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Holiday wishes from our Director

DG Research and Innovation season's greetings

For European transport research, 2011 has been a year of exchange and vision: we saw many of you from the transport industry and the transport research community at numerous eventsexternal link throughout Europe and continued setting shared research priorities. The Flightpath 2050external linkvision for aeronautics and the Roadmapexternal link of the European Green Cars Initiative are two new broadly endorsed agendas. I believe our cooperation is important to ensure that we make the best use of the knowledge present in Europe to tackle transport related societal challenges.

Meanwhile, our research projects delivered some substantial resultsexternal link. Amongst others, we saw successful test rides of automated car convoys (platoons), the introduction of driverless pods at London Heathrow, and the commercialisation of an innovative container for airplane luggage compartments that can withstand explosions. The first demonstrators of the Clean Sky JTI also saw the light of day. I am already eager to see the achievements of the newly funded projects that will start to deliver in 2012. I expect some promising progress on a carbon-neutral path for producing aviation fuel, on the use of new materials, and there are several interesting initiatives with partners in Japan, Russia and China. 

In 2012, the Transport Directorate of DG Research and Innovation is determined to continue making European transport greener, safer and smarter through funding scientific excellence and promoting industrial leadership. I am confident that with your support, transport research will remain a priority in Horizon 2020external link, the new framework programme for research and innovation that the European Commission has just proposed to the European Parliament and Council of Ministers.

I wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

András Siegler
Director of DG Research and Innovation – Transport Directorate