Sector News

The EU grants 170 million Euros to vital infrastructure projects across Europe

The European Commission announced on 21th February 2011 the projects selected to receive a total of €170 million of trans-European transport network (TEN-T) funds to build and upgrade vital transport infrastructure across the European Union. The grants, which stem from the 2010 TEN-T annual and multi-annual calls published on 19 May, will help Member States to build missing transport links, remove bottlenecks and increase the safety and security of transport, with a special focus on making transport more sustainable, promoting…

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Railway Safety

The European Commission has requested Austria, Estonia, Germany and the UK to transpose the Directive on Common Safety Indicators for railway safety and common methods to calculate accident costs. These countries has yet to notify the European Commission whether their national legislation comply with the aforementioned directive. Under EU infringement procedure, these countries must inform the European Commission within two months whether their national legislation is with compliance of the directive. In case these countries will fail to hold the…

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Report on ports and their connections with TEN-T

The study, published on February 2010, presents new results, providing a picture of how the European port sector and their hinterland networks might evolve. The main focus has been towards freight flows, although it is recognised that passenger flows do play a role in the maritime networks influencing the distribution of ferry services, and a large role in the competition for inland capacity where passenger and freight vehicles interact. For the full report please click here For further information please…

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The EU continues its support towards an Integrated Maritime Policy

On 15th March 2011, MEP Georgios Koumoutsakos presented his draft report to the Transport and Tourism (TRAN) committee at the European Parliament. This report supports the European Commission proposal to financially support an integrated maritime policy during 2011-2013. The Integrated Maritime policy was established by the European Union in 2007 and advocates an integrated approach to policies of the maritime. The recent proposal from the European Commission aims at strengthening the policy by establishing a financial regulation of 50 million…

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Is the EU ready for full body scanners at airports?

On 15th March 2011, MEP Luis de Grandes Pascual presented his draft report to the Transport and Tourism (TRAN) committee at the European Parliament. The draft report focuses on the main concerns of ensuring passengers fundamental rights and health. This report came as a response to the Commission report on enhancing civil aviation security. Due to the latest terrorist attempts in civil aviation and several European airports implementing the body scanners for trail period, the commission has decided to add…

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European Commission white paper Single European Transport

On the 28th of March 2011 the European Commission adopted its white paper on Single European Transport. The Commission’s ambitious roadmap contains new 40 initiatives towards building a competitive and resource efficient transport system by 2050. The roadmap aims to create a single European transport by removing major barriers and create an integrated transport network. The white paper focuses on increasing the mobility across Europe while reducing the emission and Europe’s dependence on imported oil by 2050. To access the…

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ELTIS – A new portal for urban mobility

                The European Commission has launched the re-designed website on urban mobility. The website is a useful tool to exchange information, experience and good conduct in the field of urban mobility. On the website you can find news, case studies, events and further services information from other users and can add your own contribution. According to the website, Eltis supports the creation of urban transport systems, which use less energy and produce less emissions, while improving the competitiveness of urban…

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Statement by Vice President Kallas on air travel disruption across Europe

Statement on the air travel disruption across Europe by European Commission Vice President Siim Kallas responsible for Transport: I am extremely concerned about the level of disruption to travel across Europe caused by severe snow. It is unacceptable and should not happen again. Of course, safety of travel comes first and foremost, so there can be no compromise on that front. And extreme snow and extreme weather conditions are and have to be taken into account in contingency planning is…

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Launch press release

UK Transport in Europe (UKTiE) launched in European Parliament A new body to represent UK transport interests in Brussels, UK Transport in Europe (UKTiE), was launched in the European Parliament on Monday 15 November, in the presence of the Deputy British Ambassador to the EU, Andy Lebrecht; the Chair of the Transport Committee of the European Parliament, Brian Simpson MEP; Conservative Transport Spokesman,  Jacqueline Foster MEP Director, DG Move, European Commission, Jean-Eric Pacquet; and Deputy Head of the Siim Kallas…

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