No 337 - Weekly - 17 December 2009

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The Commission's integrated energy and climate change proposal 2008

 
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Dear readers,

This will be the last Energy & Transport in Europe Digest to be published this year. The next edition will appear on 14 January 2010.

 

• Transport

• Energy

Background

Practical Information

 
 
 

 

 

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

 

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State aid

 

 

 

 

• Transport

Commission raised no objection to the public financing for new infrastructures in Ventspils Port but raises doubts on a concession price

The European Commission decided this week not to raise any objections to the public financing for infrastructure elements in the Latvian port of Ventspils. However, the Commission raised doubts as to whether the concession fee to be paid by the operators of a new terminal and two berths does not involve State aid.

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Passenger Rights

 

Transport: making this winter's holiday travel plans safe and trouble-free

The European Commission has launched this week a public consultation on the future of air passenger rights and released a top 12 list of recommendations to guarantee travellers a safe and problem-free journey this Christmas. Vice-President Antonio Tajani, Commissioner in charge of transport, has also announced details of a European-wide publicity campaign to make citizens aware of what their passenger rights are.

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Electricity

 

• Energy

No disturbances expected for electricity supply this winter

There is no reason to expect electricity disturbances this winter under normal weather conditions. This is the main conclusion of the report presented this week by the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) at the Electricity Cross-Border Committee meeting.

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Strategic Oil Stocks

 

EU emergency oil stocks at comfortable levels

The European Commission held a meeting this week in Brussels of the Oil Supply Group to discuss with Member States' experts EU emergency preparedness and confirms current levels of emergency oil stocks in Europe at 122 days of consumption, a figure well above the mandatory 90 days.

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Renewable Energy

 

European Commission and European Investment Bank launch European Local Energy Assistance (ELENA) facility

The European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB), the bank of the EU Member States, have launched a grant aid initiative to help local and regional authorities make investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy. The global fight against climate change is a top priority for the European Union and it is acknowledged that local actors will play a significant role in meeting this challenge. The European Local Energy Assistance (ELENA) facility is designed to help cities and regions, through the provision of technical assistance, structure and implement projects in the most efficient way so they can attract outside finance.

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Gas Coordination Group

 

Gas Coordination Group discusses the gas supply outlook and the emergency preparedness in the EU

In a meeting held this week in Brussels, the Gas Coordination Group, under the chairmanship of the Commission, has discussed with Russian Gas Company Gazprom the gas supply and demand outlook and investment strategy of the company in both Russia and the EU. During the meeting, the Group also had an exchange of views with Ukrainian gas company Naftogaz concerning the transit of Russian supplies via Ukraine to the EU and the outlook for the winter 2009/2010 in Ukraine.

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Gas Coordination Group

 

 

Background

Gas Coordination Group

The Gas Coordination Group was created in 2006 according to Directive 2004/67 relating to measures that guarantee security of natural gas supply. Chaired by the European Commission, it is composed of gas competent representatives of Member States, the European organisations of the gas sector and consumers. The Group meets regularly (at least 4 times per year) to exchange information and to develop both short and long term concrete measures which reinforce the security of gas supply to the EU.

Directive 2004/67 sets out a three step approach in case of supply crisis: the industry takes the necessary measures; if these are not adequate to mitigate the crisis, national measures are activated; if still not adequate and if the crisis reaches the major supply disruption indicator (20% of all imports are missing) the Community mechanism is activated: the Gas coordination Group is convened to discuss what further steps can be taken and to assist the Member States in difficulty. The Group can then propose further measures to the Council.

In July 2009 the Commission has proposed a new Regulation on security of gas supplies in revision of the directive to strengthen the measures for a more effective action in case of gas crisis. The January 2009 gas crisis showed that a more coordinated approach is needed on European level to provide stable and secure energy supply to European citizens. The crisis also showed the vital role of gas storages and reverse flows as short-term crisis response. Therefore, the Commission suggests a common infrastructure standard to ensure the infrastructure for the security of supply, including reverse flows, and supply standards to protected customers, as well as the elaboration of preventive action plans and emergency plans to be activated automatically in case of the occurrence of supply disruption. The European Council of October 2009 has urged Member States and the Parliament to make fast progress on these proposals for the security of gas supply.

The last Gas Coordination Group met on 18 November 2009.

 

 

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

 

•  Public Consultations

Application of EU legislation in the field of air passenger rights - Deadline 1 March 2010

 

 

Disclaimer:
For a complete list of current calls for tenders please log on Tenders Electronic Daily

 

 

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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