Croatia's accession – application of the EU road transport acquis
On 1 July 2013, Croatia will be joining the European Union as its 28th Member State.
This means that the EU acquis, including the road transport-related acquis, will apply in full from day one (1 July 2013), covering all transport operations carried out by Community-registered operators and vehicles to/from Croatia from/to the EU, and within their territories, with the exception of the transitional measure agreed between the EU and Croatia on road haulage cabotage.
Making the most of alternative energy to drive transport forward
Speech given by Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas, 25 June 2013, at the Sustainable Energy Week in Brussels
"We all know that the world’s energy landscape and balance are changing quickly. Compared with many other countries, Europe is not blessed with abundant natural resources.
We are far from able to produce all the energy we need to cover demand.Judging by the international oil and gas markets, we are not heading towards an age of cheap energy. But we do have a choice.
For example, we could carry on paying other countries to supply us. We already pay about €1 billion a day for oil imports, which causes a deficit in the EU’s trade balance of 2.5% of GDP. Frankly, this bill is massive and unnecessary.
Or - we can invest limited resources in our own sustainable and smart energy."