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European railways at a Junction: The Commission adopts proposal for a forth Railway Package

The European Commission today announced a comprehensive package of measures to deliver better quality and more choice in railway services in Europe. Rail is a vital part of EU transport, with a key role in addressing rising traffic demand, congestion, fuel security and decarbonisation. But many European rail markets are currently facing stagnation or decline. Faced with this reality, the Commission is proposing far reaching measures to encourage more innovation in EU railways by opening EU domestic passenger markets to…

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EU launches Clean Fuel Strategy

The European Commission today announced an ambitious package of measures to ensure the build-up of alternative fuel stations across Europe with common standards for their design and use. Policy initiatives so far have mostly addressed the actual fuels and vehicles, without considering fuels distribution. Efforts to provide incentives have been un-co-ordinated and insufficient. Clean fuel is being held back by three main barriers: the high cost of vehicles, a low level of consumer acceptance, and the lack of recharging and…

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Single European Sky: Member States fail to reach key deadline

Many Member States are seriously lagging behind and not yet fully compliant with requirements to make nine Functional Airspace Blocks (FABs) fully operational, for the deadline of 4 December 2012. A critical deadline has been missed for FABs, the regional airspace blocks which are a key element for the ambitious plans to create a single European airspace – tripling European airspace capacity and halving air traffic control costs. The Commission warned today that it will launch infringement procedures against Member…

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Great success for the Third UKTiE European Transport Policy Forum

Read the Conclusions: UKTiE European Transport Policy Forum 2012  Download the Pictures: Pictures from the UKTiE Forum 2012 The UKTiE European Transport Policy Forum is now an established milestone for UK transport in Europe. This year’s edition was held in Brussels on 13-14 November 2012. High level speakers gathered together with with leading UK transport stakeholders to discussing key themes like EU transport regulation, policy making and funding opportunities. Interesting debates rose about the most urgent priorities for the UK transport…

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“Airports Package” voted in Transport Committee: MEPs reject further liberalisation of ground-handling services

Transport Committee − 06-11-2012 The Commission’s proposal to boost competition to supply ground-handling services at major EU airports was rejected by the Transport and Tourism Committee on Tuesday. MEPs also agreed on new rules to ensure more efficient use of takeoff and landing slots, and on noise-mitigation measures to protect the public living near airports whilst ensuring smooth flight operations. The Commission proposal to further open the ground-handling service market, by increasing the minimum number of independent handlers from two…

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Safer vehicles through international harmonisation

The European Commission has today agreed with international partners on new internationally harmonised rules on Advanced Emergency Braking Systems (AEBS) and Lane Departure Warning Systems (LDWS) for commercial vehicles. EU legislation already sets out dates for the obligatory introduction of these safety enhancing technologies in the EU. To promote safety internationally and help the European automotive industry export trade, it is important that these systems are based on globally harmonised standards. At the United Nations’ World Forum for Harmonization of…

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Road transport: Europe’s challenge to be clean, competitive and sustainable

Siim Kallas, Vice-President and Commissioner for transport, gave a speech today at the Scania Transport Conference 2012 in Brussels. He mantioned the main problem areas  – climate change, rising congestion and transport’s overdependence on oil as a power source – and stated that innovation and investment are the keys to maintaining competitiveness. He also announced and explained a comprehensive strategy for alternative fuels: “Clean Power for Transport”, to be presented by the end of the year. To read the full speech: click…

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Transport: EU grants almost €200 million to support key infrastructure projects

The European Commission has selected 74 projects that will receive almost €200 million in EU co-financing from the trans-European transport network (TEN-T) programme to continue improving transport infrastructure across the EU. These 74 projects, selected as a result of the 2011 annual call, will use EU financial support for a variety of purposes, ranging from the construction and/or upgrade of current links, support of transport corridors, Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) and innovative financial instruments. Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas, responsible for transport,…

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Time to deliver the Single European Sky, says transport committee

  Air traffic control in Europe urgently needs modernising in order to reduce congestion, boost safety, reduce flight times, delays and fares, create jobs and cut CO2 emissions, say transport and tourism committee MEPs in a resolution adopted on Tuesday. They want the Commission to put pressure on member states to meet their obligations, possibly with sanctions. “We have to have proper, efficient use of air space and 21st century technology for traffic management available to avoid the consumer having…

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