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Transport committee wants new proposal for flight times

Transport MEPs voted against new flight time limitation measures on Monday. MEPs rejected the adaptation of current rules on on-duty and rest times for pilots and cabin crew and asked the European Commission to come up with another proposal as a matter of urgency. The rejection by the transport committee will now go to the full House for a vote in plenary. Source: European Parliament

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Europe seeks to modernize air traffic management system

On 16th September, the EU Transport Ministers met in the informal meeting and high-level debate entitled Single European Sky. Delivering the future: Vision 20XX, held in Vilnius. In the debate, ministers expressed their views on Single European Sky concept capable of ensuring the safety and efficiency of air traffic management system. Source: Lithuanian Presidency

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Strengthening air passengers’ rights while providing legal clarity to airlines

Air passengers’ rights must be tightened up to stop airlines abusing an “extraordinary circumstances” clause to avoid paying them compensation for delays or denied boarding, said MEPs in Monday’s Transport Committee debate on a European Commission proposal to recast the rules. Rapporteur Georges Bach (EPP, LU) suggested that passengers should be entitled to €300 compensation after just 3 hours’ delay on intra-European-flights. Source: European Parliament

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Single European Sky – EU Transport Ministers aim at faster and more comfortable travelling by air

The Informal Meeting of the EU Transport Ministers to be held on 15-16 September, 2013 will tackle a range of issues affecting implementation of the Single European Sky (SES). The Ministers will assess the need for a new approach of further development of the SES on institutional and industrial levels and discuss opportunities of bridging the gap between national and regional airspaces. Source: Lithuanian Presidency

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European Commission’ s new report on Passenger Rights: good implementation but efforts still needed for protection of rail travellers

The European Commission has released a report assessing how Member States authorities and the railway industry are applying rules for the protection of rail passengers. While the protection of rail passengers has improved since the Regulation is applicable, around 61% of all national long distance services and 83% of regional and suburban services are not yet applying the full range of rail passenger rights because Member States opted for transitional periods and exemptions. This practice could become an obstacle to…

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7th Annual CLIA Europe Conference

“The European Cruise Industry: Making a Difference, Contributing to Growth, Committed to Sustainability” On Tuesday 25 June 2013 key personalities from the European cruise industry gathered in Brussels for the 7th Annual CLIA Europe Conference at the Steingenberger Grand Hotel. The conference brought together high-level speakers from the European Institutions, member states and the industry to debate key issues for the sector, from consumer confidence to visa issues, from the state of the European cruise industry to environmental regulation and operational safety.…

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Railway package: MEPs to focus on efficiency and public service obligations

MEPs welcomed the Commission’s “Railway package” proposals tabled on Wednesday. These are designed to complete the Single European Railway market, open up domestic passenger traffic to more competition and ensure full interoperability on a truly European network overseen by independent regulators. Here are some preliminary reactions.  “We want the operators to be able to run trains across the continent without technical or administrative barriers which undermine the internal market.” To remove them, “we need an increased role for the European…

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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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LNG for the maritime sector closer to reality thanks to EU supported project

The European Union will support with over €1.2 million from the TEN-T Programme a study aimed at identifying and addressing the potential barriers to the construction and operation of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) fuelled vessels. The project, which was selected for funding under the 2011 TEN-T Annual Call, will examine the technical requirements, regulations and environmental operation permits that need to be met in order to shift from traditionally fuelled engines to LNG. LNG is rapidly emerging as a cheaper…

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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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