Issue n° 166 - 07 March 2014

Mobility and transport

In the spotlight

pilots in a cockpit

New European rules for airports safety

On 6 March new rules providing for the first time common standards for safe design, operation and maintenance in over 700 of the largest EU and EEA airports have become applicable.

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Commissioner's corner

Speech - Aviation in Europe: contributor to growth and competitiveness?

"The Single Sky project needs to succeed and be implemented - as soon as possible. It will allow us to shorten flights, reduce delays and emissions, and save about 3 billion euros each year, out of a total annual cost of 8 billion euros."

Siim Kallas

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Figure of the month

8 billion

26 Billion euro in funding will be provided by the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) to transform today’s patchwork of roads, railways, airports and canals into a unified trans-European transport network.

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We were asked about...

Question asked by Patricia van der Kammen (NI)

(7January 2014)

Subject:  EUR 450 million for research and innovation in the European rail sector

On 16 December 2013, the Commission announced that it would be investing no less than EUR 450 million in rail research and innovation over the next seven years. The intention is to provide a new generation of high-capacity trains, better infrastructure and more efficient rail services and traffic management systems. The rail sector will also have to make a financial contribution to the scheme, according to the Commission.

Is it true that the Commission plans to spend EUR 450 million of taxpayers’ money on research and innovation for the European rail network?

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