No 342 - Weekly - 11 February 2010

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The Commission's integrated energy and climate change proposal 2008

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No announcements were made this week


Practical Information




• 25-26 February
Conference on Single European Sky, Madrid
24 March
Conference on Urban Mobility, Brussels





Motorways of the Sea





• Transport

Commission launches a one-stop helpdesk for motorways of the sea

The European Commission has launched a one-stop helpdesk on funding possibilities for "motorways of the sea" projects under the Trans-European Network for Transport (TEN-T) programme and the Marco Polo programme. It will also point to other relevant national and European Union funding schemes. The "motorways of the sea" initiative is a TEN-T priority project that aims to promote green, viable, attractive and efficient sea-based transport links integrated through the entire transport chain.

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Accident investigation in civil aviation: EDPS insists on ensuring confidentiality of data from persons involved in accidents

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has adopted an opinion on the European Commission's proposal to update the current rules for civil aviation accident investigation . The opinion focuses on the aspects of the proposal which have an impact on the protection of personal data, including the processing of data from passengers lists, victims, families and witnesses, during the different stages of the investigation and in the context of an exchange of information between investigation authorities. EDPS is an independent supervisory authority devoted to protecting personal data and privacy and promoting good practice in the EU institutions and bodies.

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2009 Annual Report




Alpine Traffic Observatory

The European Union set up the Alpine Traffic Observatory jointly with Switzerland to collect data and prepare reports on goods transport by road and by rail across the Alps. The 2009 Annual Report covering the year 2008 has now been published.

The agreement between the European Commission and the Swiss Confederation on freight and pasenger transport by rail and by road (Accord sur les Transports Terrestres, ATT), became effective on the 1st of June 2002. It states the need to create a permanent road and rail traffic observatory to analyse the evolution of freight traffic across the Alps. This observatory aims at collecting regularly a set of data to monitor traffic and transport and their determining factors. So transport policies at the national or European levels regarding freight transport across the Alps, should be planified.

 The second annual report about traffic and transport observation from Alpifret concerns road and rail traffic and tonnes in 2008. It aims at analysing evolution of transalpine freight transport between 1999 and 2008, and on short term (2007-2008) more succinctly.

Freight transport across the Alps is an important problematic for the European Union, mainly because it has an important environmental impact, infrastructure development is costly and it is constrained by strong topographic and legal characteristics. However all these concerns are opposed to the fact that these regions have a strategic position and remain at the heart of trade between the North and South of Europe.

The main event in 2008 in the transport sector was the presentation by the European Commission of the package on “greening Transport” on the 8th of July. The main disposition is to revise the Eurovignette directive on HGV motorway tariffs. The European commission wishes that prices of transport correspond to the costs that they generate in noise pollution, road congestion and environmental nuisances.



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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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