour our commitment on the reduction of CO2 emissions". With these words Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs welcomed the outcome of the last trialogue held by Council, Parliament and Commission.

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Energy Efficiency in Buildings

 

Commissioner Piebalgs welcomes political agreement on energy performance of buildings

Energy Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs welcomes the political agreement on energy performance of buildings reached this week by representatives of the European Parliament and the Council. The agreement will greatly contribute to achieving EU Climate and Energy objectives for 2020 and to boost European economy. The agreement will strengthen the building codes and energy performance requirements for buildings across the EU and fixes 2020 as deadline for all new buildings to be nearly zero energy buildings.

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Security of Supply

 

The EU and Russia reinforce the Early Warning Mechanism to improve prevention and management in case of an energy crisis

As agreed by the President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso and the President of the Russian Federation Dimitri Medvedev during the last EU-Russia Summit in Khabarovsk, the EU and Russia have strengthened the current dispositions under the EU-Russia Energy Dialogue to prevent and manage potential energy crises, with an enhanced Early Warning Mechanism. Energy Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, and the Russian Minister for Energy, Sergei Shmatko, have signed this week in Moscow the Memorandum on an Early Warning Mechanism that includes a clear definition of the circumstances that would trigger the activation of the mechanism, in terms of what constitutes a "significant disruption of supplies", be it due to maintenance of relevant infrastructure, accidents, or commercial disputes. On the same occasion, both parties also signed the 10th progress report of the EU-Russia Energy Dialogue.

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World Energy Outlook

 

IEA's World Energy Outlook 2009 confirms EU energy and climate policies are on the right track

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has recognised the contribution of the EU energy policies in the fight against climate change but highlighted that if global temperature rise is to be kept below 2 Celsius, much remains to be done. This is one of the main messages of a presentation of the IEA's World Energy Outlook 2009 for European Commission high level officials, hosted by Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs today. The IEA's Executive Director Nobuo Tanaka and Chief Economist Fatih Birol presented the recent upheavals in energy markets and discussed their implications for EU policies.

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Annual Report

 

 

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EURATOM Supply Agency work programme for 2009

The EURATOM Supply Agency (ESA)has this month published its Annual Report 2008. In it the Agency also explained what it is focussing on at the moment.

Enhancing the security of nuclear fuel supply by means of diversification

ESA exercises its exclusive rights in order to put into practice the principle of equal access to sources of nuclear materials. Enforcing this principle can enhance security of supply, which is in the public interest. One key aspect of security of supply is diversification. Users purchasing nuclear material from different geographical sources enjoy greater long-term stability than those relying on a single source of supply – a view upheld consistently by the European Court of Justice and the European Commission. Chapter VI of the Euratom Treaty established a centralised procurement system. This was simplified in 1960, since when EU producers and users have conducted their sales and purchases themselves. ESA co-signs each supply contract (for nuclear materials) and acknowledges each transformation contract (for nuclear fuel services), allowing it to monitor them and, if necessary, intervene in order to uphold the diversification principle. In the case of some specific contracts, however, protection of legal certainty in particular justifies exemption from the diversification principle. This is the case with numerous contracts entered into by nuclear power plants of Russian design before the State concerned had joined the EU. Article 105 of the Euratom Treaty protects the rights acquired under these contracts. However, they will gradually expire and ESA will need to ensure a satisfactory degree of diversification at EU level.

Acting as a nuclear fuel market observatory

The new statutes give ESA an additional market observatory function. Market observation requires accurate and timely data on all the relevant sectors of the industry. ESA’s exclusive rights, combined with cooperation with other Commission departments, enable it to collect the information needed to produce reliable market analyses. Accordingly, the main sources of input for ESA’s observation activity will be:

  •  the contracts to supply or transform nuclear materials

  • the yearly updates received from EU utilities on performance of these contracts

  • information received from other Commission departments.

In addition, the Advisory Committee remains in a position to supplement preliminary conclusions drawn from the raw data. ESA may also resort to open input sources, which means the energy statistics issued by the Commission, the IAEA and the OECD/NEA. ESA has already taken steps to upgrade its current data processing methods. The result should be a comprehensive statistical service offering unambiguous data entry, fully automated calculations and attractive display options. ESA will use these analyses to compile comprehensive reports reflecting the overall situation on the nuclear fuel market. The Annual Report will be the flagship publication on this activity, supported by quarterly reports on the uranium market.

Intensifying international relations

The Euratom Treaty limits ESA’s exclusive rights to transfers of nuclear material of Community relevance. However, this is not the case with market observation, which can take a global perspective. For example, understanding the role of intermediaries and the availability of stocks calls for a worldwide analysis, including market players which consider uranium a simple commodity. Nuclear organisations always have been interested in cooperating with ESA. This will probably apply even more so in the light of ESA’s expanded missions. To this end, ESA has to communicate these improvements to its ‘target group’, the international nuclear community, and keep it permanently up to date with its activities. ESA would welcome ad hoc consultations in the form of recurring expert-level meetings both with international nuclear organisations (IAEA, NEA, etc.) and with non-EU States hosting current and potential suppliers.

 

 

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•  Public Consultations

No new public consultations were posted this week.

 

 

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Calls for Tenders

No new calls for tender were posted 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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