No 343 - Weekly - 11 February 2010

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The Commission's integrated energy and climate change proposal 2008

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From today on the Directorate-General for Transport and Energy is split into two separate Directorate-Generals: the Directorate-General for Energy (DG ENER) and the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE). In addition to the new structure, the unit responsible for state aid is moved to the Directorate-General for Competition, while EGNOS and Galileo are now part of the Directorate-General for Enterprise.

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Practical Information




• 25-26 February
Conference on Single European Sky, Madrid
24 March
Conference on Urban Mobility, Brussels











• Transport

Vice-President Siim Kallas addresses the European Parliament on the use of body scanning technology in airport security

Vice-President Siim Kallas, EU Commissioner for transport, has addressed the European Parliament on the use of body scanning technology in airport security, as part of a broader debate on the operation of intelligence services in the context of counter-terrorism strategies. In setting out the timetable for the debate on the regulation of body scanning technology (see below), the Vice-President underlined that "to fight terrorism targeting civil aviation we need a variety of combined and coordinated measures – intelligence, profiling, different search methods and international cooperation." He stressed that "body scanning technology is not a panacea," and said that questions relating to the value-added of this technology to airport security, as well as health and privacy issues, needed to be looked at very seriously.

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• Energy

Commission creates two new Directorates-General for Energy and Climate Action

The European Commission has today taken a number of decisions to implement the organisational consequences of the allocation of portfolios to Commissioners. Two new Directorates-General have been created: DG Energy (ENER) and DG Climate Action (CLIM). The Energy DG consists of the departments in the former Transport and Energy DG dealing with energy issues and of the Task Force Energy which will be transferred from the External Relations DG. The position of Director-General will be assumed by Philip Lowe, a British national, currently Director-General in DG Competition. The departments responsible for transport policy will remain in the renamed Mobility and Transport DG (MOVE). The Climate Action DG will be created from the relevant activities in DG Environment, the activities in the External Relations DG related to international negotiations on climate change and the activities in the Enterprise and Industry DG related to climate change. Jos Delbeke, a Belgian national and currently Deputy Director-General in the Environment DG, has been appointed Director-General of the Climate Action DG.

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International Relations




Mediterranean energy market

A technical workshop on electricity interconnections in the Mediterranean was held on 8-9 February in Brussels. For the agenda, click here and for presentations here.

Creating a more integrated Mediterranean energy market is of primary importance for coping with the fast growing energy demand in the Southern Mediterranean Countries, while favouring low-carbon and renewable energy sources and energy efficiency. At the 5th Euro-Mediterranean Energy Ministerial Conference that took place in Cyprus. Ministers and the Commissioner endorsed the Ministerial Declaration and its 2008-2013 Priority Action Plan for the Euro-Mediterranean cooperation in the field of energy. At the Paris summit meeting on July 13th 2008, the Heads of states and governments of the European and Mediterranean countries have launched the Union for the Mediterranean which provided a new impetus for regional cooperation. In the energy field, the flagship project of the Union for the Mediterranean will be the Mediterranean Solar Plan.

The Mediterranean Solar Plan

The Mediterranean Solar Plan aims at two complementary targets: developing 20 GW of new renewable energy production capacities and achieving significant energy savings around the Mediterranean by 2020, thus addressing both supply and demand. Based on pilot projects launched in 2009-2010, a master plan for the deployment of large scale investments is expected by end 2010. The Commission undertook an identification study for the Mediterranean Solar Plan as a support to its realisation.

The Mediterranean Interconnection Plan

The Mediterranean Interconnection Plan (also referred to as "Mediterranean Energy Ring") is one of five priorities identified in the 2nd Strategic Energy Review. The objective is the completion of energy interconnections, linking Europe with the Southern Mediterranean through electricity and gas interconnections that will improve energy security, facilitate where possible energy exchanges among Southern Mediterranean countries and help develop their vast solar and wind energy potential. Interconnections also concern the Western Balkans and Turkey. For electricity, the core issue is to identify solutions for developing a regional electricity network and improve both South-South and South-North electricity corridors with a particular focus on the integration of new generation capacities from renewable sources. For gas, developing interconnections is an opportunity to build upon the existing or planned interconnections (to Spain, Italy and Greece) and expand the EU pipeline network to regions as far away as Iraq and potentially the Gulf countries / the Saudi Arabian Peninsula. Gas interconnections could for example extend the nearly completed Arab Gas Pipeline, linking Egypt with Turkey, and build on the existing or new LNG infrastructures.



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

Technical assistance to the stakeholder representation of consumer organisations and environmental NGOs in preparatory work for implementing measures - deadline 31 March 2010




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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