Press releases

Transport Council – 8 October 2014

07/10/2014

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 7 October 2014 The EU Council of Transport Ministers will meet in Luxembourg on Wednesday 8 October 2014 under the Italian Presidency of the EU. Vice-President Siim Kallas, responsible for transport and mobility, will represent the European Commission.

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Transport: EU seeks out partners for joint rail research

06/10/2014

European Commission Press release Brussels, 6 October 2014 The European Commission has today published a call for expressions of interest to become an associated member of the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking, the new public-private partnership that will invest just under €1 billion in research and innovation (2014-2020), to get more passengers...

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Clean fuels for transport: Member States now obliged to ensure minimum coverage of refuelling points for EU-wide mobility

29/09/2014

European Commission Press release Brussels, 29 September 2014 New EU rules have been adopted today to ensure the build-up of alternative refuelling points across Europe with common standards for their design and use, including a common plug for recharging electric vehicles.

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Maritime security: the Commission takes Spain to court over the security of its ports

25/09/2014

European Commission Press release Brussels, 25 September 2014 The European Commission is taking action against Spain before the Court of Justice of the European Union, because 20 Spanish ports have yet to adopt and implement the port security plan.

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"Our streets, our choice" – EU launches 2014 European Mobility Week

16/09/2014

European Commission Press release Brussels, 16 September 2014 Over 2000 European towns and cities are expected to participate in the 13th edition of European Mobility Week, an annual European campaign about getting around town in a sustainable way. Starting today, national and local campaigners are organising various events.

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Transport: €11.9 billion to improve European connections

11/09/2014

European Commission Press release Brussels, 11 September 2014 Today the European Commission has invited Member States to propose projects to use €11.9 billion of EU funding to improve European transport connections. This is the largest ever single amount of EU funding earmarked for transport infrastructure.

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New EU transport infrastructure policy – background

11/09/2014

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 11 September 2014 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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EU/Tunisia: €300 million Macro-Financial Assistance package signed

04/09/2014

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 4 September 2014 The European Union and the Tunisian authorities have completed the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and the Loan Facility Agreement related to the €300 million Macro-Financial Assistance (MFA) package for Tunisia.

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Transport: EU supports key TEN-T infrastructure projects with over €320 million

30/07/2014

European Commission Press release Brussels, 30 July 2014 In the last Calls of the trans-European transport network (TEN-T) Programme the European Commission selected a total of 106 projects that will benefit from over €320 million in EU support for improving transport infrastructure across Europe.

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Single European Sky: Commission urges eighteen Member States to make a decisive move towards common airspace management

10/07/2014

European Commission Press release Brussels, 10 July 2014 Today the Commission has formally requested Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and United Kingdom, members of six different Functional Airspace Blocks (FABs) to improve their FABs, a common airspace...

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Questions and answers on the Common Information Sharing Environment (CISE) and its contribution to maritime security

08/07/2014

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 8 July 2014 The Maritime Common Information Sharing Environment (CISE) seeks to further enhance and promote relevant information sharing between authorities involved in maritime surveillance from coastguards and navies to port authorities, fisheries controls, customs authorities and environment monitoring and control bodies.

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Passenger rights: smartphone app upgraded for summer holidays

08/07/2014

European Commission Press release Brussels, 8 July 2014 The Commission's free smartphone application for passenger rights has been upgraded just before the summer holidays to make it easy for all travellers to be informed about their rights in case something unexpected happens during their journey.

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Preparation of Economic and Finance Ministers Council, Brussels, 8 July

04/07/2014

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 4 July 2014 The EU's Council of Economic and Finance (ECOFIN) Ministers will take place in Brussels on Tuesday 8 July at 10.00. The European Commission will be represented by Siim Kallas, Vice President in charge of Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Euro, Michel Barnier,...

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Air Transport: Commission starts the deployment phase for air traffic management of the future

01/07/2014

European Commission Press release Brussels, 1st July 2014 The European Commission adopted today a first set of essential changes for the modernisation of the European Air Traffic Management (ATM) system known as the "Pilot Common Project".

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Rail: European Railway Agency celebrates 10th anniversary with safer and more interoperable railways

26/06/2014

European Commission Press release Brussels, 26 June 2014 The first 10 years of the European Railway Agency (ERA, the Agency) have been a success: railways in the EU are becoming safer, technical barriers between countries are gradually taken down.

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Maritime Transport: Continuous efforts needed to establish harmonised reporting procedures for vessels

25/06/2014

European Commission Press release Brussels, 25 June 2014 The European Commission today adopted the report on the functioning of the reporting formalities directive (Directive 2010/65). The Directive aims to ensure that by June 2015 vessels entering or departing EU ports will provide required information electronically via one single entry point...

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Road safety: New smartphone app provides information on EU road traffic rules

25/06/2014

European Commission Press release Brussels, 25 June 2014 What is the speed limit on Spanish motorways? Do I need to wear a helmet when I cycle in Sweden? What safety equipment must I always have in the car when driving in Slovakia? From now on, holiday makers do not need...

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Road safety: New smartphone app provides information on EU road traffic rules

25/06/2014

European Commission Press release Brussels, 25 June 2014 What is the speed limit on Spanish motorways? Do I need to wear a helmet when I cycle in Sweden? What safety equipment must I always have in the car when driving in Slovakia? From now on, holiday makers do not need...

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Railways: paving the way for more growth, more efficiency and service quality in Europe

19/06/2014

European Commission Press release Brussels, 19 June 2014 The European Commission's bi-annual report on the European Rail Market, published today, shows while it is undeniable that rail is growing, more can still be done in terms of efficiency and service quality in several Member States.

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Urban transport: Commission awards funding to 19 European actions to get people to "do the right mix"

17/06/2014

European Commission Press release Brussels, 17 June 2014 The European Commission has announced today 19 actions which will receive funding under the Sustainable Urban Mobility campaign ‘Do the Right Mix’. The selected actions will each receive up to € 7 000 to support activities promoting greener and more sustainable ways of...

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Transport: EU push for better travel planning solutions

16/06/2014

European Commission Press release Brussels, 16 June 2014 The European Commission is renewing efforts to develop Europe-wide all-in-one journey planners, making it easier to plan and book journeys that involve several means of transport with a single online tool, even across borders.

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More than two thirds of EU citizens are satisfied with urban public transport – but too few use it on a regular basis

11/06/2014

European Commission Press release Brussels, 11 June 2014 The European Commission has published today the results of a Eurobarometer survey on urban public transport. According to the survey 69% of EU citizens are satisfied with public transportation, although the numbers vary widely across the EU, ranging from 88% at the...

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Rail Transport: Simplifying procedures to achieve a Single European Railway Area

05/06/2014

European Commission Press release Brussels, 5 June 2014 The European Commission welcomes the political agreement reached today at the Transport Council on the Technical Pillar of the Fourth Railway Package. The Technical Pillar includes three proposals of a comprehensive package of measures to deliver better quality and more choice in...

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Road transport: Council backs safer and greener lorries

05/06/2014

European Commission Press release Brussels, 5 June 2014 Transport ministers, meeting today in Luxembourg today, backed proposals for new EU rules to allow manufacturers to develop more aerodynamic lorries which will reduce fuel consumption by 7-10%, cut greenhouse gas emissions and enhance the safety of vulnerable road users such as...

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Transport and Telecoms Council: 5-6 June 2014

05/06/2014

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 5 June 2014 TELECOMMUNICATIONS Progress report on Telecoms Single Market (TSM) regulation (Connected Continent) Ministers will be invited to take note of a report on the state of play of negotiations on the Commission's proposal to create a #ConnectedContinent, September 2013 (IP/13/828 MEMO/13/779).

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Transport Council 5 June 2014

04/06/2014

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 4 June 2014 The Council will meet in the formation of the Transport ministers in Luxembourg on Thursday 5 June 2014. Vice-President Siim Kallas, responsible for transport and mobility, will represent the European Commission.

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Building growth: Country-specific recommendations 2014

02/06/2014

European Commission Press release Brussels, 2 June 2014 Brussels, 2 June 2014 – The European Commission has today adopted a series of economic policy recommendations to individual Member States to strengthen the recovery that began a year ago.

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Q&A: Country-specific recommendations 2014

02/06/2014

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 2 June 2014 What are country-specific recommendations (CSRs)? Country-specific recommendations (CSRs) offer tailored advice to Member States on how to boost growth and jobs, while maintaining sound public finances. They are published every spring, following months of analysis by the Commission.

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Commission takes steps under the Excessive Deficit Procedure (EDP)

02/06/2014

European MEMO Brussels, 2 June 2014 Commission Which EDP decisions has the Commission taken today? The European Commission has today recommended that the EU Council of Ministers close the EDP for six countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, the Netherlands and Slovakia.

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May 2014: Economic Sentiment rises in the euro area, remains broadly stable in the EU

28/05/2014

European Commission Press release Brussels, 28 May 2014 May 2014May 2014 In May the Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI) rose in the euro area (by 0.7 points to 102.7), following its almost tantamount decrease in April. In the EU, the headline indicator remained broadly stable (+0.2 points at 106.5).

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Business Climate Indicator increased slightly in May

28/05/2014

European Commission Press release Brussels, 28 May 2014 In May 2014 the Business Climate Indicator (BCI) for the euro area increased slightly by 0.09 points to +0.37. Managers' evaluation of the past production improved markedly, while production expectations, overall order books and export order books booked more moderate increases.

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May 2014: Flash Consumer Confidence Indicator

21/05/2014

European Commission Press release Brussels, 21 May 2014 May 2014May 2014 In May 2014, the DG ECFIN flash estimate of the consumer confidence indicator increased in both the EU (by 1.6 points to -4.1) and the euro area (by 1.5 points to -7.1) compared to April.

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Ukraine: First tranche of EU Macro-Financial Assistance disbursed

20/05/2014

European Commission Press release Brussels, 20 May 2014 Today, the European Commission, on behalf of the EU, disbursed a first loan tranche of €100 million to Ukraine. It was made available from the EU Macro-Financial Assistance (MFA) programme for Ukraine, which is worth €1.61 billion in total.

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Aviation: Commission reports increased transparency in setting of airport charges, but uneven implementation of rules by the Member States

19/05/2014

European Commission Press release Brussels, 19 May 2014 The European Commission has released today a report on Member States' application of EU rules on airport charges — the fees airlines pay to airports for the use of runways and terminals.

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Media Invitation to the Conference "Paving the way for a European Energy Security Strategy"

16/05/2014

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 16 May 2014 Wednesday 21 May 2014 15:00 – 16:00 CET Charlemagne Building, Room de Gasperi Following the March European Council conclusions the European Commission will conduct an in-depth study of EU energy security and present by June 2014 a comprehensive plan for the reduction of...

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Member States still need to strengthen enforcement of air passenger rights, says Commission report

15/05/2014

European Commission Press release Brussels, 15 May 2014 The European Commission has published today a review of passenger rights' complaint handling and enforcement in the European air transport sector between 2010 and 2012.

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European Road Safety Day 2014: Safer and smarter roads needed in the EU

08/05/2014

Commission Press release Brussels, 8 May 2014 European On Europe Day, 9 May 2014, the European Commission and the Greek EU Presidency are hosting together the 6th European Road Safety Day in Athens. The topic to be discussed by experts, policy makers, industry and NGOs is: how to make EU...

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Spring 2014 forecast: Growth becoming broader-based

05/05/2014

European Commission Press release Brussels, 5 May 2014 The European Commission's spring forecast points to a continuing economic recovery in the European Union following its emergence from recession one year ago. Real GDP growth is set to reach 1.6% in the EU and 1.2% in the euro area in 2014,...

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Preparation of Economic and Finance Ministers Council, Brussels, 6 May

02/05/2014

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 2 May 2014 The EU's Council of Economic and Finance (ECOFIN) Ministers will take place in Brussels on 6 May at 11.00. The European Commission will be represented by Siim Kallas, Vice President and acting Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Euro, and Algirdas...

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Single EU-wide safety authorisation for foreign airlines flying to the EU

29/04/2014

European Commission Press release Brussels, 29 April 2014 The European Commission today adopted a new regulation (known as PART TCO) paving the way for airlines from outside the European Union to obtain a single EU-wide safety authorisation to fly to, from or within the EU.

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European Commission welcomes Eurotunnel's plan to reduce charges by up to 50%

28/04/2014

Press release Brussels, 28 April 2014 European Commission The European Commission welcomes the announcement by Eurotunnel today to commit to reduce the current level of track access charges imposed on rail freight operators using the Tunnel by up to 50% - this should allow rail freight in the Channel Tunnel...

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Commission updates its guidance on maritime cabotage: Frequently asked questions

22/04/2014

European MEMO Brussels, 22 April 2014 Commission Council Regulation (EEC) No 3577/92 (hereinafter the 'regulation') applying the principle of freedom to provide services to maritime transport within Member States (maritime cabotage)1 is now over twenty years old.

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Maritime transport: Commission clarifies EU rules on cabotage and reports on developments in this sector

22/04/2014

European Commission Press release Brussels, 22 April 2014 The European Commission has given new guidance on the interpretation of the regulation to provide cabotage within a Member State, thus providing an internal market for the provision of maritime transport services.

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New EU rules to improve transparency of decisions on airport noise

16/04/2014

European Commission Press release Brussels, 16 April 2014 The European Commission welcomes today's decision by the European Parliament to make the rules on noise-related operating restrictions more transparent and evidence-based.

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Single European Sky: Commission urges Germany, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg to make a decisive move towards a common airspace

16/04/2014

European Commission Press release Brussels, 16 April 2014 Today the Commission has formally requested Germany, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg to improve their Functional Airspace Block (FAB), a common airspace arranged around traffic flows rather than state boundaries.

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Modern marine equipment rules for safer EU ships

15/04/2014

European Commission Press release Brussels, 15 April 2014 The European Parliament has adopted today the Commission's proposed new Directive on marine equipment. Better rules on marine equipment in the EU will result in safer journeys for the ships and their crew, less red tape for Member States, reduced costs for business, and increased...

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Commission welcomes European Parliament's vote for renewed resources for combating pollution at sea

15/04/2014

European Press release Brussels, 15 April 2014 Commission The European Parliament adopted today a financial package of €160.5 million for a period of over seven years (2014-2020) for the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) to allow continued action to combat marine pollution.

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New EU rules for safer and greener lorries: European Parliament endorses Commission proposal

15/04/2014

European Commission Press release Brussels, 15 April 2014 The European Parliament has endorsed today the Commission's proposal for new EU rules for safer and greener lorries. Vice-President Siim Kallas, in charge of transport, said: "I am pleased with this vote which supports the Commission's goal to make road transport cleaner...

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European Parliament votes for more modern inland waterway transport

15/04/2014

Commission Press release Brussels, 15 April 2014 European The European Parliament voted today in first reading on two proposals by the Commission regarding inland waterway transport: a proposal to facilitate the use of the Reserve fund and another relating to technical requirements for inland waterway vessels.

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Vice-President Kallas welcomes Parliament's vote on 112 eCall

15/04/2014

European Commission Press release Brussels, 15 April 2014 Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas, responsible for Mobility and Transport, welcomed the European Parliament's vote today on establishing emergency call response centres for the handling of 112 eCalls. The eCall system automatically dials 112 - Europe's single emergency number - in the event of...

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European Parliament vote "milestone" in the roll out of clean fuels for transport

15/04/2014

Commission Press release Brussels, 15 April 2014 European Today the European Parliament gave its final approval to new EU rules to ensure the build-up of alternative refuelling points across Europe with common standards for their design and use, including a common plug for recharging electric vehicles.

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Report on the State of the EU Road Transport Market – Frequently Asked Questions

14/04/2014

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 14 April 2014 What is the report about? The report describes the situation of the EU road transport market, and analyses its development since 2009. It provides an overview of market activity, employment in the sector and company structure, development of cost levels and structures, enforcement...

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Improve road haulage rules for industry, drivers and the environment, says Commission

14/04/2014

European Commission Press release Brussels, 14 April 2014 The Vice-President of the European Commission Siim Kallas, responsible for transport, has called for simplification and clarification of EU rules on road haulage. Mr Kallas' remarks follow the publication today of a report on integrating the internal market for road transport.

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Conférence Transport Research Arena 2014

11/04/2014

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 11 April 2014 Transport Research Arena conference 2014 The Transport Research Arena (TRA) 2014 conference, Europe's largest event dedicated to surface transport research, is co-organised by the European Commission, the European Conference of Roads Directors, and by the three European Technology Platforms for research in the...

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Travelling by air? Check if your carrier is safe on the Commission's new and user-friendly search tool for banned airlines, online today

10/04/2014

European Commission Press release Brussels, 10 April 2014 The European Commission is launching today an online tool to search the list of airlines that 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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Aviation: Commission updates the European safety list

10/04/2014

European Commission Press release Brussels, 10 April 2014 The European Commission has updated for the 23rd 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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Commission publishes first EU Transport Scoreboard

10/04/2014

European Press release Brussels, 10 April 2014 Commission The European Commission has published today for the first time a scoreboard on transport in the EU. It compares Member State performance in 22 transport-related categories and highlights for most of these categories the five top and bottom performers.

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EU Transport Scoreboard – How is your country doing?

10/04/2014

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 10 April 2014 The first ever EU Transport Scoreboard compares Member State performance in 22 transport-relevant categories and highlights for most categories the five top and bottom performers.

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European Commission calls for tough standards to regulate civil drones

08/04/2014

Press release Brussels, 8 April 2014 European Commission The European Commission has today proposed to set tough new standards to regulate the operations of civil drones (or "remotely piloted aircraft sytems" – RPAS). The new standards will cover safety, security, privacy, data protection, insurance and liability.

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Remotely Piloted Aviation Systems (RPAS) - Frequently Asked Questions

08/04/2014

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 8 April 2014 What is a civil drone? The term drone is used to describe any type of aircraft that is automated and operates without a pilot on board. There are two types of drones. 1. Remotely Piloted Aviation Systems (RPAS), in short a drone where...

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Working together for safer roads in Europe: 10 highlights of Commission road safety work 2010-2014

31/03/2014

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 31 March 2014 Road safety work in the EU has made great progress over recent years. Between 2001 and 2010, the number of fatalities on EU roads was reduced by a total of 43%. Between 2010 and 2013, it was reduced by a further 17%.

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Road safety: Second good year in a row puts Europe firmly on track towards target

31/03/2014

European Commission Press release Brussels, 31 March 2014 2013 is the second year in a row that saw an impressive decrease in the number of people killed on Europe's roads. According to preliminary figures, the number of road fatalities has decreased by 8% compared to 2012, following the 9% decrease...

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Rail Passenger Rights: Commission refers Italy to Court for failing to comply with EU rules

28/03/2014

European Commission Press release Brussels, 28 March 2014 The European Commission is referring Italy to the Court of Justice of the EU for failing to fully comply with EU rules on rail passenger rights. Regulation (EC) No.

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Railway safety: Commission refers Austria to the Court of Justice

28/03/2014

European Commission Press release Brussels, 28 March 2014 The European Commission has decided to refer Austria to the European Court of Justice for failing to bring national rules into line with a European directive on rail safety.

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Transport infrastructure: Vice-President Siim Kallas announces the release of the first €12 billion for projects in the transport sector

28/03/2014

European Commission Press release Brussels, 28 March 2014 The Commission adopted on 26 March 2014 a decision making the first 12 billion € tranche available for projects of the trans-European transport network. The budget will boost key projects of the nine core network corridors and help advancing transport policy objectives...

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Rivas Vaciamadrid (Spain) and Ljubljana (Slovenia) win EU awards for sustainable urban mobility.

25/03/2014

European Commission Press release Brussels, 25 March 2014 The European Commission has announced the winners of the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan Award for 2013 – Rivas Vaciamadrid (Spain) – and of the European Mobility Week Award – Ljubljana (Slovenia).

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Commission clarifies EU rules for public passenger transport by rail and by road - Frequently Asked Questions

21/03/2014

European MEMO Brussels, 21 March 2014 Commission Regulation (EC) N°1370/2007 on public passenger transport services by rail and by road defines rules on how to contract for the provision of public transport services by rail, metro, tram or bus, how to award these contracts and how to compensate for public...

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Commission clarifies EU rules for public passenger transport by rail and by road

21/03/2014

European Press release Brussels, 21 March 2014 Commission The European Commission has given guidance today on EU rules for public passenger transport services by rail and by road. The rules determine how public authorities across Europe may contract for the provision of public transport services by rail, metro, tram or...

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Transport Council – 14 March 2014

13/03/2014

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 13 March 2014 The EU Council of Transport Ministers will meet in Brussels on Friday 14 March under the Greek Presidency of the EU. Vice-President Siim Kallas, responsible for transport and mobility, will represent the European Commission.

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Aviation: European Parliament gives boost to the Single European Sky

12/03/2014

European Commission Press release Brussels, 12 March 2014 The Commission welcomes today's vote in the European Parliament to support, strengthen and push forward the Single European Sky 2+ (SES 2+) initiative as a key move to accelerate the implementation of Single European Sky.

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Commission appoints eleven European coordinators for the new transport infrastructure policy

12/03/2014

European Press release Brussels, 12 March 2014 Commission The European Commission today appointed European coordinators for each of the nine core network corridors of the trans-European transport network (or TEN-T), as well as for the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) and for Motorways of the Sea.

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New European rules for airports safety

06/03/2014

European Commission Press release Brussels, 6 March 2014 Today new rules providing for the first time common standards for safe design, operation and maintenance in over 700 of the largest EU and EEA airports are becoming applicable.

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Commission welcomes European Parliament's vote for improved aviation safety

26/02/2014

European Press release Brussels, 26 February 2014 Commission The European Parliament adopted today new rules to help prevent aircraft accidents. With the "Regulation on the reporting, analysis and follow up of occurrences", information on aviation safety incidents will flow more efficiently and faster, allowing for a thorough analysis and adoption of necessary action to help prevent similar incidents from...

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Transport: European Parliament adopts equivocal first reading position on fourth railway package

26/02/2014

European Commission Press release Brussels, 26 February 2014 The European Commission expressed its disappointment today about the European Parliament's plenary vote on the six legislative proposals forming the fourth railway package.

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Aviation: EU-ASEAN Aviation Summit proposes "open skies" agreement

12/02/2014

European Commission Press release Brussels, 12 February 2014 In a Joint Declaration adopted today in Singapore at the end of a successful two-day EU-ASEAN Aviation Summit, the European Commission http://www.asean.org/asean/external-relations/european-union and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN1) proposed to take aviation cooperation to a new level by negotiating a...

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European Parliament votes on air passenger rights

05/02/2014

Commission Press release Brussels, 5 February 2014 European The European Parliament has voted today on proposals from the European Commission to strengthen passenger rights including: 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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Road safety: Commission takes Portugal to Court for failure to establish guidelines for assessing infrastructure safety

23/01/2014

European Commission Press release Brussels, 23 January 2014 The European Commission has decided to take Portugal to the Court of Justice of the European Union because Portugal has not adopted and notified compulsory guidelines for the application of safety management procedures for road infrastructure in the trans-European network (TEN-T).

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