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Air transport: Infringements concerning bilateral aviation agreements with Russia

27/01/2011

MEMO 11/46 Brussels, 27 January 2011 The European Commission has launched infringement procedures against several Member States and is actively assessing the compliance with EU law of the remaining Member States' bilateral aviation agreements with Russia. The Commission is concerned that these agreements may hinder competition, breach EU rules on freedom of establishment, and provide a basis for Siberian overflight charges which may be illegal. This memo provides further background information on bilateral air service agreements and the infringement cases.

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Air transport: Commission launches infringement procedures against seven Member States over agreements with Russia on Siberian overflights

27/01/2011

IP/11/74 Brussels, 27 January 2011 The European Commission has today launched infringement procedures against Belgium, Denmark, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Sweden and the UK over their bilateral air service agreements with Russia, sending each of these Member States a formal request for information known as a 'letter of formal notice'. The Commission is concerned that the agreements may hinder competition between European airlines and provide the basis for Siberian overflight charges that may be illegal under EU anti-trust rules. Similar letters of formal notice were already sent in October 2010 to Austria, Finland, France and Germany ...

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Air transport: Commission requests Poland to establish procedures for allocating air traffic rights

27/01/2011

IP/11/73  Brussels, 27 January 2011 The European Commission has today requested Poland to establish transparent and non-discriminatory procedures for allocating air traffic rights between Poland and non-EU countries in accordance with its obligations under EU law. As a result airlines from other EU Member States may be excluded from flying on routes between Poland and non-EU countries. The request takes the form of a reasoned opinion under EU infringement procedures. If the Polish authorities fail to inform the Commission within two months of measures taken to ensure compliance with EU law in this respect, the Commission could refer the case to the EU Court of Justice.

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Rail safety: Commission requests Belgium to ensure full independence of authorities

27/01/2011

IP/11/72  Brussels, 27 January 2011 The European Commission has requested Belgium to ensure that the rail safety authority and the accident investigation body are fully independent from any railway undertaking, in accordance with its obligations under EU law. The Railway Safety Directive requires rail safety and accident investigation authorities to be fully independent so that they can function in a totally objective and impartial manner and so best protect the safety of rail passengers and personnel. The Commission's request takes the form of a reasoned opinion under EU infringement procedures. If the Belgian authorities fail to inform the Commission within two months of measures taken to ensure full compliance with the Railway Safety Directive in this respect, the Commission could refer the case to the EU Court of Justice.

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Expert group report: Alternative fuels could replace fossil fuels in Europe by 2050

25/01/2011

IP/11/61 Brussels, 25 January 2011 Alternative fuels have the potential to gradually replace fossil energy sources and make transport sustainable by 2050, according to a report presented to the European Commission today by the stakeholder expert group ...

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Alternative fuels for transport

25/01/2011

IP/11/41 Brussels, 25 January 2011 Transport has been the sector most resilient to efforts to reduce CO2 emissions due to its strong dependence on fossil energy sources and its steady growth despite the considerable efficiency gains that have already ...

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Air transport: Vice President Kallas convenes European airports to draw the lessons from air travel disruption due to snow

19/01/2011

IP/11/44 Brussels, 19 January 2011 Siim Kallas, European Commission Vice President in charge of transport, met today in Brussels with CEO's from major European airports to discuss how to prevent the problems that occurred at airports last month due to ...

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Statement by Vice President Kallas on snow disruption across Europe

19/01/2011

MEMO/11/28 Brussels, 19 January 2011 Statement further to the meeting with airports (ACI Board Members) following Christmas snow disruption, by Vice President Siim Kallas. 35 000 scheduled flights were cancelled this December due to severe weather conditions. ...

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