Press releases

Road safety: Member States water down proposals for tougher vehicle testing rules to save lives

20/12/2012

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 20 December 2012 Key measures to strengthen road safety and save lives have been put at risk by an agreement by transport ministers meeting today in Brussels. Vehicle checks are fundamental to road safety.

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Transport: EU adopts ambitious external aviation policy

20/12/2012

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 20 December 2012 Today, EU transport ministers adopted a comprehensive set of Council conclusions which will lay down the framework for an ambitious EU external aviation policy for the coming years.

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Aviation: EU and Eurocontrol agree on stronger technical cooperation

20/12/2012

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 20 December 2012 The EU and the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation (EUROCONTROL) signed today in the margin of the Transport Council a high-level agreement. The agreement will provide a general framework for cooperation and will allow the Commission to make use of...

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Occurrence reporting in civil aviation

19/12/2012

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 19 December 2012 Above 820 million passengers were carried by air in 2011 in the European Union1. Air transport is one of the safest forms of travel. However, while the accident rate has remained more or less stable since 2004, the traffic is expected to almost...

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Transport and Telecommunications Council – 20 December 2012

19/12/2012

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 19 December 2012 The EU's Council of Ministers responsible for Transport and Telecommunications will meet in Brussels on Thursday 20 December under the Cypriot Presidency. From the European Commission, Vice-President Siim Kallas, responsible for transport and mobility, will present agenda items on Roadworthiness (General Approach), EU...

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Aviation: Commission proposes new rules to prevent aircraft accidents

19/12/2012

European Commission Press release Brussels, 19 December 2012 The European Commission proposed today new rules for the better protection of air passengers, aiming to achieve a decreased number of aircraft accidents and fatalities through better use of data on occurrences.

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Passenger rights: Europeans better protected when travelling by water

18/12/2012

European Commission Press release Brussels, 18 December 2012 By the end of the year new EU rules to better care for passengers when travelling by sea and inland waterway will be protected by a set of minimum rights anywhere within the European Union.

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Environment: New rules on cleaner fuels for shipping will deliver benefits for people's health

17/12/2012

European Commission Press release Brussels, 17 December 2012 New environmental rules on marine fuels, entering into force today, will substantially reduce air pollution and its impacts on human health. Air pollutants from maritime shipping are transported over long distances and as a result contribute increasingly to the air quality problems...

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Commission proposes a new framework for marine equipment

17/12/2012

European MEMO Brussels, 17 December 2012 Commission The European Commission has proposed a revision of the Directive on marine equipment, a sector fundamental for ship safety and in which the EU has been a world leader. With the newly proposed regime, the Commission aims at strengthening the implementation and enforcement...

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Transport: Commission reinforces safety for EU ships

17/12/2012

European Commission Press release Brussels, 17 December 2012 The European Commission today adopted a proposal for a new directive on marine equipment (the "MED"). Marine equipment represents a significant fraction of the value of a ship, and its quality and good operation are critical for the safety of the ship...

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Aviation: Kallas seeks pan-European cooperation on Single Sky

13/12/2012

European Commission Press release Brussels, 13 December 2012 European Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas called today on the 44 Director-Generals representatives of the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) for full engagement on the implementation of the Single European Sky, and for a positive cooperation between ECAC and the EU.

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Aviation: MEPs vote on "better airports" package

12/12/2012

European Commission Press release Brussels, 12 December 2012 The European Parliament voted today on proposed measures to help increase the capacity of Europe's airports, reduce delays and improve the quality of services offered to passengers.

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MEPs to vote on "Better Airports" Package Europe's Airports 2030: Challenges Ahead

06/12/2012

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 6 December 2012 The European Parliament will next week debate and vote on a comprehensive package of proposed measures to help increase the capacity of Europe's airports, reduce delays and improve the quality of services offered to passengers.

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Single European Sky: Member States fail to reach key deadline to achieve more efficient European airspace

04/12/2012

European Commission Press release Brussels, 4 December 2012 Many Member States are seriously lagging behind and not yet fully compliant with requirements to make nine Functional Airspace Blocks (FABs) fully operational, for the deadline of 4 December 2012.

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Single European Sky – Frequently Asked Questions

04/12/2012

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 4 December 2012 What is the problem? The liberalisation of the EU’s aviation market in 1993 made travel much more accessible and affordable and has stimulated growth in air services. Since then, traffic has increased by 54%.

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Aviation safety: Commission updates the European safety list of airlines

04/12/2012

European Commission Press release Brussels, 4 December 2012 The European Commission has adopted today the 20th update of the European list of air carriers which are subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union, better known as "the EU air safety list".

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Transport infrastructure: Commission releases over €1.2 billion to fund key TEN-T projects

29/11/2012

European Commission Press release Brussels, 29 November 2012 The European Commission has launched two Calls for Proposals under the 2012 Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) multi-annual and annual programmes, making €1.265 billion available to finance European transport infrastructure projects in all transport modes – air, rail, road, and maritime/inland waterways – plus...

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Transport: New portal on Trans-European Network with dynamic maps

28/11/2012

European Commission Press release Brussels, 28 November 2012 The European Commission is launching today a public portal allowing citizens and businesses to access up to date information on the advancement of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) through satellite-based dynamic maps, facts, figures and various audio-visual and interactive elements.

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November infringements package: main decisions

21/11/2012

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 21 November 2012 November November CLIMATE ACTION EMPLOYMENT ENERGY INDUSTRY & ENTREPRENEURSHIP ENVIRONMENT HOME AFFAIRS INTERNAL MARKET & SERVICES TRANSPORT HEALTH& CONSUMER POLICY TAXATION & CUSTOMS UNION AT 2 BE 1 1 2 BG 1 1 CY 2 CZ 1 1 DE 1 1 EL 3...

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Driving licences: Commission proposes reduced fine for Cyprus

21/11/2012

European Commission Press release Brussels, 21 November 2012 The European Commission decided today to amend its decision referring Cyprus to the European Court of Justice for not fully transposing the Directive on driving licences.

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Transport and Telecommunications Council – 29 October 2012

26/10/2012

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 26 October 2012 The EU's Council of transport ministers will meet in Luxembourg on Monday 29 October under the Presidency of Cyprus and will be chaired by Minister Florentzou. Vice-President Siim Kallas, responsible for transport and mobility, will represent the European Commission in the discussion on...

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October infringements package: main decisions

24/10/2012

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 24 October 2012 October October DIGITAL AGENDA EMPLOYEMENT ENERGY ENVIRONMENT JUSTICE TRANSPORT HEALTH& CONSUMER POLICY TAXATION& CUSTOMS BE X X X X BG X DK X X X EE X ES X FR X IT X X X LT X LU X X NL X PL...

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

24/10/2012

European Commission Press release Brussels, 24 October 2012 The European Commission has decided to refer Poland to the European Court of Justice for failure to notify national measures transposing Directive 2011/18/EU on railway interoperability. The deadline for implementation was 31 December 2011.

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Air transport: Commission refers Poland to the Court of Justice on airport charges

24/10/2012

European Commission Press release Brussels, 24 October 2012 The European Commission has decided to refer Poland to the European Court of Justice for failure to implement common rules on airport charges. The deadline for implementation was 15 March 2011.

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Single European Sky – Frequently Asked Questions

11/10/2012

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 11 October 2012 What is the problem? The liberalisation of the EU’s aviation market in 1993 made travel much more accessible and affordable and has stimulated growth in air services. Since then, traffic has increased by 54%.

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Single European Sky: 10 years on and still not delivering

11/10/2012

European Commission Press release Brussels, 11 October 2012 The Single European Sky, the flagship project to create a single European airspace – tripling capacity and halving air traffic costs – is "not delivering". Vice-President Siim Kallas, European Commissioner for transport, today announced his intention to present new legislative proposals in...

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Transport: New horizons for EU aviation

27/09/2012

European Commission Press release Brussels, 26 September 2012 Global aviation is changing dramatically and Europe has been harder hit by the recession than many other regions. The European Commission has today set out an ambitious package of proposals ...

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EU External Aviation Policy Package

27/09/2012

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 27 September 2012 European Aviation Aviation supports 5.1 million jobs and contributes €365 billion or 2.4% to European GDP 1 . It makes a vital contribution to economic growth, employment, tourism and people-to-people ...

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Ports: Reasoned opinion addressed to Spain for non-compliance with the EU Treaty of the regime organising the recruitment of port workers (dockers)

27/09/2012

European Commission Press release Brussels, 27 September 2012 The Commission has sent today a reasoned opinion to Spain for obliging cargo-handling companies in several Spanish ports to financially participate in the capital of private companies managing ...

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WTO Boeing case: EU requests to impose countermeasures against the US

27/09/2012

European Commission Press release Brussels, 27 September 2012 The European Union today asked the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body to allow the imposition of countermeasures against the United States in the "Boeing case"....

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Eurobarometer: 71% of Europeans in favour of more competition in national and regional rail

24/09/2012

European Commission Press release Brussels, 24 September 2012 71% of EU citizens support the opening of their national and regional rail systems to competition. The total support is above 60% in all but two Member States (Netherlands and Luxembourg)....

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Transport and Innovation: Commission pushes to accelerate development and market uptake of new transport technologies

18/09/2012

European Commission Press release Brussels, 18 September 2012 The European Commission launches today an initiative to coordinate and focus European research and innovation in transport. The aim is to speed up the deployment of new transport means and ...

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Research and innovation for Europe's future mobility

18/09/2012

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 18 September 2012 What's the issue? The EU's oil import bill was 210 billion euros in 2010 and oil prices will increase. Transport is to about 95% dependent on fossil fuels....

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Urban transport: time to move sustainably

17/09/2012

European Commission Press release Brussels, 17 September 2012 The future of mobility in our cities is being discussed today at a conference where Vice-President Siim Kallas will be joined by representatives from the European Parliament, the Committee ...

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The urban dimension of EU transport policy

17/09/2012

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 17 September 2012 The EU transport policy The Europe 2020 Strategy of 2010 highlighted the importance of an efficient and effective transport system for the future development of the European Union....

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Ten CIVITAS success stories

17/09/2012

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 17 September 2012 Since 2002, the CIVITAS Initiative has supported 59 cities implementing over 730 innovative measures for sustainable urban mobility. These include measures for: clean fuels and vehicles; collective ...

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Transport: EU grants almost €200 million to support key infrastructure projects

10/09/2012

European Commission Press release Brussels, 10 September 2012 The European Commission has selected 74 projects that will receive almost €200 million in EU co-financing from the trans-European transport network (TEN-T) programme to continue improving transport ...

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TEN-T 2011 Annual Call –Actions selected for funding MULTI-COUNTRY Actions selected for funding

10/09/2012

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 10 September 2012 TEN-T 2011 Annual Call –Actions selected for funding List of priorities Priority 1: Promote the development of an integrated and multi-modal transport system Priority 2a: Studies and preparation of ...

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Road transport: serious delays in establishing a pan-European road toll payment system

07/09/2012

European Commission Press release Brussels, 7 September 2012 The European Commission has warned that Member States will need to do more to ensure that the European Electronic Toll Service (EETS) deployment is on track....

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The European Electronic Toll Service (EETS) ensures interoperability of road toll systems — frequently asked questions

07/09/2012

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 7 September 2012 What is EETS? It can be summarised as "one vehicle, one contract, one on-board unit". EETS will enable road users to pay tolls throughout the European Union (EU) with one subscription contract with one ...

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4th European Road Safety Day: For more engagement of youth in road safety

25/07/2012

European Commission Press release Brussels, 25 July 2012 Road crashes are still the biggest cause of death and disability for young people, in both the world and Europe. 19% of road fatalities in the EU in 2010 affected young people aged between 18-25 ...

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Air traffic: Commission approves national performance plans to reduce costs and increase capacity in the provision of air traffic management services

19/07/2012

European Commission Press release Brussels, 19 July 2012 The European Commission has written to Member States concerning the performance plans to improve air traffic management under the period 2012-2014 of the Single European Sky Performance Scheme....

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What is the SES Performance Scheme?

19/07/2012

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 19 July 2012 ? The Single European Sky (SES) Performance Scheme aims at setting and implementing binding targets for Member States to deliver better air navigation services at lower costs....

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Transport: VP Kallas to discuss with ministers how to make intelligent transport systems a reality

16/07/2012

European Commission Press release Brussels, 16 July 2012 On 16 and 17 July 2012, the transport and telecommunications ministers will meet in an informal council in Nicosia to discuss how to optimise the use of information and communications technologies ...

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Road safety: Tougher vehicle testing rules to save lives

13/07/2012

European Commission Press release Brussels, 13 July 2012 Vehicle checks are fundamental to road safety. More than 5 people die on Europe's roads every day in accidents linked to technical failure. So today the European Commission has adopted new rules ...

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Road Safety: The Roadworthiness Package – Tougher vehicle checks to save lives

13/07/2012

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 13 July 2012 What is in the new Roadworthiness Package? There are three parts to the roadworthiness package: periodic roadworthiness tests; technical roadside inspections of commercial vehicles; and vehicle registration. ...

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Commission launches innovation partnership for Smart Cities and Communities

10/07/2012

European Commission Press release Brussels, 10 July 2012 One of the greatest challenges facing the EU is how best to design and adapt cities into smart intelligent and sustainable environments. Almost three quarters of Europeans live in cities, consuming ...

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Smart Cities and Communities Communication

10/07/2012

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 10 July 2012 What are "Smart Cities & Communities"? Smart and innovative cities make the best use of Europe's great capacity for research and innovation to improve the urban environment....

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Holiday season: useful tips for a worry-free summer

10/07/2012

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 10 July 2012 With the holiday season already starting and millions of Europeans intending on travelling within and outside the European Union, there are certain travel considerations that every European should be aware ...

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Passenger rights: new smartphone app to give you all your rights while travelling this summer

04/07/2012

European Commission Press release Brussels, 4 July 2012 Passengers stranded at airports or awaiting missing luggage may now use a smartphone application to check their rights immediately and on the spot....

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Background: Frequently asked questions on the recast of the first railway package

03/07/2012

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 3 July 2012 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 ...

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Transport: Vice President Kallas welcomes European Parliament final agreement on new rules to open competition in the rail market

03/07/2012

European Commission Press release Brussels, 3 July 2012 New EU rules to allow more competition on the rail market look set to come into force by the end of this year, following a final vote of approval in the European Parliament today....

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Air travel: on 4th July, European Consumer Centres to champion Air Passengers Rights at 28 airports across Europe

03/07/2012

European Commission Press release Brussels, 03 July 2012 As the holiday season begins, passengers leaving from European airports should be confident about their rights in case of flight delays, cancellation or lost luggage....

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Sustainable urban mobility: Commission campaign boosts support to fight congestion and pollution

03/07/2012

European Commission Press release Brussels, 3 July 2012 The European Commission’s Sustainable Urban Mobility campaign was launched today and represents a three-year initiative aiming to support sustainable urban mobility campaigners in 31 countries....

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Transport and logistics: Commission looks ahead with new High Level Group

29/06/2012

European Commission Press release Brussels, 29 June 2012 European Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas responsible for transport met today with top-level representatives of the European transport and logistics sector....

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

26/06/2012

European Commission Press release Brussels, 26 June 2012 In the framework of the EU-Moldova Cooperation Council, the Republic of Moldova and the European Union have today signed a comprehensive air services agreement which will make Moldova a full partner ...

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Road safety: Commission takes Finland to Court for failure to implement EU rules on safety of road infrastructure

21/06/2012

European Commission Press release Brussels, 21 June 2012 The European Commission decided today to refer Finland to the EU's Court of Justice for failure to implement a directive on road infrastructure safety management....

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Driving licences: Commission takes Cyprus to Court

21/06/2012

European Commission Press release Brussels, 21 June 2012 The European Commission decided today to refer Cyprus to the European Court of Justice for its failure to transpose a directive on driving licence....

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Transport of dangerous goods: Commission asks action from Belgium

21/06/2012

European Commission Press release Brussels, 21 June 2012 The European Commission has decided today to send a reasoned opinion to Belgium for failure to adopt national legislation on the inland transport of dangerous goods....

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Maritime Safety: Commission takes Poland to Court

21/06/2012

European Commission Press release Brussels, 21 June 2012 The European Commission has today decided to refer Poland to the EU Court of Justice for failing to communicate what measures were being taken to organise safety investigations after serious accidents ...

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Maritime safety: European Commission sends Reasoned Opinion to Finland on insurance of ship owners

21/06/2012

European Commission Press release Brussels, 21 June 2012 The Commission has addressed today a reasoned opinion to Finland for failure to communicate transposition measures on insurance of ship owners for maritime claims....

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Commission requests Italy to comply with EU rules on public service contracts for regional ferry services

21/06/2012

European Commission Press release Brussels, 21 June 2012 The Commission has called on Italy to comply with EU rules on public service contracts once they have expired thereby respecting the principle of non-discrimination among European ship owners....

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Ports: Commission asks Lithuania to abolish the priority right for leasing public port land

21/06/2012

European Commission Press release Brussels, 21 June 2012 The European Commission has sent today a reasoned opinion to Lithuania for maintaining a priority right for cargo-handling operators renewing their port land lease contract upon its expiry....

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Transportable pressure equipment: Commission sends a reasoned opinion to Luxembourg

21/06/2012

European Commission Press release Brussels, 21 June 2012 The European Commission has decided today to send a reasoned opinion to Luxembourg for failure to adopt national legislation transportable pressure equipment....

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

21/06/2012

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 21 June 2012 BUDG CNECT EMPL ENER ENTR ENVI HOME JUST MARKT MOVE SANCO TAXUD AT 652 653 646 BE 651 634 629 BG 654 672 CY 669 640 655 645 642 629 DE 648 646 647 DK 651 EE 630 EL 671 629 ES 649 663 629 FI 650 651 638 641 ...

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High Level Group report recommends gradual opening of EU road haulage market

20/06/2012

European Commission Press release Brussels, 20 June 2012 Gradual opening of domestic road transport markets should be considered as a key step towards completing the Single European Transport Area says a report handed over to Vice-President Kallas today. ...

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"Wise men" hand over report on situation of the EU road transport market

20/06/2012

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 20 June 2012 Gradual opening of domestic road transport markets to cabotage should be considered as a key step towards completing the Single European Transport Area says a report handed over to Vice-President Kallas ...

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Commission clarifies existing rules on cross-border use of longer trucks

15/06/2012

European Commission Press release Brussels, 15 June 2012 Vice-President Kallas, EU Commissioner responsible for Transport, has today provided the European Parliament and Council with an interpretation of the Directive on weights and dimensions of road ...

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Passenger rights: unfair refusals 'still a problem' for disabled air travellers says Commission

14/06/2012

European Commission Press release Brussels, 14 June 2012 Many disabled and reduced mobility air travellers still face problems of unjustified refusals, and other unfair demands when attempting to travel....

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Passenger rights: what passengers with reduced mobility need to know when travelling by air

14/06/2012

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 14 June 2012 The Commission has published guidelines clarifying the rights of disabled passengers and people with reduced mobility when they travel by air. The Guidelines are published before the 2012 Olympics – one ...

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Airport noise: Member States support revision of EU rules

07/06/2012

European Commission Press release Luxembourg, 7 June 2012 Siim Kallas, European Commission Vice-President in charge of transport, thanked the Danish Presidency for its energetic management of the Better Airports proposals, which has now seen agreement ...

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Connecting Europe Facility: Member States reach an agreement on building our future infrastructure

07/06/2012

European Commission Press release Luxembourg, 7 June 2012 Siim Kallas, European Commission Vice-President responsible for transport and mobility, welcomed the efforts of the Danish Presidency and the outcome of today's Transport Council reaching a partial ...

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Danube Strategy: Transport ministers to cooperate on navigability

07/06/2012

European Commission Press release Luxembourg, 7 June 2012 On the initiative of the Commission, the transport ministers of the riparian states of the Danube met for the first time today in Luxembourg and agreed on a declaration setting out a number of ...

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Transport: New rail link to Brussels Airport shows impact of EU TEN-T financing

06/06/2012

European Commission Press release Brussels, 6 June 2012 A new rail link connecting the Brussels Airport with the high-speed rail network to Paris/Amsterdam/London/Köln will be inaugurated tomorrow. The new link will allow high-speed trains to stop at ...

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Transport and Telecommunications Council – 7 and 8 June 2012

06/06/2012

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 6 June 2012 The EU's Council of transport ministers will meet in Luxembourg on Thursday 7 June under the Danish Presidency. From the European Commission, Vice-President Siim Kallas, responsible for transport and mobility, ...

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EU-US security agreement allows cheaper and faster air cargo operations

01/06/2012

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 1 June 2012 - The European Commission and the U.S. Transport Security Administration (TSA) have agreed to recognise each other's air cargo security regimes from 1 June 2012 on....

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Kallas seeks to boost Eurasia rail transport connections

01/06/2012

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 1 June 2012 - European Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas, responsible for transport, participated in the 7th rail business forum "Strategic Partnership 1520" in Sochi, Russia....

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Commission adopts working paper on transport security

31/05/2012

MEMO/12/395 Brussels, 31 May 2012 The Commission has adopted a staff working paper that brings forward ideas for developing transport security policy at EU level. In particular, it focuses attention on the deficit of EU policy relating to land transport ...

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Commission requests Germany, France, Poland and Portugal to transpose EU rules on harmonized rail systems

31/05/2012

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 31 May 2012 - The European Commission has today sent reasoned opinions to Germany, France, Poland and Portugal because of their failure to adopt national rules transposing the railway interoperability directive ...

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

31/05/2012

MEMO/12/387 Brussels, 31 May 2012 DIGITAL AGENDA EMPLOYMENT ENERGY ENTREPRISE ENVIRONMENT HOME AFFAIRS JUSTICE INTERNAL MARKET TRANSPORT TAXATION AT 533 BE 524 CY 527 DE 536 530 520 EL 537 534 ES 525 528 FI 531 FR 542 520 HU 539 IT 532 538 521 NL 524 ...

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VP Kallas seeks stronger EU-Turkey cooperation on transport

16/05/2012

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 16 May 2012 - The Commission Vice-President responsible for transport, Siim Kallas visited Ankara to enhance transport cooperation between the EU and Turkey....

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Antonio Tajani: Fostering economic ties with Mexico

14/05/2012

MEMO/12/326 Brussels, 14 May 2012 European Commission Vice President Antonio Tajani together with European CEOs from all main industrial sectors will visit the United Mexican States from 14 to 15 May. Following a similar visit to the United States, this ...

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Transport: Road charging plans must be fair to all drivers

14/05/2012

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 14 May 2012 - The European Commission has today issued guidelines warning that under EU law road charging schemes must not discriminate against foreign drivers....

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Guidelines for non-discriminatory vignette systems for cars – key questions and answers

14/05/2012

MEMO/12/322 Brussels, 14 May 2012 The European Commission adopted a Communication on road infrastructure charges levied on light passenger vehicles. The Communication provides general guidance for a vignette system to be non-discriminatory and proportionate. ...

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Importance of ports for economic recovery and jobs

11/05/2012

MEMO/12/317 Brussels, 11 May 2012 Sea ports play an important role facilitating the European Union's external trade (90% of the total, in terms of weight) and internal market exchanges (40% of the total)....

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Road transport: Commission requests seven Member States to apply the Working Time Directive to self-employed drivers

26/04/2012

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 26 April 2012 - The European Commission has issued reasoned opinions requesting Austria, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Poland, Portugal and Spain to take appropriate measures to apply the Working Time ...

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Safety of passenger ships – frequently asked questions

24/04/2012

MEMO/12/270 Brussels, 24 April 2012 In a key note speech in Brussels today, Vice President Siim Kallas, European Commissioner for Transport, set out the Commission's priority actions for passenger ship safety....

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Transport: Commission sets out priorities for passenger ship safety

24/04/2012

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 24 April 2012 – EU Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas, today set out the Commission's priorities for passenger ship safety. The keynote speech was delivered at a major passenger ship safety conference in Brussels, ...

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Towards a single European rail area: the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS)

16/04/2012

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 16 April 2012 - More than 20 national signalling and speed control systems now operate in Europe. Unfortunately, they are not mutually compatible. These technical inefficiencies are a major barrier to the ...

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The European Commission updates the European safety list of airlines subject to an operating ban.

03/04/2012

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 03 April 2012 - The European Commission has adopted today the 19th update of the European list of air carriers which are for safety reasons subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the ...

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Speaking Vice President Kallas –Road Fatalities 2011

29/03/2012

MEMO/12/229 Brussels, 29 March 2012 The new figures on EU road deaths for 2011 are a major cause for concern. The good news is that road deaths are still falling. There are countries like Bulgaria, Romania, Latvia, Hungary and Greece where very serious ...

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Road safety: Progress in cutting EU road deaths falls to 2% in 2011

29/03/2012

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 29 March 2012 – Progress in cutting road fatalities significantly slowed last year (to -2%) compared with a very promising EU-wide reduction throughout the last decade (on average -6%), according to new figures ...

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Maritime transport: Seminar to strengthen the fight against piracy and armed robbery

28/03/2012

MEMO/12/223 Brussels, 28 March 2012 Brussels, 28 March 2012 – The European Commission is organising today and tomorrow an event concerning piracy and armed robbery. These acts are a serious threat not only to the lives of seafarers but to maritime transport ...

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Vice-President Kallas remarks to Transport Committee on longer modular trucks

26/03/2012

MEMO/12/219 Brussels, 26 March 2012 Chair, Dear Brian Honourable Members of the European Parliament, Many thanks for inviting me here today. I would like to explain the Commission's position on the subject of cross-border use of longer, modular trucks. ...

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Environment: Commission proposes tighter laws on ship breaking

23/03/2012

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 23 March 2012 – The European Commission today proposed new rules to ensure that European ships are only recycled in facilities that are safe for workers and environmentally sound....

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EU–Israel aviation agreement: Israel joins Europe in aviation

22/03/2012

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 22 March 2012 - Israel and the European Union have finalized negotiations on a comprehensive aviation agreement during a final round of negotiating in Tel Aviv on 22 March 2012....

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Speaking points of Vice-President Siim Kallas – Transport Council, Brussels, 22 March 2012

22/03/2012

MEMO/12/209 Brussels, 22 March 2012 I will focus my remarks on the two very important Transport files where we have reached agreement today with Ministers. First, on the TEN-T network – the blueprint for Europe's future transport connections Second, on ...

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Transport ministers back new EU core transport network (TEN-T)

22/03/2012

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 22 March 2012 – Transport ministers today reached agreement on proposals to transform the existing patchwork of roads, railways, airports and canals into a unified European transport network....

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Air transport: Member States support revision of EU rules on groundhandling services

22/03/2012

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 22 March 2012 – Siim Kallas, European Commission Vice-President with responsibility for transport, today welcomed Member States support for the Commission's proposal on the revision of current EU rules on ...

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Air transport: Commission requests Poland and Greece to comply fully with rules on airport charges

22/03/2012

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 22 March 2012 - The European Commission has today requested Poland and Greece to complete the steps necessary to implement EU rules to ensure that airport charges are transparent and non-discriminatory....

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

22/03/2012

MEMO/12/200 Brussels, 22 March 2012 COMPETITION EMPLOYMENT ENERGY ENVIRONMENT DIGITAL AGENDA JUSTICE INTERNAL MARKET TRANSPORT TAXATION & CUSTOMS AT 271 275 BE 296 291 274 281 282 BG 298 290 CY 279 296 272 274 275 CZ 277 DE 283 EL 280 278 296 276 FI 278 ...

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IP/12/269

22/03/2012

European Commission - Press release Driving licences: Commission requests Luxembourg to adopt measures on driving licences Brussels, 22 March 2012 - The European Commission has today asked Luxemburg to adopt national legislation on driving licences in ...

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Transport: Commission sends reasoned opinion on investigation of accidents at sea to three Member States

22/03/2012

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 22March 2012 – The European Commission today sent reasoned opinions to Belgium, Cyprus and Portugal for their failure to communicate what measures they were taking to transpose Directive 2009/18 /EC which ...

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Road transport: Commission refers Finland to the Court of Justice over promotion of clean vehicles

22/03/2012

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 22 March 2012 - The European Commission has decided to refer Finland to the European Union’s Court of Justice for failing to fully implement a directive on the promotion of clean and energy-efficient road ...

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Transport: Commission requests Austria and Portugal to take action regarding transport of dangerous goods

22/03/2012

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 22 March 2012 - European Commission has today asked Austria and Portugal to adopt national legislation on the inland transport of dangerous goods in accordance with their obligations under European Union law. ...

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Transport: Commission sends reasoned opinion to four Member States concerning their flag State obligations

22/03/2012

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 22 March 2012 – The European Commission today sent reasoned opinions to Austria, Cyprus, Hungary and Luxembourg for their failure to communicate what measures they were taking to transpose Directive 2009/21 ...

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Transport: Commission requests Cyprus to adopt rules on transportable pressure equipment

22/03/2012

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 22 March 2012 - The European Commission has today requested Cyprus to adopt national legislation on transportable pressure equipment in accordance with its obligations under European Union law....

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Transport Council – 22 March 2012

20/03/2012

MEMO/12/194 Brussels, 20 March 2012 The EU's Council of transport ministers will meet in Brussels on Thursday 22 March under the Danish Presidency. From the European Commission, Vice-President Siim Kallas, responsible for transport and mobility, will ...

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Transport: First Smart Mobility Challenge – and the winner is …

12/03/2012

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 12 March 2012 - Vice-President Siim Kallas, Commissioner for mobility and transport, announced today the winners of the first Smart Mobility Challenge on European multi-modal journey planners....

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Smart mobility challenge - key questions and answers

12/03/2012

MEMO/12/175 Brussels, 12 March 2012 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. However, there are very few real integrated European journey planners ...

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Environment: Bologna wins European Mobility Week Award 2011

05/03/2012

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 5 March 2012 – The Italian city of Bologna has won the 2011 European Mobility Week Award. The city was judged by an independent panel of mobility experts to have done the best job in promoting clean alternatives ...

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EU helps to mobilise investments for transport on the Europe–Caucasus–Asia corridor

28/02/2012

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 28 February 2012 – Today the European Commission hosts the Transport Corridor Europe-Caucasus-Asia (TRACECA) Investment Forum to help attract investments into transport infrastructure between the EU and Central ...

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EU support to the Europe-Caucasus-Asia Transport Corridor

28/02/2012

MEMO/12/141 Brussels, 28 February 2012 The Europe-Caucasus-Asia Transport Corridor (TRACECA) is an EU programme, launched in 1993, to develop a transport corridor from Europe to China, via the Black Sea, the Caucasus and the Caspian Sea....

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Road transport: the future of the internal market for road haulage

28/02/2012

MEMO/12/139 Brussels, 28 February 2012 In a public hearing today, the Commission is meeting with stakeholders involved in road haulage activities. This hearing will provide first-hand information for a report to be drafted by the Commission in 2013, which ...

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Certification of passenger ships: the Commission sends reasoned opinion to Denmark

27/02/2012

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 27 February 2012 – the European Commission has sent a reasoned opinion to Denmark for obstructing the freedom to provide services. This is the last step in the procedure before possibly taking the matter to ...

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112 day: 74 % of Europeans don't know what emergency number to call when travelling in the EU. New campaign

10/02/2012

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 10 February 2012 – Whether for skiing holidays, family days out, business travel or visits to this summer's sporting events, including the London Olympics or Euro 2012 UEFA football in Poland and Ukraine, ...

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Siim Kallas Vice-President and Commissioner for Transport Europe's railways: on track to the future European Railway Awards Brussels, 8 February 2012

09/02/2012

SPEECH/12/75 Minister, ladies and gentlemen It is an honour to be invited back to this important award ceremony. Many congratulations also to this year's laureates – Karel Vinck and François Lacôte. As you know, the European Commission's vision for the ...

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Airports: Coping with winter snow - statement by EU Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas

08/02/2012

MEMO/12/84 Brussels, 8 February 2012 Snow and extreme weather conditions, particularly record low temperatures, have been severely affecting different parts of Europe over the last week. It has been a difficult time for the travelling public, as well ...

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Safety of passenger ships: EU Transport Commissioner receives commitment from Cruise industry to fully engage in review of passenger ship safety rules at EU and IMO

03/02/2012

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 03 February 2012 - Vice-President Siim Kallas, European Commissioner for Transport today was briefed by the board of the European Cruise Council about cruise ship safety....

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

26/01/2012

MEMO/12/42 Brussels, 26 January 2012 ENERGY ENTREPRISE ENVIRONMENT DIGITAL AGENDA JUSTICE INTERNAL MARKET TRANSPORT HEALTH & CONSUMERS TAX & CUSTOMS BE 65 47 61 BG 72 53 47 CY 66 7 4 47 CZ 75 DE 71 76 DK 55 EL 58 66 47 ES 7 4 47 FI 56 FR 6 7 47 HU 47 ...

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Maritime Safety: Commission requests the United Kingdom to comply with new safety rules and standards for passenger ships engaged in domestic voyages

26/01/2012

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 26 January 2012 - The European Commission has today asked the United Kingdom to adopt national legislation to implement the new safety rules and standards for passenger ships to comply with European Union ...

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Driving licences: Commission requests Finland and Portugal to adopt measures on driving licences

26/01/2012

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 26 January 2012 - The European Commission has decided today to refer Finland and Portugal to the EU's Court of Justice over their failure to adopt national legislation updating requirements for physical and ...

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Driving licences: Commission requests Denmark, Lithuania, the United Kingdom and Portugal to adopt measures on driving licences

26/01/2012

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 26 January 2012 - The European Commission has today asked Denmark, Lithuania, the United Kingdom and Portugal to adapt their national legislation on driving licences so as to ensure that EU rules can be applicable ...

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Rail: Commission requests Netherlands to completely implement railway interoperability directive

26/01/2012

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 26 January 2012 - The European Commission has today asked the Netherlands to fully implement a directive concerning railway interoperability, which is aimed at enabling the rail sector to compete more effectively ...

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Commission takes legal action against Bulgaria for failing to fully implement the first railway package

26/01/2012

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 26 January 2012 - The European Commission has decided today to refer Bulgaria to the European Court of Justice for having failed to implement correctly different parts of the legislation known as the first ...

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European railways: Commission promotes interoperability and competitiveness

25/01/2012

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 25 January 2012 - Today, the European Commission adopted a decision strengthening the certification and authorisation process of lines and trains equipped with the European Train Control System (ETCS)....

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Safety of passenger ships – Costa Concordia accident and Commission review of safety legislation

20/01/2012

MEMO/12/25 Brussels, 20 January 2012 Vice-President Siim Kallas, European Commissioner for Transport has asked that the currently ongoing review of EU passenger ship safety legislation take fully into account any lessons to be learnt from the Costa Concordia ...

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