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4 October 2010

Motorcycle safety and emission performance: European Commission proposes substantial improvements
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The European Commission has proposed the mandatory fitting of advanced braking systems on new motorcycles and automatic headlamp-on switching for all L-category vehicles. This category covers a wide range of vehicles such as two- or three-wheel powered cycles, mopeds, motorcycles with and without a side-car, tricycles, on-road quads and mini-cars. The proposal sets also ambitious emission requirements for these vehicles. In addition by introducing enhanced market surveillance requirements, a level playing field will be created for all L-category vehicle manufacturers in a sector where presence of non-compliant products may cause significant safety risks and environmental threats. At the same time it is proposed to radically simplify the current legislative set of 15 Directives by replacing them with just 5 Regulations.


1. Increased safety


The proposed Regulation should lead to a number of new functional safety requirements, namely mandatory anti-lock braking systems fitted to motorcycles.


2. Emission reduction


The Commission proposes a Euro 3, a Euro 4 and a Euro 5 step (and Euro 6 limits for motorcycles) to be complied with in 2014, 2017 and 2020, respectively.

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Vice-President

Antonio Tajani

Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship

"Today�s proposal is an example how we can make EU legislation lighter while increasing the functional safety and the environmental performance of L-category vehicles. Less legislation means less costs and administrative burden for the industry. At the same time we will considerably increase the safety of these vehicles and reduce their harmful emissions. We will moreover be able to tackle illegal products entering the EU internal market. What we have proposed today will benefit both industry and users of such vehicles"

Vice-President A. Tajani website

Vice-President Antonio Tajani - Commissioner for Enterprise & Industry
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Twenty five European Destinations of Excellence in Aquatic Tourism

 
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Twenty five tourist destinations from across Europe were awarded the title of �2010 European Destination of Excellence in Aquatic Tourism� at a Gala Awards ceremony in Brussels today. Scenic waterside locations in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Spain, Slovenia and Turkey received the European Destination of Excellence (EDEN) award due to the innovative approaches and sustainable manner in which they managed and promoted their tourism offer.

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European Tourism Day promotes cultural routes in the EU

 
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European cultural routes represent a truly authentic pan-European touristic product. Cultural itineraries are proposing a new model of tourism and strengthening EU citizenship through the discovery of our common heritage. Examples of such routes include the Iron Curtain Trail, the Phoenician Route, the route of the Olive tree, the Via Francigena and others.

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An innovative pharmaceutical industry which meets the needs of society

 
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Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani announced the launch of a process on corporate responsibility in the pharmaceutical industry. A distinction is made between three platforms � (1) ethics and transparency (2) access to medicines in Africa and (3) access to medicines in Europe � and will examine the major challenges of access to medicines in Europe and Africa.

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Agreement with Norway on two Galileo ground stations

 
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Norway will play an active role in the Galileo satellite programme, Europe�s global navigation satellite system which will provide more precise and more widely available positioning signals to citizens. Further to a Cooperation Agreement Norway will host two ground stations for Galileo. Norwegian industries will also be allowed to supply some niche technologies for Galileo.

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Benefits of multilingualism for small businesses

 
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It is estimated that 11% of small and medium-sized businesses lose contracts due to a lack language skills. The cost of these missed opportunities can run into millions of euro and threaten jobs. As well as being a practical asset for an individual�s personal development, languages mean more business for companies, giving them a competitive edge and opening up export markets.

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