No 338 - Weekly - 14 January 2010

 European Union on-line > DG Energy and Transport on-line  


The Commission's integrated energy and climate change proposal 2008

Europe Direct

Sustainable Energy Europe

Be transparent - Sign up to the European Commission's Register of Interest Representatives



• Transport

• Energy


Practical Information




• 10 February
Marco Polo Information Day, Brussels
• 25-26 February
Conference on Single European Sky, Madrid



State aid





• Transport

Commission approves public support for Vaasa regional airport in Finland

The European Commission has decided not to raise any objections to Finland's plan to support infrastructure investments in Vaasa regional airport. The total amount of public financing will amount up to three million euros.

[full text]



State aid


Commission authorises Hungarian fiscal aid for transport coordination

The European Commission has decided  not to raise any objections to Hungary’s decision to refund or exempt from excise duties railway and inland waterways transport, to encourage their use and reduce pollution and other external costs in the transport sector.

[full text]







Commission awards major contracts to make Galileo operational early 2014

The European Commission has announced  the award of three of the six contracts for the procurement of Galileo’s initial operational capability. The contract for the system support services is awarded to ThalesAleniaSpace of Italy , that for a first order of 14 satellites to OHB System AG of Germany and that for the launch services to Arianespace of France. This will allow the initial deployment and service provision of Europe’s satellite navigation system as of early 2014.

[full text]





Passenger Rights


Opening-up of rail international passenger transport market to competition on 1 January 2010: towards additional services offered to consumers

As of 1 January 2009 all European rail undertakings have been granted the right of access to the rail infrastructure in other Member States for the purpose of operating an international passenger service. This will offer new business opportunities to rail undertakings and infrastructures managers allowing them to provide new, innovative and customers-oriented services to passengers.

[full text]






Other news

Commission endorses the public financing of part of the development project for the Port of Piraeus in Greece

Commission authorises Polish tonnage tax scheme

EU and West African Economic and Monetary Union sign a horizontal agreement on air services





Gas Coordination Group


• Energy

Gas Coordination Group discusses security of gas supply in the light of the current winter situation in Europe

In its first meeting in 2010, the Gas Coordination Group, under the chairmanship of the Commission, has focused  on the assessment of the situation on security of gas supply in the EU-27 and countries of the Energy Community and discussed priorities for the work of the Group in 2010.

[full text]





Nuclear Energy


Agreement reached on Integrated Safeguards in the European Union

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in cooperation with the European Commission, has reached agreement on arrangements to implement ‘integrated safeguards’ in all non-nuclear weapon States of the European Union with significant nuclear activities.

[full text]






Other news

Green light from the Council for the Commission to negotiate a broad Nuclear Partnership Agreement with Russia

Ukraine and Moldova to accede to the Energy Community upon amendments of their gas laws












Procurement process

The procurement for Galileo’s full operational capability is divided into six work packages:

  • system support services

  • satellites

  • launch services to put the satellites in orbit

  • ground mission infrastructure to ensure the provision of the services

  • ground control infrastructure to manage the satellites

  • operations.

The process kicked off in July 2008 by the European Space Agency, under delegation from the European Commission. Short-listed companies were invited to submit best and final offers following a comprehensive dialogue phase. All contracts are awarded on the basis of “best value for money”.

System support services

Through a framework contract lasting from 2010 till 2016, a first work order was awarded to ThalesAleniaSpace. The specific contract for the first order lasts from 2010 till 2014, and includes the following services:

  • system engineering

  • system performance engineering

  • signal-in-space engineering

  • security engineering

  • ground segment engineering

  • system assembly, integration and verification

  • product assurance.


A framework contract signed with both OHB System AG and EADS-Astrium GmBH lasting from 2010 till 2015, covers the provision of a maximum of 32 satellites. A specific contract for a first order of 14 satellites was awarded to OHB, with the provision of the first satellite in July 2012. One satellite is expected every 1.5 month as of then, with the last one scheduled to be delivered in March 2014.

Launch services

A contract was awarded to Arianespace for the launch of five Soyuz launchers from Kourou, French Guiana, each taking two satellites on board. The first launch is scheduled to take place in October 2012 and will be followed by four to five launches per year.

Phasing of the programme

The Galileo programme has been structured in two phases:

  • The in-orbit validation (IOV) phase consists of tests and the operation of four satellites and their related ground infrastructure. This phase is ongoing. The launch of the first two IOV satellites is scheduled for end November 2010, followed by the other two in April 2011.

  • The full operational capability (FOC) phase consists of the deployment of the remaining ground and space infrastructure. It includes an initial operational capability phase of 18 operational satellites. The full system will consist of 30 satellites, control centres located in Europe and a network of sensor stations and uplink stations installed around the globe.



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


•  Public Consultations

Revision of the Community legislation on the recording equipment in road transport (tachographs)  - Deadline 1 March 2010

Biodiverse grassland, biofuels and bioliquids - Deadline 8 February 2010



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.

This FREE weekly digest is published by : European Commission,  Directorate-General for Energy and Transport
Information & Communication
B-1049 Brussels
To log in, subscribe or unsubscribe, click here.
 Privacy statement
Send YOUR COMMENTS and questions to the editor
To view PREVIOUS ISSUES of the Digest click here
To view the HIGHLIGHTS in the European Commission for the coming week click here
Legal notice : The contents of this digest are prepared by officials of the Energy and Transport DG and represent their personal views on the subject matters. These views have not been adopted or in any way approved by the European Commission and should not be relied upon as a statement of the Commission or the Energy and Transport DG.
(c) European Communities, 2009
Reproduction is authorised provided the source is acknowledged.