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7th Annual CLIA Europe Conference

“The European Cruise Industry: Making a Difference, Contributing to Growth, Committed to Sustainability” On Tuesday 25 June 2013 key personalities from the European cruise industry gathered in Brussels for the 7th Annual CLIA Europe Conference at the Steingenberger Grand Hotel. The conference brought together high-level speakers from the European Institutions, member states and the industry to debate key issues for the sector, from consumer confidence to visa issues, from the state of the European cruise industry to environmental regulation and operational safety.…

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European trains will soon become less noisy

New, quieter brake blocks, which could reduce the noise of rail wagons by 50 %, will be soon introduced in the EU market as the European Railway Agency has authorised innovative LL brake blocks intended for rail freight wagons. This is the final step of many years of development and technical tests, conducted by the block manufacturers and the International Union of Railways, and a landmark for effective rail noise abatement in the European Union. Source: European Commission

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Europe’s Seaports 2030: Challenges Ahead

The Commission’s has identified 319 key European seaports which are essential for the efficient functioning of the internal market and the European economy2, of these 83 are recognised as being “core network” ports3. The Commission’s port review focuses on these 319 ports as a basis for a highly functioning European ports network managing 96% of goods and 93% of passengers which transit through the EU ports. Source: European Commission

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Single Sky II +: Commission acts to unblock congestion in Europe’s airspace

The European Commission has acted to speed up the reform of Europe’s air traffic control system. The Commission is looking to head off a capacity crunch as the number of flights is forecast to increase by 50% over the next 10-20 years.1 Inefficiencies in Europe’s fragmented airspace bring extra costs of close to 5 billion Euros each year to airlines and their customers. They add 42 kilometres to the distance of an average flight forcing aircraft to burn more fuel,…

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