No 334 - Weekly - 26 November 2009

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Practical Information




• 12-13 January
TEN-T workshop , Brussels
• 25-26 February
Conference on Single European Sky, Madrid








• Transport

New road transport rules will lead to fairer competition and less red tape

New regulations modernising the rules governing road transport have come into force  and are expected to generate administrative savings of €190 million a year. The so-called road package simplifies and clarifies the legal framework for the 900,000 European road transport undertakings engaged in the transport of goods or passengers.

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• Energy

Commission approves over €1,5bn for 15 CCS and off-shore wind projects to support European economic recovery

The Commission has approved 15 energy projects which will significantly contribute to the economic recovery of the EU, while increasing our security of energy supply and substantially reduce CO2 emissions. With today's decision, the Commission grants €1 billion to six Carbon Capture and Storage projects and €565 million to nine offshore wind energy projects.

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Covenant of Mayors


Number of signatories to Covenant of Mayors reaches 1000!

The European Union is again showing its leadership in tackling climate change with the European Commission announcement that the number of signatories to the Covenant of Mayors on sustainable energy has reached 1000. The German city of Rostock has becamo the 1000th signatory and is now fully committed to going beyond the EU 20% reduction target for CO 2 emissions.

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Third Legislative Package


Ljubljana designated as seat of the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators

Member States have decided that the new Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) will have its seat in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs welcomed this decision as it paves the way for the timely setting up of the Agency and thus the effective implementation of the Third Legislative Package on the Liberalisation of the Energy Markets. According to the founding regulation of ACER, the Agency needs to be fully operational as of 3 March 2011. ACER will then complement and coordinate the work of National Regulatory Authorities. Its competences will include the participation in the creation of European network rules, taking binding individual decisions on cross border energy infrastructure and giving advice on various energy related issues to the European institutions.

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The European Electronic Toll Service


Legal context

The European Parliament and the Council of the European Union adopted a directive on the interoperability of electronic road toll systems in 2004. It lays down the general conditions for the EETS ensuring the interoperability of toll systems used on the entire Community road network. It tasks the European Commission, assisted by a committee of Member State representatives (the Toll Committee), to further define the EETS and its technical elements. Following the approval of the Toll Committee and consultation of the European Parliament and the Council, the Commission adopted the decision on EETS definition in October 2009. This Regulation constitutes a further step towards the implementation of the objectives set under the Communication from the Commission "Strengthening passenger rights within the European Union", of 16 February 2005 . The protection of passengers within the whole European transport system will be completed once the European Parliament and the Council will finally adopt passenger rights legislation for bus and coach transport as well as for maritime and inland waterways transport for which the Commission made specific proposals on 4 December 2008 to strengthen.

One vehicle, one contract, one on-board unit

The European Electronic Toll Service (EETS) 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. The EETS will be available on all infrastructure with electronic tolls such as motorways, tunnels, bridges, ferries, etc. It will ensure the interoperability of electronic road toll systems on the entire Community road network, limit cash transactions at toll stations and eliminate cumbersome procedures for occasional users. This will improve traffic flow and reduce congestion.

Why the EETS?

A toll is a charge paid by vehicle users to circulate on certain roads or areas. Tolls are generally employed to finance the construction and maintenance of road infrastructure and to tackle rising levels of congestion, noise and pollution. Electronic toll systems were introduced in several European countries in the early 1990s. These systems often operate with on-board equipment to collect and process data. However, various incompatible systems were set up at national or even local levels. National electronic systems are not often interoperable.

Non-interoperable road toll systems hinder especially international road transport. Road users must be equipped with on-board units specific to each Member State or tolled domain. So, to travel, for example, from Portugal to the Netherlands five units might be needed. Consequently, transporters need contracts with several road operators, each with their own invoicing and billing procedure. This means time-consuming paperwork and red tape for transporting goods across the EU. Moreover, occasional users have to deal with unfamiliar systems different for each country or domain with the ensuing negative impact on a smooth traffic flow.

The EETS in practice

Under this new system the three main partners are the users, EETS providers and toll chargers. The EETS provider concludes contracts with users and grants them access to the EETS in the entire EU. The toll charger levies tolls for the circulation of vehicles in an EETS domain — i.e. a part of the EU road network or a structure such as a tunnel, bridge or a ferry liable to toll. Tolling policies remain to be decided by the Member States in compliance with EU legislation. The EETS ensures interoperability between all the electronic road toll systems in the Community, which can use either: dedicated short-range communication (DSRC) and satellite positioning associated with mobile communications. 

What next?

The Commission decision on EETS definition entered into force on 8 October 2009 and was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 13 October 2009. Subsequently, the EETS is to be available within three years for vehicles above 3.5 tonnes and/or allowed to carry more than nine passengers (including the driver) — and within five years for all types of vehicle. The Commission intends to carry out a mid-term review 18 months after the entry into force of the decision.



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


•  Public Consultations

Impact assessment for a possible revision of the directive 96/67/EC on access to the groundhandling market at Community airports - Deadline 12 February 2010

Fines and periodic penalty payments in case of non-compliance with aviation safety rules - Deadline 31 January 2010



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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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