Issue n° 178 - 20 June 2014

Mobility and transport

In the spotlight

rail service in Europe

Railways: paving the way for more growth, more efficiency and service quality in Europe

The European Commission's bi-annual report on the European Rail Market, published on 19 June 2014, shows while it is undeniable that rail is growing, more can still be done in terms of efficiency and service quality in several Member States. The Report also highlights that open competition and increased public tendering deliver better services for passengers and better value for taxpayers.

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Commissioner's corner

Speech: Intelligent Transport Systems - Opening remarks at the 10th European ITS Congress

"In the same way as most people are not really bothered about how their email gets to its destination if only it goes through safely, transport users mostly care about whether their journey is comfortable, safe, affordable and, above all: flexible and reliable. This applies both to individual travellers and to companies shipping goods. Now is the time to upgrade this "physical internet" by adding an obstacle-free information flow – ITS."

Siim Kallas

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Figure of the month

8 billion

53,5% is the share of electrified railway lines over total lines in use in the EU in 2012.

From EU Transport Scoreboard

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We were asked about...

Question asked by Sergio Paolo Francesco Silvestris (PPE)

Subject: Ecopatente
The fifth "Ecopatente" course will be held this year in Rome; intended for instructors, learners and qualified drivers, this free course aims to provide them with information on the basic rules of sustainable driving and enable them to become aware drivers. (...) In Italy more than 5 000 drivers have obtained the Ecopatente and over 2 000 training school instructors have contributed to the event.

  1. Can the Commission clarify whether it is aware of this project?
  2. Does it have any information relating to similar initiatives carried out in other Member States?
  3. Does it consider that an initiative of this kind could benefit from European funding to become a Europe-wide citizenship education programme?

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Transport and You

Call for tender: Study on good practices for reducing road safety risks caused by road user distractions

Deadline: 23/06/2014

Call for tender: Design features for support programmes for investments in last-mile infrastructure

Deadline: 30/06/2014

Call for tender: Measuring and upgrading the clearance gauges of railway lines

Deadline: 30/06/2014

Call for tender: User-friendly access to information about last-mile infrastructure for rail freight

Deadline: 30/06/2014

Invitation to tender: Operation of scheduled air services in accordance with public service obligations

Deadline: 16/07/2014

Call for tender: Study on differentiated port infrastructure charges to promote environmentally friendly maritime transport activities and sustainable transport

Deadline: 28/07/2014

Call for tender: Collation and dissemination of information with regard to privacy attacks and armed robbery

Deadline: 30/07/2014

Call for tender: Supply contract regarding Cruise Ship Security

Deadline: 30/07/2014

Call for tender: Service contract regarding e-Freight implementing measures - Support measures to improve the efficiency of information exchange in multimodal freight transport

Deadline: 30/07/2014

Call for tender: Study on the state of the art of electronic tolling

Deadline: 15/08/2014

Consultation on Combined transport

Deadline: 15/08/2014

Stakeholder consultation on a policy initiative on aviation safety and a possible revision of Regulation (EC) No 216/2008 and establishing a European Aviation Safety Agency

Deadline: 15/09/2014

Call for tender: Study on the implementation of labour supplying responsibilities pursuant to the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006 (within and outside the European Union)

Deadline: 25/09/2014

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