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2 March 2011

New European satellite navigation service increases aviation safety
New European satellite navigation service increases aviation safety

Today the European Commission launched the EGNOS �Safety-of-Life� service for aviation. The EGNOS system enables precision approaches and renders air navigation safer as well as helps reducing delays, diversions and cancellations of flights. In addition the free-to-use technology allows airports to increase their overall capacity and cut operating costs.


EGNOS also enables the planning of shorter, more fuel efficient routes which will reduce the CO2 emissions of the industry. EGNOS is a satellite-based augmentation system which improves the accuracy of GPS signals across Europe and is the precursor of Galileo, the global satellite navigation system being developed by the European Union.


Increased capacity for smaller airports: The vertical guidance offered by the system means planes are able to land in restricted visibility conditions, increasing the capacity of airports, especially small and medium-sized airports that cannot afford the more expensive alternative technologies.

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Vice-President

Antonio Tajani

Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship

"I am very pleased to announce the launch of the EGNOS Safety-of-Life service, yet another tangible result of Europe�s investment in satellite navigation. It will considerably increase the safety of air navigation, provide economic benefits to airports and airlines, and help reduce CO2 emissions. The aviation industry can now take full advantage of the system."

Vice-President A. Tajani website

Vice-President Antonio Tajani - Commissioner for Enterprise & Industry
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Progressive recovery of nights spent in hotels through 2010

 
Progressive recovery of nights spent in hotels through 2010

In 2010, 1.6 billion nights were spent in hotels and similar establishments in the EU, an increase of 2.8% compared with 2009, after two successive annual declines of 0.3% in 2008 and 3.7% in 2009. After the decrease in the number of hotel nights spent which began in the middle of 2008, peaked in January-April 2009 and then slowed down during the rest of 2009, there were first signs of a developing recovery in 2010. The number of hotel nights increased at an annual rate of 1.7% in January-April 2010, of 2.6% in May-August and of 5.1% in September-December.

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EU interim forecast: Recovery gaining ground

 
EU interim forecast: Recovery gaining ground

The economic recovery in the EU continues to make headway. After a strong performance in the first half of 2010, real GDP growth for both the EU and the euro area slowed down in the second half. The deceleration was expected and in line with the soft patch in global growth and trade that reflected the withdrawal of stimulus measures. Looking ahead, real GDP growth in 2011 is now forecast at 1.8% in the EU and 1.6% in the euro area, a slight upward revision compared to the autumn forecast.

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Consultation on "Europe 2020 Project Bonds" to fund infrastructure

 
Consultation on

A public consultation on the "Europe 2020 Project Bond Initiative" aims at boosting the funding of projects with long-term revenue potential in line with the Europe 2020 policy priorities. Over the next decade, record investment volumes in Europe's transport, energy, information and communication networks will be needed in order to underpin the Europe 2020 flagship actions. Preliminary estimates point to investment needs of EUR 1.5 to 2 trillion for Trans-European Transport Networks, the energy sector and information and communication technologies.

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