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Transport committee wants new proposal for flight times

Transport MEPs voted against new flight time limitation measures on Monday. MEPs rejected the adaptation of current rules on on-duty and rest times for pilots and cabin crew and asked the European Commission to come up with another proposal as a matter of urgency. The rejection by the transport committee will now go to the full House for a vote in plenary. Source: European Parliament

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Europe seeks to modernize air traffic management system

On 16th September, the EU Transport Ministers met in the informal meeting and high-level debate entitled Single European Sky. Delivering the future: Vision 20XX, held in Vilnius. In the debate, ministers expressed their views on Single European Sky concept capable of ensuring the safety and efficiency of air traffic management system. Source: Lithuanian Presidency

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Strengthening air passengers’ rights while providing legal clarity to airlines

Air passengers’ rights must be tightened up to stop airlines abusing an “extraordinary circumstances” clause to avoid paying them compensation for delays or denied boarding, said MEPs in Monday’s Transport Committee debate on a European Commission proposal to recast the rules. Rapporteur Georges Bach (EPP, LU) suggested that passengers should be entitled to €300 compensation after just 3 hours’ delay on intra-European-flights. Source: European Parliament

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Single European Sky – EU Transport Ministers aim at faster and more comfortable travelling by air

The Informal Meeting of the EU Transport Ministers to be held on 15-16 September, 2013 will tackle a range of issues affecting implementation of the Single European Sky (SES). The Ministers will assess the need for a new approach of further development of the SES on institutional and industrial levels and discuss opportunities of bridging the gap between national and regional airspaces. Source: Lithuanian Presidency

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European Commission’ s new report on Passenger Rights: good implementation but efforts still needed for protection of rail travellers

The European Commission has released a report assessing how Member States authorities and the railway industry are applying rules for the protection of rail passengers. While the protection of rail passengers has improved since the Regulation is applicable, around 61% of all national long distance services and 83% of regional and suburban services are not yet applying the full range of rail passenger rights because Member States opted for transitional periods and exemptions. This practice could become an obstacle to…

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Improving governance of the marine space: an opportunity for Blue Growth in the Mediterranean sea

A new study presented by the European Commission finds that the establishment of maritime zones, including Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs), in the Mediterranean would benefit the EU’s Blue Growth and wider sustainability agendas. The study looks at the costs and benefits of establishing maritime zones in the Mediterranean and provides an analysis of the impacts of establishing EEZs on different sea-based activities. EEZs could allow for a more effective spatial planning policy, which in turn could help attract investments and…

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Lithuanian Presidency priorities as presented in EP committees

The fourth railway package, deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure, the roadworthiness package and air passenger rights were some of the priorities presented by Rimantas Sinkevičius, Lithuanian Minister of Transport and Communications, on Tuesday. MEPs urged the incoming presidency to keep rail reform as a package and to make progress on the airport package and the implementation of the Single European Sky. Source: European Parliament

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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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