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Air Traffic Management: Commission launches the deployment of SESAR

The Commission has adopted a new Regulation establishing governance and incentive mechanisms to facilitate the effective and timely deployment of SESAR, the Union’s flagship project that aims at modernising the Air Traffic Management (ATM) system and enhancing its performance.  Vice President Siim Kallas, Commissioner for Transport said: “I am delighted that we are making good progress towards SESAR deployment. It has always been clear that technology is an important part of the Single European Sky, but airlines, airports and air…

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Single European Sky: Commission paves the way for more ambitious performance targets

The European Commission adopted today revised implementing Regulations on performance and charging, setting the framework for the upcoming negotiations on targets for the second reference period (2015 to 2019) of the SES Performance Scheme. The Scheme sets the framework for establishing binding targets on Member States to deliver better air navigation services, leading to cheaper flights, less delays, and the saving of unnecessary costs for airlines and passengers. In addition, the environmental impact of air traffic will be reduced because…

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The Council adopts decision on temporary derogation from the EU emissions trading system directive

The Council adopteda decision derogating temporarily from directive 2003/87/EC establishing the EU scheme for greenhouse gas emission allowance trading. The decision intends to reinforce the positive momentum within the International Civil Aviation Organisation towards a global market-based approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the aviation sector. Source: Council of the EU

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EP Study: An Overview of the Air Services Agreements Concluded by the EU

Eight years of EU external aviation policy have produced mixed results. Pillar 1 agreements have indeed largely contributed to restoring the bilateral agreements concluded by the Member States to legal certainty, but some of our key partners still do not accept the principle of EU designation. The agreements with neighbouring countries (Pillar 2) benefit the European low-cost carriers but it is difficult to conclude that they have significant impact on market growth. As for the Open Aviation Area agreements (Pillar…

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Council and European Parliament reach agreement on European satellite navigation systems

The member states’ Permanent Representatives today endorsed the compromise reached between the Council and the European Parliament in their negotiations on a new financial and governance framework for the European satellite navigation systems (EGNOS and Galileo) for the period covered by the multi-annual financial framework for 2014-2020. EGOS, the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service, enhances the accuracy of the existing civilian GPS services, with a geographical area centered on Europe and a possible future extension to other regions of the…

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Parliament opposes higher “polluter’s permit” price

MEPs voted on against freezing auctions of a portion of CO2 emission quotas, so as to boost the price of EU “polluter’s permits”. A majority felt that interfering with the supply of credits would undermine confidence in the Emissions Trading System (ETS), designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions. In a separate vote, MEPs agreed to temporarily exclude intercontinental flights from the scheme. Source: European Parliament

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Commission seeks to improve access to rail travel for persons with disabilities and passengers with reduced mobility

The European Commission is making accessibility an essential requirement for rail infrastructure when newly built, upgraded or renewed. Accessibility can be achieved by preventing or removing barriers and through other measures such as provision of assistance. The rules apply to infrastructure (e.g. obstacle-free routes, ticketing, information desks, toilets, visual and spoken information, platform width and height, and boarding aids) and to rail carriages (e.g. doors, toilets, wheelchair spaces, and information). Source: European Commission

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New research fuels global ‘ETS for airlines’ idea

Airlines will only approach the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)’s goal of ‘carbon neutral growth’ from 2020 with a global market-based measure such as an emission trading system (ETS), says a new study by a leading atmospheric scientist. The report, ‘Bridging the aviation CO2 emissions gap: why emissions trading is needed’ by David Lee of Manchester Metropolitan University explored three different scenarios for cutting emissions: improved technology, accelerated development of biofuels, and the application of carbon pricing models. It found that by 2050, improved…

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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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