Press releases

Maritime transport: Progress on safety, but some EU flag states could do better

18/12/2013

European Commission Press release Brussels, 18 December 2013 Some EU Member States are struggling to meet their commitment to ratify international maritime conventions, according to a European Commission report (1) on compliance with flag state requirements.

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Transport: Parliament committee paves the way for a single European rail area

17/12/2013

European Commission Press release Brussels, 17 December 2013 The European Commission welcomes the adoption today by the European Parliament's Transport and Tourism Committee (TRAN) of the reports on the six legislative proposals forming the "Fourth Railway Package".

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Commission helps make city journeys easier and greener

17/12/2013

European Press release Brussels, 17 December 2013 Commission The European Commission is stepping up its support to towns and cities in a new "urban mobility package" adopted today. The Commission will reinforce the exchange of best practice, provide targeted financial support and invest in research and development.

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Urban mobility package – frequently asked questions

17/12/2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 17 December 2013 What is the problem? European citizens and economic actors need a transport system which provides them with seamless, high-quality door-to-door mobility. At the same time, the adverse effects of transport on the climate, the environment and human health need to be reduced.

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The Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking – Frequently Asked Questions

16/12/2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 16 December 2013 What is the challenge? Ambitious EU goals relating to climate change, energy supply and the environment mean that the railway sector will have to take on a larger share of transport demand in the next decades.

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EU triples funding for rail innovation

16/12/2013

European Commission Press release Brussels, 16 December 2013 The European Commission today adopted "Shift2Rail", a new public-private partnership to invest just under €1 billion in research and innovation to get more passengers and freight onto Europe's railways.

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Eurobarometer: Half of all Europeans are satisfied with their railways, but more needs to be done to improve the service offer

16/12/2013

European Commission Press release Brussels, 16 December 2013 According to a Eurobarometer survey published today, 58% of Europeans are satisfied with rail services in their country. However, comparatively few Europeans take the train.

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EU transport to benefit from the new research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020

11/12/2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 11 December 2013 Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the innovation union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness. With an investment of €6.3 billion in Horizon 2020 (2014-2020), the "Smart, green and integrated transport" programme is the world's largest investment...

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Transport: Commission strengthens cooperation with Israel

11/12/2013

European Commission Press release Brussels, 11 December 2013 Vice-President Siim Kallas, the EU transport commissioner, is travelling to Israel on 11 and 12 December 2013 for discussions on EU–Israel transport cooperation. The visit follows the signature in June this year of a comprehensive EU–Israel air transport agreement.

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Portable Electronic Devices – Frequently Asked Questions

09/12/2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 9 December 2013 What are Portable Electronic Devices (PED)? Portable Electronic Devices (PED) include digital cameras, smartphones, tablets, e-readers, etc. The guidance issued by the EU's Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) refers to all PEDs as long as they are not transmitting.

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Aviation: EU extends the use of electronic devices on planes

09/12/2013

European Commission Press release Brussels, 9 December 2013 The EU's Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has today updated its guidance on the use of portable electronic devices on board (PED), including smartphones, tablets and e-readers.

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Aviation: Commission updates the European safety list of banned airlines

05/12/2013

European Commission Press release Brussels, 5 December 2013 The European Commission has updated for the 22nd time the European list of airlines 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 and Telecoms Council – 5 December 2013

04/12/2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 4 December 2013 TELECOMMUNICATIONS Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down measures to complete the European Single market for electronic communications and to achieve a Connected Continent (First reading) Mrs Kroes will outline the Commission's proposal to create a...

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EU and Ukraine for a Common Aviation Area Agreement

28/11/2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 28 November 2013 How will the integration of Ukraine into the EU internal market for aviation operate? The transition of Ukraine towards this integration involves the effective and full implementation of all EU standards in areas such as aviation safety, security, air traffic management, environment, economic...

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Aviation: EU and Ukraine skies to join forces

28/11/2013

European Commission Press release Brussels, 28 November 2013 The European Union and Ukraine have initialled today a comprehensive air services agreement at the margins of the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius. This agreement opens the way towards a "Common Aviation Area" between the EU and Ukraine, based on common and...

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Leading the way in making Europe's cities smarter – Frequently asked questions

26/11/2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 26 November 2013 Cities are the major source of European economic activity and innovation. But cities are also a major source of greenhouse gases and pollution. Concerted action is needed to make urban environments cleaner and healthier to live in and to make them use less...

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Alternative fuels for transport: Parliament committee vote supports roll-out of refuelling infrastructure

26/11/2013

European Commission Press release Brussels, 26 November 2013 The European Commission has welcomed the vote of the European Parliament's Transport Committee on measures to build-up alternative fuel stations across Europe to break the oil dependency of transport.

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Making Europe's cities smarter

26/11/2013

European Commission Press release Brussels, 26 November 2013 At a conference today hosted by the European Commission, city leaders, CEOs and civil society leaders discussed the actions outlined in the "Smart Cities Strategic Implementation Plan" and how to put them into practice.

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November infringements package: main decisions

20/11/2013

Il-Kummissjoni Ewropea MEMO Brussels, 20 November 2013 November November In its monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission is pursuing legal action against Member States for failing to comply properly with their obligations under EU law.

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EU-Japan relations and the 16th EU-China Summit - Beijing, 21 November 2013

19/11/2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 19 November 2013 The 16th EU- China summit will take place in Beijing on 21 November 2013. The EU will be represented by Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, and Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission.

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Transport: Euro-Mediterranean ministers to boost regional economic integration

14/11/2013

European Commission Press release Brussels, 14 November 2013 Today transport ministers from 43 countries of the Euro-Mediterranean area1 met in Brussels and confirmed their commitment to boost cooperation. The aim is to establish a well-connected area for aviation, rail, maritime and road transport.

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Transport: Union for the Mediterranean ministerial conference in Brussels

14/11/2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 14 November 2013 Transport ministers from 43 countries of the Euro-Mediterranean area are meeting in Brussels on Thursday, 14 November 2013 to discuss how to strengthen cooperation on transport legislation and how to develop infrastructure to connect the two sides of the Mediterranean Sea.

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SPEECH - Streamlining Europe’s supply chain: the way forward for logistics

07/11/2013

European Commission Siim Kallas Vice President of the European Commission SPEECH - European Logistics Conference /Brussels 7 November 2013 Ladies and gentlemen Thank you all for attending today. I am happy to see so many parts of the wider logistics sector represented from this complex and interlinked supply chain.

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Transport: New EU infrastructure policy

17/10/2013

European Commission Press release Brussels, 17 October 2013 In the most radical overhaul of EU infrastructure policy since its inception in the 1980s, the Commission has today published new maps showing the nine major corridors which will act as a backbone for transportation in Europe's single market and revolutionise East–West...

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New EU transport infrastructure policy – background

17/10/2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 17 October 2013 What is the EU infrastructure policy? Transport is vital to the European economy: without good connections Europe will not grow or prosper. The new EU infrastructure policy will put in place a powerful European transport network across 28 Member States to promote growth...

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Transport: EU grants of almost €1.6 billion to support key TEN-T infrastructure projects

16/10/2013

European Commission Press release Brussels, 16 October 2013 The European Commission has selected a total of 172 projects that will benefit from almost €1.6 billion in EU co-financing from the trans-European transport network (TEN-T) Programme for improving transport infrastructure across Europe.

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Launch of the EU's new infrastructure policy - TEN-T Days in Tallinn, Estonia

15/10/2013

European Commission Press release Brussels, 15 October 2013 Commission Vice-President responsible for transport, Siim Kallas, will publish next Thursday in Tallinn, Estonia, new maps showing the 9 major infrastructure corridors which will underpin the EU's Single Market, and revolutionise East-West Connections.

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Rail safety: Commission welcomes significant progress achieved at Transport Council

10/10/2013

European Commission Press release Brussels, 10 October 2013 The European Commission welcomes the "general approach" agreement reached at today's Transport Council on a recast of the rail safety directive. This recast is the second part of the so-called Fourth Railway Package – proposed in January 2013 – with the aim of...

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Transport Council – 10 October 2013

09/10/2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 9 October 2013 The EU Council of transport ministers will meet in Luxembourg on Thursday 10 October under the Lithuanian Presidency. Vice-President Siim Kallas, responsible for transport and mobility, will represent the European Commission.

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The Commission welcomes the European Parliament's support for new stricter rules on aircrew fatigue

09/10/2013

European Commission Press release Brussels, 9 October 2013 Following the European Parliament's vote in plenary today, Vice-President Kallas said: "I am pleased with this vote which opens the way for new stricter EU-wide rules on pilot fatigue. It will bring better protection of passengers and safer working conditions for crew.

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Strengthening the Eastern Partnership through transport: key results and next steps

09/10/2013

European Commission Press release Brussels, 9 October 2013 EU and Eastern Partnership1 transport ministers are meeting today in Luxembourg to assess progress and endorse the next steps for improving transport connections.

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ICAO: Aviation Assembly conclusions

04/10/2013

European Commission Press release Brussels, 4 October 2013 Brussels, 4 October 2013 – The European Commission today welcomed the conclusions of the ICAO UN Aviation Assembly which meets every three years in Montreal to set the aviation priorities for the years to come.

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The Commission welcomes agreement on global aviation emissions deal

04/10/2013

European Commission Press release Brussels, 4 October 2013 The European Commission today welcomed the decision by the UN Assembly responsible for International Civil Aviation (ICAO) to decide on a global mechanism to tackle emissions from aviation.

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Pilot and crew fatigue — frequently asked questions

04/10/2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 4 October 2013 What are the current rules? Europe has built up an impressive safety record over recent years, and last year became the safest region in the world to fly – with the lowest accident rate ever.

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Aviation Safety: Parliament Committee vote puts at risk key measures to improve aviation safety

30/09/2013

European Commission Press release Brussels, 30 September 2013 Following the Transport Committee's vote this afternoon to reject proposals to improve crew protection against fatigue, Vice-President Kallas said: "This vote puts at risk key measures to improve aviation safety.

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Commission signs €4 million grant for sustainable urban mobility

30/09/2013

European Press release Brussels, 30 September 2013 Commission The European Commission today signed a grant agreement worth €4 million with a consortium of 14 European research institutes, associations and consulting companies — including 10 SMEs — for a three-year project known as "Civitas Capital".

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September infringements package: main decisions

26/09/2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 26 September 2013 September September CLIMATE ACTION EMPLOYMENT & social affairs ENERGY ENTREPRISE ENVIRONMENT HEALTH & CONSUMER POLICY INTERNAL MARKET & SERVICES JUSTICE TAXATION & CUSTOMS UNION TRANSPORT AT     1   1           BE 1          ...

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Transport: Commission urges Italy, Cyprus and Greece to implement EU rules to unblock congestion in Europe's airspace

26/09/2013

European Commission Press release Brussels, 26 September 2013 Today the European Commission has requested Italy, Cyprus and Greece to urgently clarify the measures taken to establish Functional Airspace Blocks (FABs), required under the Single European Sky legislation 2004, in order to reform Europe's out-of-date air traffic control system.

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The EU at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Assembly — Frequently asked questions

24/09/2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 24 September 2013 What are the main issues at stake at the 38th Assembly? Safety: more work on safety management will be necessary, as well as a bigger role for regional organisations. Security: more mutual recognition between states and regions with good security standards.

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Towards quality waterway transport

10/09/2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 10 September 2013 Key facts and figures The top 5 biggest sea ports in the EU are all connected to inland waterways. Every year, 140 billion tonne kilometres are transported over EU inland waterways.

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Aviation safety: Member States support the revision of aircrew fatigue rules

12/07/2013

European Commission Press release Brussels, 12 July 2013 The Member States voted today strongly in support of a draft proposal made by the Commission aimed at revising the current EU safety rules governing the fatigue of aircrew, commonly called "flight and duty limitations and rest requirements" (or "flying time limitations"-...

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Aviation safety: Commission updates the European safety list of banned airlines

10/07/2013

European Commission Press release Brussels, 10 July 2013 The European Commission has updated today for the 21st time the European list of airlines subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union, better known as "the EU air safety list".

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European Commission invests €600 million in new research to unblock congestion in Europe's airspace

10/07/2013

Press release Brussels, 10 July 2013 European Commission The European Commission has today announced €600 million of new funding to unblock congestion in Europe's airspace. The Commission is looking to head off a capacity crunch as the number of flights is forecast to increase by 50% over the next 10-20...

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European Commission invests €600 million in new research to unblock congestion in Europe's airspace

10/07/2013

MEMO Brussels, 10 July 2013 European Commission – Frequently Asked Questions Congestion in Europe's airspace: The challenges European skies and airports risk saturation. Already some 800 million passengers pass through Europe's more than 440 airports every year.

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Frequently Asked Questions: Commission proposes to improve consumer rights for 120 million holiday makers

09/07/2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 9 July 2013 Why is the Commission making this proposal? More and more people book their holidays online, through different online operators. This has revolutionised the travel market, but means that holiday makers are not always sure of protection if something goes wrong.

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Commission acts to improve consumer rights for 120 million holiday makers

09/07/2013

European Press Release Brussels, 9 July 2013 Commission As the summer season kicks off, the European Commission is taking action to improve protection for holiday makers by modernising EU rules on package holidays. The 1990 EU Directive on package travel has served as the bedrock for the protection offered to...

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Blue Belt: Commission eases customs formalities for ships

08/07/2013

European Commission Press release Brussels, 8 July 2013 The Commission has today set out plans to ease custom formalities for ships – reducing red tape, cutting delays in ports and making the sector more competitive. Today, freight forwarders and exporters complain that if they chose to send goods across Europe...

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Blue Belt: Commission eases customs formalities for ships

08/07/2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 8 July 2013 What is the problem? The EU is highly dependent on maritime transport for its trade with the rest of the world and within the internal market. Nevertheless, inside the EU shipping is not used to its full potential mainly due to considerable administrative...

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Commission awards funding to 18 European sustainable mobility initiatives

08/07/2013

European Press release Brussels, 8 July 2013 Commission As part of its three-year Sustainable Urban Mobility campaign "Do The Right Mix", the European Commission has today released the names of another 18 campaigner-led actions to be awarded funding.

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Transport: Vice-President Kallas welcomes European Parliament vote on roadworthiness proposals

02/07/2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 2 July 2013 EU Transport Commissioner, Siim Kallas, welcomes today's vote in the European Parliament to endorse proposals for tougher vehicle testing rules to save lives, including for motorcycles.

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Questions & Answers on greenhouse gas emissions from shipping

28/06/2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 28 June 2013 1. What initiatives to address maritime emissions has the Commission taken today? The European Commission has today adopted a Communication1 setting out a strategy for progressively including greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from maritime transport in the EU's policy for reducing its overall GHG...

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Maritime transport: first step to reduce emissions

28/06/2013

European Commission Press release Brussels, 28 June 2013 The European Commission today took the first step towards cutting greenhouse gas emissions from the shipping industry. It proposed legislation which will require owners of large ships using EU ports to monitor and report the ships' annual carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

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Passenger rights in the EU – Frequently asked questions

25/06/2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 25 June 2013 For the first time, millions of holiday-makers travelling in the EU this summer will be protected by comprehensive passenger rights – whether travelling by air or rail, and now also by ship, bus and coach.

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Vice-President Kallas launches new passenger rights information campaign

25/06/2013

European Commission Press release Brussels, 25 June 2013 For the first time, millions of holiday-makers travelling in the EU this summer will be protected by comprehensive passenger rights – whether travelling by air or rail, and now also by ship, bus and coach.

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June infringements package: main decisions

20/06/2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 20 June 2013 June June AGRICULTURE EDUCATION & CULTURE EMPLOYMENT & social affairs ENERGY ENVIRONMENT HEALTH & CONSUMER POLICY INTERNAL MARKET & SERVICES JUSTICE TAXATION & CUSTOMS UNION TRANSPORT AT 1 BE 2 1 3 BG 1 CY 1 1 CZ 1 1 DE 1 1...

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Transport: Commission refers Belgium to Court over rules on intelligent transport systems

20/06/2013

European Commission Press release Brussels, 20 June 2013 The European Commission has decided to take Belgium to the Court of Justice of the European Union over its failure to transpose Directive 2010/40/EU on intelligent transport systems (or "ITS").

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Rail Transport: France and UK fail to implement European rules regarding the Channel Tunnel

20/06/2013

European Commission Press release Brussels, 20 June 2013 The European Commission has sent a formal request to France and the United Kingdom to comply with EU rules against excessive track access charges for passenger and freight trains in the Channel Tunnel.

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Transport: Commission refers Spain to Court over rules for the recruitment of port workers

20/06/2013

European Commission Press release Brussels, 20 June 2013 The European Commission has today decided to refer Spain to the EU Court of Justice over its rules on hiring port labour in several Spanish ports. Currently, cargo-handling companies in these ports are not allowed to resort to the market to employ...

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Transport: Commission urges Germany to comply with EU rules on the separation of accounts in rail

20/06/2013

European Commission Press release Brussels, 20 June 2013 The Commission is concerned that Germany is failing to implement European rules on the separation of accounts between infrastructure managers and railway undertakings, and on the use of track access charges.

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European ports: Europe-wide social dialogue between port workers and employers

19/06/2013

Commission Press release Brussels, 19 June 2013 European The European Commission welcomes the new social dialogue committee in the port sector launched today with port authorities, terminal operators, dockers and other port workers across the EU.

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112 eCall – Frequently Asked Questions

13/06/2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 13 June 2013 Key facts and figures In 2012 around 28 000 people were killed and more than 1.5 million injured in 1.1 million traffic accidents on EU roads. Only around 0.7% of vehicles are currently equipped with private eCall systems in the EU, with numbers...

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eCall: automated emergency call for road accidents mandatory in cars from 2015

13/06/2013

European Commission Press release Brussels, 13 June 2013 To help mitigate the consequences of serious road accidents across the EU, today the European Commission adopted two proposals to ensure that, by October 2015, cars will automatically call emergency services in case of a serious crash.

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Single Sky: Commission acts to unblock congestion in Europe's airspace

11/06/2013

European Commission Press release Brussels, 11 June 2013 The European Commission has today acted to speed up the reform of Europe's air traffic control system. The Commission is looking to head off a capacity crunch as the number of flights is forecast to increase by 50% over the next 10-20...

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Frequently Asked Questions: Single Sky: Commission acts to unblock congestion in Europe's airspace

11/06/2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 11 June 2013 What is Europe's Single Sky? The Single European Sky (SES) is a flagship European initiative to reform the architecture of European air traffic control, to meet future capacity and safety needs.

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Aviation: EU and Israel sign agreement

10/06/2013

European Commission Press release Brussels, 10 June 2013 In the margins of the EU Transport Council in Luxembourg, the European Union and Israel have today signed a comprehensive air transport agreement which will gradually open up and integrate their respective markets, develop an aviation area with common rules, offer economic...

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Transport: Council reaches agreement on rail interoperability

10/06/2013

European Commission Press release Brussels, 10 June 2013 The European Commission welcomes the progress achieved in the Transport Council today to enhance the quality and efficiency of Europe-wide rail services by removing remaining technical obstacles.

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Transport Council – 10 June 2013

07/06/2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 7 June 2013 The EU Council of transport ministers will meet in Luxembourg on Monday 10 June under the Irish Presidency. Vice-President Siim Kallas, responsible for transport and mobility, will represent the European Commission.

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The Commission welcomes "historic" agreement on new trans-European transport network

30/05/2013

European Commission Press release Brussels, 30 May 2013 Siim Kallas, Commission Vice-President responsible for transport, today welcomed the agreement between the Commission, the Council and the Parliament on proposals to transform the existing patchwork of European roads, railways, airports and canals into a unified transport network (TEN-T).

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May infringements package: main decisions

30/05/2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 30 May 2013 May May DIGITAL AGENDA EMPLOYMENT & social affairs ENERGY Industry & ENTREPRENEURSHIP ENVIRONMENT HOME AFFAIRS JUSTICE INTERNAL MARKET & SERVICES TRANSPORT TAXATION & CUSTOMS UNION AT 1 BE 1 1 1 CZ 1 EE 1 1 EL 1 1 1 1 ES 1...

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Air transport: Commission urges Belgium and Greece to proceed with ratification of the agreement with the Western Balkans on a Common Aviation Area

30/05/2013

European Commission Press release Brussels, 30 May 2013 The European Commission is very concerned that 7 years after the signature Belgium and Greece have still failed to ratify the Agreement between the European Union, its Member States and the Western Balkans establishing a European Common Aviation Area (the "ECAA Agreement").

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Europe's Seaports 2030: Challenges Ahead

23/05/2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 23 May 2013 Ports matter – the key facts Ports are crucial for the European transport business, for Europe's competitiveness, and have a huge potential for job creation and investment. Europe's ports are the gateways to the European continent.

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Commission proposes upgrade for 300 key seaports

23/05/2013

European Press release Brussels, 23 May 2013 Commission The European Commission has today launched a new initiative to improve port operations and onward transport connections at 319 key seaports along Europe’s coastline.

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Better information for safer EU roads – frequently asked questions

15/05/2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 15 May 2013 Key facts and figures Road safety related traffic information EU figures1 show that road fatalities have decreased by 43% over the last decade – in 2012 around 28,000 people were killed and more than 1.5 million injured in about 1 million traffic accidents...

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Road transport: Commission speeds up roll-out of information services for motorists

15/05/2013

European Commission Press release Brussels, 15 May 2013 The European Commission today adopted two regulations to promote the roll-out of 'intelligent information services', such as real-time warnings about dangerous road conditions ahead and information on safe and secure parking places for truck drivers.

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Transport: Vice President Kallas in talks with IMO Secretary General – focus on ship safety and reducing emissions

07/05/2013

European Commission Press release Brussels, 7 May 2013 EU Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas and the Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization Mr. Koji Sekimizu met today in Brussels and reaffirmed their common goal to work together towards safer and more environmentally friendly shipping.

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European Road Safety Day, dedicated to reducing pedestrian fatalities in urban areas

06/05/2013

Commission Press release Brussels, 6 May 2013 European The European Road Safety Day – May 6 – is the Commission's contribution to the United Nations Global Road Safety Week, whose theme this year is "pedestrian road safety".

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Single European Sky: Commission paves the way for more ambitious performance targets

03/05/2013

European Commission Press release Brussels, 3 May 2013 The European Commission adopted today revised implementing Regulations on performance and charging, setting the framework for the upcoming negotiations on targets for the second reference period (2015 to 2019) of the SES Performance Scheme.

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Air Traffic Management: Commission launches the deployment of SESAR

03/05/2013

European Commission Press release Brussels, 3 May 2013 The Commission has adopted today a new Regulation establishing governance and incentive mechanisms to facilitate the effective and timely deployment of SESAR, the Union's flagship project that aims at modernising the Air Traffic Management (ATM) system and enhancing its performance.

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April infringements package: main decisions

25/04/2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 25 April 2013 April April CLIMATE ACTION DIGITAL AGENDA EMPLOYMENT ENERGY ENVIRONMENT JUSTICE TRANSPORT HEALTH & CONSUMER POLICY TAXATION & CUSTOMS UNION BE 1 CY 1 1 DE 1 1 DK 1 EE 1 EL 1 1 ES 1 1 1 HU 1 IE 1 IT...

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Commission welcomes today's vote of the European Parliament on groundhandling services

16/04/2013

European MEMO Brussels, 16 April 2013 Commission The European Commission welcomes today's vote of the European Parliament on groundhandling services at EU airports updating Directive 96/67/EC. With this vote, the Parliament is paving the way for negotiations with the Council and the Commission to overhaul the existing legislation dating from...

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Frequently asked questions: New EU rules for safer and greener lorries

15/04/2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 15 April 2013 The current situation There are currently 6.5 million heavy goods vehicles (HGV; with a maximum weight above 3.5 tonnes) in circulation in the EU. EU truck manufacturers are among the world leaders in smart and innovative vehicle design.

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March infringements package: main decisions

21/03/2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 21 March 2013 March March EMPLOYMENT ENERGY ENVIRONMENT INTERNAL MARKET & SERVICES TRANSPORT BE X X BG X CY X IT X MT X PL X PT X X RO X SI X In its monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission is pursuing legal...

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Land transport of dangerous goods: Commission refers Belgium to Court for failing to update national legislation

21/03/2013

European Commission Press release Brussels, 21 March 2013 The European Commission has decided today to take Belgium to the Court of Justice of the European Union over the failure to adopt national legislation on the inland transport of dangerous goods.

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Air transport: Commission refers Portugal to the Court of Justice over groundhandling services at Lisbon, Porto and Faro airports

21/03/2013

European Commission Press release Brussels, 21 March 2013 The European Commission has decided today to refer Portugal to the Court of Justice of the European Union for incorrect application of the rules on airport groundhandling.

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Road safety: EU reports lowest ever number of road deaths and takes first step towards an injuries strategy

19/03/2013

European Commission Press release Brussels, 19 March 2013 Road fatalities across the EU have decreased by 9% in 2012. According to new figures published by the European Commission today, 2012 saw the lowest number of people killed in road traffic in EU countries since the first data were collected.

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Towards a Strategy on Serious Road Traffic Injuries – Frequently asked questions

19/03/2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 19 March 2013 Road safety work in the EU has to date been highly successful. During the last strategy period, 2001-2010, the number of fatalities on EU roads was reduced by a total of 43%, coming close to but not completely achieving the strategic objective of...

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Vice-President Siim Kallas press statement on passenger rights revision

13/03/2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 13 March 2013 Good morning everyone. I hate being stranded at the airport. And I am sure most, if not all of you, hate it too. It's bad enough if you are travelling on business. But if it’s the holiday time and you've got a young...

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Commission proposes new measures to strengthen air passenger rights

13/03/2013

European Press release Brussels, 13 March 2013 Commission The European Commission today announced a package of measures to ensure that air passengers have new and better rights to information, care and re-routing when they are stranded at the airport.

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Air Passenger Rights Revision - Frequently Asked Questions Air passenger rights – summary

13/03/2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 13 March 2013 What is the current situation? Europe's success in securing and upholding passenger rights is one of the resounding achievements of EU transport policy. The EU's Air Passenger Rights Regulation 261/20041 came into force in February 2005 establishing minimum levels of assistance and compensation...

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Rail transport: Commission seeks to improve access to rail travel for persons with disabilities and passengers with reduced mobility

11/03/2013

European Commission Press release Brussels, 11 March 2013 The European Commission is making accessibility an essential requirement for rail infrastructure when newly built, upgraded or renewed. Accessibility can be achieved by preventing or removing barriers and through other measures such as provision of assistance. The rules apply to infrastructure (e.g.

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Transport Council – 11 March 2013

08/03/2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 8 March 2013 The EU's Council of transport ministers will meet in Brussels on Monday 11 March under the Irish Presidency. From the European Commission, Vice-President Siim Kallas, responsible for transport and mobility, will present agenda items on rail interoperability, occurrence reporting in civil aviation and...

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Transport and Environment: Aberdeen and Zagreb win EU sustainable mobility awards

06/03/2013

European Commission Press release Brussels, 7 March 2013 The European Commission has announced the winners of the 2012 European Mobility Week Award and of the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans Award. The cities were presented with their awards by European Commissioners Siim Kallas and Janez Potočnik at a joint award ceremony...

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Passenger rights: better protection for bus and coach travellers in the EU

01/03/2013

European Commission Press release Brussels, 1 March 2013 Today, Regulation (EU) No 181/2011 on bus and coach passenger rights becomes applicable, providing bus and coach travellers throughout the EU with new rights. The regulation lays down travellers' basic rights, and imposes a number of obligations on bus and coach companies...

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Rail – statement by Vice President Kallas following today's ECJ rulings (Spain, Hungary,Germany, Austria)

28/02/2013

European Commission Press release Brussels, 28 February 2013 Today the ECJ has ruled in four infringement cases brought by the Commission concerning the extent of independence from other rail operators required of an infrastructure manager under the 1st railway package.

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February infringements package: main decisions

21/02/2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 21 February 2013 February February DIGITAL AGENDA EMPLOYMENT ENERGY INDUSTRY & ENTREPRENEURSHIP ENVIRONMENT JUSTICE TRANSPORT HEALTH & CONSUMER POLICY TAXATION & CUSTOMS UNION AT 1 BE 1 1 3 CY 1 1 DE 1 DK 1 EL 1 1 ES 1 1 FI 1 FR 1...

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Road transport: Commission refers Austria, Finland and Poland to the European Court of Justice for failing to apply EU working time rules to self-employed drivers

21/02/2013

European Commission Press release Brussels, 21 February 2013 The European Commission has decided today to take Austria, Finland and Poland to the European Court of Justice for failing to apply EU working time rules to self-employed drivers (Directive 2002/15/EC).

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Interoperability of European railways: Commission refers Slovenia to the Court of Justice

21/02/2013

European Commission Press release Brussels, 21 February 2013 The European Commission has decided today to refer Slovenia to the European Court of Justice for failure to notify national measures transposing a directive on railway interoperability. The deadline for implementation was 31 December 2011.

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4th Railway Package – Statement Vice-President Siim Kallas

30/01/2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 30 January 2013 Europe's railways are approaching a very important junction. We face two choices. We have the opportunity to create a truly European railway network of tracks and routes which actually works.

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European Railways at a junction: the Commission adopts proposals for a Fourth Railway Package

30/01/2013

Commission Press release Brussels, 30 January 2013 European The European Commission today announced a comprehensive package of measures to deliver better quality and more choice in railway services in Europe. Rail is a vital part of EU transport, with a key role in addressing rising traffic demand, congestion, fuel security...

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European Rail: Challenges Ahead

30/01/2013

Commission MEMO Brussels, 30 January 2013 European Rail: Challenges Ahead The Fourth Rail Package The European Commission has today adopted the 4th Railway Package made up of six legislative proposals focusing on four key areas (see IP/13/65).

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January infringements package: main decisions

24/01/2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 24 January 2013 January January COMPETITION DIGITAL AGENDA EMPLOYMENT ENERGY INDUSTRY & ENTREPRENEURSHIP ENVIRONMENT JUSTICE INTERNAL MARKET & SERVICES TRANSPORT HEALTH & CONSUMER POLICY TAXATION & CUSTOMS UNION AT               1 2     BG 1     2  ...

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Clean power for transport – Frequently asked questions

24/01/2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 24 January 2013 Alternative fuels: challenges and key figures Challenges European transport is 94% dependent on oil, of which 84.3% is imported1, and faces increasing fuel supply insecurity as oil comes from increasingly unstable regions of the world, and a high and rising oil import bill...

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Road Transport: New European Driving Licence

18/01/2013

European Commission Press release Brussels, 18 January 2013 From January 19th 2013, all new driving licences issued across the EU will be in the form of a plastic "credit card," with a standard European format and tougher security protection.

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New European driving licence for more security, safety and free movement

18/01/2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 18 January 2013 19 January 2013 will see the introduction of a European driving licence as part of the entry into force of the third EU Driving Licence Directive. The new rules will guarantee a true freedom of movement to EU drivers, reinforce safety on European...

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