The European Commission has today adopted rules to harmonise information between all the actors involved in creating the Single European Sky (SES). Member States decided to put an end to the fragmentation of Europe's air space by creating between themselves nine common geographical air spaces by December 2012: the Functional Airspace Blocks (FABs). The Regulation adopted today spells out the information to be exchanged between everyone involved.
The European Commission today announced the projects selected to receive a total of €170 million of trans-European transport network (TEN-T) funds to build and upgrade vital transport infrastructure across the European Union. The grants, which stem from the 2010 TEN-T annual and multi-annual calls published on 19 May, will help Member States to build missing transport links, remove bottlenecks and increase the safety and security of transport, with a special focus on making transport more sustainable, promoting the interconnection of different transport modes, accelerating and facilitating the implementation of projects and providing support for public–private partnerships.
The European Commission welcomes the European Parliament voting today in favour of a regulation on rights of passengers travelling by bus and coach after difficult negotiations. After air, rail and water, now transport by road will also be covered by a specific set of rights for passengers, thus completing the legal framework for users of all transport modes at EU level. Bus and coach passengers, and in particular passengers with a disability and people with a reduced mobility, will enjoy new rights that will protect them when they travel anywhere within the European Union.
On 8 February 2011, the transport ministers of the 27 Member States, European Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas and Chairman of the TRAN Committee of European Parliament Brian Simpson had a policy debate on the review of the TEN-T transeuropean transport network at Gödöllő. The participants of the informal ministerial meeting initiated by the Hungarian Presidency overviewed issues related to network planning methodology and financing.
After meeting with a group of high-level experts, European Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas, responsible for transport, and Commissioner Connie Hedegaard, responsible for climate action, said: "We are convinced that the shipping sector must deliver on the fight against climate change. We discussed how Europe can best progress in order for the maritime sector to contribute to cutting greenhouse gas emissions if there is no international agreement. But there should be no doubt: Europe must make every effort to help the IMO agree this year on global measures to curb greenhouse gas emissions from ships – now and in the long term."
At the Excellence in Road Safety Awards ceremony held today in Brussels, Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for transport, presented awards to seven organisations which have undertaken specific commitments to reduce the number of road fatalities in their communities. The winners were selected from more than 500 signatories of the Road Safety Charter following an evaluation made by the Commission.