No 326 - Weekly - 1 October 2009

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• 21-22 October
TEN-T Days, Italy
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TEN-T Project Management Workshop, Belgium

 

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EGNOS

 

 

 

 

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Commission launches EGNOS Open Service - free access to citizens and businesses

The European Commission has declared 1 October the official start of operations by EGNOS, the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service, with its Open Service now available for free to businesses and citizens. EGNOS is Europe's first contribution to satellite navigation and a precursor of Galileo, the global satellite navigation system that the European Union is developing.

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Commission approves €9 million State aid to rail and intermodal freight transport in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna.

The European Commission has approved a State aid scheme amounting to €9 million notified by the Italian authorities in order to revitalise rail freight transport and the modal shift from road to rail in the region of Emilia-Romagna.

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State Aid

 

Airport infrastructure in Lithuania: Commission approves State aid to airports of Vilnius, Kaunas and Palanga

The European Commission has decided not to raise any objections to the public financing of infrastructure developments at three Lithuanian airports – Vilnius, Kaunas and Palanga International Airports. The measure is aimed at improving the airport infrastructure and therefore at enhancing access and connectivity as well as the social and economic development of Lithuania.

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Action Plan

 

Commission takes action to make urban travel greener, better organised and more user-friendly

The European Commission has adopted a comprehensive Action Plan on Urban Mobility. The Action Plan proposes twenty concrete measures to help local, regional and national authorities achieve their goals for sustainable urban mobility.

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Memo

 

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Citizens' Energy Forum: consumers, industry and regulators endorse recommendations for billing, complaint handling and smart metering

EU Consumer Commissioner Meglena Kuneva and the Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs gave their closing remarks at 2nd Citizens' Energy Forum in London this week. The Forum has endorsed recommendations for good practice in billing, aiming to provide EU consumers with simple, clear and informative gas and electricity bills. The recommendations build on good billing practices in several EU countries. The European Commission expects that better billing will help EU consumers to save both on their energy use and on their bills. Launched in 2008, the Citizens' Energy Forum brings together consumer organisations, industry, and government regulators to tackle practical energy-related issues which matter to consumers, such as switching suppliers, user-friendly billing and complaints-handling. The retail electricity market has been flagged as one of the problem markets in the Consumer Markets Scoreboard. Less than half (45%) of consumers find it easy to compare offers from energy providers, which can be one of the reasons why only 8% of consumer switched providers in the past two years. The Commission has launched a major study of the retail electricity market and will present the results to the Forum in 2010.

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Action Plan on Urban Mobility

 

 

Background

Action Plan on Urban Mobility

The European Commission has adopted a comprehensive Action Plan on Urban Mobility. The Action Plan proposes twenty concrete measures to help local, regional and national authorities achieve their goals for sustainable urban mobility.

Why an action plan now?

European towns and cities face ever-growing challenges to make urban transport sustainable. These challenges have been discussed in the Green Paper on urban mobility that the Commission adopted in September 2007. They must be addressed if the European Union’s overall strategy to combat climate change, achieve objectives for energy efficiency and renewable energies, and strengthen social and economic cohesion is to succeed.

Nine out of ten EU citizens believe that the traffic situation in their area should be improved.

Citizens' travel affects not only urban development but also the economy. Towns and cities need free-flowing, efficient transport systems. But urban transport is also an essential component of long-distance transport. Most passengers and freight start and end their journeys in urban areas and pass through several urban areas on their way. Urban transport is thus a vital element of a competitive and sustainable European transport system.

What are the actions?

The Action Plan includes twenty actions addressing the following issues:

Passenger rights: The Commission will work with stakeholders to agree a set of voluntary commitments on passenger rights in urban transport. In recognition of the fact that persons with disabilities have the right of access to urban transport on equal terms with the rest of the population, it will include urban mobility in the EU Disability Strategy.

Better planning: Integrated planning can provide a good response to the many mobility challenges that cities are faced with. To accelerate the take-up of sustainable urban mobility plans in cities and regions the Commission will prepare information material and launch promotional activities. It will also produce guidance documents on important aspects of these plans, such as urban freight distribution and intelligent transport systems for urban mobility.

Greener transport: Many citizens would like transport to become greener. The Commission will continue to support research and demonstration projects, for example on lower and zero-emission vehicles. It will set up an internet guide with information on clean and energy-efficient vehicles and discuss with Member States how energy-efficient driving could be included in private drivers' driving tests. The Commission will also discuss urban mobility issues with stakeholders from the health sector.

Sharing experiences: To help policy makers to share experiences, the Commission will establish a database with information on the wide range of tested solutions that are already in place. This database will also include an overview of EU legislation and financial instruments relevant to urban mobility and offer educational tools. The Commission will study how to improve the availability of data and statistics, facilitate information exchange on urban pricing and encourage international dialogue on urban mobility with Europe's neighbouring regions and global partners.

Improved information: To help making travel easier, the Commission will work with public transport operators and authorities on better travel information. It will study the different access rules for green or environmental zones that have been introduced across the EU and consider the need for further action.

Funding: Finally, funding is often a key issue. The Commission will work to streamline existing EU funding sources and look at future funding needs. It will also prepare a guidance document on sustainable urban mobility and Cohesion Policy and study the effectiveness and efficiency of different urban transport pricing solutions. Education, information and awareness-raising campaigns play an important role in the creation of a new culture for urban mobility. The Commission will therefore continue to support the organisation of public awareness campaigns, for example the European Mobility Week.

When do the actions come into place?

The actions will be launched over the next four years. In 2012 the Commission will conduct a review of the implementation of this Action Plan and assess the need for further action.

For more information, visit http://ec.europa.eu/transport/urban/urban_mobility/urban_mobility_en.htm

 

 

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European Road Safety Action Programme 2011-2020

 

20/11/2009

 

  

 

 

 

 

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New Calls for Tenders

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Please note that the announcement of technical reports and documents recently produced in specific energy and transport sectors can be found on the "What's New" pages of the corresponding chapters of Energy and Transport on the EUROPA website.

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