Press releases

Vice-President Siim Kallas welcomes the outcome of the Transport Council

12/12/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 12 December 2011 - The EU's Council of Transport ministers met today in Brussels under the Polish Presidency. The European Commission was represented by Vice-President Siim Kallas, responsible for transport ...

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Transport Council – 12 December 2011

09/12/2011

MEMO/11/890 Brussels, 9 December 2011 The EU's Council of transport ministers will meet in Brussels on Monday 12 December under the Polish Presidency. From the European Commission, Vice-President Siim Kallas, responsible for transport and mobility, will ...

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Transport: public vote on electronic journey planners now open

05/12/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 05 December 2011 - European citizens have been invited today to start voting for their favourite multimodal journey planner as part of the first European Mobility Challenge launched by the Vice-President Siim ...

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Siim Kallas Vice-President and Commissioner for Transport Challenges ahead for a sustainable transport in Europe Speech at the Joint EESC-EC Conference on the White Paper on Transport Eco...

05/12/2011

SPEECH/11/845 Ladies and gentlemen, I am happy to be here today at this joint conference organised by the European Economic and Social Committee and the European Commission to talk about the future of European transport and the challenges ahead....

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Smart mobility challenge – questions and answers

05/12/2011

MEMO/11/867 Brussels, 5 December 2011 European citizens have been invited today to start voting for their favourite multimodal journey planner as part of the first European Mobility Challenge launched by the Vice-President Siim Kallas, Commissioner for ...

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"Better Airports" Package Launched

01/12/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 1 December 2011 - The European Commission today announced a comprehensive package of measures to help increase the capacity of Europe's airports, reduce delays and improve the quality of services offered to ...

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Europe's Airports 2030: Challenges Ahead

01/12/2011

MEMO/11/857 Brussels, 1 December 2011 The 10 key facts and figures Airports matter - almost 800 million passengers used EU airports in 2010, a third of the world market, almost three times more than when air traffic was liberalised in the early nineties. ...

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Air transport: Commission welcomes agreement on Siberian overflights

01/12/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 01 December 2011 - The European Commission and the Russian government have agreed to modernise the system of Siberian overflight payments. From 1January 2014, any charges EU airlines have to pay for flying ...

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TEN-T Days 2011: Decision makers meet to discuss how infrastructure investment can get the economy moving

29/11/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 29 November 2011 - Decision makers and business leaders will meet in Antwerp, Belgium, today and tomorrow (29 and 30 November) as part of the TEN-T Days 2011 to discuss how the European Union's funding of ...

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Europe this week 25 November 2011

25/11/2011

25 November 2011 Europe this week Table of content: Nuclear Safety "Stress tests" paving the way for safe and secure power plants in Europe Aviation Towards a European sky without national borders Nuclear Safety "Stress tests" paving the way for safe ...

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Single European Sky progress reports

25/11/2011

MEMO/11/831 Brussels, 25 November 2011 Section 1: Report on implementation of the Single European Sky legislation — "Time to deliver" The European Commission has today warned that Member States and stakeholders will need to do more to ensure the Single ...

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Aviation safety: new EU-wide licences to make flying safer

25/11/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 25 November 2011 - The European Commission has published today a regulation harmonising qualification and medical requirements for pilots. This regulation will enable pilots holding a licence issued in one ...

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Aviation: Progress reports show key targets for European air traffic management "at risk"

25/11/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 25 November 2011 - Progress reports published today on the Single European Sky – far-reaching proposals to put in place a pan-European air traffic management system by 2030 – "set alarm bells ringing....

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Road safety: young people meet in Brussels to discuss how to tackle road deaths

24/11/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 24 November 2011 - Young delegates from across the European Union meet in Brussels today and tomorrow (24 and 25 November, Charlemagne building) to come up with ways to reduce the number and severity of traffic ...

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

24/11/2011

MEMO/11/824 Brussels, 24 November 2011 BUDGET EMPLOYMENT ENERGY ENTREPRISE ENVIRONMENT HOME AFFAIRS DIGITAL AGENDA JUSTICE INTERNAL MARKET TRANSPORT HEALTH & CONSUMERS TAX & CUSTOMS AT 1429 1410 1411 BE 1417 1429 1424 BG 1437 1429 CY 1431 1429 1432 1442 ...

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Rail: Commission refers Germany to Court of Justice over railway safety

24/11/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 24 November 2011 - The European Commission has decided to refer Germany to the European Union’s Court of Justice for failing to implement the last amendment to the Railway Safety directive....

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Maritime safety: Commission requests Italy to comply with new safety rules for passenger ships

24/11/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 24 November 2011 - The European Commission has today asked Italy to adopt national legislation implementing the new European safety rules and standards for passenger ships....

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Maritime safety: Commission sends reasoned opinion to four Member States

24/11/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 24 November 2011 – The European Commission today sent reasoned opinions to Austria, Greece, Poland and the United Kingdom for their failure to communicate what measures they were taking to transpose Directive2009/18/EC ...

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Air transport: Commission requests Austria, Germany, Italy and Luxembourg to comply with rules on airport charges

24/11/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 24 November 2011 - The European Commission has today requested Austria, Germany, Italy and Luxembourg to adopt national legislation to implement EU rules to ensure that airport charges are transparent and ...

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Transport: Commission asks Greece to act on dangerous goods

24/11/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 24 November 2011 - The European Commission has today asked Greece to adopt national legislation on the inland transport of dangerous goods in accordance with their obligations under European Union law....

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Road transport: Commission asks Finland to act on road infrastructure safety

24/11/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 24 November 2011 - The European Commission has today asked Finland to finalise their procedures for managing the safety of the trans-European road network in accordance with their obligations under European ...

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Transport: Commission requests the Netherlands and Cyprus to adopt measures on driving licences

24/11/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 24 November 2011 - The European Commission has today asked the Netherlands and Cyprus to adapt their respective legislation on driving licences so as to ensure that EU rules can be applicable as of January ...

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Air transport: Commission refers Poland to the Court of Justice over air traffic rights

24/11/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 24 November 2011 - The European Commission has decided to refer Poland to the European Union’s Court of Justice for failing to adopt transparent and non-discriminatory procedures for allocating air traffic ...

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Rail: Commission asks the Czech Republic to act on rail safety

24/11/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 24 November 2011 - The European Commission has today asked the Czech Republic formally to fully implement the last amendment to the Railway Safety Directive so as to ensure interoperability of rail in the ...

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Transport: Commission asks Finland to ensure the promotion of green vehicles

24/11/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 24 November 2011 - The European Commission has asked Finland for information on how it has transposed a European directive on promoting clean and energy-efficient road transport vehicles....

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Transport safety: Commission asks Italy to adopt rules on transportable pressure equipment

24/11/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 24 November 2011 - The European Commission has today asked Italy to adopt national legislation on transportable pressure equipment in accordance with its obligations under European Union law....

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Rail transport: Commission refers Germany to the Court of Justice over interoperability

24/11/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 24 November 2011 - The European Commission has decided to refer Germany to the European Court of Justice for failure to implement common rules on achieving interoperability of European railways....

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Aviation: Commission updates the EU list of air carriers subject to an operating ban

21/11/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 21 November 2011 - The European Commission has adopted today the eighteenth update of the list of airlines banned in the European Union. Close and intense cooperation with the aviation authorities of two countries ...

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Aviation security: Commission adopts new rules on the use of security scanners at European airports

14/11/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 14 November 2011 -The European Commission has adopted today a proposal for an European Union legal framework on security scanners. This legislation allows airports and Member States that wish to use security ...

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Transport: Commission requests Hungary to adopt measures on driving licences

27/10/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 27 October 2011 - The European Commission has today asked Hungary to adopt national legislation on driving licences in accordance with its obligations under European Union law....

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

27/10/2011

MEMO/11/739 Brussels, 27 October 2011 BUDGET EMPLOYMENT ENTERPRISE ENVIRONMENT HOME AFFAIRS DIGITAL AGENDA JUSTICE INTERNAL MARKET TRANSPORT HEALTH & CONSUMERS TAX & CUSTOMS AT 1246 1283 BE 1264 1282 1252 BG 1276 CY 1277 CZ 1245 DE 1247 1248 1283 DK 1264 ...

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EU and Sri Lanka ink deal to boost air transport

27/10/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 27 October 2011 - The European Commission and Sri Lanka initialled today in Colombo an aviation agreement which will restore a sound legal basis for developing future aviation relations between Sri Lanka and ...

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Transport: Commission requests Portugal to comply with rules on the charging of heavy goods vehicles

27/10/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 27 October 2011 - The European Commission has requested Portugal to take the necessary measures to comply with the directive on the charging of heavy goods vehicles for the use of certain infrastructure....

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Aviation: the Commission addresses a reasoned opinion to Belgium

27/10/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 27 October 2011 The European Commission has today adopted a reasoned opinion against Belgium which has not yet notified the unit rates of its airports' terminal charges for 2010 and 2011....

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Republic of Moldova to gradually integrate into the European common aviation market

26/10/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 26 October 2011 - The Republic of Moldova and the European Union have today initialled a comprehensive air services agreement at a meeting in Chisinau, the capital of the Republic of Moldova....

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EU and Eastern Partnership region move forward with transport cooperation

25/10/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 25 October 2011 - Following adoption of the Commission's communication on renewed approach to transport cooperation (see IP/11/844 ), Vice-President Siim Kallas met transport ministers of the EU Member States ...

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Helsinki urban transport receives EUR 250 million loan from EIB

21/10/2011

PRESS RELEASE BEI/11/156 21 October 2011 A five-year programme to raise capacity, modernise equipment and improve passenger comfort and environmental standards in Helsinki’s metro and express bus networks will be part-financed by the European Investment ...

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Connecting Europe Facility: Commission adopts plan for €50 billion boost to European networks

19/10/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 19 October 2011 - The European Commission has today tabled a plan which will fund €50 billion worth of investment to improve Europe's transport, energy and digital networks....

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Connecting Europe: The new EU core transport network

19/10/2011

MEMO/11/706 Brussels, October 19, 2011 The Commission has today adopted a proposal to transform the existing patchwork of European roads, railways, airports and canals into a unified transport network (TEN-T)....

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EU–Russia aviation summit: a way forward for more business growth and stronger cooperation

12/10/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 12 October 2011 - The EU–Russia aviation summit, taking place in St. Petersburg today and tomorrow, aims to enhance political, technical and industrial co-operation between Russia and the EU in the aviation ...

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EU–Russia aviation summit: 12-13 October, 2011

12/10/2011

MEMO/11/695 Brussels, 12 October, 2011 EU–Russia aviation summit: 12-13October, 2011 The EU–Russia aviation summit is jointly organised by the European Commission and the Russian Ministry of Transport (see IP/11/1177 )....

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Rail transport: Commission launches infringement proceedings against France and the UK over Channel tunnel

29/09/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 29 September 2011 - The European Commission has launched infringement proceedings against France and the United Kingdom over their failure to implement legislation to open the market for rail services in the ...

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Road transport: Commission requests Italy to introduce a risk rating system for road transport companies

29/09/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 29 September 2011 - The European Commission has requested Italy to take the necessary measures to introduce a risk rating system for road transport undertakings....

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Transport: Commission proposes updated EU rules on training of seafarers

14/09/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 14 September 2011 - 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....

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Transport: European Commission to bring forward new package of measures for ports in 2013

08/09/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 8 September 2011 - 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 ...

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Maritime: Task Force on maritime employment and competitiveness delivers report Brussels

20/07/2011

European Commission - Press release 20 July 2011 - The Task Force on maritime employment and competitiveness set up by Vice-President Kallas has today delivered its report containing recommendations for possible future measures for the shipping industry. ...

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Road transport: new tachograph rules will save companies more than €500 million per year

19/07/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 19 July 2011 - The European Commission has proposed to revise the tachograph legislation to make full use of new technological opportunities such as satellite positioning....

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FAQ on the proposal to modify Council Regulation (EEC) No 3821/85 on tachographs

19/07/2011

MEMO/11/523 Brussels, July 19, 2011 What is a digital tachograph? Professional drivers and vehicles involved in carrying goods or passengers must respect maximum driving time and minimum rest periods to reduce accumulated fatigue and accidents and to ...

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Commission proposes to cut sulphur dioxide emissions from shipping by 90 %

15/07/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 15 July 2011 - Better air quality is on the way, thanks to proposals from the European Commission to lower the sulphur content of shipping fuels. The proposals should reduce sulphur dioxide emissions by up ...

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Commission welcomes the International Maritime Organization agreement to tackle CO2 emissions

15/07/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 15 July 2011 - The European Commission congratulates the International Maritime Organization and its Member States on this first and major achievement on a technical measure to limit CO2 emissions from international ...

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Questions and Answers on the Commission proposal on sulphur emissions from maritime transport

15/07/2011

MEMO/11/512 Brussels, 15 July 2011 Why is the Commission proposing to change the legislation on marine fuels? There are three main reasons for the proposed changes. First of all, emissions of sulphur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen (NOx) from maritime transport ...

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Commission launches new Neighbourhood Transport Action Plan

07/07/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 07 July 2011 - The European Commission today published a new Neighbourhood Transport Action Plan to strengthen transport links with neighbouring regions to the East and South of of the EU....

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Siim Kallas Vice-President of the European Commission EU Neighbourhood Transport Action Plan Press conference - EU Neighbourhood Transport Action Plan Brussels, 7 July, 2011

07/07/2011

SPEECH/11/511 Freedom of movement is something we all tend to take for granted in Europe – but it shouldn't stop at the borders. Recent history in the countries to the south of us and the east of us reminds us that ease of travel is not a given....

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The Lyon-Turin new railway link – The Commission reiterates its full support for the project

07/07/2011

MEMO/11/492 Brussels, 7 July 2011 Following the beginning of the works at the Maddalena exploratory tunnel and the meeting of the French–Italian intergovernmental conference in Rome on 6 July, the Commission remains committed to support France and Italy ...

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EU Neighbourhood Transport Plan

07/07/2011

MEMO/11/488 Brussels, 7 July 2011 What are the key actions proposed by the Commission? To achieve closer transport market integration with the neighbouring countries, the Commission today published a new EU Neighbourhood Transport Action Plan setting ...

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Consumers: European Consumer Centres' Air Passenger Rights Day 2011

07/07/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 7July 2011 – Holiday didn't go as planned? Flight cancelled? Lost luggage? Help is at hand. The European Consumer Centres Network (ECC-Net) offer citizens free advice about their rights when travelling and ...

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Road safety: EU crackdown on drivers committing traffic offences abroad

06/07/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 06 July 2011 - 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 ...

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Road safety: EU road fatalities fall by 11% in 2010

05/07/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 05 July 2011 - The European Commission has today published new statistics showing that EU road fatalities decreased by 11% in 2010. However, country by country statistics (see table below), show that the number ...

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Road safety: EU crackdown on drivers committing traffic offences abroad

05/07/2011

MEMO/11/483 Brussels, 5 July 2011 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 – under ...

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EU and Indonesia sign deal that will boost air transport

30/06/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 30 June 2011 - The EU and the Republic of Indonesia signed on 29 June 2011 in Brussels an aviation agreement which will restore a sound legal basis for developing future aviation relations between Indonesia ...

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Reducing greenhouse gases from ships: time is ticking away

28/06/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 28 June 2011 - European Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas and Climate Action Commissioner Connie Hedegaard are meeting today with the shipping industry, Member States and the European Parliament to discuss ...

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Transport: EU to join international rail organisation

23/06/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 23 June 2011 - The European Union will join its first international organisation for transport after signing an agreement on the accession by the EU to the Convention concerning International Carriage by Rail ...

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Aviation: Transport Commissioner calls for closer collaboration on technology

21/06/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 21 June 2011 - Siim Kallas, Vice-president of the European Commission, has called for stronger collaboration on technology in order to unlock the full benefits of having a Single European Sky....

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Commission requests eight Member States to implement railway interoperability Directives

16/06/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 16 June 2011 - The European Commission has formally requested eight Member States to fully implement the railway interoperability Directive of 2008 ( 2008/57/EC ) and its 2009 amendment....

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Transport: New rules to establish a more competitive rail market

16/06/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 16 June 2011 - Siim Kallas welcomed the agreement today by transport ministers on new EU rules setting out how competition on the rail market must work in practice by: ensuring fair access to rail infrastructure ...

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Irish air travel tax: Commission welcomes overhaul of discriminatory charges; closes infringement case

16/06/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 16 June2011 - The European Commission has welcomed Ireland's decision to remove the discriminatory aspects of its air travel tax, levied on air passenger travel....

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Commission requests 10 Member States to comply with green vehicle procurement rules

16/06/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 16 June 2011 - The European Commission has requested Austria, Bulgaria, Estonia, Greece, Ireland, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Slovakia, Sweden and the United Kingdom to implement a Directive on promoting clean and ...

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Maritime security: the Commission calls on Sweden to apply correctly measures to improve port security

16/06/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 16 June 2011 - The European Commission has sent Sweden a formal request asking it to apply correctly the EU Directive on improving port security, and in particular to initiate assessments and develop port ...

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Maritime Safety: Commission requests nine Member States to comply with EU vessel traffic monitoring and information system regime

16/06/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 16 June 2011 - The European Commission has requested Belgium, Estonia, France, Hungary, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Finland and the United Kingdom to adopt national legislation to implement EU rules setting ...

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Transport: New rules to establish a more competitive rail market

15/06/2011

MEMO/11/404 Brussels, 15 June 2011 New EU rules to create a more transparent and competitive rail market will be put to Transport Ministers for agreement at their meeting in Luxembourg this Thursday (16th June 2011)....

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Transport Council: Ministers consider railway recast, EMSA and Transport White Paper

15/06/2011

MEMO/11/407 Luxembourg, 15 June 2011 European Ministers will consider during a Transport Council in Luxembourg on 16 June key proposals from the Commission, including a Directive to foster a single European railway area and, a Regulation to expand the ...

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

07/06/2011

European Commission - Press release EU Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas welcomed the vote by European Parliament today, giving its final approval to proposals for new EU rules to allow Member States to charge heavy lorries, not only for the costs of ...

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Transport commissioner launches challenge for journey planner for Europe

06/06/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 31 May 2011 - European Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas is challenging industry to come up with a truly European journey planner that includes all countries and transport modes....

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Smart mobility challenge - key questions and answers

06/06/2011

MEMO/11/377 Brussels, 6 June 2011 Brussels, 31 May 2011 - What is the smart mobility challenge of Vice-President Kallas? Journey planners are not new. They exist on a national and regional level across Europe....

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

06/06/2011

MEMO/11/378 Brussels, 6 June 2011 Member States look set to be able to charge heavy lorries, not only for the costs of infrastructure which is currently the case, but also to levy an additional charge to cover the costs of air and noise pollution, following ...

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Airports: Up to 28 million additional passengers could travel each year with more efficient use of European airport slots

30/05/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 30 May 2011 - By 2025 more than €5 billion in economic benefits could be gained by reviewing European rules on allocating slots for landing and takeoff at the European Union's busiest airports, according to ...

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VP Kallas to outline how electric cars will bring about a transport revolution

26/05/2011

IP/11/650 Brussels, May 26 2011 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....

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Statement to the press by Vice-President Kallas on Grimsvötn volcanic ash

24/05/2011

MEMO/11/335 Brussels, 24 May 2011 After one year, Europe is faced with a volcano again. But this time things are different. - The volcano is different; - The ash is different; - The weather is different; - And most importantly, the European response is ...

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Volcanic ash — Grimsvötn eruption

23/05/2011

MEMO/11/331 Brussels, 23 May 2011 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....

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Siim Kallas Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for mobility and transport  Challenges for maritime transport European Maritime Day, Gdansk 19 May 2011

19/05/2011

SPEECH/11/356 Siim Kallas Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for mobility and transport Challenges for maritime transport European Maritime Day, Gdansk 19 May 2011 Ladies and Gentlemen, It is a great pleasure to be here with you in ...

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

19/05/2011

memo/11/312 Brussels, 19 May 2011 AGRI EMPL ENER ENTR ENV INFSO MARKT MOVE SANCO TAXUD Austria 585 587 Belgium 602 612 587 589 607 608 Bulgaria 587 Cyprus 597 589 Czech Republic 591 Estonia 589 France 610 595 596 587 589 601 603 Germany 598 585 Greece ...

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Commission asks nine Member States to implement the directive aimed at improving safety of European railways

19/05/2011

IP/11/616 Brussels, 19 May 2011 The European Commission has sent a reasoned opinion to nine Member States formally requesting them to fully implement the railway safety directive. Austria, Germany, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, ...

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Maritime safety: Commission requests seven Member States to comply with new EU port state control regime

19/05/2011

IP/11/589 Brussels, 19 May 2011 The European Commission has today asked Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, France, Poland, Portugal and the United Kingdom to adopt national legislation to implement the new port state control regime to comply with European Union ...

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Airport services: infringement proceeding against Portugal

19/05/2011

IP/11/588 Brussels, 19 May 2011 The European Commission has decided to request the correct application by the Portuguese authorities of the Directive on the opening-up of the groundhandling market in Portuguese airports....

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Road infrastructure safety: Commission requests action from eleven Member States

19/05/2011

IP/11/587 Brussels, 19 May 2011 The European Commission has today asked Belgium, Bulgaria, Ireland, Greece, France, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Austria, Poland, Slovenia and Slovakia to set up appropriate procedures for improving the safety of the trans-European ...

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Air transport: Commission launches infringement procedure against Romania over agreement with Russia on equal treatment of EU airlines

19/05/2011

IP/11/586 Brussels, 19 May 2011 The European Commission has today launched an infringement procedure against Romania over its bilateral air service agreement with Russia, by sending it a formal request for information known as a "letter of formal notice". ...

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A European Maritime Day that Puts People First

17/05/2011

IP/11/577 Brussels, 17 May 2011 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, Gdańsk (Poland) will host the 4th edition of the European ...

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Transport: Commission to push for pan European passenger rail ticketing

05/05/2011

IP/11/534 Brussels, 5 May 2011 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....

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Facilitating the exchange of rail data – Frequently asked questions

05/05/2011

MEMO/11/276 Brussels, 5 May 2011 The European Commission has adopted today a regulation on standards in the field of telematics applications for rail passenger services. These standards, known to the rail sector as "technical specifications for interoperability" ...

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Austria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovak Republic and Slovenia sign agreement towards the Single European Sky

05/05/2011

IP/11/541 Brussels, 5 May 2011 Austria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovak Republic and Slovenia sign agreement towards the Single European Sky Austria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovak Republic ...

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Commission signs Memorandum of Cooperation with the International Civil Aviation Organisation

04/05/2011

IP/11/540 Brussels, 4 May 2011 European Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas has signed today, together with the Hungarian State Secretary for Infrastructure Pál Völner, a Memorandum of Cooperation providing a framework for enhanced cooperation with ...

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Ground breaking agreement on civil aviation safety between the EU and the US enters into force

01/05/2011

IP/11/516 Brussels, 1 May 2011 Today the agreement on Cooperation in the Regulation of Civil Aviation Safety between the European Union and the United States enters into force, which will boost safety and create opportunities for businesses....

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Commission advises that the lifting of 'duty-free' liquid restrictions be deferred

29/04/2011

MEMO/11/262 Brussels, April 29 2011 Today, Vice-President of the Commission, Siim Kallas, responsible for transport, is advising EU Member States to defer for a limited period the removal of restrictions on the carriage of duty free liquids in hand luggage, ...

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Commission updates the EU list of air carriers subject to an operating ban

19/04/2011

IP/11/490 Brussels, 19 April 2011 The European Commission has adopted today the 17th update of the list of airlines banned in the European Union. Some airlines – including four all-cargo air carriers from Indonesia and one air carrier from Ukraine – have ...

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Green light for Brenner Base Tunnel

18/04/2011

IP/11/483 Brussels, 18 April 2011 Vice-President Siim Kallas, responsible for transport, and European Coordinator Pat Cox attended today a ceremony in Innsbruck to launch the works on the Brenner Base Tunnel....

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Volcanic ash disruption: one year on and crisis preparedness

12/04/2011

MEMO/11/235 Brussels, 12 April 2011 One year after the Eyjafjallajökull eruption in April 2010, a wide range of follow up measures have been taken – as agreed by ministers at the Transport Council of May 4 2010 on the basis of proposals by the Commission ...

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Transport: Commission sets out next steps to strengthen the enforcement of air passenger rights

11/04/2011

IP/11/457 Brussels, 11 April 2011 European Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas today announced a series of measures to clarify and strengthen the enforcement of passenger rights legislation, so consumers can more effectively access their rights and ...

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Passenger rights – Main findings and next steps

11/04/2011

MEMO/11/232 Brussels, April 11, 2011 The European Commission today announced a series of measures to clarify and strengthen the enforcement of passenger rights across Europe. European Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas, responsible for Transport, announced ...

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Air transport: Commission launches infringement procedures against two Member States over agreements with Russia on equal treatment of EU airlines and Siberian overflights

06/04/2011

IP/11/424 Brussels, 6 April 2011 The European Commission has today launched infringement procedures against Bulgaria and the Czech Republic over their bilateral air service agreements with Russia, sending each of these Member States a formal request for ...

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

06/04/2011

memo/11/220 Brussels, 6 April 2011 Infringement package: overview of press releases CLIMA EMPL ENER ENV HOME INFSO JUST MARKT MOVE TAXUD Austria 433 431 Belgium 419 434 435 438 421 422 423 425 427 Bulgaria 424 Cyprus 440 415 416 426 Czech Republic 424 ...

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Driving licences: Commission requests seven Member States to comply with new EU measures on fitness to drive

06/04/2011

IP/11/431 Brussels, 6 April 2011 The European Commission has today asked Italy, Austria, Portugal, Finland, Denmark, Poland and Slovenia to adopt national legislation updating requirements for physical and mental fitness to drive in accordance with their ...

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Kallas calls on Member States to work together on travel information

31/03/2011

IP/11/393 Brussels, 31 March 2011 The European Commission has encouraged Member States to work together to make it possible for passengers to buy a single ticket for a journey in Europe regardless of the countries or transport modes involved....

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Future of aviation: "Flightpath 2050" report presented by Commissioner Siim Kallas at the 2011 Aerodays in Madrid

30/03/2011

IP/11/376 Brussels, 30 March 2011 Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas, responsible for transport, will present at this year’s Aeronautical Days on 30 March 2011 in Madrid a new long-term vision prepared by a high-level group on aviation and aeronautics ...

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Commission makes €24.2 million available to the development of electromobility in Europe

30/03/2011

IP/11/381 Brussels, 30 March 2011 The European Commission will support a cross-European electromobility initiative, Green eMotion, worth €41.8 million, in partnership with forty two partners from the industries, utilities, electric car manufacturers, ...

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Transport 2050: Commission outlines ambitious plan to increase mobility and reduce emissions

28/03/2011

IP/11/372 Brussels, 28 March 2011 The European Commission today adopted a comprehensive strategy (Transport 2050) for a competitive transport system that will increase mobility, remove major barriers in key areas and fuel growth and employment....

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Transport 2050: The major challenges, the key measures

28/03/2011

MEMO/11/197 Brussels, 28 March 2011 Why it matters Transport is fundamental to our economy and society. Mobility is vital for growth and job creation. The transport industry directly employs around 10 million people and accounts for about 5% of gross ...

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Majority of Europeans embrace green travel

24/03/2011

IP/11/360 Brussels, 24 March 2011 Most Europeans are willing to compromise on the price and the features of their car in order to reduce harmful emissions, a new survey has revealed. A Eurobarometer survey conducted in all 27 European Union Member States ...

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Transport: VP Kallas welcomes European Railway Agency opinion to pave the way for more competition for Passenger Trains in the Channel Tunnel

21/03/2011

IP/11/333 Brussels, 21 March 2011 Commenting on the opinion of European Railway Agency issued today on Safety Requirements for Passenger trains in the Channel Tunnel, European Commission Vice President Siim Kallas, responsible for Transport, said: "This ...

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Breakthrough in EU-Brazil negotiations on far-reaching aviation agreement

18/03/2011

IP/11/327 Brussels, 18 March 2011 Vice-President Siim Kallas, in charge of transport, announced today a breakthrough in the EU-Brazil negotiations on an ambitious aviation agreement. Negotiators from the EU and Brazil have initialled a comprehensive agreement ...

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Rail safety: Commission asks Austria, Estonia, Germany and the UK to transpose EU rules on rail safety indicators

14/03/2011

IP/11/296 Brussels, 14 March 2011 The European Commission has asked Austria, Estonia, Germany, and the United Kingdom to notify their national implementing measures regarding Common Safety Indicators for railways....

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Air transport: Infringements concerning bilateral aviation agreements with Russia

14/03/2011

MEMO/11/167 Brussels, 14 mars 2011 The European Commission has launched infringement procedures against several Member States (see IP/10/1425, IP/11/74, IP/11/186, IP/11/298 ) and is actively assessing the compliance with EU law of the remaining Member ...

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The Commission orders eight Member States to implement the Directive aimed at ensuring better occupational mobility for train drivers

14/03/2011

IP/11/299 Brussels, 14March2011 The European Commission has formally requested eight Member States to transpose the Directive on the certification of train drivers into national law. With Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, ...

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Air transport: Commission launches infringement procedures against six Member States over agreements with Russia on equal treatment of EU airlines and Siberian overflights

14/03/2011

IP/11/298 Brussels, 14 March 2011 The European Commission has today launched infringement procedures against Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Lithuania, Malta and Slovenia over their bilateral air service agreements with Russia, sending each of these Member ...

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Air transport: Commission requests Cyprus to adopt a national civil aviation security programme

14/03/2011

IP/11/297 Brussels, 14 March 2011 The European Commission today requested Cyprus to adopt the updated version of their national civil aviation security programme which has remained unchanged since 2004 despite new changes introduced by European Union ...

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Commission welcomes support from the Aviation Platform for long-term strategy for research and innovation in aviation

10/03/2011

IP/11/279 Brussels, 10 March 2011 The European Commission has today welcomed the Aviation Platform's support for "Vision 2050", a long-term strategy for research and innovation in aviation" which is being developed by a group of European top-level representatives ...

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Single European Sky accelerates following announcement of key implementation measures

04/03/2011

IP/11/260 Budapest, 4 March 2011 Key measures to implement the Single European Sky (SES) have today been announced at a high-level conference in Budapest organised by the Hungarian Presidency and the European Commission....

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Commission launches consultation on "Europe 2020 Project Bonds" to fund infrastructure

28/02/2011

IP/11/236 Brussels, 28 February 2011 The European Commission today launches a public consultation on the "Europe 2020 Project Bond Initiative" which aims at boosting the funding of projects with long-term revenue potential in line with the Europe 2020 ...

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Air transport: Another major step toward the establishment of the European Single Sky

25/02/2011

IP/11/227 Brussels, 25 February2011 The European Commission has today adopted rules to harmonise information between all the actors involved in creating the Single European Sky (SES). Member States decided to put an end to the fragmentation of Europe's ...

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EU grants €170 million to vital infrastructure projects across Europe

21/02/2011

IP/11/209 Brussels, 21 February 2011 The European Commission today announced the projects selected to receive a total of €170 million of trans-European transport network (TEN-T) funds to build and upgrade vital transport infrastructure across the European ...

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Projects selected under 2010 call for proposals – Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T)

21/02/2011

MEMO/11/101 Brussels, 21 February 2011 List of abbreviations AP = Annual Programme MAP = Multi-Annual Programme ATM/FAB = Air Traffic Management/Functional Airspace Blocks MoS = Motorways of the Sea PP = Priority Project RIS = River Information Services ...

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Air transport: Commission launches infringement procedures against six Member States over agreements with Russia on equal treatment of EU airlines and Siberian overflights

16/02/2011

IP/11/186 Brussels, 16 February 2011 The European Commission has today launched infringement procedures against Cyprus, Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia and Spain over their bilateral air service agreements with Russia, sending each of these Member ...

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Air transport: Infringements concerning bilateral aviation agreements with Russia

16/02/2011

MEMO/11/88 Brussels, 16 February 2011 The European Commission has launched infringement procedures against several Member States (see IP/10/1425, IP/11/74, IP/11/186 ) and is actively assessing the compliance with EU law of the remaining Member States' ...

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

16/02/2011

memo/11/86 Brussels, 16 February 2011 Infringement package : overview of press releases EMPL ENV JUST MARKT MOVE SANCO TAXUD Austria IP/11/163 IP/11/191 Belgium IP/11/165 IP/11/172 IP/11/159 Cyprus IP/11/182 IP/11/186 Czech Republic IP/11/163 France IP/11/160 ...

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Air transport: Commission refers Malta to the Court of Justice over airport groundhandling services at Malta-Luqa airport

16/02/2011

IP/11/188 Brussels, 16 February 2011 The European Commission has decided today to refer Malta to the European Court of Justice for incorrect application of the rules on airport groundhandling. The Commission is concerned that incorrect application of ...

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Air transport: Commission requests Poland to apply security standards at airports

16/02/2011

IP/11/187 Brussels, 16 February 2011 The European Commission has today requested Poland to fully apply European Union legislation on aviation security. The Commission is concerned that Poland is not applying the common standards of security at certain ...

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Commission welcomes European Parliament approval for bus and coach passenger rights

15/02/2011

IP/11/155 Strasbourg, 15 February 2011 The European Commission welcomes the European Parliament voting today in favour of a regulation on rights of passengers travelling by bus and coach after difficult negotiations....

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EU research and innovation funding: Commission consults on radical changes to create more growth and jobs

09/02/2011

IP/11/138 Brussels, February 9, 2011 The European Commission today launches a consultation on major improvements to EU research and innovation funding to make participation easier, increase scientific and economic impact and improve value for money....

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EU Transport Ministers discuss the future of the Trans-European Transport Network

08/02/2011

IP/11/137 Brussels, 8 February 2011 On 8 February 2011, the transport ministers of the 27 Member States, European Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas and Chairman of the TRAN Committee of European Parliament Brian Simpson held a policy debate on the ...

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Commission poised to push for success at International Maritime Organization CO2 talks

03/02/2011

IP/11/126 Brussels, 3 February 2011 After meeting with a group of high-level experts, European Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas, responsible for transport, and Commissioner Connie Hedegaard, responsible for climate action, said: "We are convinced ...

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Vice-President Siim Kallas presents road safety awards

01/02/2011

IP/11/118 Brussels, 1 February 2011 At the Excellence in Road Safety Awards ceremony held today in Brussels, Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for transport, presented awards to seven organisations which have undertaken ...

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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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