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Great success for the Third UKTiE European Transport Policy Forum

Read the Conclusions: UKTiE European Transport Policy Forum 2012  Download the Pictures: Pictures from the UKTiE Forum 2012 The UKTiE European Transport Policy Forum is now an established milestone for UK transport in Europe. This year’s edition was held in Brussels on 13-14 November 2012. High level speakers gathered together with with leading UK transport stakeholders to discussing key themes like EU transport regulation, policy making and funding opportunities. Interesting debates rose about the most urgent priorities for the UK transport…

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“Airports Package” voted in Transport Committee: MEPs reject further liberalisation of ground-handling services

Transport Committee − 06-11-2012 The Commission’s proposal to boost competition to supply ground-handling services at major EU airports was rejected by the Transport and Tourism Committee on Tuesday. MEPs also agreed on new rules to ensure more efficient use of takeoff and landing slots, and on noise-mitigation measures to protect the public living near airports whilst ensuring smooth flight operations. The Commission proposal to further open the ground-handling service market, by increasing the minimum number of independent handlers from two…

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3rd Annual Transport Policy Forum and Dinner

LAST FEW PLACES UK Transport in Europe 3rd Annual Transport Policy Forum and Dinner Policy Forum: 13 –   14  November 2012  “Chatham House”   dinner with Mr Brian Simpson MEP : 13 November 2012 Venue: European   Parliament, Brussels Leading UK transport stakeholders will gather in   Brussels to discuss face-to-face with key EU figures the priorities,   challenges and opportunities for the UK Transport sector in Europe. Do not miss your chance, only a few places left! High…

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Time to deliver the Single European Sky, says transport committee

  Air traffic control in Europe urgently needs modernising in order to reduce congestion, boost safety, reduce flight times, delays and fares, create jobs and cut CO2 emissions, say transport and tourism committee MEPs in a resolution adopted on Tuesday. They want the Commission to put pressure on member states to meet their obligations, possibly with sanctions. “We have to have proper, efficient use of air space and 21st century technology for traffic management available to avoid the consumer having…

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Parliament strengthens basis for high-performance rail network in the EU

 03-07-2012 European Parliament Plenary Session – Transport To facilitate better use of EU rail networks, Parliament clarified competition rules for rail transport firms and rail infrastructure managers in a vote on Tuesday. These rules aim to stimulate the supply of international freight and passenger services and to improve their quality. Independent regulators will see that competition is fair. “It took us two years of difficult negotiations (…) to guarantee better competition and lay solid foundations for infrastructure funding”, said rapporteur…

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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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