Issue n° 171 - 11 April 2014

Mobility and transport

In the spotlight

Seat belt

Commission publishes first EU Transport Scoreboard

The European Commission has published today for the first time a scoreboard on transport in the EU. It compares Member State performance in 22 transport-related categories and highlights for most of these categories the five top and bottom performers.

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Commissioner's corner

Tweet on civil drones

"Civil drones increasingly used in Europe, but regulation is patchy, we need a single set of rules."

Siim Kallas

Read more about Remotely Piloted Aviation System.

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Figure of the month

8 billion

7% Annual cut in road deaths in the last 5 years.

At the same time, ambitious EU goal set to halve road deaths by 2020 from 2010 levels - the total reduction since 2010 is already at 17%.

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We were asked about...

Question asked by Iñaki Irazabalbeitia Fernández (Verts/ALE)

(14 November 2014)

Subject: Drones and flying security

The Commission is currently considering the preparation of a supportive and enabling policy framework for the civilian use of drones, also known as Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS).

Some experts fear that integrating drones (RPAS) into the airspace system could cause major security problems. In fact, securing the wireless connections of drones is currently a daunting challenge. For instance, a hijacker could exploit security weaknesses in radio transmissions in order to obtain control of the drone and operate it to do illegal, criminal or risky activities. Current drones lack the technological capabilities to avoid jamming or spoofing attempts.

1. Is there any deadline scheduled for the start of this process?

2. Are there any plans to open the European airspace system?

3. Is the Commission aware of the current security gaps relating to drones?

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