The EU's Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has today updated its guidance on the use of portable electronic devices on board (PED), including smartphones, tablets and e-readers. It confirms that these devices may be kept switched on in "Flight Mode" (non-transmitting mode) throughout the journey (including taxiing, take-off and landing) without a risk to safety. EU Transport Commissioner, Vice President Siim Kallas has asked EASA to accelerate its safety review of the use of electronic devices on board in transmitting mode, with new guidance expected to be published early in 2014.
European Commission Siim Kallas Vice President of the European Commission Speech - Baltic Europe Intergroup/Brussels 4 December 2013 President, honourable members of the European Parliament, ladies and gentlemen It is a pleasure to be with you today in the European Parliament.
European Commission Siim Kallas Vice President of the European Commission Speech - POLIS conference/Brussels 4 December 2013 Ladies and gentlemen Europe is home to some of the world’s most successful and attractive cities. Eight of the top 20 most visited cities are European, measured by how much international visitors spend.
EU experts warn on airport capacity crunch and invite the Commission to take action on intermodality
The European Observatory on Airport Capacity held a plenary meeting at which it fully endorsed the findings on network congestion and climate change and resilience of "Challenges of Growth 2013", a comprehensive study carried out by Eurocontrol highlighting the likely problems resulting from a shortage of airport capacity in Europe.
Keynote speech at the FIA conference
Great Hall of the People, Beijing
As part of the EU/China Urban Partnership the EU and China are working together to improve urban mobility. Today, Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas, in charge of transport, addressed the 2nd EU China Urban Forum in the Great Hall of the People, Beijing. The annual Forum brings together hundreds of EU and Chinese city Mayors as well as academics and business representatives with an interest in the future of urbanisation in order to share ideas and identify future co-operation activities.
In the most radical overhaul of EU infrastructure policy since its inception in the 1980s, the European Parliament has today given final approval to new maps showing the nine major corridors which will act as a backbone for transportation in Europe's single market and revolutionise East–West connections. To match this level of ambition, Parliament also voted to triple EU financing for transport infrastructure for the period 2014–2020 to €26.3 billion.