Issue n° 174 - 16 May 2014

Mobility and transport

In the spotlight


Member States still need to strengthen enforcement of air passenger rights, says Commission report

The European Commission has published a review of passenger rights' complaint handling and enforcement in the European air transport sector between 2010 and 2012.

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Commissioner's corner

Road safety - Opening remarks at the informal ministerial meeting in Athens

"The EU is the world’s leading region in road safety. I have made a commitment to halve road deaths between 2010 and 2020, and over the last few years we have seen a stable positive trend towards reaching this target. In 2013, the number of fatalities stood at 26,000, down from more than 57,000 in 2000."

Siim Kallas

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Figure of the month

8 billion

11% of goods are transported across Europe by train.

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We were asked about...

Question asked by Sergio Paolo Francesco Silvestris (PPE) 

Subject: Awareness of road safety training

The night of 10 February witnessed one more in a long line of tragic road accidents. In Milan a white van ran over a boy of just 10, who is now in a coma. The driver abandoned the van a few metres beyond the accident and ran off, but was caught by the police several hours later.

The subject of road safety training remains of primary importance in Europe, together, despite the targets so far achieved, with the objective of halving the number of road accident victims by 2010, currently standing at ‐42%.

In view of the above, can the Commission specify the following:

  1. Has it adopted any instruments or guidelines aimed at reinforcing road safety training in Member States?
  2. Does it intend to define new objectives in terms of the reduction of the number of road accident victims?

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