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Single European Sky: 10 years on and still not delivering

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The Single European Sky, the flagship project to create a single European airspace – tripling capacity and halving air traffic costs – is "not delivering". Vice-President Siim Kallas, European Commissioner for transport, today announced his intention to present new legislative proposals in Spring 2013 to accelerate implementation, as well as taking all enforcement actions possible, including infringements where necessary.

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Transport: Aviation Platform on 8 October

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The Aviation Platform set up to give strategic advice to Vice President Kallas in order to establish the basis for a sustainable future for air transport met for the fifth time on 8 October.

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The Single European Sky: 10 years on and still not delivering

Almost one year ago, I sounded an alarm bell about the poor progress made towards achieving the Single European Sky. That is the reason why I chose a particular title for my speech today: "10 years on and still not delivering". The Single Sky is the logical partner to Europe's single transport market on the ground. This flagship project is a concrete example of where Europe can make a difference to its citizens by raising capacity, improving safety and cutting costs.

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Single European Sky – Frequently Asked Questions

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 11 October 2012 What is the problem? The liberalisation of the EU’s aviation market in 1993 made travel much more accessible and affordable and has stimulated growth in air services. Since then, traffic has increased by 54%.

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20 Years of the European Single Market

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the European Single Market. And in just a few days, the Single Market Week will kick off. Under the slogan ''Together for new growth'', a series of events in cities all across Europe will take place from 15 to 20 October and will bring together policy-makers, social partners, businesses and citizens to discuss the achievements and challenges of the single market.

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