No 334 - Weekly - 26 November 2009

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

 

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Single European Sky

 

 

 

 

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Single European Sky: Commission sends reasoned opinions to four Member States

The European Commission decided this week to send reasoned opinions to four EU Member States (Luxembourg, Greece, the Czech Republic and Finland) that have failed to notify, or have only partially notified, their measures for the transposition into national law of a European directive on the Community air traffic controller licence.

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Future of Transport

 

Transport: a further step towards a sustainable future

The European Commission hosted a high-level conference in Brussels this week on the future of the European transport system. This event marks the closing of two public consultations that the Commission launched in June 2009 with its Communication 'A sustainable future for transport' and its Green Paper 'Trans-European transport network: A policy review'. The conference, opened by European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani, brings together stakeholders' contributions and discusses concrete ideas that have emerged during the consultation process. A White Paper, defining a vision for the future of transport and specific steps to be taken in the next decade, will follow next year.

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State Aid

 

Commission approves state aid for purchasing low-carbon buses in England

The European Commission has authorised an aid scheme supporting the purchase of low-carbon buses in England. The main objective of the scheme is to reduce the CO2 emissions produced by public buses through the introduction of a 'Green Bus Fund'.

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State Aid

 

Commission authorises state aid for the Groningen airport runway extension

The European Commission has given its approval to the financing of the Groningen airport runway extension by the Dutch government. The Commission believes this state aid is compatible with the common market.

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State Aid

 

Commission approves German aid scheme to promote use of hybrid buses in public transport

The European Commission has authorised German state aid supporting market acceptance of highly efficient vehicle technologies. The initiative is aimed at reducing the environmental impact of bus traffic.

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Tyre labelling

 

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Commissioner Piebalgs welcomes the adoption of the Tyre labelling regulation by Council and Parliament

"I'm very happy about the adoption today of the Tyre labelling regulation. This is a typical win-win situation where consumers and fleet managers will be able to choose safer and low noise tyres and save on their fuel bills while the European Union as a whole will benefit from reduced road transport emissions". With these words, Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs welcomed yesterday the final step for the adoption in the European Parliament of the Regulation on tyre labelling following a political agreement at Council level on 19 November.

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Wind energy

 

Commissioner Piebalgs participates in the inauguration of a state-of-the-art Wind Farm in Belgium

Energy commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, together with Belgian authorities, inaugurated yesterday in Estinnes, near Mons, Belgium, the world's first wind park with giant 7MW wind turbines, a state-of-the art European technology achievement. The project for the development of the world's most powerful wind turbine today was co-financed by the European Commission with up to € 3.3 million from the 7th Framework Programme. "Estinnes is a milestone on our ambitious road to sustainable energy. All those having worked hard to bring this project forward should take pride today in their achievements, and take courage for the work ahead", said Commissioner Piebalgs after the inauguration.

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Renewable Energy

 

Commission and Swedish Presidency sign EU's accession to the International Renewable Energy Agency

Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs and the Swedish Secretary of State Ola Alterċ have signed  in Berlin the Statute of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). By their signing the European Union has become the 138th Member of this new organisation that aims at speeding up the use of renewable energy sources in the world. It is the first time that inter-governmental organisation joints this organisation.

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Renewable Energy

 

Green electricity: Commission refers Italy to the Court of Justice

The European Commission has  launched court proceedings against Italy for its failure to recognise certain guarantees of origin from other EU Member States specified under the EU Directive on electricity production from renewable energy sources. Member States are required by this Directive to establish a system of guarantees of origin and to recognise those of other Member States.

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Euratom

 

Commission takes action against Greece for non-notification of the transposition of a Euratom directive

The Commission has decided to send a Reasoned Opinion to Greece for failure to notify the Commission of the timely transposition into national law of the Directive on the supervision and control of shipments of radioactive waste and nuclear spent fuel.

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Cogeneration

 

Cogeneration Directive: Commission sends a Reasoned Opinion to four Member States

The European Commission has sent a Reasoned Opinion to Portugal, Slovakia, Finland and the United Kingdom for failure to communicate the full transposition of the Directive on the promotion of cogeneration. The Directive aims at promoting the use of combined heat and power with the view of saving primary energy, avoiding network losses and reducing greenhouse gases.

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Consultation on EU 2020

 

 

Background

Creating a competitive, connected and greener economy

The European Commission has this week launched a consultation on a new strategy to make the EU a smarter, greener social market. The text below has been taken from the consultation document.

Europe needs to remain competitive in the future world of relatively high energy prices, carbon constraints and significantly greater resource competition. More efficient use of resources, including energy, and the application of new, greener technologies will stimulate growth, create new jobs and services and help the EU both to maintain a strong manufacturing base and a vibrant services sector and to meet its environmental and climate goals. Securing well functioning product, services and labour markets are a pre-condition for success. Greening the economy is not only about the creation of new industries. It is just as important to accelerate the modernisation of Europe's existing industrial sectors, many of which will already be restructuring in the wake of the crisis. Achieving these objectives will be essential if the EU is to compete in a world where all countries will be looking for solutions to these challenges.

 This means using the material inputs in the economy more efficiently, becoming more productive by reducing pressure on resources. This means shifting our economy, through targeted regulation (e.g. promoting energy-efficient products and systems), through emission trading, tax reform, through grants, subsidies and loans, through public investment and procurement policies, and through targeting our research and innovation budgets to this end. Upgrading and inter-connecting infrastructures and ensuring effective competition of network industries in the single market is key, to improve competitiveness and at the same time deliver tangible benefits for consumers. It is crucial that Europe invests in sustainable high-speed networks. Europe needs 100% broadband coverage as soon as possible, and needs to achieve the roll-out of high speed internet through a massive programme of investment fibre networks and wireless broadband.

Together with the roll-out of high speed internet, the development of smart, upgraded transport and energy infrastructures contributes to multiple objectives including decarbonisation, transport safety, energy security, and the competitiveness of our network economy.

A rethink of transport policy will be needed in order to achieve such a comprehensive shift. Better integration of transport networks, developing alternatives to road transport, promoting clean technologies, and upgrading infrastructure will be essential elements. Big European projects such as Galileo, GMES, and smart road, rail (ERTMS), and air traffic management (SESAR) will play a key role in the integration of transport networks.

By 2030 the EU will have to replace half of its existing electricity plants. If we take the right strategic investment decisions now, two third of our electricity generation could be both low carbon and more secure by the early 2020s. In this context, the development of a European electricity super-grid will enable a considerable increase in the share of renewable electricity and decentralised generation. Improving energy efficiency will also be vital as it is the cheapest way to reduce emissions and, at the same time, to increase the energy independence of Europe.

 

 

Disclaimer::
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

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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