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Parliament supports life-saving eCall system in cars

Emergency call devices that automatically alert rescue services to car crashes must be fitted to all new models of cars and light vans in the EU by October 2015, said MEPs on Wednesday in a vote on draft legislation setting up the eCall system. Road accidents across the EU caused 28 000 deaths and left 1.5 million injured in 2012. Source: European Commission

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Commission welcomes European Parliament’s vote for improved aviation safety

The European Parliament adopted new rules to help prevent aircraft accidents. With the “Regulation on the reporting, analysis and follow up of occurrences”, information on aviation safety incidents will flow more efficiently and faster, allowing for a thorough analysis and adoption of necessary action to help prevent similar incidents from happening again. Source: European Commission

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European Parliament adopts equivocal first reading position on fourth railway package

The European Commission expressed its disappointment about the European Parliament’s plenary vote on the six legislative proposals forming the fourth railway package. The package was presented by the Commission in January 2013 to deliver better quality and more choice in railway services in Europe, thereby contributing to the competitiveness of the rail sector. However, the amendments adopted by the European Parliament today will limit effective competition in the rail sector. Source: European Commission

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Commission presents new European strategy to promote coastal and maritime tourism

The European Commission presented a new strategy to support coastal and maritime tourism in Europe. Recognising the sector’s potential for sustainable growth and job creation, the strategy outlines 14 EU actions to help coastal regions and businesses tackle the challenges they face and strengthen the sector’s position as a key driver of Europe’s blue economy. These concrete actions are accompanied by a break-down of the tasks that Member States, Regions and industry stakeholders can undertake to complement the EU actions.…

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European Parliament votes on air passenger rights

The European Parliament has voted on proposals from the European Commission to strengthen passenger rights including: measures to ensure that air passengers have new and better rights to information, care and re-routing when they are stranded at the airport. At the same time there will be better complaint procedures and enforcement measures so passengers can actually obtain the rights to which they are entitled. Source: European Commission

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EIB supports the rehabilitation of railway infrastructure in Hungary with EUR 250 million loan

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is lending EUR 250 million to finance the implementation of Hungary’s railway infrastructure rehabilitation and upgrading investment programme for the period 2013-2016. The objective is to improve the safety, capacity and performance of the existing conventional railway infrastructure with positive impacts on commuters and long-distance travellers as well as on freight traffic. Source: European Investment Bank

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Introducing INEA, Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

The European Commission has announced that the new Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) will officially begin its operations on 1 January in order to manage several of its major funding programmes. INEA is the successor of the TEN-T EA (Trans-European Transport Network Executive Agency, which was created by the European Commission in 2006 to manage the technical and financial implementation of its TEN-T Programme. Source: European Commission

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Leading UK organisations discuss EU transport priorities for 2014 and beyond

 UK Transport in Europe 4th Annual Transport Policy Forum 3-4 December 2013, European Parliament, Brussels The annual UKTiE European Transport Policy Forum focused on the future of the UK and EU transport industry in light of the upcoming European elections and the appointment of a new European Commission. High level speakers and leading UK Transport companies and organisations came together to discuss key themes for the sector, contributing to the resounding success of this years’ Forum, hosted by Mrs Jacqueline…

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