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Euro MP Brian Simpson says Government could still award Thameslink contract to Bombardier

THE Government could still award the Thameslink contract to Bombardier, a senior Euro MP claimed last night. Brian Simpson, chairman of the European Parliament Transport Committee, said the Coalition is wrongly blaming EU rules for the £1.4billion contract going to Siemens. He said: “I still think they could open it up again. It is only a shut case because they have shut their minds to it.” Mr Simpson said Bombardier – which has laid off 1,400 workers at its Derby…

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Budget 2014-2020

The European Commission presented on the 29th June 2011 the EU’s next seven year budget (2014-2020). On transport policy, the commission established a new fund – “Connecting Europe Facility” with a total budget of 50bn Euros. The fund supports pan European infrastructure projects for Energy, Transport and ICT. Out of the total budget, transport infrastructure receives 21.7bn Euros, the biggest share of the three. Further 10bn Euros has been allocated for transport from the Cohesion Fund. The projects selected for…

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EU Neighbourhood Transport Plan

What are the key actions proposed by the Commission? To achieve closer transport market integration with the neighbouring countries, the Commission today published a new EU Neighbourhood Transport Action Plan setting out over 20 actions for the short and longer term to strengthen transport connections. The full detail of these measures are set out in the Communication on “The EU and its neighbouring regions: A renewed approach to transport cooperation.” Aviation In the aviation sector, closer integration with the EU´s…

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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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TEN-T Info Day 2011 and Calls for Proposals

The TEN-T Info Day 2011 will take place on Wednesday 29 June 2011 in the Borschette Conference Centre in Brussels, Belgium. The event will present the priorities for the 2011 TEN-T Multi-Annual Call, which will focus on ERTMS (European Rail Traffic Management System), RIS (River Information Services) and MoS (Motorways of the Sea). In addition the Info Day will provide participants with practical information about how to prepare a successful proposal, as well as other background information relevant to the…

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FP7 Transport Information Days 2011

Brussels, 18-19 July 2011 The next round of calls proposals for transport research under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) will be published end of July 2011. In order to support the preparation of project proposals, the European Commission’s Directorate General for Research and Innovation will organise two ‘Information Days’ on 18 and 19 July 2011 in the Charlemagne building, Rue de la Loi 170, in Brussels. The aim of the two-day event is to inform potential researchers about FP7 and…

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Volcanic ash disruption: one year on and crisis preparedness

One year after the Eyjafjallajökull eruption in April 2010, a wide range of follow up measures have been taken – as agreed by ministers at the Transport Council of May 4 2010 on the basis of proposals by the Commission – at international, EU and national level to improve crisis preparedness in aviation, particularly in relation to volcanic ash. The results so far are listed below, but the work is ongoing. The European Commission, Eurocontrol and the European Aviation Safety…

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The EU grants 170 million Euros to vital infrastructure projects across Europe

The European Commission announced on 21th February 2011 the projects selected to receive a total of €170 million of trans-European transport network (TEN-T) funds to build and upgrade vital transport infrastructure across the European Union. The grants, which stem from the 2010 TEN-T annual and multi-annual calls published on 19 May, will help Member States to build missing transport links, remove bottlenecks and increase the safety and security of transport, with a special focus on making transport more sustainable, promoting…

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Conclusions of UK Transport in Europe (UKTiE) Inauguration

Funding UK stakeholders, industry and Government should take a strong lead in securing more EU transport funding for the UK by: Finding out what opportunities there are earlier. Rather than just apply for funds, we should influence policy process that creates the funds, using UK experience. Connecting localities, communities and stakeholders to develop coalitions in order to better access EU regional funding for transport. The new EU transport White Paper should be a priority for the UK, and we should…

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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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