Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (Transport):
Extracts from the press conference by the Greek Presidency and the European Commission
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - Council / Justus Lipsius
End production: 14/03/2014 First transmission: 14/03/2014
On Friday, the 14th of March, the European Ministers of Transport met in Brussels. First, the Council has been asked to agree on a general approach regarding a proposal intended to define new tasks to be carried out by the European Railway Agency. The draft regulation is part of the fourth railway package. The Council was also expected to adopt its position on a proposal aimed at setting up a public-private partnership called Shift2Rail joint undertaking, which will manage a research and innovation work programme to support the development of better rail services in Europe. Lastly, ministers have hold a policy debate on a Commission Communication, "Together towards competitive and resource-efficient urban mobility".
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||SOUNDBITE by Michalis Chrisochoidis, Greek Minister of Infrastructure, Transport & Networks and President in office of the Council (In GREEK): (On transport) It is a huge sector of the European economy and the challenge today is to try to create a joint European policy for railways; so today we talked about the 4th railway package at the Council, we also talked about the draft regulation for the European Railways Agency and I'm pleased to let you know that we reached a general approach which is a successful outcome to that discussion.
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||SOUNDBITE by Michalis Chrisochoidis (In GREEK): We adopted a Council position on a proposal for a Council regulation establishing a joint undertaking; it is a project that is a public/private partnership, the European Commission is involved as the private sector, it is a project called shift2Rail and this is a very significant development; we are talking about 1 billion Euros in terms of value and this is a project that is going to boost industry, research and employment in all the member states to create something environmentally friendly, innovative so that we can have rapid rail transport in Europe on that basis.
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||SOUNDBITE by Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Transport (In ENGLISH): Of course I'm very happy that this technical pillar of our railway reform today was not finalize yet but this general approach is very important; on the European Railway Agency we can say that this technical pillar is more or less now formed though it is maybe not totally complete yet but it is formed as apolitical package.
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||SOUNDBITE by Siim Kallas (In ENGLISH): Urban policy debate, Minister mentioned it, is an issue where form one side, Europe doesn't have mandate to decide anything and it is clearly for local authorities to develop the urban mobility but at the same times, certain call to have more and more cooperation also at European level and let's then look what we can do together and this is research and development, this is structural funds, some harmonized approach but don't have any intention to interfere in local decisions.
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