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Regulators and Stakeholders intensify co-operation to remove restrictions on carry-on liquids at EU/US airports

Liquids, aerosols and gels

As a further sign of good transatlantic cooperation on aviation security and shared interest with business and stakeholders, the European Commission's Directorate General for Mobility and Transport and the United States' Transportation Security Administration (TSA), together with the main European and American aviation stakeholders (airlines, airports, retail associations and liquids equipment manufacturers), signed today a joint statement. This confirms their intention cooperate towards the screening of liquids aerosols and gels (LAGs) at EU/US airports. Based on a roadmap, the sides intend to find a comprehensive risk-based security solution which will facilitate the lifting of the restrictions to LAGs as soon as practical, maintaining security and facilitating passengers and trade in international civil aviation.

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Road safety: Tougher vehicle testing rules to save lives

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Vehicle checks are fundamental to road safety. More than five people die on Europe's roads every day in accidents linked to technical failure. So the Commission has adopted new rules to toughen up the testing regime and widen its scope.

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Commission launches innovation partnership for Smart Cities and Communities

Smart cities

One of the greatest challenges facing the EU is how best to design and adapt cities into smart intelligent and sustainable environments. Almost three quarters of Europeans live in cities, consuming 70% of the EU's energy. Congestion costs Europe about 1% of its GDP every year; most of it is located in urban areas. Smart urban technologies can make a major contribution to tackling many urban challenges.

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Save the date – Conference on Urban Mobility – 17 September 2012 – Brussels

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Vice-President Siim Kallas invites urban mobility stakeholders to the conference ‘Towards competitive and resource efficient urban mobility’ to take place at the Committee of the Regions, in Brussels on 17 September. This conference will mark the launch of the public consultation on the EU’s urban mobility activities in the context of the White Paper ‘Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area - Towards a competitive and resource efficient transport system’. The event is aimed at institutional stakeholders as well as local government, transport users and operators, and industry and research representatives.

The event will also take stock of the accomplishments of the CIVITAS initiative. Launched in 2002, CIVITAS celebrates its 10th anniversary of supporting cities in implementing ambitious transport measures and policies towards sustainable urban mobility.

More information will be made available on the DG Move and CIVITAS websites.

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Background

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Transport: professional drivers' training improves road safety

The European Commission published today a report on the application legislation which requires professional drivers to undergo dedicated training. Data show that trainings have been effective and continue to enhance road safety. The report advises on specific issues to further improve the application of the legislation.

Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas responsible for transport said: "Safety on our roads is a priority. With buses and coaches operating across the EU, the harmonisation of skills and competences of professional drivers in Europe proved to be effective in contributing to the reduction of road fatalities. Now we are looking into how to enhance its application."

Directive 2003/59/EC on the initial qualification and periodic training of trucks and buses' drivers entered into force on 10 September 2003. The goal of the Directive is to enhance road safety in Europe by ensuring a common level of training, and the achievement of the necessary skills and competences for professional drivers to drive their vehicles.

It establishes mandatory level of initial qualification and periodic training for professional drivers in the European Union. The training is organised by training centres approved by the Member States.

Next steps

The report suggests a few specific issues which can improve the application of the Directive, such as raising the involvement of social partners, and enhance the cooperation between Member States. A list of national contact points will facilitate the cooperation between national administrations to handle, among others, the cases of drivers attending the periodic training abroad.

Moreover, the exchange of national timetables for periodic training should help overcoming any difficulty that enforcement authorities may face when checking drivers from abroad.

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