Issue n° 147 - 27 September 2013

Mobility and transport

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Vice-President Kallas opens crucial aviation talks in Montreal

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Assembly is addressing challenges in aviation safety, security, air navigation, fair competition and market access, and of course the environment (aviation emissions).

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EU transport commissioner Siim Kallas addressed today the opening session of the Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), ahead of crucial negotiations. The ICAO Assembly must address challenges that should not be underestimated — in aviation safety, security, air navigation, fair competition and market access, and of course the environment (aviation emissions).

Speaking before the start of the negotiations, Vice-President Kallas said: "This ICAO Assembly faces a huge responsibility to guarantee an ambitious and sustainable environment where growth can take place and where aviation can continue to benefit and connect citizens and businesses worldwide. This is a pivotal moment which will set the stage for world aviation for years ahead".

On aviation emissions, the Vice-President said: "We want our aviation industry to grow and prosper in the decades ahead so it must deal properly with its environmental footprint at the same time. Society needs to see the aviation industry as a responsible global citizen."

The ICAO Assembly, made up of 192 Member States, meets every three years to set the aviation priorities and policies and work programme for the following years.

The EU at the ICAO Assembly — Frequently asked questions



What are the main issues at stake at the 38th Assembly?

Safety: more work on safety management will be necessary, as well as a bigger role for regional organisations.

Security: more mutual recognition between states and regions with good security standards.

Air Navigation/Air Traffic Management (ATM): this Assembly should adopt the "global air navigation plan", and by doing so lay down a roadmap for the eventual modernization of the world's ATM system.

Air transport/aviation economics: more liberalisation in terms of market access and air carrier ownership and control, in balance with the need for fair competition and consumer protection.

The impact of international aviation on climate change and the various measures to mitigate this impact: the EU has already included aviation in its emissions trading scheme (ETS) and is now seeking a landmark agreement at the ICAO Assembly on a global measure.


What is going to be discussed at the Assembly?

Europe, alongside North America, is statistically the safest region in the world for aviation. Through its participation and contribution to this Assembly, Europe seeks to share its experience, as well as provide guidance and ideas, with the global aviation community with the aim of ensuring that further growth in aviation can take place whilst all the time becoming safer. The term "safety" covers a large spectrum of issues and activities, not all of which will be addressed at the Assembly, but on a number of key issues Europe will be looking for concrete results for further action to be pursued at ICAO level. In particular:

  • Europe wants ICAO to take a position which goes further in recognising and promoting the advantages of a 'regional' approach to safety. In other regions of the world a good cooperation between states can provide a viable option to effectively help them to fulfil their safety obligations. Europe is looking to ICAO to reinforce its recognition of the benefits that a regional approach to safety brings – allowing for greater efficiencies, sharing of expertise and raising standards across the board – and for ICAO to promote this approach in other regions of the world where appropriate.

  • Europe will also be looking to ICAO for further progress as regards civil aviation oversight and management at a global level, notably through the adoption of a proactive stance in promoting a greater use of risk management as a general principle in safety procedures so as to provide a much better targeting of resources and more efficient outcomes.

What is the expected outcome?

The Assembly is expected to adopt a resolution that reiterates and reinforces the benefits of regional cooperation, and to ensure that this gets reflected in ICAO's rulemaking activities, notably as regards the further development of its (newest) Annex 19 on safety management, as well as its safety monitoring activities in the context of its universal safety oversight audit programme (USOAP).


What is going to be discussed at the Assembly?

The work in the ICAO Assembly builds on the high-level conference on aviation security (Montreal, 12–14 September 2012) and is in general expected to be straightforward. The Assembly will discuss how to have a more secure, while at the same time more efficient, aviation security system. A politically inspired working paper challenging the EU ACC3 air cargo and mail requirements is expected to be presented by the Russian Federation and 54 African states.

What is the expected outcome?

The Assembly is expected to approve the revision of the Resolution A37-17 on "Policies related to the safeguarding of international civil aviation against acts of unlawful interference", thereby confirming the conclusions of the high-level conference, which tackled a number of important issues. In particular:

  • Europe is keen on the finalisation of reinforced air cargo security rules. Following the high-level conference, those new rules were adopted by the ICAO Council and would be implemented as of 15 July 2013, as revisions to Annex 17 – Security to the Chicago Convention. However, work remains to be done on air cargo and mail security.

  • Europe also supports the adoption of a mechanism for the mutual recognition of security measures. States would recognise the equivalence of aviation security measures with the same standards of security. This would pave the way to a one-stop security approach.

  • Europe supports rules which are more risk-based rather than the "one size fits all" approach in the design of international measures. This is important to determine proportionate actions against acts of unlawful interference and allocate efficiently resources at operational level.

  • Europe would also like work to be done on improving assistance to capacity-building activities in states that have a significant need to improve their compliance with international standards, but also to introduce some accountability for the recipient states.

  • Supporting a sustainable aviation security system is also important, so that new rules are not only effective and efficient from the security perspective, but also operationally viable and economically feasible.


What is going to be discussed at the Assembly?

Airspace suffers from a lack of capacity and efficiency, due to fragmentation. There are different ATM systems in world regions and within regions. This situation makes it more technically complex, and costly, for airlines to operate and move from one airspace to the other.

Global or regional modern and standardised ATM systems would bring several benefits in terms of capacity, safety, fuel efficiency, and economics. By making airplanes flying on straighter lines for example there would be a decrease in costs and lower fuel consumption. Common standards would allow for global competition between various systems and manufacturers, and lower costs. Furthermore, planes would operate with the minimum of performance change from one airspace to another.

What is the expected outcome?

The Assembly should adopt the global air navigation plan (GANP), and related aviation system block upgrades (ASBU). By doing so the Assembly would lay down a roadmap for the eventual modernization of the world's ATM system. The key to this modernization is interoperability, to avoid a patchwork of differing systems.

Europe has with SESAR, in the same way as the US with NextGen, an advanced programme of ATM modernization. However, to reach an efficient global interoperability ICAO standards are required at the right time. An ICAO standardization road map has been announced in the GANP, but not produced so far. ICAO would need to continue its work on the development of the numerous standards which will become necessary.


What is going to be discussed at the Assembly?

The 6th ICAO Air Transport Conference in March 2013 adopted useful, balanced and progressive conclusions in key areas of the economic regulation of international air transport such as market access, the liberalisation of air carrier ownership and control, fair competition and consumer rights. This guidance should be well reflected in the decisions to be taken by the Assembly in the context of ICAO's work programme.

What is the expected outcome?

The Assembly is expected to deliver results on the following issues:

  1. Adopt a "long-term vision" for market access liberalisation including through a possible multilateral agreement;

  2. Make progress on a multilateral agreement to liberalise air carrier ownership and control;

  3. Update guidance rules on fair competition, which was confirmed by the conference as an "important general principle in the operation of international air services";

  4. Develop core principles on consumer protection.

Progress in these key areas will contribute to the further development of the global economic regulatory framework for international air transport. Indeed, the current framework should be adapted to ensure the long-term sustainability of the air transport sector, and to take account of the increasingly global and competitive environment in which air transport operates today.


What is going to be discussed at the Assembly?

Aviation accounts for some 3% of global CO2 emissions. Although the impact of aviation is relatively small at the moment, ICAO statistics show that international aviation CO2 emissions are forecast to increase between 4 and 6 times by 2050 from the levels of 2010. In order to limit the risk of climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recognises that, globally, greenhouse emissions should be cut by 50% in 2050 from 1990 levels so as to prevent an average global temperature increase of more than 2oC above pre-industrial levels. Therefore the forecast growth in international aviation emissions needs to be addressed if aviation is to make its fair contribution to meeting global climate change goals.

What is the expected outcome?

In order to address the climate impacts of aviation and reduce CO2 emissions the European Commission would like the 38th Assembly to establish — in addition to a range of operational and technical measures — an agreement on the development of a global market-based measure which can be in place by 2020. The design of this global scheme, which is also strongly supported by the global aviation industry, should be completed by the time of the next ICAO Assembly, which takes place in 2016.

Vice-President Siim Kallas' opening remarks


Montreal, Canada

24 September 2013

President, distinguished delegates,

This assembly will set the stage for the future development of international aviation. What is decided here over the next two weeks can — and should — have paramount importance in creating the regulatory conditions that this vital global industry needs to secure its future growth.

On safety, ICAO's work has progressed well and in line with the resolution of the 37th assembly. We are pleased that a new Annex 19 was incorporated into the Chicago Convention on Safety Management.

On air navigation and air traffic management, after the successful 12th Air Navigation Conference, we hope the assembly will be able to agree on the global air navigation plan and set out the right roadmap and priorities for the eventual modernisation of the world's ATM system.

On security, using last year’s high-level aviation security conference as a starting point, we want to help ICAO progress towards a more secure security system that is also more efficient. We believe this can be achieved by increasing mutual recognition between states and regions, as well as risk-based rules.

On air transport, I would recall the conclusions of the 6th ICAO Air Transport Conference on key areas such as market access, liberalisation of air carrier ownership and control, fair competition and consumer rights.

Europe supports these conclusions.

Finally, we all know that the public and aviation world want and expect us to reach an agreement on aviation and the environment, and aviation emissions in particular.

On this, I would like to state the following. This assembly is the best forum to deliver the global solution that aviation needs. I believe such a solution is now within reach.

For aviation to keep growing, it must be seen as a responsible global citizen. Our aim is to find global consensus, by promoting more advanced technologies, using sustainable alternative aviation fuels, better procedures in air navigation and — last but not least — providing for market-based measures. We need all these elements for a successful outcome.

Given the growth forecasts in aviation, market-based measures are integral to the global response to the challenge posed by aviation emissions. It is notable that the world's aviation industry calls for MBMs as part of that response, as confirmed by the work that they have carried out over the last few years. We welcome IATA’s proposals on a global scheme as a very positive step forward.

Europe believes firmly that at this ICAO Assembly we should decide to develop, by 2016, a global market-based measure for international aviation that can start in 2020. Until that date, countries or groups of countries should — within certain parameters — be able to deploy national and regional MBMs. We also want to see a fair and equitable solution that can accommodate the special circumstances of some states.

In supporting such a "package", Europe has moved a long way over recent months. International aviation will benefit enormously from a global approach if we are in a position to agree. It is a unique opportunity and a pivotal moment to forge a meaningful global solution.

President, distinguished delegates, we have a lot of hard work ahead of us. I sincerely wish that this conference succeeds in its ambitious goals.

Thank you.

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European Sustainable Shipping Forum

Navigating Towards Clean and Sustainable Shipping

Following the First Progress Report on the implementation of the Commission Staff Working Paper "Pollutant emission reduction from maritime transport and the Sustainable Waterborne Transport Toolbox" the European Commission announces the creation/establishment of the European Sustainable Shipping Forum (ESSF).

The European Sustainable Shipping Forum (ESSF) will advance the Sustainable Waterborne Transport Toolbox's efforts for a cost-efficient and coherent implementation of the provisions of the Directive 2012/33/EU as regards the sulphur content of marine fuels which transposes the international low sulphur standards into EU law.

The ESSF will bring together Member States and maritime industry stakeholders. It will enable a structural dialogue, exchange of best practices and coordination, thus providing the opportunity to discuss practical issues that could be encountered during the implementation process, in particular during the transition phase before the entry into force of the new standard.

The European Commission published on 24.9.2013 the Decision on setting-up the group of experts on maritime transport sustainability – The European Sustainable Shipping Forum (ESSF) [C(2013)5984].

The ESSF will operate with the following structure: a plenary, a secretariat, and non-permanent technical working groups to further develop the actions outlined in the Toolbox Progress Report. The ESSF envisages in particular to:

  1. provide guidance on the implementation of the Sulphur Directive;
  2. create the framework conditions for the use of marine LNG as ship fuel;
  3. create the framework conditions for the use of scrubbing technology in shipping
  4. explore and evaluate all the available financing opportunities
  5. coordinate research and development activities and encourage innovation.

Call for Applications

A Call for Applications for the selection of ESSF members accompanies the Commission's Decision. The European Commission is looking forward to applications from organisations meeting the criteria outlined in the call not later than 18th of October 2013.

Appendices to the Call for Applications: MS Word, ODF, PDF

EASA and Transport Canada enhance their cooperation in Aviation Safety

EASA Press Release

Cologne, 24/09/2013

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) signed on 24 September 2013 a Working Arrangement to harmonise their approach to international safety standards, which will ensure that a high uniform level of civil aviation safety is maintained.

This Working Arrangement establishes working procedures between EASA and TCCA in the frame of the ‘Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft’ (SAFA) programme of the European Union. The programme enables participating countries to carry out ramp inspections and to collect and exchange information on the safety of third country aircraft using airports located in the states that participate in the SAFA programme. The provisions of this programme will now be progressively extended to Canada, paving the way for a full participation of Canada in the SAFA programme at the end of a transition period.

On signing this arrangement, Patrick Ky, EASA Executive Director declared: "I am honored to sign this Working Arrangement with Transport Canada in the presence of Transport Minister Lisa Raitt and EU Vice President Siim Kallas. The SAFA programme is a great European success and the most advanced international programme for safety data collection and exchange".

"Air travel does not stop at our borders, and this is why Transport Canada is very proud to have joined EASA, and over 40 countries in the SAFA Programme" said Martin J. Eley, Director General, Civil Aviation, Transport Canada.

On the date of the signature of this Working Arrangement, the participating countries in the SAFA Programme are: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Georgia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and Ukraine.

Commissioner's corner

Speech - Making the best and fairest use of Europe’s roads

‘This is a long-term vision for creating a single European road haulage market with no restrictions, and no arbitrary distinctions between countries.’

Siim Kallas

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IRU–EU road transport conference/Vilnius

16 September 2013

Prime Minister, ministers, ladies and gentlemen,

Thank you for inviting me to talk about some of the challenges, constraints and opportunities for European road transport and where I believe we can make a real difference to transport’s economic and environmental efficiency.

Europe’s car, truck and road haulage industries are critical to our economy, and not only as a major producer and employer. They provide the means for millions of EU citizens to travel and thousands of businesses to prosper. They are also indispensable for our social and economic fabric. Imagine if they disappeared for a month. EU consumers, commuters and businesses would get rather impatient – and rather quickly. However, trucks and buses are still one of the more polluting forms of transport. Roads still carry the bulk of freight and passengers in Europe. So we should work harder to make road transport as clean and green as possible. Climate change, congestion and its effects on competitiveness: these are just a few of the challenges faced by the sector. Others include the quality of infrastructure and insufficient funding to maintain and upgrade it. These are areas where we need to focus action.

Take road freight, where we are not yet properly prepared to cope with the expected growth in the years ahead. In fact, we are struggling just to manage present levels of demand in a sustainable and resource-efficient way. With millions of trucks travelling daily on Europe’s saturated roads, we have to improve the situation. That means we must act now.

Let me begin with our plans to revise the rules on maximum weights and dimensions of heavy goods vehicles. As you know, the idea is to improve the economic and environmental efficiency of trucks by allowing more aerodynamic design of the trucks. EU manufacturers would be in a position to design and produce a new "truck of the future", which could then be sold around the world as a global reference. Everyone gains. Operators raise their economic efficiency; emissions from heavy trucks come down, while road safety improves; Europe’s truck manufacturers get a valuable commercial opportunity to remain world market leaders.

Our proposal is now on the table. I would urge Member States and the European Parliament to work towards a rapid agreement so that European citizens and business can reap the benefits as soon as possible. This is also what everyone wants — we have all received a letter with co-signatories ranging from hauliers to environmental NGOs to road safety associations, all asking for swift progress.

One of the biggest problems to tackle in transport is insufficient investment. In the EU, public investment in transport infrastructure has been falling since the late 1970s. In 1975, investments in inland transport stood at 1.5% of GDP. By 2008, they had fallen below 0.8% – a record low. This year, for the first time, China is spending more on roads than the EU does. Maintenance budgets and infrastructure quality across the EU have diminished. Today’s public budgets are unable to keep transport infrastructure maintained. This is not only at odds with our "Connecting Europe" philosophy. It is also a matter of life and death, as the state of repair of the EU's roads has a direct bearing on road safety.

Europe needs smooth and well-maintained transport links to stimulate economic growth and create more jobs. Network infrastructure is starting to crumble without investment. Today, there is a definite financing gap: one that public money cannot bridge on its own. The longer we leave it, the more it will cost in the long run.

Congestion is another huge problem. It costs European businesses and citizens the equivalent of 1% of the EU’s entire annual GDP. In more densely built areas, the cost is more than 2%. This would more than pay the entire EU budget. Expanding the road network is not a sustainable solution, even if there were consumer appetite to do so. New road capacity would just generate more demand and neutralise the temporary relief in congestion.

We need to get to the core of congestion – people's behaviour. When we manage to change that, we will be successful in tackling congestion. Many studies have shown that people's behaviour can best be influenced through their wallets. So what would help would be to manage demand through congestion charging in peak hours. It would improve the efficiency of the EU economy.

In addition to finding new ways to manage demand and infrastructure use efficiently, we also need to find new means of funding infrastructure. The solution suggested by transport planners is road charging. It follows the "user pays" principle, one of the cornerstones of a fair and efficient pricing policy. With public budgets increasingly constrained, we are convinced that the future of infrastructure funding lies in charging the users for the use of the road - just as trains pay track access charges and planes pay airport charges. We are aware that anything that deals with money and budgets is politically very sensitive. We are now thinking about the best way forward, but let there be no doubt: if we are not to lose the benefit of a well-functioning infrastructure, we must act soon to end years of chronic underinvestment.

Let me now move onto another important issue: access to road haulage markets. This is one of the few service sectors in the EU single market where access is still strongly regulated and restricted. Not only does this hamper economic efficiency, it goes against the spirit of the single market. Today, hauliers may not take up loads as and where they become available, which makes it difficult to match offer and demand. Companies are artificially protected from competition on certain markets by administrative barriers. I have listened closely to the views of all concerned. I agree that improving the regulatory framework and opening up access to cabotage markets should take place in a carefully prepared way.

As I have said before, I am not looking at a 'big bang' approach to opening up access. This is a long-term vision for creating a single European road haulage market with no restrictions, and no arbitrary distinctions between countries. The rules should be simplified to make sure they are implemented more efficiently, effectively and consistently throughout the EU. Later this year, we will present a report on the state of the market. This may be accompanied by a proposal that looks at how the rules could be implemented more effectively and efficiently.

Since we are today in Vilnius, let me also say a few words on road transport relations with our neighbours. There is the TIR issue on customs transit, market access and quotas, the use of tachographs, the employment of foreign drivers, to name just a few.

Regarding the TIR issue with Russia, we urge all parties involved to sit together and try to find a good solution as soon as possible. TIR is a tried and tested system that simplifies customs transit formalities and so avoids delays and queues at the border. These just add to the cost of trade between our countries, hampering trade and economic growth on all sides.

When it comes to the legal framework of our external road transport relations, the current patchwork of bilateral agreements between individual EU states and non-EU countries fails to deliver quick and effective solutions in the interests of the whole of Europe. We need to consider urgently how to address this.

Ladies and gentlemen,

These are just a few elements in the Commission’s broader strategy that aims to prepare our road sector for a more sustainable and efficient future. There are of course many other important policy areas that will also contribute to this: our strengthened research and innovation strategy, the long-term vision for urban logistics, the revised policy for the Trans-European Transport Network, to name just a few.

We look forward to working closely with you in all of these areas, and for the success of our road initiatives next year — which promises to be a very busy and important one for the future of European road transport.

Thank you for your attention.

Figure of the month

950 billion euro

In 2011 private households in the EU-27 spent € 950 billion or roughly 13% of their total consumption on transport related items.

Read more statistics on EU transport in our 2013 pocket book

  • Full version (including corrigenda) 
  • Corrigendum nr 1
  • Corrigendum nr 2

The corrigenda will be included in the paper copies not yet delivered.

Files in MS Excel format:

  • 1. General
  • 2.1 Transport general
  • 2.2 Performance of freight transport (tkm)
  • 2.3 Performance of passenger transport (pkm)
  • 2.4 Performance using other indicators
  • 2.5 Infrastructure
  • 2.6 Means of transport
  • 2.7 Safety (revised tables 2.7.2, 2.7.4)
  • 3. Energy and environment

Questions and comments on the data should be sent to MOVE-TRANSPORT-DATA.

We were asked about...

Would it be interesting to draw up certain minimum standards for urban mobility, taking account of the fact that the Member States would be at liberty to work out further details?

Does the European Commission see any other ways in which sustainable urban mobility could be promoted in Europe?

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Rule 117

Philippe De Backer (ALDE)

Subject: Best practices for more sustainable urban mobilityMore and more people are moving to urban areas in Europe, which is causing a number of problems, such as growing congestion, air pollution, more accidents, etc.

Action is urgently needed in order to improve the quality of life of town-dwellers and also to tackle the problem of urban mobility. This is mainly a matter for the Member States, but the Commission has already taken a number of steps with regard to it. In 2009, for example, it submitted an action plan on urban mobility, and in the White Paper on Transport it also announced a number of initiatives designed to bring about more sustainable urban mobility.

In many towns, interesting projects aimed at more sustainable urban mobility have already been launched. It would be good if the Commission could collect and publish information on best practices.

  1. Does the Commission agree that an overview of best practices could be a useful instrument to provide inspiration for European towns? Does the Commission believe that it would be feasible to compile such a publicly accessible overview? Will the Commission take such action so that Europe’s towns can derive inspiration from a public register of European best practices?
  2. Does the Commission consider that it would be interesting to draw up certain minimum standards for urban mobility, taking account of the fact that the Member States would be at liberty to work out further details? Will the Commission take such an initiative?
  3. Does the Commission see any other ways in which sustainable urban mobility could be promoted in Europe? If so, can the Commission provide an overview of the most specific options?


Answer given by Mr Kallas
on behalf of the Commission

  1. The Commission agrees that an exchange of best practices and experiences across the EU can help towns and cities identify and successfully implement solutions for better and more sustainable urban mobility. To foster this exchange, the Commission has set up the ELTIS Urban Mobility Portal which seeks to collect and disseminate relevant information ( ). The Commission also facilitates the development of innovative urban mobility solutions through its CIVITAS Initiative ( ).
  2. In its Transport White Paper of 2011 , The Commission proposed the development of an urban mobility scoreboard. The assessment and audit scheme recently developed by the EU project EcoMobility SHIFT could be a starting point for the development of such a scoreboard ( ). The Commission also promotes the concept of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans and invites Member States to adapt this concept to their particular circumstances to ensure that such plans can be developed and implemented successfully for the urban areas in the territories.
  3. The Transport White Paper identifies a number of areas on which Commission action should focus to foster sustainable urban mobility, such as urban mobility and transport planning; urban logistics; urban access regulations; deployment of urban Intelligent Transport System solutions. The Commission envisages presenting, before the end of 2013, an Urban Mobility Package that would propose concrete action in these areas.

Contracts and grants

Calls for tender: Study on a European urban transport roadmap 2030

Contract notices published in Official Journal since 2012

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The tender documentations published on this web page might be clarified, complemented or corrected by the Contracting Authority. Tenderers are therefore invited to consult this site regularly until the deadline for submission.

Deadline: 14/10/2013

Calls for tender: Technical support for the promotion of sustainable urban mobility in third countries

Contract notices published in Official Journal since 2012

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The tender documentations published on this web page might be clarified, complemented or corrected by the Contracting Authority. Tenderers are therefore invited to consult this site regularly until the deadline for submission.

Deadline: 14/10/2013

Public consultation: Access to multimodal traffic and travel data in the European Union

Contract notices published in Official Journal since 2012

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The tender documentations published on this web page might be clarified, complemented or corrected by the Contracting Authority. Tenderers are therefore invited to consult this site regularly until the deadline for submission.

Deadline: 25/10/2013

Public consultation: Initial qualification and periodic training of drivers of certain road vehicles for the carriage of goods or passengers

Contract notices published in Official Journal since 2012

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The tender documentations published on this web page might be clarified, complemented or corrected by the Contracting Authority. Tenderers are therefore invited to consult this site regularly until the deadline for submission.

Deadline: 25/10/2013

Public consultation: Effective reduction of noise generated by rail freight wagons in the European Union

Contract notices published in Official Journal since 2012

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The tender documentations published on this web page might be clarified, complemented or corrected by the Contracting Authority. Tenderers are therefore invited to consult this site regularly until the deadline for submission.

Deadline: 03/10/2013

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16/10 - 18/10/2013 - Tallinn, Estonia

Ten-t Days 2013: Connecting Europe "On the move to the new Ten-t"

TEN-T Days 2013

Connecting Europe

On the move to the new Ten-t

16-17-18 October 2013, Tallinn, Estonia

European Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas, Ministers, Members of the European Parliament and key stakeholders will gather together to discuss the future development of the trans-European transport network, with a special focus on financing, innovation and implementation tools such as corridors.

Please visit the event website for more information and registration.

For any questions and comments feel free to contact CECOFORMA at who is organising the TEN-T Days on behalf of the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport of the European Commission.

21/10/2013 - Brussels

Conference "Moving Europe forward with clean transport fuels"

Clean Power for Transport Conference

Brussels, 21 October 2013

Charlemagne Building

A conference to review the situation of alternative transport fuels in Europe will be held in Brussels on Monday 21 October 2013.

The establishment of an appropriate refuelling infrastructure and the consequent development of the market of the related vehicles is needed to promote economic growth and job creation in the Union, as well as to reduce the EU's oil import bill which currently represents up to 1 billion euro a day, leading to a significant deficit in the EU trade balance of around 2.5% of GDP.

At the conference, Vice-President Siim Kallas, Lithuania Transport Minister Rimantas Sinkevičius and other high-level speakers will discuss the challenges and opportunities of alternative fuels. There will also be three panel sessions with representatives of the industry, associations, NGOs and foreign administrations to discuss the potential of alternative fuels for growth and jobs, the situation of alternative fuels in the world and investments into alternative fuels.

The conference will also showcase several projects at exhibition stands. For more questions about this event please contact

Visit the conference website to register for the event.

07/11 - 08/11/2013 - Brussels

Logistics Conference 2013

Logistics Conference 2013


7-8 November 2013, Sheraton Hotel Brussels


On 7 and 8 November the conference 'Logistics in 2030 – Challenges and way forward' took place in Brussels. Commission Vice-President responsible for transport, Siim Kallas opened the event by highlighting the importance of the logistics sector for the EU economy and the role the European Commission can play in creating an environment enabling the sector to continue growing and keeping its global competitive edge.    

The two-day conference was attended by over 250 people from across and outside Europe. Attendees representing the full range of businesses and stakeholders involved in freight transport logistics - service providers, transport operators and shippers -, engaged in expert discussions on major challenges and possible strategies.

Vice-President Kallas said: "With so many “pieces of the logistics puzzle” represented here today, this conference is an excellent opportunity to hammer out specifics of how European logistics should develop in the years ahead. The best ideas should be incorporated into a strategy paper early next year, with concrete steps forward for further discussion and consultation. It’s now time to talk concretely about what we want to achieve and how to go about doing it. This conference is a starting point for us to map out together the way forward for this vital industry."

27/11/2013 - Brussels

Financial Engineering Workshop

03/12/2013 - Brussels

ITS Conference 2013: "Triggering ITS deployment"

ITS Conference 2013

"Triggering ITS deployment"

Monday 02 December 2013, 9:00 – 17:00
Alcide de Gasperi Room, Charlemagne Building


The European Commission is organising its 4th Conference on Intelligent Transport in Europe in Brussels on 02 December 2013. The objective of this high-level event is to provide an overview of the state-of-play with regard to a number of key actions and major initiatives in the context of the ITS Action Plan and the ITS Directive 2010/40/EU .

Main topics to be discussed

During the ITS Conference 2013 topics such as Major ITS developments, Seamless travel / Multimodal travel information and planning services (including access to transport data) and the Deployment of co-operative systems will be discussed.

Who is expected to participate?

The ITS Conference 2013 will bring together high-level representatives from the European institutions and representatives of public and private stakeholders from the ITS community in the European Union.

The ITS Conference 2013 will be opened by Mr Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the European Commission and in charge for Transport, together with representatives of the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the EU, the European Parliament and the European Economic and Social Committee.

The participation is open to all members of the ITS Community interested in exchanging views on various actions and initiatives in the field of ITS.

Conference Programme

Conference Programme

Practical Information

The conference room has a limited capacity (approx. 400 delegates). It may therefore be necessary to restrict the number of delegates per organisation.

Webstreaming - Interpretation in English, French, German and Lithuanian.

Information on the event will be updated on a regular basis.

Participation to the Conference is free of charge. Travel and accommodation costs will be at the participants' expense.


All enquiries concerning the Conference should be addressed to:


The registration for the Conference is now closed. On-site registration in the limit of seats available.

Photos of the conference

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