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Commission makes €24.2 million available to the development of electromobility in Europe


The European Commission will support a cross-European electromobility initiative, Green eMotion, worth €41.8 million, in partnership with forty two partners from the industries, utilities, electric car manufacturers, municipalities, universities and technology and research institutions. The aim of the initiative is to exchange and develop know-how and experience in selected regions within Europe as well as facilitate the market roll-out of electric vehicles in Europe. The Commission will make €24.2 million available to finance part of the initiative's activities.

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"Flightpath 2050" report presented by Commissioner Siim Kallas at the 2011 Aerodays in Madrid

Aerodays 2011

Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas, responsible for transport, presented at this year’s Aeronautical Days in Madrid a new long-term vision prepared by a high-level group on aviation and aeronautics research. The report is a first follow-up to some of the measures regarding aviation that had been put forward in the White Paper on Transport, recently adopted.

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TEN-T policy presented and discussed at Committee of the Regions event on "Moving Europe's Regions and Cities – Perspectives of the EU Transport Policy and Trans-European Networks"

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Four TEN-T European Coordinators – Péter Balázs, Carlo Secchi, Luis Valente de Oliveira and Karel Vinck – as well as Commission Director for Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) Policy and Smart Transport, Jean-Eric Paquet, participated in a forum organised by the Committee of the Regions on the perspectives of EU Transport Policy and Trans-European Networks for regions and cities. They took part in different workshops which focused on the impact of TEN-T on the competitiveness of EU regions as well as the role of regions and local authorities in financing TEN-T projects and their governance. The European coordinators shared success stories of the TEN-T policy as well as the need to further consolidate EU action and have a global investment strategy.

More than 250 experts at regional and local level, practitioners and politicians participated in the event. An exhibition of TEN-T Priority Projects was also presented by the TEN-T Executive Agency to accompany the event.



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Facts and figures and video on the Roadmap to a Single European Transport Areas

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  • The average car engine emits 28 times less carbon monoxide than 20 years ago.
  • An average new car today consumes 15% less fuel per 100 km than 10 years ago.
  • Freight transport activity is projected to increase by around 80% by 2050 compared to 2005, while passenger traffic should grow by 51%...

Find out more on how transport keeps the economy moving and gives us the freedom to travel through a new facts & figures website and video on the Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area, the Commission's White Paper on a Sustainable and Competitive Transport.

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Transport 2050: Commission outlines ambitious plan to increase mobility and reduce emissions

The Future of mobility

The European Commission adopted a comprehensive strategy (Transport 2050) for a competitive transport system that will increase mobility, remove major barriers in key areas and fuel growth and employment. At the same time, the proposals will dramatically reduce Europe's dependence on imported oil and cut carbon emissions in transport by 60% by 2050.

To achieve this will require a transformation in Europe's current transport system. By 2050, key goals will include:

  • No more conventionally-fuelled cars in cities.
  • 40% use of sustainable low carbon fuels in aviation; at least 40% cut in shipping emissions.
  • A 50% shift of medium distance intercity passenger and freight journeys from road to rail and waterborne transport.
  • All of which will contribute to a 60% cut in transport emissions by the middle of the century.

Vice-President Siim Kallas, responsible for transport said, "Transport 2050 is a roadmap for a competitive transport sector that increases mobility and cuts emissions. We can and we must do both. The widely held belief that you need to cut mobility to fight climate change is simply not true. Competitive transport systems are vital for Europe's ability to compete in the world, for economic growth, job creation and for peoples' everyday quality of life. Curbing mobility is not an option; neither is business as usual. We can break the transport system's dependence on oil without sacrificing its efficiency and compromising mobility. It can be win–win."

The Transport 2050 roadmap to a Single European Transport Area sets out to remove major barriers and bottlenecks in many key areas across the fields of: transport infrastructure and investment, innovation and the internal market. The aim is to create a Single European Transport Area with more competition and a fully integrated transport network which links the different modes and allows for a profound shift in transport patterns for passengers and freight. To this purpose, the roadmap puts forward 40 concrete initiatives for the next decade.

The Transport 2050 roadmap sets different goals for different types of journey - within cities, between cities, and long distance.

1. For intercity travel: 50% of all medium-distance passenger and freight transport should shift off the roads and onto rail and waterborne transport.

  • By 2050, the majority of medium-distance passenger transport, about 300km and beyond, should go by rail.
  • By 2030, 30% of road freight over 300 km should shift to other modes such as rail or waterborne transport, and more than 50% by 2050.
  • Deliver a fully functional and EU-wide core network of transport corridors, ensuring facilities for efficient transfer between transport modes (TEN-T core network) by 2030, with a high-quality high-capacity network by 2050 and a corresponding set of information services.
  • By 2050, connect all core network airports to the rail network, preferably high-speed; ensure that all core seaports are sufficiently connected to the rail freight and, where possible, inland waterway system.
  • By 2020, establish the framework for a European multimodal transport information, management and payment system, both for passengers and freight.
  • Move towards full application of “user pays” and “polluter pays” principles and private sector engagement to eliminate distortions, generate revenues and ensure financing for future transport investments.

2. For long-distance travel and intercontinental freight, air travel and ships will continue to dominate. New engines, fuels and traffic management systems will increase efficiency and reduce emissions.

  • Low-carbon fuels in aviation to reach 40% by 2050; also, by 2050, reduce EU CO2 emissions from maritime bunker fuels by 40%.
  • A complete modernisation of Europe's air traffic control system by 2020, delivering the Single European Sky: shorter and safer air journeys and more capacity. Completion of the European Common Aviation Area of 58 countries and 1 billion inhabitants by 2020.
  • Deployment of intelligent land and waterborne transport management systems (e.g. ERTMS, ITS, RIS, SafeSeaNet and LRIT
  • Work with international partners and in international organisations such as ICAO and IMO to promote European competitiveness and climate goals at a global level.

3. For urban transport, a big shift to cleaner cars and cleaner fuels. 50% shift away from conventionally fuelled cars by 2030, phasing them out in cities by 2050.

  • Halve the use of ‘conventionally fuelled’ cars in urban transport by 2030; phase them out in cities by 2050; achieve essentially CO2-free movement of goods in major urban centres by 2030.
  • By 2050, move close to zero fatalities in road transport. In line with this goal, the EU aims at halving road casualties by 2020. Make sure that the EU is a world leader in safety and security of transport in aviation, rail and maritime

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