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Issue n° 160 - 24 January 2014

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TEN-T Project: Upgraded Novara intermodal hub in Italy to be a reality thanks to EU co-financing

The European Union will support with €2 million from the TEN-T Programme a project to expand part of the intermodal terminal in the northern Italian city of Novara. The project also contributes to the realisation of the “Railway axis Lyon/Genova-Basel-Duisburg-Rotterdam/Antwerpen” (TEN-T Priority Project 24).

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Brussels, 22 January 2014

The European Union will support with €2 million from the TEN-T Programme a project to expand part of the intermodal terminal in the northern Italian city of Novara. The project also contributes to the realisation of the “Railway axis Lyon/Genova-Basel-Duisburg-Rotterdam/Antwerpen” (TEN-T Priority Project 24).

The project, which was selected for funding under the 2012 TEN-T Multi-Annual Call, is the first phase of a larger initiative aimed at upgrading the Novara Intermodal Terminal. The complex of terminals and the freight village (Interporto) in Novara will benefit from the rail traffic increase generated by the opening of the new Gotthard Base Tunnel.

The project involves the expansion of the capacity and the rail accessibility of the West terminal in order to remove the current technical bottlenecks hindering the development of intermodal traffic. This will be achieved via the installation of a 600 metre long track, revamping and increase of the intermodal yard and the installation of fixed equipment for transhipment.

Completion of the project will result in increased hourly handling capacity at the terminal, halved waiting time for trucks and a decrease by 40% of the turnaround time for inbound/outbound trains.
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-24116-p.htm
or e-mail: INEA-COMMUNICATION@EC.EUROPA.EU



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Renovation studies for Antwerp's Royers Lock to benefit from EU funding


Brussels, 21 January 2014

The European Union will support with €1.6 million from the TEN-T Programme a study for the upgrade of one of the oldest locks in the Port of Antwerp in Belgium in order to remove a key bottleneck to inland waterway transport.

The study, which was selected for funding under the 2012 TEN-T Annual Programme, will look at different options to renovate and reconstruct the Royers Lock, which links the tidal Scheldt river with the Port of Antwerp and the Albert Canal. The outdated lock requires constant maintenance and causes disruptions to inland vessels using the Port of Antwerp and its hinterland. The outcome of the study will directly lead to the beginning of the construction phase in 2016, which, once completed, will stimulate the use of inland waterway as an alternative means of transport for freight in the region and beyond.

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/belgium/2012-be-91109-s.htm
or e-mail: INEA-COMMUNICATION@ec.europa.eu



Commissioner' s corner

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Siim Kallas

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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 Carlo Fidanza (PPE)

(25.11.2013)

Subject: Unfair competition against Italian road hauliers

Over the last few days, all of the road haulage organisations in Italy have been preparing for an extraordinary suspension of their transport services, which will begin on 9 December and could last until 16 December.

In 2008, more than 22 000 heavy goods vehicles were registered in the Italian road haulage sector over the course of one year, whereas today the figure is only 9 500. Three quarters of the 98 000 companies have fewer than four lorries, and Italian road haulage companies face the most expensive and highest taxed petrol in Europe. Added to this, they have to deal with the illegal cabotage practised by hauliers from Eastern Europe, where fuel and labour costs are between 30 and 40 % lower.

Although, on the one hand, the issue of fuel costs is the responsibility of the individual Member States, a more even labour market should be an objective of the single market.
What action will the Commission take with regard to this serious and unacceptable instance of unfair competition?

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Answer given by Mr Kallas on behalf of the Commission

(24 January 2014)

The road haulage sector faces a severe economic downturn as a result of the economic crisis. As of 2012, transport volumes remain 12% below pre-crisis levels of 2007. A drop in the number of vehicle registrations can be attributed to this development.

There is no clear evidence that cabotage, nor alleged illegal practices connected to it, has a significant impact on market developments. Cabotage remains limited to a marginal share (2%) of all transport volumes and enforcement of the relevant EU legislation  is under the responsibility of Member States. In the Member States where thorough checks have been carried out, infringements to cabotage rules are very limited. An analysis of available information for Italy shows that between January and October 2012, infringements levied for violation of international road transport rules (which includes cabotage infringements) were less than 0.1% of total inspections (205 infringements issued following 220,965 roadside checks) .

Although costs vary between Member States, this gap has been narrowing. EU legislation exists that contributes to aligning the working conditions of drivers carrying out domestic transport outside of their Member State of registration with those of their local counterparts . In addition, hauliers carrying out international transport usually purchase petrol in the Member State of operation. However, it should be noted that neither salary-setting nor determination of fuel forecourt prices are a competence of the European Union.

In line with Regulation (EC) No 1072/2009, the Commission will issue a report on the situation of the EU road haulage market shortly. This report will address amongst others the issue of cost structures in the sector.

 



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