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European cruise industry economic contribution rises to record level despite economic slowdown

European Shipyards generate strong order books from cruise lines worldwide  The strong growth of the European cruise industry has continued despite the global economic slowdown, show figures revealed today by the European Cruise Council (ECC). The total contribution of the global cruise industry to the European economy rose to a record €36.7 billion in 2011 (from €35.2 billion in 2010), up 54% from 2006. European shipyards, which build most of the world’s state-of-the-art cruise liners, are among the most immediate beneficiaries…

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Council and European Parliament reach agreement on single European railway area directive

The Council and the European Parliament have paved the way for the adoption of the draft directive establishing a single European railway area, by successfully concluding the tripartite negotiations between the Danish presidency, the European Parliament and the Commission on a compromise text. Today, the compromise was endorsed by the member states within the Permanent Representatives Committee. To enter into force, the text still needs to be formally approved by Parliament, whose vote in plenary is scheduled for early July, and…

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“Better Airports” Package Launched

The European Commission today announced a comprehensive package of measures to help increase the capacity of Europe’s airports, reduce delays and improve the quality of services offered to passengers. The measures address the quality of services passengers and airlines receive on the ground before they take off and after they land (for example, baggage handling, check-in, refuelling), the transparency of decisions on airport noise, as well as the efficiency of the complex network of take-off and landing slots that make…

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A European Maritime Day that Puts People First

Every year on May 20, European Maritime Day is celebrated across the European Union to showcase the importance of the sea and oceans for our everyday life. This year, Gdańsk (Poland) will host the 4th edition of the European Maritime Day Conference on 19-20 May. Around 1,000 participants are expected. Maritime Day has become the main European event where stakeholders from a large range of maritime sectors meet and discuss the opportunities and challenges currently facing maritime regions and sectors…

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Cross-European electromobility initiative, Green eMotion

The European Commission will support a cross-European electromobility initiative, Green eMotion, worth €41.8 million, in partnership with forty two partners from the industries, utilities, electric car manufacturers, municipalities, universities and technology and research institutions. The aim of the initiative is to exchange and develop know-how and experience in selected regions within Europe as well as facilitate the market roll-out of electric vehicles in Europe. The Commission will make €24.2 million available to finance part of the initiative’s activities. For more…

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European Cruise Council Reception at the EP

An exhibition (21-24 March 2011) on Cruise tourism: making Europe the world’s No 1 destination in the European Parliament drew hundreds of visitors. Hosted by MEP Jacqueline Foster, exhibition’s reception was attended by numerous MEPs, commission, council and many members of the shipping industry. The exhibition was a celebration and showcase for the European cruise industry’s contribution to making Europe the world’s number one destination. The exhibition presented several inter-linking themes including tourism, shipbuilding, setting higher standards, the contribution to…

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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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UKTiE launched in European Parliament

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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