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Air Transport: Commission requires the Czech Republic and Greece to ensure implementation of safety checks of aircraft using their airports

The European Commission has sent a reasoned opinion to the Czech Republic and Greece for failing to transpose EU legislation setting procedures for safety checks for EU and third country aircraft using their airports. Directive 2008/49/EC establishes EU wide safety standards covering: aircraft inspections, possible measures for unsafe aircraft (including grounding of aircraft) and standards for the training and qualification of inspectors. Both Greece and the Czech Republic have two months to comply with the request.

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Air Transport: Commission sends a formal request to Germany to ensure fair access for service providers to ground handling markets at major airports

The European Commission has sent a formal request to the German authorities (reasoned opinion) for failing to ensure fair access for services providers to ground handling markets at major airports (14 major airports in the case of Germany), as required under EU Directive 96/67/EC. Under this Directive, any service provider should be able to compete to provide ground handling services such as baggage handling, catering services, fuel and oil handling or passenger transport. This is the second stage in the infringement process. Germany is required to comply with the request within two months, failing which the case may go before the European Court of Justice.

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Poland fully opens up its 'airside' ground handling market in response to Commission action

Poland has adopted new legislation providing for the full opening-up of its 'airside' ground handling market. The legislation has been drawn up in response to infringement proceedings started by the European Commission against Poland for its failure to fully open up the ground handling market at Warsaw-Okecie airport. Since the new legislation is now in force, the Commission has decided to discontinue the infringement proceedings today.

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EU-JORDAN: a common Aviation Area to be gradually implemented

Delegations from the European Union and the Kingdom of Jordan have initialled  in Amman a comprehensive aviation agreement. It will open up the respective markets, strengthen cooperation and offer new opportunities for consumers and operators.

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Companies are invited to apply for Marco Polo funding to fight road congestion and make freight transport greener

The European Commission has published the fourth call for proposals for the creation and upgrade of freight transport services under the second Marco Polo programme. The projects to be chosen will fight congestion on European roads and improve the environmental performance of the freight transport system, which are two main objectives of the EU transport policy. Companies across the European Union and beyond are invited to submit proposals as from now.

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Conference on Urban Mobility

Within the framework of this year's European Union Sustainable Energy Week, the European Commission will organise a Conference on Urban Mobility which will take place at the European Commission's Charlemagne building in Brussels on Wednesday 24 March from 15:00 to 18:15.

 It is foreseen that this conference will consist of high-level interventions from representatives of the European Commission, the Spanish Presidency, the European Parliament and the Committee of the Regions, followed by a lively panel discussion between stakeholder representatives and the audience on the subjects of integrated transport, perspectives for public transport, and freight delivery in cities within the context of the Action Plan on Urban Mobility.

Theme 1 – An integrated urban transport system This session will look at the means to achieve a better integrated, i.e. more efficient and user-friendly urban transport system. It will look at how transport and land use planning, the effective integration between the modes, the establishment of safe walking and cycle networks and intelligent traveller services can contribute. Questions related to the organisation and governance of such a system will also be addressed.

 Theme 2 – The perspectives for public transport Speakers will focus on the role of public transport for effective and sustainable urban transport systems. This session will explore the potential for improving the quality of service of public transport systems in Europe and for achieving a shift towards a more sustainable modal balance in urban mobility. Current and expected future trends in the field of urban transport will be explored, as well as the connection of public transport to other modes of transport and new mobility strategies. What are the challenges, what are the promises for future public transport systems?

Theme 3 – Freight: the last mile delivery challenge Freight delivery in cities is a significant component of the freight transport chain. Efficient interfaces are required between long-haul transport and short distance distribution to the final destination. The urban part of the journey often proves to be a major source of congestion and local pollution. The panel members will provide examples of some of the most efficient techniques currently in use in this segment of transport, and outline the possible developments towards logistic solutions able to optimise the performance of freight delivery and reduce its impact on mobility conditions and quality of environment in cities. They will also give recommendations on how to better integrate freight transport into local policies and planning and how to better manage and monitor transport flows, with a focus on actions at the European level.

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