Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (Transport) : extracts from the press conference by Rimantas SINKEVIČIUS, Minister of transport and Communications of Lithuania, and Siim KALLAS, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Transport

Type: News   Reference: i-082196   Duration: 00:02:30  Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - EC
End production: 10/10/2013   First transmission: 10/10/2013
On 10 September, Rimantas Sinkevicius, Minister of transport and Communications of Lithuania, and Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Transport, held the press conference of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council. In the field of aviation, the Council adopted the position on a proposal aimed at extending until 31 December 2024 the mandate of the Joint Undertaking which manages the development of the Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research (SESAR) project. The Council alos adopted a general approach on a proposal for financing the activities of the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) in the field of combating marine pollution in the years 2014 to 2020. Ministers also discussed the outcome of the meeting in Montreal. 'Ministers were quite satisfied about the outcomes. This agreement in Montreal serves as a basis to say that this conflict is over', said Siim Kallas.

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00:00:00 Title 00:00:05
00:00:05 General view of press conference 00:00:04
00:00:09 SOUNDBITE (in Lithuanian) Rimantas Sinkevicius, Minister of transport and Communications of Lithuania: I would like to note that this meeting was highly fruitful as a number of important decisions have been made. First and foremost, the Council endorsed the position of the establishment of the joint undertaking to develop the new generation: European air traffic management system, (SESAR) as regards the extension of the joint undertaking until 2024. This system will considerably improve our safety. And increase the EU competitiveness on the global aviation market. In addition, we arrived at a Council general approach on a regulation on the EU maritime safety. It provides for functioning for funding of the agencies' actions in response to pollution from ships, oil or gas establishment. 00:01:13
00:01:22 Cutaway of the audience (2 shots) 00:00:12
00:01:34 SOUNDBITE (in English) Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Transport: Of course, we have an extensive exchange of views based on the information provided by the EU Commission about the outcome of the meeting in Montreal. My assessment is that the Ministers were quite satisfied about the outcomes. We have been discussing the issues at several Councils. Concerning the EU trading scheme and looming confrontation and more and more sharp statements from third countries. And this agreement in Montreal serves as a basis to say that this conflict is over. 00:00:56
00:02:30 Cutaway of the audience (2 shots) 00:00:00
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