European Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas will today present his vision for the deployment of electric cars in Europe during a speech at the European Electric Vehicles Conference 2011 in Brussels. The Commission recently published its new, which includes proposals for cutting carbon emissions in transport by 60% by 2050 and removing conventionally-fuelled cars in cities. In today's speech Vice-President Kallas, Commissioner responsible for transport, will outline how these ambitious targets will be turned into concrete actions.
Vice President Kallas today welcomed the progress achieved by the European Parliament and the Council on the proposal to review the Eurovignette Directive on 23 May 2011. The future legislation will enable Member States to charge heavy duty vehicles for the cost of air and noise pollution that they cause. The EP and Council in a Trialogue meeting have achieved significant progress towards clarifying how the revenues generated would be used for instance to finance the trans-European network infrastructure projects which contribute to make transport more sustainable.
After one year, Europe is faced with a volcano again.
There is an evolving situation with respect to Grimsvötn volcano and a possibility of volcanic ash affecting European airspace, starting with northwestern Europe, including the UK and Ireland. Already, the EACCC (European Aviation Crisis Coordination Cell) has been activated bringing together all the major actors – the first formal meeting took place this morning (23 May 2011). Guidance will be issued to all Member States by the EACCC later today.
Every year on May 20, European Maritime Day is celebrated across the European Union to showcase the importance of the sea and oceans for our everyday life. This year, Gdansk (Poland) will host the 4th edition of the European Maritime Day Conference on 19-20 May. Around 1,000 participants are expected. Maritime Day has become the main European event where stakeholders from a large range of maritime sectors meet and discuss the opportunities and challenges currently facing maritime regions and sectors across Europe: from tourism and fisheries to maritime transport and climate change. European Commissioners Maria Damanaki, Siim Kallas and Janusz Lewandowski will join Polish and European ministers and personalities at the Conference, on 19 May. On 20 May a number of maritime stakeholder events, workshops and exhibitions will take place.
The European Commission has today adopted a new regulation to facilitate pan European rail journey planning and ticketing, by forcing a standardisation of rail passenger data on fares and timetables. This means that key reservation and ticketing information will be inter-operable and can be exchanged between rail companies throughout the EU as well as ticket vendors. The Commission will in 2012 bring forward a complementary legal measure requiring rail operators to bring their IT systems and practices into line, so that the standardised data can in practice be transferred between operators. These measures lay the technical foundations to allow a new generation of European rail journey planners and ticketing systems to start to emerge on market.