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Dear Reader,

Welcome to the new newsletter on transport and mobility in Europe.

The European Commission decided last month to create a Directorate-General dedicated solely to transport and mobility policies to reflect the vital role they play in the everyday lives of our citizens and companies. One cannot imagine a united Europe without the capacity to move from one place to another in safety and comfort. Similarly, our economy would not be able to thrive without our firms being able to efficiently move goods across the continent.

This new Directorate-General will support Vice President Siim Kallas in successfully improving mobility and removing bottlenecks in our transport system. This will include further developing a sustainable internal transport market, stimulating technological renewal, modernising our transport infrastructure and promoting policies and legislation that bring greater safety, security and passengers rights.

This newsletter will update you on our continuing efforts to create transport services and an infrastructure suitable for a Europe on the move. Thank you for your support.


Matthias Ruete

Director-General of the Mobility and Transport DG



The Commission urges the Member States to ensure measures to prevent maritime piracy are applied

The European Commission has adopted a recommendation addressed to the Member States to ensure the effective application of measures for self-protection and for preventing acts of piracy and armed attacks against ships. These measures – known as 'Best Management Practices' (BMP) – have been adopted by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

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More: Piracy Seminar


Georgia to gradually integrate into the European common aviation market

Georgia and the European Union have initialled a comprehensive air services agreement at a meeting in Tbilisi, Georgia, which will open up and integrate the respective markets, strengthen cooperation and offer new opportunities for consumers and operators. Following three rounds of negotiations over the past six months, the two sides have agreed to develop a "Common Aviation Area" between Georgia and the EU, within two years after signature, based on common rules in important areas such as aviation safety and security.

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More: International Aviation


European Parliament enquires about first railway package

Vice-President Siim Kallas answered this week an oral question tabled by the European Parliament on the implementation of the 1st railway package. The European Parliament wanted to know why the majority of Member States had failed to implement the package up to now, the follow-up by the Commission on this and the lessons to be drawn.

VP Kallas explained that the economic crisis exacerbated existing structural problems of the railways but he recognised also that there were still barriers to remove for a functioning market as regards new entrants. The Commission tried to tackle the problem via Infringement procedures and clarification and changes proposed to current rules via the announced recast of the package. The main problems recognised consisted of insufficient implementation of the track access charging directive, the lack of independence of infrastructure managers and railway operators and the failure to ensure sufficient independence, resources and powers to the regulatory body. The promotion of technical harmonisation of rail in conjunction with ERA was also important for the achievement of a genuine internal market for rail. VP Kallas concluded that the first railway package had been good but its implementation insufficient, that interoperability will be the heart of the railways reform, Member State participation in regulatory agencies needs to be addressed in the recast and that innovative ways need to be explored in order to ensure financing for the removal of bottlenecks.

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European Aviation Safety Strategy Conference

The European Commission will be holding a conference to discuss the future aviation safety strategy for the European Union in Brussels on 20 April 2010.

With the extensions of European competence in Flight Operations, Pilot Licensing, Air Traffic Management and Aerodromes now in place and the associated Implementing Rules following in the next few years the geography of the European aviation regulatory framework has changed dramatically. This has also been accompanied by the progressive introduction of safety management systems across the aviation industry. The European Union therefore stands at a cross roads in the organisation of safety in Europe and consequently it is an appropriate time to reappraise what are aims should be for the coming decade.

 The conference will therefore consider how the European Union ensures that its aviation safety performance is up to the highest standard, how it makes sure the standard is achieved across the whole of the European Union, and how the European Union maintains the continuous improvement we have seen over the past decade, with the thrust of the debate concentrating on the implementation of a formal aviation safety management system at European level. In summary how the European aviation safety system moves from being largely reactive towards one that is pro-active.

Speakers at the conference will be key players from the public and private sectors of the aviation industry and regulators in the EU.

All stakeholders in the aviation system are welcome to attend and the Commission encourages participation during the debating sessions in order to ensure the voice of the players in aviation are heard. Access to the Conference is free, and it is hoped to obtain sponsorship to provide delegates with a buffet lunch.

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More: Aviation Safety



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