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European trains will soon become less noisy

New, quieter brake blocks, which could reduce the noise of rail wagons by 50 %, will be soon introduced in the EU market as the European Railway Agency has authorised innovative LL brake blocks intended for rail freight wagons. This is the final step of many years of development and technical tests, conducted by the block manufacturers and the International Union of Railways, and a landmark for effective rail noise abatement in the European Union. Source: European Commission

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Europe’s Seaports 2030: Challenges Ahead

The Commission’s has identified 319 key European seaports which are essential for the efficient functioning of the internal market and the European economy2, of these 83 are recognised as being “core network” ports3. The Commission’s port review focuses on these 319 ports as a basis for a highly functioning European ports network managing 96% of goods and 93% of passengers which transit through the EU ports. Source: European Commission

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Single Sky II +: Commission acts to unblock congestion in Europe’s airspace

The European Commission has acted to speed up the reform of Europe’s air traffic control system. The Commission is looking to head off a capacity crunch as the number of flights is forecast to increase by 50% over the next 10-20 years.1 Inefficiencies in Europe’s fragmented airspace bring extra costs of close to 5 billion Euros each year to airlines and their customers. They add 42 kilometres to the distance of an average flight forcing aircraft to burn more fuel,…

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Liberalising rail services: balancing competition and quality of service

The need to agree on how to separate track from train operators and to balance growth, quality of service and working conditions were the main points raised by transport and tourism MEPs and experts at a hearing on the 4th railway package on Tuesday the 7th of May. Uniform rules on safety certification and interoperability will be key to creating a single EU rail area, MEPs agreed. Source: European Parliament

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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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