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No. 343 - 18 February 2010

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). For you dear readers, this means that the joint electronic newsletter of DG TREN will be split into two. You will automatically be signed up to both newsletters. Should you prefer not to receive one or both of the newsletter, you will be able to quickly unsubscribe .

  • Vice-President Siim Kallas addresses the European Parliament on the use of body scanning technology in airport security
  • Commission creates two new Directorates-General for Energy and Climate Action
  • Mediterranean energy market
  • Call for tenders "Technical assistance to the stakeholder representation of consumer organisations and environmental NGOs in preparatory work for implementing measures"; deadline 31 March 2010

No. 342 - 11 February 2010

  • Commission launches a one-stop helpdesk for motorways of the sea
  • Accident investigation in civil aviation: EDPS insists on ensuring confidentiality of data from persons involved in accidents
  • Alpine Traffic Observatory

No. 341 - 4 February 2010

  • Tajani calls for more action on lost luggage
  • Commissioner Piebalgs welcomes the creation of the "European Nuclear Energy Leadership Academy"
  • Urban Mobility
  • The Lisbon strategy evaluation
  • First overview of Europe 2020 public consultation

No. 340 - 28 January 2010

  • Commission closes investigation into agreement between Bratislava Airport and Ryanair
  • Commission authorises state aid to a Franco-Spanish Motorways of the Sea project and includes it among the twenty-two selected projects for Marco Polo financing
  • Marco Polo European Info Day
  • Risk governance of European critical infrastructures in the ICT and energy sector

No. 339 - 21 January 2010

  • EU and Iraq sign a Strategic Energy Partnership Memorandum of Understanding
  • EU-Latin America Civil Aviation Summit

No. 338 - 14 January 2010

  • Commission approves public support for Vaasa regional airport in Finland
  • Commission authorises Hungarian fiscal aid for transport coordination
  • Commission awards major contracts to make Galileo operational early 2014
  • Opening-up of rail international passenger transport market to competition on 1 January 2010: towards additional services offered to consumers
  • Other news
  • Gas Coordination Group discusses security of gas supply in the light of the current winter situation in Europe
  • Agreement reached on Integrated Safeguards in the European Union
  • Other news
  • Galileo

No. 337 - 17 December 2009

  • Commission raised no objection to the public financing for new infrastructures in Ventspils Port but raises doubts on a concession price
  • Transport: making this winter's holiday travel plans safe and trouble-free
  • No disturbances expected for electricity supply this winter
  • EU emergency oil stocks at comfortable levels
  • European Commission and European Investment Bank launch European Local Energy Assistance (ELENA) facility
  • Gas Coordination Group discusses the gas supply outlook and the emergency preparedness in the EU
  • Gas Coordination Group

No. 336 - 10 December 2009

  • New road transport rules will lead to fairer competition and less red tape
  • Commission approves over €1,5bn for 15 CCS and off-shore wind projects to support European economic recovery
  • Number of signatories to Covenant of Mayors reaches 1000!
  • Ljubljana designated as seat of the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators
  • The European Electronic Toll Service

No. 335 - 3 December 2009

  • Rail passengers on track for new rights across the European Union
  • Commission authorises aid for construction and maintenance of A2 motorway in Poland
  • Inauguration of key transport infrastructure project in Maastricht underlines the importance of European mobility
  • Road safety in Europe: a priority for the coming decade
  • Commission updates the list of airlines banned from the European airspace
  • Antitrust: Commission accepts commitments by GDF Suez to boost competition in French gas market

No. 334 - 26 November 2009

  • Single European Sky: Commission sends reasoned opinions to four Member States
  • Transport: a further step towards a sustainable future
  • Commission approves state aid for purchasing low-carbon buses in England
  • Commission authorises state aid for the Groningen airport runway extension
  • Commission approves German aid scheme to promote use of hybrid buses in public transport
  • Commissioner Piebalgs welcomes the adoption of the Tyre labelling regulation by Council and Parliament
  • Commissioner Piebalgs participates in the inauguration of a state-of-the-art Wind Farm in Belgium
  • Commission and Swedish Presidency sign EU's accession to the International Renewable Energy Agency
  • Green electricity: Commission refers Italy to the Court of Justice
  • Commission takes action against Greece for non-notification of the transposition of a Euratom directive
  • Cogeneration Directive: Commission sends a Reasoned Opinion to four Member States
  • Creating a competitive, connected and greener economy

No. 333 - 19 November 2009

  • Workshop on TEN-T Project Management
  • Conference on road safety
  • Gas Coordination Group sees overall good level of preparedness of EU Member States and Energy Community countries in case of gas crisis
  • Commissioner Piebalgs welcomes political agreement on the Energy Labelling Directive
  • Commissioner Piebalgs welcomes political agreement on energy performance of buildings
  • The EU and Russia reinforce the Early Warning Mechanism to improve prevention and management in case of an energy crisis
  • IEA's World Energy Outlook 2009 confirms EU energy and climate policies are on the right track
  • EURATOM Supply Agency work programme for 2009

No. 332 - 12 November 2009

  • DG TREN announced no news regarding transport this week
  • DG TREN announced no news regarding energy this week
  • EU-US Energy Council

No. 331 - 5 November 2009

  • Conference on the future of transport
  • New EU-US Energy Council to boost transatlantic energy cooperation
  • Barcelona Provincial Council hands over first energy action plans to Commissioner Piebalgs
  • New regulation on civil aviation accident investigation

No. 330 - 29 October 2009

  • State aid: Commission closes investigation into public financing of ferry shipping services in Scotland
  • Commission takes Portugal to the Court of Justice for infringing EU legislation on road charging
  • Flying safer: Commission proposes new rules for better investigation of civil aviation accidents
  • Energy Star: EU Commission and the US reinforce the energy efficiency standards for displays
  • New Energy Star agreement

No. 329 - 22 October 2009

  • EU to reinforce transport cooperation with Africa
  • EU invests first part of €500 million worth of TEN-T funding in infrastructure works
  • New partnership launched to improve infrastructure in northern Europe
  • Annual European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET Plan) conference in Stockholm
  • TEN-T Days in Naples on 21-22 October 2009

No. 328 - 15 October 2009

  • Commission authorises state aid for the voluntary redundancy scheme of Olympic Catering
  • Marco Polo: Fresh air for European freight transport
  • The Commission and 22 world leaders explore ways for the viability of Carbon Capture and Storage
  • Commission builds on the success of Marco Polo programme

No. 327 - 08 October 2009

  • Groundhandling market at Community airports: the Commission sends reasoned opinion to Latvia
  • Access to the groundhandling market: Commission sends letter of formal notice to Hungary
  • Maritime safety and port state control: Commission requires proper implementation of European rules
  • Commission takes Greece to court over Single European Sky
  • Commission refers Greece to the Court over free establishment of road hauliers and fuel traders
  • Commission warns Member States over lack of implementation of the 'first rail package'
  • EU and Georgia start negotiations on a Common Aviation Area Agreement
  • Trans-European Transport Network Coordinators present their annual report and a common Position Paper
  • Commission clears the way for a single European Road Toll Service
  • Commission goes step further in developing renewable energy with Mediterranean and Gulf countries
  • Mayors from Europe and America join forces to fight against climate change
  • Investing in the future: Commission calls for additional €50bn in low carbon technologies

No. 326 - 01 October 2009

  • Commission launches EGNOS Open Service - free access to citizens and businesses
  • Commission approves €9 million State aid to rail and intermodal freight transport in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna
  • Airport infrastructure in Lithuania: Commission approves State aid to airports of Vilnius, Kaunas and Palanga
  • Commission takes action to make urban travel greener, better organised and more user-friendly
  • Citizens' Energy Forum: consumers, industry and regulators endorse recommendations for billing, complaint handling and smart metering

No. 325 - 24 September 2009

  • TEN-T Project Management Workshop
  • Commissioner Piebalgs takes part in the inauguration of the state of the art Solar Power Plant in Seville
  • Finding the resources for sustainable transport

No. 324 - 17 September 2009

  • European Mobility Week 2009: 'Improving City Climates'
  • Commissioners welcome French reform proposal for national electricity market
  • Saving Energy

No. 323 - 10 September 2009

  • Commission to promote rail safety rules and monitor their implementation
  • Commission Report on Railway Safety and Interoperability
  • European Commission opens negotiations with Turkey upon accession to the Energy Community
  • Railway safety

No. 322 - 03 September 2009

  • State aid: Commission approves the restructuring of Austrian Airlines
  • EU and Indonesia agree on horizontal air services agreement
  • Phasing out of inefficient lighting

No. 321 - 06 August 2009

  • European Consumer Centres – transport remains the number one problem sector for consumers, accounting for one third of complaints
  • Commission clears joint venture between Sabena Technics and TNT Airways
  • Analysis of penalties for serious infringements against the social rules in road transport

No. 320 - 30 July 2009

  • Tajani: lost luggage problem still unacceptable in the European Union
  • Public-Private Partnerships in research: Commission calls for proposals to boost research in key market areas
  • Progress on renewable energy

No. 319 - 23 July 2009

  • Mandates of the European coordinators in the trans-European transport networks sector renewed
  • Transport ferroviaire européen: un grand pas vers un système de signalisation harmonisé
  • Commission adopts four ecodesign regulations that will save the equivalent power consumption of Austria and Sweden
  • Commission welcomes the recommendations presented in the first activity report of the EU Nuclear Safety Regulators Group (ENSREG)
  • List of banned airlines in the EU

No. 318 - 16 July 2009

  • Commission updates the list of airlines banned from
  • European airspaceCommission partly approves public financing for infrastructure development in the Port of Piraeus in Greece
  • The Commission authorises State aid for pension funding for staff of the Paris public transport company RATP
  • Commission approves Polish aid scheme for intermodal transport
  • Commission approves state funding to develop transport infrastructure in Hungary
  • Commission approves public support to the planning phase of the Fehmarn Belt transport link between Germany and Denmark
  • Commission approves aid for ten Polish airports
  • La Commission déclare incompatible l'aide d'Etat octroyée à la société de transport danois Combus
  • European Commission authorises State Aid for Spanish Coal
  • President Barroso and Commissioner Piebalgs welcome the signature of the Nabucco Intergovernmental Agreement
  • State aid: Commission authorises support of up to €170 million for two investment projects in Polish energy sector
  • Commission proposes to improve transparency on investment projects into EU energy infrastructure
  • The Commission adopts new rules to prevent and deal with gas supply crises
  • Security of energy supply

No. 317 - 09 July 2009

  • EU signs aviation agreement with Azerbaijan
  • Antitrust: Commission market tests commitments by GDF Suez to boost competition in French gas market
  • Antitrust: Commission fines E.ON and GDF Suez €553 million each for market-sharing in French and German gas markets
  • Nuclear Safety
  • Wind Energy

No. 316 - 03 July 2009

  • Commission authorises UK state aid to improve freight transport by rail and inland waterway
  • State aid: The Commission endorses the revised development plan for Newquay Cornwall Airport
  • Transport: Reinforcing cooperation between Europe and Africa
  • Driving licences: The Commission sends reasoned opinions to three Member States
  • Safety of ships: The Commission sends a reasoned opinion to Slovakia
  • Gas Coordination Group identify regional cooperation and filling storages as the best means to mitigate potential gas cuts
  • Commission adopts template for National Renewable Energy Action Plans
  • No disturbances expected for electricity supply this Summer under usual weather conditions
  • The EU establishes a common binding framework on nuclear safety
  • EU adopts new rules strengthening the internal energy market
  • Commission acts to ensure effective and competitive energy market across Europe
  • Nuclear Safety

No. 315 - 25 June 2009

  • Mergers: Commission clears proposed takeover of SN Brussels Airlines by Lufthansa, subject to conditions
  • €2.7 million from European Globalisation Fund to help some 600 redundant car sector workers in Spain
  • Gas Coordination Group, in the light of explanations given by Gazprom and Naftogaz, studies the measures possibly needed to secure next winter season's supplies
  • Mergers: Commission approves proposed acquisition of Nuon Energy by Vattenfall, subject to conditions
  • Intelligent Transport Systems
  • Building on energy reduction

No. 314 - 17 June 2009

  • Tajani: Shaping transport policy for the future
  • Commission gives green light to Italian State aid for a new combined freight transport service
  • Aviation : Antonio Tajani réitère l'importance du Ciel Unique Européen
  • Commission refuses amendment to Danish tonnage tax scheme
  • Commission gives green light to Italian State aid for a new combined freight transport service
  • The Baltic Sea Region States reach agreement on the Baltic Energy Market Interconnection Plan
  • Commission approves aid for German coal mining companies
  • Energy Star: Commission and the US reinforce the energy efficiency standards for office equipment
  • Enhancing Asia-Europe cooperation on energy security: Commission hosts First ASEM Energy Ministerial meeting
  • Commission welcomes the Council agreement on oil stocks which improves EU's readiness in case of supply crises
  • State aid: Commission authorises proposed Danish CO2 tax reductions under certain conditions
  • Commission launches BUILD UP web portal to help cut energy consumption for buildings
  • The BUILD UP initiative
  • The future is green, the future is urban

No. 313 - 11 June 2009

  • New rules on state aid to ship management companies
  • Europe accelerates the ERTMS North-South rail freight axis
  • Energy Council – 12 June 2009
  • New study shows economic benefits of supporting renewable energy sources

No. 312 - 04 June 2009

  • Commission study finds out that European 20% renewables' target can give jobs to 2.8 million people
  • Trans-European Transport Network – moving transport forward

No. 311 - 28 May 2009

  • Commission conference discusses progress on the Genoa-Rotterdam priority rail axis
  • G8 Energy Ministerial: Commissioner Piebalgs calls for good investment climate to take the energy sector out of the crisis
  • Negotiations on new global climate agreement to resume in Bonn
  • Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET Plan)

No. 310 - 21 May 2009

  • Consumers: Airlines move to clean up ticket selling websites
  • Port reception facilities to prevent maritime pollution: Commission sends reasoned opinion to Italy
  • The Commission calls for proposals for €4 billion worth of energy investments
  • SESAR: the single European sky air traffic research programme

No. 309 - 14 May 2009

  • Commission approves State aid to London & Continental Railways and Eurostar
  • Commission authorises aid for construction and maintenance of A1 motorway in northern Poland
  • Commission approves public financing of infrastructure investments in Falconara regional airport, Italy
  • Commission authorises financing for new Berlin Brandenburg International airport
  • European Commission promotes cycling as healthy way to travel
  • Commission proposes a new framework to regulate aviation security charges
  • Admission to the occupation of urban and regional transport operator: Commission sends reasoned opinion to Belgium
  • Internal market in electricity: Commission refers Slovakia to the Court
  • Carbon capture and storage

No. 308 - 08 May 2009

  • EU-Canada aviation agreements
  • The Southern Corridor: EU and partner countries commit to move forward
  • CIVITAS: ambitious strategies for clean urban transport in Europe

No. 307 - 01 May 2009

  • Regional airport infrastructure: Commission approves Polish aid to Rzeszów airport
  • Commission authorises Czech financing of infrastructure to develop clean public transport in Severovýchod
  • Commission conference discusses better and safer parking areas for trucks
  • Energy Commissioner Piebalgs received the Energy Efficiency Visionary Award
  • Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs welcomes the agreement of the three Baltic States on the route of the electricity interconnection project between them and Sweden
  • The EU-Russia Energy PPC underlines mutual interdependence in EU-Russia energy relations
  • Covenant of Mayors – local authorities join the fight against climate change

No. 306 - 24 April 2009

  • Commission hearing to discuss ways to help road hauliers affected by crisis
  • European Parliament votes to support new rules strengthening the EU internal energy market
  • Commission to participate in Major Economies Forum on energy and climate
  • Transport trends for the next 20 to 40 years

No. 305 - 17 April 2009

  • Safety assessment of third-country aircraft using Community airports: Commission sends reasoned opinion to Italy and Luxembourg
  • Maritime safety: the Commission requires proper implementation of port state control rules by Poland and Spain
  • Commission approves public financing of infrastructure investments in five regional airports in Tuscany
  • Commission updates the list of airlines banned from European airspace
  • EU and Africa join forces to develop aviation cooperation
  • Security of electricity supply directive: Commission refers Czech Republic and Poland to the Court
  • Ecodesign: Commission adopts rules to reduce electricity consumption of external power supplies
  • Improving energy efficiency through legislation

No. 304 - 3 April 2009

  • EGNOS: Commission takes major step forward in European satellite navigation
  • TEN-T 2009 Calls for Proposals: Nearly €1 billion available in Trans-European Transport Network funding
  • Historic Aviation Conference between the European Union and Africa
  • Commission welcomes today's decision of the Council to adopt a new Directive on clean vehicles used by public authorities
  • The Commission welcomes today's political endorsement by the Council of the Single European Sky package
  • EU signs civil aviation agreement with Mongolia
  • Gas Coordination Group: supplies in South Eastern Europe under control after gas pipeline explosion
  • Energy savings: Member States support proposals to improve the energy performance of televisions, refrigerators, freezers and washing machines
  • Commission earmarks 15 million euro to promote sustainable energy investments in cities
  • Energy savings: Member States support rules to reduce the energy use of circulators

No. 303 - 27 March 2009

  • The Commission welcomes the decision of the European Parliament to support the Single European Sky package
  • State aid: Commission approves MÁV-Trakció Zrt taking over loans covered by Hungarian state guarantees
  • TEN-T Calls for Proposals 2009 Info Day
  • Stronger international guarantees of nuclear non-proliferation: Commission moves forward

No. 302 - 20 March 2009

  • Road Safety: Commission sends a reasoned opinion to Cyprus, Luxembourg, Poland and the United Kingdom for failing to act on blind spot mirrors on trucks
  • Transport: Commission sends a reasoned opinion to Portugal for failing to report on penalty systems concerning driving time and rest periods for truck drivers
  • Transport: Commission sends a reasoned opinion to Austria for failing to report on the implementation of EU legislation to protect truck drivers
  • TEN-T Calls for Proposals 2009 Info Day
  • Renewable electricity: Commission sends reasoned opinion to Italy for not accepting guarantees of origin
  • Commissioner Piebalgs welcomes the commitment of European Electricity Companies to achieve a carbon-neutral power supply by 2050
  • Commission adopts two regulations to progressively remove from the market non-efficient light bulbs

No. 301 - 13 March 2009

  • Greening buses and trucks! Commission's research centre opens new CO2 emissions testing laboratory
  • Maritime safety: towards better prevention of maritime
  • Commission welcomes the adoption of the Directive on airport charges by the European Parliament and the Council
  • European Commission authorises a Belgian aid scheme for combined road/rail transport
  • Commission approves Czech aid scheme supporting renewal of public transport services Aid to maritime transport: Commission approves modifications in the Dutch tonnage tax scheme
  • Authorisation for State aid to German combined transport aid scheme
  • State aid: The Commission endorses the revised privatisation plan for Olympic Airlines and Olympic Airways Services
  • The Commission proposes making rights to slots more flexible in order to counteract the impact of the crisis on air transport
  • Commission pushes ICT use for a greener Europe
  • Energy savings: Member States support rules to reduce the energy use of industrial motors

No. 300 - 6 March 2009

  • Future of Transport: Commission stages conference in Brussels to discuss scenarios for the next 40 years
  • Forum on how to fund greener and more access

No. 299 - 27 February 2009

  • Airport financing: Commission gives green light to state support for Münster/Osnabrück Airport in Germany
  • Airport financing: Commission gives green light to state support for Kassel-Calden Airport in Germany
  • Commission authorises Irish tonnage tax amendment
  • EU signs civil aviation agreement with Pakistan

No. 298 - 20 February 2009

  • Road charging: Commission gives final warning to Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal for failing to act on road charging
  • Energy Council - Brussels, 19 February 2009

No. 297 - 13 February 2009

  • Commission authorises Flemish Region aid to build intermodal terminal in Antwerp
  • Austrian Airlines: The Commission opens the formal investigation procedure regarding its sale to Lufthansa and plans of Austrian Government for its restructuring
  • Eight Polish airports to receive state aid
  • Marco Polo: third call for proposals to fight road congestion and improve performance of freight transport
  • GALILEO: the European Commission and the European Space Agency look forward to first-rate cooperation to bring the European satellite radio navigation project to a successful conclusion
  • 400 cities commit to go beyond the 20% EU's energy objectives through the Commission's led Covenant of Mayors
  • Commission rewards Europe’s most pioneering Sustainable Energy Projects

No. 296 - 6 February 2009

  • Trans-European transport networks: towards a new policy for meeting future challenges
  • The Covenant of Mayors – the main highlight of an intense EU Sustainable Energy Week
  • Cooperation with developing countries: ‘Auction floor’ conference on 13 March 2009

No. 295 - 30 January 2009

  • Commission proposes to open negotiations on a Common aviation area with Georgia
  • Commercial road transport: an important step towards harmonised rules on enforcement
  • Free establishment of road transport operators: Commission sends reasoned opinion to Greece
  • Working time of lorry and coach drivers: Commission sends reasoned opinion to the Netherlands
  • Maritime safety: Commission requires proper implementation of port State control rules
  • Environmental certification of aircrafts: Commission sends reasoned opinion to Germany
  • Differentiation in airport charges: France abolishes existing State aid
  • Commission approves restructuring aid for PKS Wadowice S. A
  • Commission approves Czech State aid to promote the interoperability of railway transport
  • Member States reinforce European Commission efforts to fund infrastructure projects in the EU neighbourhood
  • The Commission continues its action to ensure the implementation of the Directive on security of electricity supply
  • Ireland ordered to amend legislation that allows its oil stocks to be used as collateral
  • 20 Member States still not in compliance with Community legislation promoting energy efficiency
  • Commission addresses a reasoned opinion to Bulgaria for not compliance with the electricity directive

No. 294 - 23 January 2009

  • Towards a European maritime transport area without barriers
  • Digital tachograph for road transport: new measures to prevent fraud and equip light vehicles
  • The Commission presented the strategic goals for European maritime transport policy up to 2018
  • Maritime security: protecting maritime transport from piracy
  • Vice President Tajani: EU action needed to promote sustainable urban mobility
  • Austrian Airlines: the Commission authorises rescue aid for Austrian Airlines
  • Gas Coordination Group: Solidarity works and the EU's gas market adapts to challenges of gas crisis

No. 293 - 16 January 2009

  • Breakthrough in EU-Japan aviation relations
  • A strategic milestone for the modernisation of air traffic management
  • Commission gave green light to the new Danish system of reduced tariffs in favour of certain categories of passenger travelling in long-distance bus services
  • Commission approved aid for Ostrava airport in the Czech Republic
  • Approval of a new tonnage tax scheme to stimulate the shipping sector in Slovenia
  • Commission authorised Denmark to extend the scope of certain types of aid to include maritime cable-laying and dredging activities
  • EU sustainable energy week
  • The EU gas observation mission, already deployed on the ground and the terms of reference of the mission signed. Once again, there is no reason to further delay gas supplies
  • Statement from the President Barroso and Commissioner Piebalgs on the agreement for the gas monitoring
  • Update on the deployment of EU monitor team in Ukraine
  • Commissioner Piebalgs welcomed Ukrainian deliveries of gas from their own reserves to Bulgaria and Moldova
  • The Gas Coordination Group evaluated the current gas crisis and confirms measures to assist countries in need
  • Monitoring team started work in Kiev and Gas Coordination Group urged Naftogaz and Gazprom to resume gas deliveries immediately

No. 292 - 09 January 2009

  • A single certificate for safer navigation on European inland waterways
  • European Commission welcomes the European Court of Justice's decision on air passenger rights
  • Monitoring team starts work in Kiev and Gas Coordination Group urges Naftogaz and Gazprom to resume gas deliveries immediately 
  • Joint statement by Eurogas and the European Commission Commission adopts special measures to increase interconnection between Ireland and Britain
  • European Commission welcomes creation of ENTSO for electricity