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UKTiE 5th Annual Transport Policy Forum

EU Transport Priorities for the next five years: a fresh start? UK Transport in Europe  5th Annual Transport Policy Forum Tuesday 4th – Wednesday 5th of November 2014 European Parliament, Brussels As a unique portal for UK transport interests in the EU, the 5th Annual UKTiE Transport Policy Forum brings together key UK stakeholders and EU policy makers for an intense 2 day debate on the future of European transport in the next five years. Be part of the conversation and be sure…

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Commission proposal to make better use of mid-sized ports

A new Commission proposal aims to make better and more efficient use of Europe’s mid-sized ports. Currently, over 20% of total imports come in to the continent through the three largest ports- Rotterdam, Hamburg, and Antwerp. These ports tend to overtake the import industry- for perspective, note that the fourth largest port, Marseille, handles less than a quarter of the cargo that goes through the top three. The proposal would apply to 319 of 1200 currently functioning ports, typically ones…

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Liberalising rail services: balancing competition and quality of service

The need to agree on how to separate track from train operators and to balance growth, quality of service and working conditions were the main points raised by transport and tourism MEPs and experts at a hearing on the 4th railway package on Tuesday the 7th of May. Uniform rules on safety certification and interoperability will be key to creating a single EU rail area, MEPs agreed. Source: European Parliament

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Air Traffic Management: Commission launches the deployment of SESAR

The Commission has adopted a new Regulation establishing governance and incentive mechanisms to facilitate the effective and timely deployment of SESAR, the Union’s flagship project that aims at modernising the Air Traffic Management (ATM) system and enhancing its performance.  Vice President Siim Kallas, Commissioner for Transport said: “I am delighted that we are making good progress towards SESAR deployment. It has always been clear that technology is an important part of the Single European Sky, but airlines, airports and air…

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Single European Sky: Commission paves the way for more ambitious performance targets

The European Commission adopted today revised implementing Regulations on performance and charging, setting the framework for the upcoming negotiations on targets for the second reference period (2015 to 2019) of the SES Performance Scheme. The Scheme sets the framework for establishing binding targets on Member States to deliver better air navigation services, leading to cheaper flights, less delays, and the saving of unnecessary costs for airlines and passengers. In addition, the environmental impact of air traffic will be reduced because…

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The Council adopts decision on temporary derogation from the EU emissions trading system directive

The Council adopteda decision derogating temporarily from directive 2003/87/EC establishing the EU scheme for greenhouse gas emission allowance trading. The decision intends to reinforce the positive momentum within the International Civil Aviation Organisation towards a global market-based approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the aviation sector. Source: Council of the EU

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EP Study: An Overview of the Air Services Agreements Concluded by the EU

Eight years of EU external aviation policy have produced mixed results. Pillar 1 agreements have indeed largely contributed to restoring the bilateral agreements concluded by the Member States to legal certainty, but some of our key partners still do not accept the principle of EU designation. The agreements with neighbouring countries (Pillar 2) benefit the European low-cost carriers but it is difficult to conclude that they have significant impact on market growth. As for the Open Aviation Area agreements (Pillar…

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Council and European Parliament reach agreement on European satellite navigation systems

The member states’ Permanent Representatives today endorsed the compromise reached between the Council and the European Parliament in their negotiations on a new financial and governance framework for the European satellite navigation systems (EGNOS and Galileo) for the period covered by the multi-annual financial framework for 2014-2020. EGOS, the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service, enhances the accuracy of the existing civilian GPS services, with a geographical area centered on Europe and a possible future extension to other regions of the…

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Parliament opposes higher “polluter’s permit” price

MEPs voted on against freezing auctions of a portion of CO2 emission quotas, so as to boost the price of EU “polluter’s permits”. A majority felt that interfering with the supply of credits would undermine confidence in the Emissions Trading System (ETS), designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions. In a separate vote, MEPs agreed to temporarily exclude intercontinental flights from the scheme. Source: European Parliament

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Commission seeks to improve access to rail travel for persons with disabilities and passengers with reduced mobility

The European Commission is making accessibility an essential requirement for rail infrastructure when newly built, upgraded or renewed. Accessibility can be achieved by preventing or removing barriers and through other measures such as provision of assistance. The rules apply to infrastructure (e.g. obstacle-free routes, ticketing, information desks, toilets, visual and spoken information, platform width and height, and boarding aids) and to rail carriages (e.g. doors, toilets, wheelchair spaces, and information). Source: European Commission

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