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Renewed resources for combating pollution at sea

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The European Commission proposed funding of €160.5 million over a period of seven years for the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) to allow continued action to combat pollution caused by ships. The funds will enable the agency to maintain its network of specialised anti-pollution vessels available to Member States to recover pollutants and to further develop satellite images to detect pollution. The funds are intended to maintain the network of specialised anti-pollution vessels which strengthen the capability of the Member States to respond to pollution caused by oil and other substances.

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€66.7 million in new EU funding to fight road congestion and make freight transport greener

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The European Commission launched a 66.7 million euros call for proposals to fight road congestion and make freight transport greener in the framework of the MARCO POLO programme. Businesses and entrepreneurs across the European Union and beyond are invited to submit project proposals until 23 August 2013.

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Background

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Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas talking to Siobhán O'Brien, who suffered a brain injury in a car crash and told the conference how this changed her life

Reducing serious injuries: the way forward to make Europe’s roads safer

Speech by Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas at the Road Transport Safety Conference on Serious Injuries in Dublin, 28 March 2013

Minister, ladies and gentlemen

Thank you for inviting me to Dublin to speak at today’s conference. I would like to commend the Irish EU Presidency for selecting serious road traffic injuries as one of its transport policy priorities. I’m sure you will all have seen the latest EU road safety figures for last year – 9 per cent fewer people killed on Europe’s roads than in 2011. It’s also the lowest number of road deaths recorded since we started collecting data. And I’m pleased to see that Ireland remains among the top performing road safety countries in the European Union.

This result is a very positive improvement from the “wake-up call” of last year, when the rate of decline in road deaths slowed down markedly. Europe’s roads have become considerably safer during the last decade: between 2001 and 2011, road deaths fell by 43%. This is the result of several elements in the EU’s road safety policy: for example, our work on national and cross-border enforcement, deployment of vehicle safety devices and tougher rules on vehicle testing, particularly for motorcycles.

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