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NEWS OF THE WEEK: MAJOR COMMISSION INITIATIVE ON CLEAN FUEL - EU launches clean fuel strategy

The European Commission announced an ambitious package of measures to ensure the build-up of alternative fuel stations across Europe with common standards for their design and use. Policy initiatives so far have mostly addressed the actual fuels and vehicles, without considering fuels distribution. Efforts to provide incentives have been un-co-ordinated and insufficient.

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European railways: Commission promotes interoperability and competitiveness

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The European Commission adopted a decision strengthening the certification and authorisation process of lines and trains equipped with the European Train Control System (ETCS). ETCS is the European standard for train signalling and speed control. Deployment of ETCS across key freight and high speed corridors will greatly improve the competitiveness of European railways.

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EU support to help improve important Danish railway line

The European Union will provide co-financing of €5 million from the TEN-T Programme for a project to upgrade important railway access lines between Sealand and Lolland in Denmark. The project, which is part of the "Fehmarn Belt railway axis" (TEN-T Priority Project 20), is a key element of the main north-south railway route connecting the Nordic countries to the rest of Europe.

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EU support to help convert the Port of Barcelona’s rail network to UIC gauge

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The European Union will provide support of €1 million from the TEN-T Programme for a project to adapt the internal rail network of the Port of Barcelona in Spain to UIC gauge. On completion, the Port will be able to attract more rail operators and its internal operations will be greatly improved.

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Malpensa’s rail link benefits from EU support

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The European Union will support with over €500,000 from the TEN-T Programme a study to evaluate the possibility of connecting Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 of Malpensa Airport in Italy (TEN-T Priority Project 10) with a rail link by using a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) scheme. Presently, Terminal 2 can only be reached by road and the new link would greatly improve the connections of this terminal and of the airport as a whole.

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Study on Greek/Bulgarian ports network to receive EU support

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The European Union will support with €750,000 from the TEN-T Programme a project aimed at exploring the feasibility of connecting by rail a series of maritime and fluvial ports in north-eastern Greece and Bulgaria to create a multimodal freight corridor serving the Aegean Sea, the Black Sea and the Danube river.

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