European Mobility Week: VP Kallas takes part in mass 'orange' cycle ride to promote alternative mobility
A thousand 'orange bicycles' moving through the heart of the EU district in Brussels heralded the start of the 10th European Mobility Week. Speaking after the event, VP Kallas called for citizens to think of alternatives to using their cars, especially the bicycle. "Brussels is the most congested city in Europe - so keep on walking and cycling!" concluded VP Kallas.
The European Commission has adopted a proposal to bring the European Union directive on the training of seafarers in line with recently updated international rules. International rules set minimum standards, while EU rules ensure their enforcement in the EU.
The deadline for submitting contributions to the multimodal journey planner challenge has been extended to 15 October. The public will be invited to vote for their favourite option once the competition has ended.
What are the measures the EU has taken after the 9/11 terrorist attacks to make travel more secure?
The attacks on the World Trade Center in New York in 2001 triggered a worldwide consensus on the need to improve transport security. As an immediate response, the European Commission decided to work closely together with Member States and the European Parliament in order to develop one of the most comprehensive aviation security regimes in the world. The European rules cover areas such as the screening of passengers and baggage, cargo security, the control of access to airports and aircraft, and standards on technology and training of staff employed for aviation security. The Commission enforces strict implementation of these rules by inspecting airports and national authorities.
Visiting the port of Rotterdam today, European Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas responsible for Transport announced his intention to bring forward in 2013 a package of proposals to help ports remain competitive and support the huge potential for growth in the port sector. The Vice President underlined his intention to bring forward measures: to support the reduction of the administrative burden in ports; proposals to improve the transparency of port financing; as well as proposals for measures on port services. EU Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas commended the Port of Rotterdam for its leadership, high performance and its capacity to adapt to change. However he underlined, the major challenges facing hundreds of seaports across Europe and the need to create the right regulatory conditions to allow ports to thrive.