Issue n° 158 - 20 December 2013

Mobility and transport

In the spotlight


Parliament committee paves the way for a single European rail area

The European Commission welcomes the adoption on 17 December 2013 by the European Parliament's Transport and Tourism Committee (TRAN) of the reports on the six legislative proposals forming the "Fourth Railway Package ".

Rail is a vital part of the EU transport system, with a key role in addressing rising traffic demand, congestion, fuel security and decarbonisation.

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Commissioner' s corner

Speech - EU triples funding for rail innovation

"Today we are tripling the funding for research and innovation in rail. That means that over the next 7 years, almost €1 billion of public and private funds will be spent on research and innovation to get more passengers and freight onto Europe's railways."

Siim Kallas

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Figure of the month

820 million

Over 820 million passengers used EU airports in 2011, this is roughly one third of all passenges worldwide.

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We were asked about...

Question asked by Philippe De Backer (ALDE)

Subject: Best practices for 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?

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Transport and You


11-12 February 2014, Singapore

EU-ASEAN Aviation Summit

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Horizon 2020 launch conference

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