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Blue Belt: Commission eases customs formalities for ships

The Commission has  set out plans to ease custom formalities for ships – reducing red tape, cutting delays in ports and making the sector more competitive. Freight forwarders and exporters complain that if they chose to send goods across Europe by short sea shipping, the heavy administrative burden at ports causes additional costs and significant delays – ships can wait for hours and sometimes days in ports for customs clearance. These make the maritime sector less attractive compared to other…

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Commission consults on new state aid rules for airports and airlines

The European Commission is inviting comments on its review of EU state aid rules on the public financing of airports and start-up aid to airlines. During the last ten years, the market environment of the aviation industry has changed considerably. The Commission proposal takes account of this evolution and provides guidance on how Member States can support airports and airlines in line with EU state aid rules. In light of the submissions received, the Commission will adopt revised guidelines in…

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Maritime transport: first step to reduce emissions

The European Commission today took the first step towards cutting greenhouse gas emissions from the shipping industry. It proposed legislation which will require owners of large ships using EU ports to monitor and report the ships’ annual carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The Commission also published a Communication setting out its strategy to address and reduce these emissions, preferably through measures at global level. Source: European Commission

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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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