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Life-saving emergency eCall system should be mandatory, say MEPs

All new cars must be fitted by 2015 with eCall devices to alert the rescue services to road crashes automatically, using the 112 public emergency call system, say MEPs in a resolution adopted on Tuesday. This system would enable rescue services to arrive faster, saving lives and reducing injuries, adds the non-binding resolution. “The European Parliament has given its clear support for all motorists in Europe to benefit from an emergency call system free of charge. Since the voluntary approach…

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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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Conclusions of UK Transport in Europe (UKTiE) 2nd Forum event

Questions: Do you broadly support the 10 Goals for competitive and resource efficient Transport Do you agree with the general thrust of this section of the White Paper?   Identify priority opportunities & challenges proposals (out the relevant part of the 40 proposals) How can we work together through UKTiE to best promote UK interests.   (EU Political influence from a UK Multi-Modal Industry perspective)   Conclusions:   Conclusions from Workshop 1 – An Efficient and Integrated Mobility System (ASP 4F384) Rapporteur:…

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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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