Press releases

Statement by Vice President Kallas on air travel disruption across Europe

21/12/2010

MEMO/10/700 Brussels, 21 December 2010 Statement on the air travel disruption across Europe by European Commission Vice President Siim Kallas responsible for Transport. I am extremely concerned about the level of disruption to travel across Europe caused ...

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EU and Jordan sign air transport agreement

15/12/2010

IP/10/1723 Brussels, 15 December 2010 The European Union and Jordan have today signed a comprehensive air services agreement which will open up and integrate their respective markets, strengthen cooperation and offer new opportunities for consumers and ...

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Vice-President Kallas welcomes Paris Airports' achievements in reducing CO2 emissions

06/12/2010

IP/10/1666 Brussels, 6 December 2010 European Commission Vice President Siim Kallas, responsible for transport, today commended Paris-Charles De Gaulle and Paris-Orly Airports for their carbon emissions reductions....

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New website to identify greener and more efficient vehicles

03/12/2010

IP/10/1654 Brussels, 3 December 2010 The European Commission will launch tomorrow an easy-to-use website to help public authorities and anyone who cares about the environment choose the cleanest and most energy-efficient vehicles available....

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Market support for clean and energy-efficient vehicles

03/12/2010

memo/10/645 Brussels, 3 December 2010 Clean and energy-efficient vehicles are essential if the European Union is to achieve its 2020 targets for improving energy efficiency, increasing the market share of renewable energy sources, and reducing CO2 emissions. ...

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Air transport: Single European Sky performance targets agreed; will lead to savings of more than one billion euro

03/12/2010

IP/10/1660 Brussels, 3 December 2010 The committee of experts from European Member States have today unanimously agreed the performance targets for the Single European Sky, presented by the European Commission in the areas of environment, capacity/delays, ...

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EU signs air transport agreement with Georgia for integration into the European common aviation market

03/12/2010

IP/10/1658 Brussels, 3 December 2010 The European Union and Georgia have signed yesterday in the margins of the EU Transport Council a comprehensive air services agreement which will open up and integrate the respective markets, strengthen cooperation ...

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Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Switzerland sign agreement towards the Single European Sky

02/12/2010

IP/10/1648 Brussels, 2 December 2010 Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Switzerland have today signed an agreement to create the "Functional Airspace Block –Europe Central" (FABEC), a key step in achieving the Single European Sky. ...

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A European action plan to strengthen air cargo security

02/12/2010

IP/10/1651 Brussels, 2 December 2010 Vice-President Siim Kallas and Commissioner Cecilia Malmström present today at the Transport Council and Home Affairs Council, as agreed with the Belgian Presidency, a European action plan to strengthen air cargo security. ...

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Road Safety – Cross border enforcement

02/12/2010

MEMO/10/642 Brussels, 2 December 2010 1. What exactly does cross-border enforcement mean? Pursuing and sanctioning traffic offences committed with a car that is registered in another Member State than the Member State where the offence has taken place. ...

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Road safety: EU crackdown on drivers committing traffic offences abroad

02/12/2010

IP/10/1646 Brussels, 2 December 2010 Drivers will be punished for traffic offences they commit abroad, including the four "big killers" causing 75% of road fatalities - speeding, breaking traffic lights, failure to use seatbelts and drink driving - following ...

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More rights for passengers travelling by bus and coach

01/12/2010

IP/10/1639 Brussels, 1 December 2010 The Commission welcomes today's agreement reached by the European Parliament and Council, after a successful conciliation procedure, on the rights of passengers travelling by bus and coach....

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Transport Council: Ministers consider cross-border traffic offences, air cargo security and progress towards a European rail traffic management system

01/12/2010

MEMO/10/635 Brussels, 1 December 2010 Transport Council The Transport Council will start at 10:00 on Thursday 2 December with ministers due to consider key proposals, including an agreement on cross-border enforcement for traffic offences committed abroad ...

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Road safety: EU crackdown on drivers committing traffic offences abroad

01/12/2010

MEMO/10/634 Brussels, 1 December 2010 Drivers look set to be punished for traffic offences they commit abroad, including the four "big killers" causing 75% of road fatalities – speeding, running red lights, failure to use seatbelts and drink driving – ...

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The EU action plan on air cargo security

29/11/2010

MEMO/10/625 Brussels, 29 November 2010 Vice-President Siim Kallas, meeting with the high-level group on air cargo security, today set out a series of recommentations on the EU's response to the 30 October security alert, when viable explosive devices ...

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Vice-President Kallas visits Poland to discuss transport priorities for upcoming presidency

25/11/2010

IP/10/1601 Brussels, 25 November European Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas is visiting Poland today and tomorrow to discuss transport issues in the run up the Polish presidency of the European Union in the second half of 2011....

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New rights for passengers travelling by water

25/11/2010

IP/10/1603 Brussels, 25 November 2010 The European Parliament and the Council have given their signature to a regulation that will enable passengers travelling by sea and by inland waterways to enjoy the same rights wherever they travel in the European ...

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Medicinal products for animals: Commission refers France to the Court of Justice for disregarding rules on the authorisation of two veterinary medicinal products.

24/11/2010

IP/10/1591 Brussels, 24 November 2010 The European Commission has today referred France to the European Court of Justice for not complying with EU law on harmonised authorisation procedures for veterinary medicinal products....

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Rail transport: Commission welcomes improvements to national legislation in Austria, France and Portugal; reduces scope of infringements

24/11/2010

IP/10/1592 Brussels, 24 November 2010 The European Commission has today welcomed the improvements made by Austria, France and Portugal to their national rail legislation, and therefore reduced the scope of the infringement cases against them....

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Commission updates EU list of banned air carriers

23/11/2010

IP/10/1545 Brussels, 23 November The European Commission has adopted the sixteenth update of the list of airlines banned in the European Union. All air carriers certified in Afghanistan and Mauritania Airways are banned....

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Vice-President Kallas welcomes progress on enhanced cooperation between EU and Russia in transport

19/11/2010

IP/10/1532 Brussels, 19 November 2010 Vice-President Siim Kallas, currently visiting Moscow, has welcomed the progress made with Russia on cooperation in the fields of aviation, shipping, rail, road safety and transport security....

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Competition: EU Commission and US Department of Transportation publish joint report on transatlantic alliances

16/11/2010

IP/10/1511 Brussels, 16 November 2010 The European Commission and the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) have published the main findings of a joint research project aimed at deepening their understanding of transatlantic air services....

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AIR CARGO SECURITY

05/11/2010

MEMO/10/545 Brussels, 5th November 2010 Ten EU airports are among the 20 top cargo hubs in the world. The security rules applied in the EU to cargo and mail thus have a considerable global security and economic impact....

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Land transport: Commission takes Austria and Ireland to Court for failure to implement EU rules on dangerous goods

28/10/2010

IP/10/1422 Brussels, 28 October 2010 The European Commission has decided today to refer Austria and Ireland to the EU's Court of Justice over their failure to fulfil their obligations to implement Directive 2008/68/EC on the inland transport of dangerous ...

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Maritime safety: Commission proposes updated mandate of the European Maritime Safety Agency

28/10/2010

IP/10/1446 Brussels, 28 October 2010 The European Commission adopted today a proposal modifying the mandate of the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) to enable it to deal with new challenges in an ever-changing world....

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Air transport: Commission launches infringement procedures against France, Germany, Austria and Finland over agreements with Russia on Siberian overflights

28/10/2010

IP/10/1425 Brussels, 28 October 2010 The European Commission has today launched infringement procedures against France, Germany, Austria and Finland over their bilateral air service agreements with Russia, which inter alia include provisions concerning ...

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Air transport: Commission asks Hungary to ensure fair access to ground handling at Budapest airport

28/10/2010

IP/10/1424 Brussels, 28 October 2010 The European Commission has requested Hungary to ensure fair access for providers of ground handling at Budapest Airport. The Commission considers that Hungary is failing to fulfill its obligations under Directive ...

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Transport: Commission reviews funding for 92 major Trans-European Networks infrastructure projects

27/10/2010

IP/10/1391 Brussels, 27 October 2010 European Commission Vice President Siim Kallas today published the first ever mid term review of 92 priority Trans-European Networks infrastructure projects, co-financed by the Commission under the TEN-T programme ...

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Siim KALLAS Vice-President of the Commission, responsible for Transport Speech on Mid-term review of the 2007-2013 TEN-T Multi-Annual Work Programme Project Portfolio at the European Parliamen

27/10/2010

SPEECH/10/599 Chair, Honourable Members, I would like to present the mid-term review that has been carried out on all multi-annual projects that are co funded by the TEN-T budget. The TEN-T Coordinators contributed directly to this mid-term review and ...

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MID-TERM REVIEW of the 2007-2013 TEN-T Multi-Annual Programme Project Portfolio

27/10/2010

MEMO/10/526 Brussels, 27 October 2010 1. What is the TEN-T policy and programme? A well-running transport infrastructure is essential to maintaining the European Union's competitiveness and wealth. Its 27 Member States currently have five million km of ...

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Transport Commissioner congratulates Brussels Airport for carbon achievement commitments

26/10/2010

IP/10/1384 Brussels, 26 October 2010 European Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas, responsible for transport, today commended Brussels Airport for its commitment to reducing future carbon emissions. At a ceremony held in the departure hall of the airport, ...

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Vice-President Kallas to attend summit on how to improve competitiveness of European aviation industry

26/10/2010

IP/10/1385 Brussels, 26 October 2010 European Commission Vice President Siim Kallas will today and tomorrow attend an aviation summit dedicated to the competitive challenges facing the European aviation industry....

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New Aviation Platform to address challenges for the European aviation sector

20/10/2010

IP/10/1354 Brussels, 20 October 2010 European Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas, responsible for of transport, today met top-level representatives of the European aviation sector to discuss future challenges for aviation in Europe at the first-ever ...

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New European legislation to boost rail freight

20/10/2010

IP/10/1356 Brussels, 20 October 2010 Rail freight in Europe will be given a boost thanks to new European Union rules designed to foster the development of a high-quality rail infrastructure management at international level....

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Commission welcomes the breakthrough in the east tube of the Gotthard base tunnel and congratulates Switzerland

15/10/2010

IP/10/1339 Brussels, 15 October 2010 Vice-President Siim Kallas, responsible for transport, commented: "Switzerland deserves praise for making an outstanding effort to deliver its share on time. When completed, the Gotthard base tunnel will form part ...

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EU to negotiate an ambitious air transport agreement with Brazil

15/10/2010

IP/10/1342 Brussels, 15 October 2010 The European Commission has today been granted a mandate by European Union transport ministers to open negotiations on an ambitious air transport agreement with Brazil....

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Road charging: Heavy lorries to pay for costs of air and noise pollution

15/10/2010

IP/10/1341 Brussels, 15 October 2010 EU Ministers have today voted in favour of new EU rules to allow Member States to charge heavy lorries, not only for the costs of the infrastructure which is currently the case, but also to levy an additional charge ...

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Better road safety: European Road Safety Days 2010

13/10/2010

IP/10/1322 Brussels, 13October2010 For the third time, European Road Safety Days are being held on 13 and 14October2010 in Brussels. On this occasion the European Commission is organising, in cooperation with the Belgian Presidency, a conference which ...

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Review of the Directive on charging Heavy Goods Vehicles – "Eurovignette Directive"- Questions and Answers

13/10/2010

MEMO/10/489 Brussels, 13 October 2010 What is the Directive on charging heavy goods vehicles that the Commission proposed to revise? The "Eurovignette" Directive on charging heavy goods vehicles for the use of infrastructure was originally adopted in ...

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Breakthrough in Climate Change talks at UN Aviation Body

09/10/2010

MEMO/10/482 Brussels, 9 0ctober 2010 At the end of difficult negotiations during the 37th session of the Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the 190 contracting states of the International Aviation Body were able to strike ...

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Progress update – International Civil Aviation Organization 37th session

08/10/2010

MEMO/10/480 Brussels, 8 October 2010 What is ICAO? Founded in 1944, ICAO (the International Civil Aviation Organization) is a United Nations specialised agency which acts as the global forum for civil aviation....

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EU and Vietnam sign off on a deal that will boost air transport

04/10/2010

IP/10/1282 Brussels, 4 October 2010 An aviation agreement has been signed today by the European Union and the Vietnamese authorities which will remove nationality restrictions in the bilateral air services agreements between EU Member States and Vietnam. ...

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Air Transport: Commission requests Bulgaria to ensure fair access to ground handling market at Sofia airport

30/09/2010

IP/10/1258 Brussels, 30 September 2010 The European Commission has requested Bulgaria to ensure fair access for providers of ground handling at Sofia airport. The Commission considers that Bulgaria is failing to fulfil its obligations under Directive ...

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Road transport: Commission requests Italy and Luxembourg to apply EU road safety and social standards

30/09/2010

IP/10/1262 Brussels, 30 September 2010 The European Commission has decided to request Italy to implement a Directive on the control of driving times and rest periods (2009/4/EC). The Commission has also requested both Italy and Luxembourg to notify the ...

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Maritime transport: Commission requests Italy to ensure that port dues are not discriminatory

30/09/2010

IP/10/1260 Brussels, 30 September 2010 The European Commission has decided to request Italy to amend its rules to ensure that port dues applied are no higher for ships sailing to or from non-Italian ports than for ships sailing to or from Italian ports. ...

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Commission welcomes European Parliament vote endorsing new rules for investigation and prevention of air accidents

21/09/2010

IP/10/1147 Brussels, 21 September 2010 The European Commission welcomes today's vote supporting a new regulation on investigation and prevention of accidents in civil aviation which paves the way to a first reading agreement between Parliament and Council. ...

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Siim KALLAS Vice-President of the Commission, responsible for transport European railways in 2050 InnoTrans (International Trade Fair for Transport Technology) Berlin, 21st September 2010

21/09/2010

SPEECH/10/466 Europe faces challenges of global competition. To compete successfully in the future, all sectors of the economy must contribute. Railways play an essential part in responding to global competition....

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Commission sets out measures to improve rail services

17/09/2010

IP/10/1139 Brussels, 17 September 2010 The European Commission today adopted a proposal to provide better rail services for passenger and freight users by: increasing competition on the railway market; strengthening the power of national regulators; and ...

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Frequently asked questions on the proposals to recast the first railway package

17/09/2010

MEMO/10/421 Brussels, 17 September 2010 1. What was the first railway package? The first railway package consists of three directives (2001/12/EC, 2001/13/EC and 2001/14/EC) which were substantially amended in 2004 (second package) and 2007 (third package). ...

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European Mobility Week 2010: 'Travel Smarter, Live Better'

15/09/2010

IP/10/1131 Brussels, 15 September 2010 From 16 to 22 September 2010, hundreds of towns and cities across Europe and beyond will take part in European Mobility Week, the biggest global event dedicated to sustainable urban travel....

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Informal Council Meeting to enhance waterborne transport role in the EU transport and logistic chain

15/09/2010

MEMO/10/412 Brussels, 15 September 2010 Vice-President of the Commission Siim Kallas, responsible for Mobility and Transport, will attend the Informal Transport Council meeting organised by the Belgian presidency in Antwerp on 15 and 16 September....

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Maritime safety: new EU rules to "name and shame" shipping companies with poor safety records

13/09/2010

IP/10/1115 Brussels, 13 September 2010 New rules to enhance and improve the safety performance of ships were adopted today by the European Commission. The rules will introduce, from January 1st 2011, a new online register to "to name and shame" shipping ...

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Maritime Safety: Commission prepares major improvement of technical inspections of ships in European ports

13/09/2010

MEMO/10/401 Brussels, 13 September 2010 What are the current rules of shipping inspection? It is the responsibility of Flag States (country exercising regulatory control over commercial vessel) to certify that vessels satisfy international safety requirements. ...

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Commission adds two Ghanaian airlines to the EU list of air carriers subject to an operating ban

02/09/2010

IP/10/1090 Brussels, 2nd September 2010 The European Commission has today updated the list of airlines banned in the European Union to impose an operating ban on one air carrier from Ghana and to place operating restrictions on another air carrier from ...

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Road Safety Programme 2011-2020: detailed measures

20/07/2010

MEMO/10/343 Brussels, 20 July 2010. The Commission has today adopted an ambitious Road Safety Programme which aims to cut road deaths in Europe in half in the next decade. The programme sets out a mix of initiatives, at European and national level, focussing ...

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Europeans call for more action on road safety in survey

20/07/2010

IP/10/971 Brussels, 20 July 2010. Europeans are calling on Member States to boost their efforts to improve road safety, according to a survey published by the European Commission today. Nine out of ten Europeans (94%) considered driving under the influence ...

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Road Safety: Commission outlines measures to halve road deaths by 2020

20/07/2010

IP/10/790 Brussels, 20 July 2010. The European Commission has today adopted challenging plans to reduce the number of road deaths on Europe's roads by half in the next 10 years. Initiatives proposed today in a set of European Road Safety Policy Orientations ...

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Commission welcomes European Parliament’s approval of new legislation lessening the administrative burden for the maritime sector

06/07/2010

IP/10/890 Strasbourg, 6 July 2010 The European Commission welcomes the European Parliament’s approval of the draft Directive intended to simplify and facilitate the administrative procedures for ships entering and leaving European ports....

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Commission welcomes European Parliament approval for maritime passenger rights

06/07/2010

IP/10/893 Strasbourg, 6 July 2010 The European Commission welcomes the European Parliament voting today in favour of a regulation on rights of passengers travelling by sea and by inland waterways. After air and rail, also transport by water will be covered ...

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Commission updates list of airlines banned from European airspace

06/07/2010

IP/10/892 Brussels, 6 July 2010 The European Commission has updated the list of airlines banned in the European Union to include one carrier from Surinam and to expand the operating restrictions on Iran Air....

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Commission welcomes European Parliament approval of new legal framework for Intelligent Transport Systems

06/07/2010

IP/10/891 Strasbourg, 6 July 2010 The European Commission welcomes the European Parliament voting in favour today of a new legal framework for Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). ITS can significantly contribute to a cleaner, safer and more efficient ...

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Transport: Commission launches campaign to inform passengers about their rights

29/06/2010

IP/10/852 Brussels, 29 June 2010 Transport: Commission launches campaign to inform passengers about their rights Passengers will enjoy easier access to information about their rights when travelling by rail or air thanks to a Europe-wide publicity campaign ...

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Passenger rights in exceptional situations

29/06/2010

MEMO/10/283 Brussels, 29 June 2010 Passenger rights in exceptional situations Introduction Air and rail passengers continue to enjoy protection even in exceptional circumstances such as the eruption of the Icelandic volcano in April 2010....

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Rail Passenger Rights

29/06/2010

MEMO/10/282 Brussels, 29 June 2010 Rail Passenger Rights Why were rail passenger rights introduced? The third railway package legislation of 2007 open ed the market for international passengers rail transport on 1 January 2010 1, and also - under the ...

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Air Passenger rights

29/06/2010

MEMO/10/281 Brussels, 29 June 2010 Air Passenger rights Awareness Campaign Why is the European Commission launching a campaign to raise awareness of passenger rights? Although the European Union has made great strides in recent years in establishing common ...

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EU law: Commission acts to ensure that European legislation is fully and properly implemented

24/06/2010

IP/10/798 Brussels, 24 June 2010 EU law: Commission acts to ensure that European legislation is fully and properly implemented In its monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission is pursuing legal action against 27 Member States ...

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Siim Kallas welcomes the signature of the Second Stage EU–US "Open Skies" agreement

24/06/2010

IP/10/818 Luxembourg, 24 June 2010 Siim Kallas welcomes the signature of the Second Stage EU–US "Open Skies" agreement Vice-President Kallas has today welcomed the adoption of the 'second stage' Open Skies aviation agreement with the United States....

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Airport services: infringement proceedings against Malta

24/06/2010

IP/10/813 Brussels, 24 June 2010 A irport services: infringement proceedings against Malta The European Commission has decided to ask the Maltese authorities to correctly apply the Directive on the opening-up of the groundhandling market....

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Rail services: Commission legal action against 13 Member States for failing to fully implement first railway package

24/06/2010

IP/10/807 Brussels, 24 June 2010 Rail services: Commission legal action against 13 Member States for failing to fully implement first railway package The European Commission has today decided to refer 13 Member States to the EU's Court of Justice for ...

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Transport Council – 24 June 2010

23/06/2010

MEMO/10/270 Brussels, 23.06.2010 Transport Council – 24 June 2010 The European Transport Council will meet in Luxembourg on 24 June. The main points on the agenda are the EU-2020 strategy, the European Commission's action plan on urban mobility, adoption ...

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Commission supports international campaign to reduce fatal accidents at level crossings

22/06/2010

IP/10/775 Brussels, 22 June 2010 Commission supports international campaign to reduce fatal accidents at level crossings The European Commission is backing the first ever international campaign dedicated to reducing the number of fatalities at level crossings, ...

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Commission and US agree to cooperate on civil aviation research and development

18/06/2010

IP/10/761 Brussels, 18 June 2010 Commission and US agree to cooperate on civil aviation research and development The European Commission and the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have officially concluded negotiations for the establishment of a ...

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Statement to the press: Parliament vote on working time for mobile road transport workers

16/06/2010

MEMO/10/262 Brussels, 16 June 2010 Statement to the press: Parliament vote on working time for mobile road transport workers Speaking this afternoon following the vote of the European Parliament on working time for mobile transport workers, European Commission ...

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Commission examines the use of security scanners at EU airports

15/06/2010

IP/10/740 Brussels, 15 June 2010 Commission examines the use of security scanners at EU airports The European Commission has issued today a communication assessing the use of security scanners at EU airports, at the request of the European Parliament ...

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Commission communication on the use of security scanners at European airports — questions and answers

15/06/2010

MEMO/10/261 Brussels, 15 June 2010 Commission communication on the use of security scanners at European airports — questions and answers The Commission has today adopted a communication on the use of security scanners at European airports....

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Commission appoints three new coordinators for the Trans-European Transport Network

08/06/2010

IP/10/700 Brussels, 8 June 2010 Commission appoints three new coordinators for the Trans-European Transport Network The European Commission has today appointed Pat Cox, Péter Balázs and Gilles Savary as new European coordinators for the Trans-European ...

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TEN-T Days in Zaragoza on 8 and 9 June 2010

08/06/2010

MEMO/10/241 Brussels, 8 June 2010 TEN-T Days in Zaragoza on 8 and 9 June 2010 What is TEN-T? A well-running transport infrastructure is essential to maintaining the European Union's competitiveness and wealth....

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Affordable hybrid cars, bus systems that get people out of cars, "intelligent" cargo and much more: Brussels showcase for smarter and greener transport innovation

08/06/2010

MEMO/10/239 Brussels, 8 th June 2010 Affordable hybrid cars, bus systems that get people out of cars, "intelligent" cargo and much more: Brussels showcase for smarter and greener transport innovation Some of the most innovative and exciting transport ...

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Creation of a secretariat for the Northern Dimension Partnership for Transport and Logistics

08/06/2010

IP/10/702 Brussels, 8 June 2010 Creation of a secretariat for the Northern Dimension Partnership for Transport and Logistics The eleven countries belonging to the Northern Dimension Partnership for Transport and Logistics (NDPTL) have today endorsed setting ...

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Key European transport projects given boost at TEN-T Days

08/06/2010

IP/10/701 Brussels, 8 June 2010 Key European transport projects given boost at TEN-T Days Three key European transport projects ranging from the Baltic countries to the Iberian Peninsula have today been given a boost by the signing of three Memorandums ...

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Conference to present the future of transport networks in Europe

07/06/2010

IP/10/697 Brussels, 7 June 2010 Conference to present the future of transport networks in Europe The European Commission will reveal how it aims to revamp its transport networks policy in response to the challenges of the 21st century at a conference ...

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Transport: Commission requires Denmark, Lithuania, Luxembourg and the Netherlands to ensure opening of their international passenger transport markets

03/06/2010

IP/10/666 Brussels, 3 June 2010 Transport: Commission requires Denmark, Lithuania, Luxembourg and the Netherlands to ensure opening of their international passenger transport markets The European Commission has today sent a reasoned opinion to Denmark, ...

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Transport: Commission questions Italy, Poland and Germany over implementation of technical standards and safety provisions on EU inland waterways

03/06/2010

IP/10/668 Brussels, 3 June 2010 Transport: Commission questions Italy, Poland and Germany over implementation of technical standards and safety provisions on EU inland waterways The European Commission has today sent reasoned opinions to Italy, Poland ...

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Transport: Commission sends a formal request to Ireland on port state control

03/06/2010

IP/10/667 Brussels, 3 June 2010 Transport: Commission sends a formal request to Ireland on port state control The European Commission has sent today a reasoned opinion to the Irish authorities for failing to properly implement the EU directive on port ...

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EU and Latin America agree to strengthen cooperation in civil aviation

25/05/2010

IP/10/608 Brussels, 25 May 2010. EU and Latin America agree to strengthen cooperation in civil aviation At a joint EU–Latin America Civil Aviation Summit held in Rio de Janeiro, Vice-President Siim Kallas, responsible for transport, today signed two "joint ...

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European measures to minimise disruption caused by volcanic ash

21/05/2010

IP/10/601 Brussels, 21 May 2010 European measures to minimise disruption caused by volcanic ash Guidelines issued today will help to minimise airspace closures in the event of volcanic ash reaching Europe without compromising safety standards....

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Vice-President Kallas leads high-level delegation to the EU–Latin America civil aviation summit

21/05/2010

IP/10/591 Brussels, 21 May 2010 Vice-President Kallas leads high-level delegation to the EU–Latin America civil aviation summit The EU–Latin America civil aviation summit will take place in Rio de Janeiro on 25 and 26 May 2010....

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€172 million in funding available for Trans-European Transport Network infrastructure projects

19/05/2010

IP/10/587 Brussels, 19 May 2010 €172 million in funding available for Trans-European Transport Network infrastructure projects The European Commission launched today three new calls for proposals, making an additional €172 million of the Trans-European ...

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European Commission proposes to open the aviation market with Brazil

06/05/2010

IP/10/546 Brussels, 6 May 2010 European Commission proposes to open the aviation market with Brazil The European Commission has proposed to open negotiations on a comprehensive aviation agreement with Brazil, which is by far the largest air transport ...

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Maritime safety: Commission sends a reasoned opinion to Malta on port state control

05/05/2010

IP/10/512 Brussels, 5 May 2010 Maritime safety: Commission sends a reasoned opinion to Malta on port state control The European Commission sent today a reasoned opinion to the Maltese authorities for failure to implement properly the EU directive on port ...

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Air transport: Commission requires Austria to ensure implementation of safety checks for aircraft using its airports

05/05/2010

IP/10/508 Brussels, 5 May 2010 Air transport: Commission requires Austria to ensure implementation of safety checks for aircraft using its airports The European Commission today sent a reasoned opinion to Austria for failure to transpose EU rules on safety ...

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Transport of dangerous goods: Commission sends reasoned opinions to five Member States

05/05/2010

IP/10/510 Brussels, 5 May 2010 Transport of dangerous goods: Commission sends reasoned opinions to five Member States The European Commission has decided today to send reasoned opinions to Finland, Greece, Ireland, Austria and the United Kingdom for failure ...

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Rail transport: Commission warns Bulgaria over lack of implementation of the 'first rail package'

05/05/2010

IP/10/509 Brussels, 5 May 2010 Rail transport: Commission warns Bulgaria over lack of implementation of the 'first rail package' The European Commission has sent a reasoned opinion to Bulgaria today regarding its failure to properly implement the 'first ...

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Emergency calls: Commission welcomes growing Member State endorsement for eCall in-car system

04/05/2010

IP/10/488 Brussels, 4 May 2010 Emergency calls: Commission welcomes growing Member State endorsement for eCall in-car system The European Commission has welcomed five more Member States endorsing the eCall in-car emergency system....

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Background note on the Extraordinary Transport Council, 4 May

04/05/2010

MEMO/10/162 Brussels, 4 May 2010 Background note on the Extraordinary Transport Council, 4 May Today, EU transport ministers were able to agree on a single EU immediate response to the ash cloud crisis: this is a strong message given to the air transport ...

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Extraordinary Transport Council: Transport Ministers meet to agree response to volcanic ash cloud crisis

03/05/2010

MEMO/10/161 Brussels, May 3 2010 Extraordinary Transport Council: Transport Ministers meet to agree response to volcanic ash cloud crisis European Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas, responsible for transport, will present on Tuesday 4 May, to an extraordinary ...

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Transport: EU updates aviation security rules to simplify and improve procedures

29/04/2010

IP/10/479 Brussels, 29 April 2010 Transport: EU updates aviation security rules to simplify and improve procedures New measures to streamline and simplify the EU framework for aviation security, first put in place in 2002 after the September 11 attacks, ...

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Volcanic ash cloud crisis: Commission outlines response to tackle the impact on air transport

27/04/2010

MEMO/10/152 Brussels, 27 April 2010 Volcanic ash cloud crisis: Commission outlines response to tackle the impact on air transport European Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas, responsible for transport, today presented to the College a preliminary assessment ...

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Mr. László ANDOR EU Commissioner responsible for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion European Economic and Social Committee Brussels, 27 April 2010

27/04/2010

SPEECH/10/186 Mr. László ANDOR EU Commissioner responsible for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion "What future for transport? Beyond challenges, towards a shared vision of mobility" Figures and graphics available in PDF and WORD PROCESSED European ...

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Stranded passengers in the EU: special derogations to be applied for short stay Visa holders and passengers in transit

20/04/2010

MEMO/10/141 Brussels, 19 April 2010 Stranded passengers in the EU: special derogations to be applied for short stay Visa holders and passengers in transit The closure of the European airspace since 15 April 2010 has meant that journeys of a number of ...

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Volcanic Ash Crisis: Frequently Asked Questions

20/04/2010

MEMO/10/143 Brussels, 20 April 2010 Volcanic Ash Crisis: Frequently Asked Questions The purpose of this memo is to respond to the most frequently asked questions concerning the current volcanic ash crisis, notably in relation to the Commission's role ...

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Statement by Vice-President Siim Kallas following the extraordinary meeting of transport ministers on 19 April 2010

20/04/2010

MEMO/10/142 Brussels, 19 April 2010 Statement by Vice-President Siim Kallas following the extraordinary meeting of transport ministers on 19 April 2010 Ladies and Gentlemen, I am pleased to be able to report back to you on the outcome of the meeting of ...

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Press statement by Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas, responsible for transport

19/04/2010

MEMO/10/136 Brussels, 19 April 2010 Press statement by Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas, responsible for transport Over the last two days, the European Commission, with the assistance of Eurocontrol, has been co-ordinating a series of intensive meetings ...

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Volcanic ash cloud: President Barroso launches European Commission action to address economic consequences

18/04/2010

IP/10/440 Brussels, 18 April 2010 Volcanic ash cloud: President Barroso launches European Commission action to address economic consequences European Commission President Barroso today decided to set up an ad-hoc group to assess the impact of the situation ...

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Air travel: volcanic ash cloud - EU passenger rights continue to apply

15/04/2010

MEMO/10/131 Brussels, 15 April 2010 Air travel: volcanic ash cloud - EU passenger rights continue to apply Speaking today following the closure of airspace and airports in more than 8 EU counties including Ireland, UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, ...

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Commission updates the list of airlines banned from the European airspace

30/03/2010

IP/10/388 Brussels, 30 March 2010 Commission updates the list of airlines banned from the European airspace The European Commission has adopted today the thirteenth update of the Community’s list of airlines banned in the European Union to include all ...

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Questions and answers on the list of air carriers subject to an operating ban in the EU

30/03/2010

MEMO/10/112 Brussels, 30 March 2010 Questions and answers on the list of air carriers subject to an operating ban in the EU The Commission adopted on 11 January 2010 a report on the application of Regulation No 2111/2005 which sets out in detail how the ...

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Commission takes important step towards optimising the use of European airspace

25/03/2010

IP/10/363 Brussels, 25 March 2010 Commission takes important step towards optimising the use of European airspace Today, the European Commission adopted rules on how to manage the flow of air traffic in order to optimise available capacity in the use ...

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FAQs ON THE SECOND STAGE EU-US "OPEN SKIES" AGREEMENT AND EXISTING FIRST STAGE AIR SERVICES AGREEMENT

25/03/2010

MEMO/10/103 Brussels, 25 March 2010 FAQs ON THE SECOND STAGE EU-US "OPEN SKIES" AGREEMENT AND EXISTING FIRST STAGE AIR SERVICES AGREEMENT On 25 March, after eight rounds of negotiations, negotiators reached tentative agreement on a 'second stage' air ...

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Breakthrough in EU–US second-stage Open Skies negotiations: Vice-President Kallas welcomes draft agreement

25/03/2010

IP/10/371 Brussels, 25 March 2010 Breakthrough in EU–US second-stage Open Skies negotiations: Vice-President Kallas welcomes draft agreement Siim Kallas, European Commission Vice-President responsible for Transport, welcomed as "a major step forwards", ...

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EU and Turkey initial civil aviation agreement

25/03/2010

IP/10/369 Brussels, 25 March 2010 EU and Turkey initial civil aviation agreement The European Union and the Turkish authorities have today initialled an aviation agreement which will remove nationality restrictions in the bilateral air services agreements ...

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Poland fully opens up its 'airside' ground handling market in response to Commission action

18/03/2010

IP/10/294Brussels, 18 March 2010Poland fully opens up its 'airside' ground handling market in response to Commission actionPoland has adopted new legislation providing for the full opening-up of its 'airside' ground handling market....

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EESC calls for a green and competitive transport sector

18/03/2010

Figures and graphics available in PDF and WORD PROCESSED CES/10/3418 March 2010EESC calls for a green and competitive transport sectorEuropean transport policy needs to face the challenge of maintaining the sector's competitiveness whilst curbing emissions ...

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Air Transport: Commission requires the Czech Republic and Greece to ensure implementation of safety checks of aircraft using their airports

18/03/2010

IP/10/309Brussels, 18 March 2010Air Transport: Commission requires the Czech Republic and Greece to ensure implementation of safety checks of aircraft using their airports The European Commission has today sent a reasoned opinion to the Czech Republic ...

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Air Transport: Commission sends a formal request to Germany to ensure fair access for service providers to ground handling markets at major airports

18/03/2010

IP/10/308Brussels, 18 March 2010Air Transport: Commission sends a formal request to Germany to ensure fair access for service providers to ground handling markets at major airportsThe European Commission has today sent a formal request to the German authorities ...

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EU-JORDAN: a common Aviation Area to be gradually implemented

17/03/2010

IP/10/292 Brussels, 17 March 2010 EU-JORDAN: a common Aviation Area to be gradually implemented Delegations from the European Union and the Kingdom of Jordan have initialled today in Amman a comprehensive aviation agreement....

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Companies are invited to apply for Marco Polo funding to fight road congestion and make freight transport greener

15/03/2010

IP/10/278Brussels, 15 March 2010 Companies are invited to apply for Marco Polo funding to fight road congestion and make freight transport greenerThe European Commission has published the fourth call for proposals for the creation and upgrade of freight ...

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The Commission urges the Member States to ensure measures to prevent maritime piracy are applied

11/03/2010

IP/10/267 Brussels, 11 March 2010 The Commission urges the Member States to ensure measures to prevent maritime piracy are applied The European Commission today adopted a recommendation addressed to the Member States to ensure the effective application ...

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Air safety: New EU rules to strengthen air accident investigations

10/03/2010

MEMO/10/73 Brussels, 10 March 2010 Air safety: New EU rules to strengthen air accident investigations New EU rules to strengthen the effectiveness of air accident investigations across Europe will be presented, for the first time, by Siim Kallas, Vice-President ...

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Negotiations on a second stage EU–US "Open Skies" agreement and existing first stage air services agreement — Frequently asked questions

10/03/2010

MEMO/10/74 Brussels, 10 March 2010 Negotiations on a second stage EU–US "Open Skies" agreement and existing first stage air services agreement — Frequently asked questions European Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas, responsible for Transport, will ...

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Georgia to gradually integrate into the European common aviation market

05/03/2010

IP/10/239 Brussels, 5 March 2010 Georgia to gradually integrate into the European common aviation market Georgia and the European Union have initialled a comprehensive air services agreement at a meeting in Tbilisi, Georgia, today which will open up and ...

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EU strengthens the European Neighbourhood Policy with increased funding for the period 2011-2013

02/03/2010

IP/10/221 Brussels, 2 March 2010 EU strengthens the European Neighbourhood Policy with increased funding for the period 2011-2013 Over EUR 5,7 billion will be allocated in the next three years to reinforce political cooperation and promote economic integration ...

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Single European Sky: Europeans commit to a greener, safer and more performant aviation in the Madrid Declaration

26/02/2010

IP/10/199 Brussels, 26 February2010 Single European Sky: Europeans commit to a greener, safer and more performant aviation in the Madrid Declaration In a high-level Conference held in Madrid yesterday and today under the auspices of the European Commission ...

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Siim Kallas on the use of body scanning technology pdf - 14 KB [14 KB]

10/02/2010

Vice-President Siim Kallas addresses the European Parliament on the use of body scanning technology in airport security.

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Transport: Vice-President Siim Kallas addresses the European Parliament on the use of body scanning technology in airport security

10/02/2010

IP/10/150 Brussels, 10 February 2010 Transport: Vice-President Siim Kallas addresses the European Parliament on the use of body scanning technology in airport security Vice-President Siim Kallas, EU Commissioner for transport, today addressed the European ...

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Commission launches a one-stop helpdesk for motorways of the sea

10/02/2010

IP/10/147 Brussels, 10 February 2010 Commission launches a one-stop helpdesk for motorways of the sea The European Commission launches today a one-stop helpdesk on funding possibilities for "motorways of the sea" projects under the Trans-European Network ...

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EU aviation security and passenger screening technologies – frequently asked questions

10/02/2010

MEMO/10/34 Brussels, 10 February 2010 EU aviation security and passenger screening technologies – frequently asked questions 1. What are the current EU rules on aviation security? Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, the EU established a common ...

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