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Commission launches consultation on "Europe 2020 Project Bonds" to fund infrastructure

President Barroso

The European Commission launched a public consultation on the "Europe 2020 Project Bond Initiative" which aims at boosting the funding of projects with long-term revenue potential in line with the Europe 2020 policy priorities. This follows the announcement made by President Josť Manuel Barroso in his State of the Union Address. Its objective is to help the private project companies to attract capital market funding from investors such as pension funds and insurance companies. The Europe 2020 Project Bond initiative has been identified in the Annual Growth Survey as a priority measure to enhance growth.

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Directorate-General of Mobility and Transport newsletter on road safety 5

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In this issue:

  • Integrated training to cut casualties
  • Developing road safety awareness at an early age
  • Getting risky behaviour off the road
  • Innovative approaches to driver training
  • Ensuring two wheels are no less safe than four
  • Online tools to support driver safety
  • Taking the initiative for better urban transport training
  • Simulated techniques to get novices up to speed
  • Honing higher order skills amongst specific groups

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Commission decision concerning the 2011 Work Programme in the field of mobility and transport

This Work Programme is divided into two parts:

A. Grants awarded without a basic act following a call for proposals.

B. Grants awarded without a call for proposals.

The Commission is also implementing three multiannual programmes adopted under the co-decision procedure in the field of mobility and transport:

  • Marco Polo II Programme;
  • Trans-European Transport Networks;
  • Certain measures under the 7th Research Framework Programme.

What are EU decisions?

Decisions are EU laws relating to specific cases. They can come from the EU Council, sometimes jointly with the European Parliament, or the Commission. They can require authorities and individuals in Member States either do something or stop doing something, and can also confer rights on them. EU decisions are addressed to specific parties (unlike regulations) and fully binding.

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Background

Another major step toward the establishment of the European Single Sky

functional airspace blocks

The European Commission has adopted rules to harmonise information between all the actors involved in creating the Single European Sky (SES). Member States decided to put an end to the fragmentation of Europe's air space by creating between themselves nine common geographical air spaces by December 2012: the Functional Airspace Blocks (FABs). The Regulation adopted today spells out the information to be exchanged between everyone involved.

Vice-President Siim Kallas, Commissioner responsible for transport, said: “This Regulation paves the way for a productive cooperation between all parties involved in Functional Airspace Blocks by clarifying the rules on exchanging information. It will really help to accelerate the creation of the Single European Sky ". The creation of functional airspace blocks (FAB) is one of the cornerstones of the Single European Sky. FABs are a major tool for overcoming the fragmentation of our skies. Member States are responsible for establishing FABs, which will only be put in place following proper consultation of all stakeholders.

The FABs will improve current safety standards, enable planes to take much shorter routes and as a result will reduce aviation's impact on the environment, minimise delays, lower costs for companies and finally make flights cheaper for passengers. Today's Regulation will allow comparative assessment of different FABs and sound mutual consultations of all actors involved. It will keep the Commission and other bodies informed of their progress and any modifications that could affect other FABs.

In fulfilling the information requirements, Members States will give FABs the tools for establishing a performing European airspace by the deadline required by the European Parliament and the Council. For air navigation service providers they will facilitate the response to new binding performance targets established under the Single European Sky legislation.

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