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Commission welcomes European Parliament approval for maritime passenger rights

The European Commission welcomes the European Parliament voting in favour of a regulation on rights of passengers travelling by sea and by inland waterways. After air and rail, also transport by water will be covered by a specific set of rights for passengers at EU level. Maritime and inland waterway passengers, and in particular passengers with a disability and people with a reduced mobility, will enjoy new rights that will protect them when they travel anywhere within the European Union.  

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Commission updates list of airlines banned from European airspace

The European Commission has updated the list of airlines banned in the European Union to include one carrier from Surinam and to expand the operating restrictions on Iran Air. In addition, two carriers from Indonesia have been removed from the list of banned airlines.  

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Commission welcomes European Parliament’s approval of new legislation lessening the administrative burden for the maritime sector

The European Commission welcomes the European Parliament’s approval of the draft Directive intended to simplify and facilitate the administrative procedures for ships entering and leaving European ports. The provisions of the Directive will be phased in between 2012 and 2015. This Directive will contribute to making maritime transport more attractive and supporting maritime activity, particularly in small and medium-sized commercial ports.  

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Commission welcomes European Parliament approval of new legal framework for Intelligent Transport Systems

The European Commission welcomes the European Parliament voting in favour of a new legal framework for Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). ITS can significantly contribute to a cleaner, safer and more efficient transport system. The Directive adopted today should accelerate the deployment of innovative transport technologies across Europe.  

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Intelligent Transport Systems

A new legal framework for Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS)

This week, the European Parliament voted in favour of a new legal framework for Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), in order to contribute to a cleaner, safer and more efficient transport system and accelerate the deployment of innovative transport technologies across Europe.

What can ITS achieve?

Innovation will help to make transport more sustainable, which means efficient, clean, safe and seamless. New infrastructure cannot solve all transport problems of congestion and emissions. ITS apply information and communication technologies to transport. Computers, electronics, satellites and sensors are playing an increasingly important role in our transport systems. The main innovation is the integration of existing technologies to create new services. ITS as such are instruments that can be used for different purposes under different conditions. ITS can be applied in every transport mode (road, rail, air, water) and services can be used by both passenger and freight transport.

Action Plan

On 16 December 2008, the European Commission took a major step towards the deployment and use of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) in road transport. The Action Plan adopted suggests a number of targeted measures and a proposal for a Directive laying down the framework for their implementation. ITS can significantly contribute to a cleaner, safer and more efficient transport system. The goal is to create the momentum necessary to speed up market penetration of rather mature ITS applications and services in Europe.

 

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