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Commission speeds up roll-out of information services for motorists

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The European Commission promotes the roll-out of intelligent information services for Europe's drivers. Rules adopted today ensure such information services will be compatible across Europe.These information services for motorists include real-time warnings about traffic conditions, and the location of safe and secure parking places for trucks.

Estimates suggest that intelligent information services could reduce the number of road deaths by up to 7%.

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Marco Polo programme – the results and outlook

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The European Commission adopted on 14 May 2013 a Communication on the Marco Polo programme (2003 – 2013) which helps companies introduce transport services that shift freight off the road and on to more environmentally friendly modes such as short-sea shipping, rail and inland waterways. From 2003 to 2012, 172 grants have been awarded providing financial aid to over 650 companies.

The Communication also presents the Commission's intentions with regard to the next steps beyond the current multiannual financial framework.

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Commission plans to support development of 'smarter cities'

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Under the European Commission's leadership, a high-profile group of mayors and industry representatives has started to work towards making Europe’s cities 'smarter'.

On 14 May, Vice Presidents Kallas and Kroes and Commissioner Oettinger hosted the first High Level meeting of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) “Smart Cities and Communities”.

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Vice-President Kallas in talks with IMO Secretary General – focus on ship safety and reducing emissions

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EU Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas and the Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization Mr. Koji Sekimizu met on 7 May in Brussels and reaffirmed their common goal to work together towards safer and more environmentally friendly shipping. The meeting focused on two main points: passenger ship safety and measures to reduce CO2 emissions from international shipping.

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European Road Safety Day, dedicated to reducing pedestrian fatalities in urban areas

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The European Road Safety Day – May 6 – is the Commission's contribution to the United Nations Global Road Safety Week, whose theme this year is "pedestrian road safety". Today, Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas, responsible for transport, opened the European Road Safety Day conference, followed by public road safety demonstrations and a "long short walk" in Brussels.

Of the 30 000 people killed on European roads per year (28 000 in 2012), on average 21% are pedestrians, 7% are cyclists and 18% are riders of motorcycles and mopeds. 70% of the pedestrians who die are killed within urban areas.

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