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Issue n° 159 - 17 January 2014

Mobility and transport

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The new smart tachograph will helps improve road safety and will reduce administrative burden

The final text of the new tachograph regulation has been agreed between European Parliament and Council and was voted in the Parliament's Plenary on 14 January 2014.

The new tachograph regulation will increase road safety by reducing the possibility for tampering with the tachograph. Higher standards for workshops entrusted to install and calibrate the tachograph will also help to reduce fraud and manipulation.
This will ensure better compliance with rules on driving times and rest periods. Drivers will thus be better protected, road safety increased and undistorted competition be assured.

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Brussels, 14 January 2013

Two and a half years after the Commission made its proposal to update the EU rules on digital tachographs, the final text of the new tachograph regulation has been agreed between European Parliament and Council. The vote in the Parliament's Plenary on 14 January 2014 endorsed the Council position at first reading and concluded the ordinary legislative procedure on this file.

As highlighted by Vice-President Kallas, "a good overall balance between the interests at hand has been reached, in terms of road safety, undistorted competition, working conditions for drivers and the interests of the manufacturing and haulage industries".

The new tachograph regulation will increase road safety by reducing the possibility for tampering with the tachograph. Higher standards for workshops entrusted to install and calibrate the tachograph will also help to reduce fraud and manipulation.

This will ensure better compliance with rules on driving times and rest periods. Drivers will thus be better protected, road safety increased and undistorted competition be assured.

The proposal introduces a number of technological improvements such as a satellite positioning function (GNSS) and an optional interface for Intelligent Transport Systems. Furthermore, the new tachographs will allow control authorities to access it through remote communication, for the purpose of roadside controls. This will help reducing the administrative burden created by random checks on transport undertakings and make enforcement more effective.

Certain vehicles will be excluded from the scope of the Regulation. The exemptions have been carefully balanced with the need to ensure road safety. Notably, craftsmen, for which driving is not the main activity, will not have to use a tachograph within a 100 km radius from the base of their undertaking. This as well will contribute to smarter legislation, to the benefit of SMEs.

Facts about Tachograph:

The tachograph is a device that records the driving time, breaks, rest periods as well as periods of other work undertaken by a driver. It is obligatory to install a digital tachograph in all vehicles having a mass of more than 3.5 tons (in goods transport) or carrying more than 9 persons including the driver (in passenger transport).

Since 1985, the tachograph legislation has been modified and updated to technical progress at many occasions, and most notably in 2006, when the digital tachograph was introduced, replacing the previous analogue tachograph.

Digital tachographs allow for a more secure and accurate recording and storage of data. This device records all the vehicle’s activities, for example distance, speed and driving times and rest periods of the driver. The system includes a printer for use in road side inspections and the driver has a card incorporating a microchip, which the driver must insert into the tachograph when taking control of the vehicle. This personal driver card ensures that inspections remain simple. In 2009, the digital tachograph was upgraded to increase its resistance to magnetic manipulations and in order to better account for the driving time records during multi-stop transport operations. 



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Significant improvement for Global Aviation Safety


Cologne, 08/01/2014

Significant improvements for Global Aviation Safety in 2013

The start of 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of commercial aviation together with the achievement of the best safety record in aviation history.  Worldwide fatal accidents involving large commercial air transport aeroplanes were lower in 2013 than any other year in the last decade, with 17 accidents, compared with a yearly average of 27.  In line with this reduction in the number of fatal accidents, there has been a significant reduction in the number of fatalities worldwide: in 2013 there were 224 fatalities, compared with a yearly average of 703 between 2003 and 2012.

There were no fatal accidents involving large commercial air transport aeroplanes in EASA Member States in 2013.  In the same year, airline operators in EASA Member States performed approximately 6 million commercial air transport flights,  transporting over 800 million passengers.

“Europe continues to have one of the strongest safety records in the world, however this positive picture cannot be taken for granted; as traffic over European skies and worldwide increases, we need to continue our efforts to maintain and even improve aviation safety”, commented Patrick Ky, Executive Director of EASA.

A great deal of work continues at a European level to further improve aviation safety through the European Aviation Safety Plan. The plan connects the safety issues identified with the actions and initiatives launched to address the underlying risks. 

In the coming months, EASA will publish its Annual Safety Review for 2013, providing an overview of aviation safety in Europe and covering all major sectors of aviation, from Commercial Air Transport to General Aviation and Aerodrome and Air Traffic safety.

More news from EASA: http://www.easa.europa.eu/communications/press-release.php


 



Introducing INEA: Innovation and Networks Executive Agency


Brussels, 8 January 2014

Introducing INEA: Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

The European Commission has announced that the new Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) will officially begin its operations on 1 January in order to manage several of its major funding programmes. INEA is the successor of the TEN-T EA (Trans-European Transport Network Executive Agency, which was created by the European Commission in 2006 to manage the technical and financial implementation of its TEN-T Programme.

What is an Executive Agency?
Executive Agencies of the European Commission turns EU policy into action by overseeing programme implementation. This means they follow EU co-funded projects throughout their lifecycle, providing valuable feedback to the Commission in the process. This is in addition to giving a wide variety of support to the programme beneficiaries and ensuring good visibility on the added-value of EU funding.

What is INEA's role?
INEA will manage parts of the new Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) and Horizon2020 programme. The CEF is a key EU financial instrument to promote growth, jobs and competitiveness through targeted infrastructure investment at European level. It is divided into three main areas:

  • CEF Transport
  • CEF Energy
  • CEF Digital

It will also manage two parts of Horizon 2020, the EU's main financial instrument for the research area. The Smart green and integrated transport and Secure, clean and efficient energy are part of H2020's "Better Society" objective tackling societal challenges shared by all Europeans.

In total, it is expected that the Agency will manage a budget of up to €37 billion for the new Programmes (€30 billion from the CEF and €7 billion from H2020).

Last but not least, INEA will continue to manage the remaining 2007-2013 TEN-T Programme projects, as well as the remaining projects from the Marco Polo Programme (freight logistics), which it takes over from the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation.

INEA, based in Brussels, has a current staff of 105 which will increase as it takes on its new responsibilities.

For more information, please contact inea-communication@ec.europa.eu

 


 



TEN-T project: Studies aiming to reduce shipping emissions in the North and Baltic seas to benefit from EU co-funding



Brussels, 16 January 2014

The European Union will support with €6.7 million from the TEN-T Programme a series of studies followed by real life trials to evaluate a new generation lightweight pilot scrubber solution for ro-ro (roll on, roll off) ships. The initiative also contributes to the realisation of the “Motorways of the Sea” (TEN-T Priority Project 21) concept.

The studies, selected for funding under the 2012 TEN-T Multi-Annual Programme, will assess, install, demonstrate and evaluate a new generation of innovative lightweight scrubber technology on two existing ro-ro vessels operating in the Baltic and North Sea. Three EU Member States – Sweden, Finland and The Netherlands – will work together to verify and evaluate the specific port infrastructure and preparatory investments needed for full scale implementation of this technology.

The studies will also investigate how a financial mechanism can be set up in order to support ship owners/operators adopting the new technology and give recommendations to decision-makers on how to implement this mechanism.

Dissemination of results and best practices will provide guidance to the shipping community and will assist on how to choose optimum Sulphur Emission Control Area (SECA) compliance strategies.
The study will be monitored by the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) and is set to be completed by December 2015.

For more information:
http://inea.ec.europa.eu/en/ten-t/ten-t_projects/ten-t_projects_by_country/multi_country/2012-eu-21010-s.htm

or e-mail: inea-communication@ec.europa.eu



TEN-T project: EU to support inland waterway improvements in Northern Italy


14 January 2014

The European Union is set to support with €4 million from the TEN-T Programme adjustment works on the Ferrarese waterway, in order to improve the economic efficiency and competitiveness of inland navigation in the region.

The project, selected for funding under the 2012 TEN-T Annual Programme, aims, within the framework of the Mediterranean corridor, to enhance the fairway conditions and capacity of the Ferrarese Waterway to class Va (a waterway capable of accommodating vessels of between 1,500 and 3,000 tonnes and up to 110 metres in length), which links the Po river to the Adriatic Sea at Porto Garibaldi. Porto Garibaldi is a strategic hub for the exchanges between the East Mediterranean and the Black Sea.

Specifically, the funding will contribute to works to adjust the existing section of the Pontelagoscuro basin along the Boicelli up to Po di Volano and strengthening the link with the Port of Ravenna through the connection to the sea in Porto Garibaldi.
The project will be monitored by the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) and is set to be completed by December 2015.

For more information:
http://inea.ec.europa.eu/en/ten-t/ten-t_projects/ten-t_projects_by_country/italy/2012-it-91145-p.htm

or e-mail: INEA-COMMUNICATION@ec.europa.eu

 

 

 



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Speech - Adoption of the Tachograph Regulation

"I congratulate you on the closure of this file, which will be to the benefit of the haulage industry, national administrations and road safety in general. It is a good example that illustrates the smart legislation and reduction of administrative burden objectives that we have set for EU legislation."

Siim Kallas

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Brussels, 14 January 2014

President, Honourable Members, Dear Mrs Ticau,

The Commission welcomes the final compromise text agreed between Council and Parliament, which the Council has adopted as its position at first reading on 15 November 2013.

The Commission considers that a good overall balance between the interests at hand has been reached, in terms of road safety, fair competition, working conditions for drivers and the interests of the manufacturing and haulage industries.

The revised Regulation will increase road safety by reducing the possibility for tampering with the tachograph. Higher standards for workshops entrusted to install and calibrate the tachograph will also help to reduce fraud and manipulation. This will ensure better compliance with rules on driving times and rest periods. Drivers will thus be better protected, road safety increased and fair competition be assured.

The proposal introduces a number of technological improvements such as a satellite positioning function (GNSS) and an interface for Intelligent Transport Systems.

Furthermore, the new tachographs will allow control authorities to access it through remote communication, for the purpose of roadside controls. This will help reducing the administrative burden created by random checks on transport undertakings and make enforcement more effective.

Certain vehicles will be excluded from the scope of the Regulation. The exemptions have been carefully balanced with the need to ensure road safety. Notably, craftsmen, for which driving is not the main activity, will not have to use a tachograph within a 100 km radius from the base of their undertaking. This as well will contribute to smarter legislation, to the beenfits of SME.

The Commission thanks the Parliament for its good cooperation and looks forward to the endorsement of the Council position at first reading, so that the new smart tachograph is available on the market as soon as possible. 
 



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820 million

Airline operators in EASA Member States performed 6 million commercial air transport flights in 2013.

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We were asked about...

Question asked by Antigoni Papadopoulou (S&D)
(11.11.2013)

Subject: Severe annoyance from railway noise

What measures are being taken to reduce rail transport noise, which exposes a large proportion of the EU population to levels of ‘severe annoyance’ from noise over and above the maximum permissible limits?

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Answer given by Mr Kallas on behalf of the Commission

(23 December 2013)

A number of measures that can alleviate the problem of excessive rail noise and its annoyance to the population are already in place. These comprise:

— Directive 2002/49/EC(1) (Environmental Noise Directive), requesting Member States to produce noise maps and noise action plans along main rail routes, to be consulted and made available to the public.
 
— Technical Specification for Interoperability (TSI) on Noise (2011/229/EU(2)), setting noise limits for new and upgraded rolling stock;
 
— Directive 2012/34/EU(3) establishing a single European railway area, giving possibility to differentiate infrastructure charges according to noise levels;
 
— The Connecting Europe Facility (COM(2011)665/3(4)), giving possibility to co-fund the retrofitting of existing freight wagons with silent brake blocks, in order to make them less noisy.
 



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