Newsletter
Issue n° 149 - 11 October 2013

Mobility and transport

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Rail safety: Commission welcomes significant progress achieved at Transport Council

The European Commission welcomes the "general approach" agreement reached at the Transport Council on 10 October 2013 on a recast of the rail safety directive.

This recast is the second part of the so-called Fourth Railway Package – proposed in January 2013 – with the aim of eliminating existing administrative and technical barriers by developing further the Single European Rail Area, thereby contributing to the competitiveness of the rail sector versus other means of transport.

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Commissioner's corner

Speech - Eastern Partnership Transport Ministerial Meeting

‘In the European Union, it is the beginning of a new era of transport policy. Finally, we can start to build the connections that are missing in the EU’s transport network – joining East with West and all corners of our 28 Member States.’

Siim Kallas

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The number of people employed in aviation

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Transport makes Europe go round! Every day it allows European businesses to connect with customers in Europe and abroad and with each other, contributing to the growth of our economy and providing millions of jobs. It also provides mobility for citizens, allowing them to commute to their place of employment, bringing the products and services they consume and, of course, allowing them to travel for leisure!

Browse the infographics below to discover some fascinating facts on how transport allows Europe to: Connect to compete!

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We were asked about...

The recent railway tragedies in France, where a collision between two commuter trains resulted in six fatalities, and the even more serious disaster in Spain, where, on 24 July, 77 people were killed and 140 injured near Santiago de Compostela, due to the wicked recklessness of a train driver, have highlighted the problem of the technological shortcomings that are still present on many stretches of high speed railway lines in the EU.

Should the Commission take action to step up efforts to harmonise EU traffic, which is a prerequisite for the establishment of a credible and safe European railway area?

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Aldo Patriciello (PPE)

Subject: Railway accident in Santiago de Compostela and safety of the European railway system

The recent railway tragedies in France, where a collision between two commuter trains resulted in six fatalities, and the even more serious disaster in Spain, where, on 24 July, 77 people were killed and 140 injured near Santiago de Compostela, due to the wicked recklessness of a train driver, have highlighted the problem of the technological shortcomings that are still present on many stretches of high speed railway lines in the EU.

The Alvia 730 series train derailed on a tight curve which is subject to a limit of 80 Km/h. The train, however, entered the bend at over 180 Km/h without any electronic system correcting the driver’s error.

For some time now the EU has been making efforts to harmonise European rail traffic by increasing technological levels through the establishment of the ERTMS (European Rail Traffic Management System), whose job it is to prevent trains from exceeding speed limits by automatically slowing them down.

Through the ERMTS, the central base station — via the radio transmission of digital data — is almost constantly in contact with the train, and in case of emergency is able to automatically intervene by taking command of the train.

The train in question, a modern S-730, can run on any track in Spain and was equipped with the ERTMS system, but the railway infrastructure depended only on the Spanish ASFA system, which is able to stop a train travelling too fast only when a beacon signal is issued, which in this case did not happen.

Such fatal circumstances would have been avoidable if the infrastructure had been technologically appropriate. Given that, according to Commission Communication COM(2010) 0474 of 17 September 2010, EU railway policy aims to facilitate the sustainable development of the EU economy by providing quality, reliable, safe and efficient services, does the Commission not think it should take action to step up efforts to harmonise EU traffic, which is a prerequisite for the establishment of a credible and safe European railway area?

 

Answer given by Mr Kallas
on behalf of the Commission
(13.9.2013)

The Commission deeply regrets the recent rail accidents and expressed solidarity and support to the victims' families.

Under Directive 2004/49/EC, Member States have National Investigation Bodies (NIB), which must undertake safety investigations following serious accidents, establish their causes and identify possible measures to reduce recurrence. The NIBs reports into recent events should also address recommendations to the National Safety Authorities and other competent bodies, such as the European Railway Agency (ERA) and the Commission. The Commission must await the reports before drawing conclusions. If they reveal a need for futher EU level action, it will take the appropriate measures as a matter of urgency.

Concerning the safety signalling systems, the Commission initiated the development of ERTMS (European Rail Traffic Management System) to underpin a sustainable, harmonised and safe European railway area. The corresponding standard is mandatory for any new lines and rail vehicles. Under a European deployment plan (EDP) (2009), Member States are to equip some lines with ERTMS by 2015. The Commission will report later this year and launch an impact asessment on the best measures for completing ERTMS on the EU core network by 2030, in line with the revised TEN-T guidelines(2).

Although the Santiago accident involved high speed rolling stock, it appears the accident happened on part of the conventional network linking to the high speed line. As such, there may have been no legal obligation to deploy ERTMS. If so, it was for the infrastructure manager to ensure the train control system was appropriate, but for the railway undertaking to ensure authorisation and compatibility of the rolling stock and driver licensing and training.



Transport and You

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

Deadline: 25/10/2013

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

Deadline: 25/10/2013

Calls for tender: Study on cyber-security in land transport, developing reporting guidelines, ranking possible attack scenarios and adapting existing risk assessment methodologies


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: 20/11/2013

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Events

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 info@tentdays2013.eu 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 Isabelle.Maes@ec.europa.eu.

Visit the conference website to register for the event.



07-08/11/2013 - Brussels

Logistics Conference 2013


Logistics Conference 2013

"LOGISTICS IN 2030 – CHALLENGES AND WAY FORWARD"

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."



17-20/11/2013 - Barcelona

27th International Electric Vehicle Symposium & Exhibition

27/11/2013 - Brussels

Financial Engineering Workshop

02/12/2013 - 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
Brussels

Objective

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.

Enquiries

All enquiries concerning the Conference should be addressed to: MOVE-ITS-CONFERENCE@ec.europa.eu

Registration

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

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11-12/02/2014 - Singapore

EU-ASEAN Aviation Summit


EU-ASEAN Aviation Summit

11-12 February 2014, Singapore

The Summit was held at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel in Singapore.

The aim of this first EU-ASEAN Aviation Summit was to enhance strategic dialogue between the EU and ASEAN, and discuss the benefits of promoting and building closer EU-ASEAN aviation relations. The Summit was organised jointly by the European Commission Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The summit was hosted by the Government of Singapore.

Topics discussed

The summit consisted of a series of presentations and discussions over one-and-a-half days, covering topics such as:

  • single aviation markets – EU and ASEAN experiences in integrating markets, removing barriers and regulating air transport
  • market outlook and business opportunities in the ASEAN, EU and ASEAN-EU aviation markets
  • aviation safety – regulation and potential for cooperation
  • air traffic management and airports– challenges and opportunities
  • prospects for further EU-ASEAN cooperation

Who participated?

Top-level decision-makers involved in the European and South-East Asian aviation and aerospace industries and services:

  • policy-makers – government and regulators – including Siim Kallas (EU Commissioner for Transport), Sommad Pholsena (Lao PDR Minister of Public Works and Transport and currently Chair of ASEAN Transport Ministers), and Lui Tuck Yew (Singapore Minister for Transport), who opened the summit
  • senior industry executives from the public and private sectors – representing airlines, regional airline associations, airports, air navigation service providers and manufacturers

The Summit took place during the week of the Singapore Airshow 2014.



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