Issue n° 181 - 11 July 2014

Mobility and transport

In the spotlight

Your passenger rights at hand

Statement of the Spokesperson for Vice President Siim Kallas, EU Commissioner responsible for Transport, on the German car tolls

The Commission supports Germany's  reflections on introducing the user pays principle for infrastructure financing (car tolls). For Germany, as for many other EU Member States, this is a logical way to fill the "investment gap", and pay for important and necessary investments in German infrastructure.

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Commissioner's corner

Gas: a power source to drive European transport into the future

"(...) clean fuels are now firmly in place at the heart of EU transport policy. This is a major step forward: for the travelling public, for business and industry."

Siim Kallas

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Figure of the month

69 percent

69% of Europeans are satisfied with public transport.


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We were asked about...

Question asked by Antolín Sánchez Presedo (S&D)

Subject:  Airport controls

Users of air transport complain of different practices they have to put up with at airport controls in the course of their journeys across the EU. These complaints refer, among others, to procedures at A Coruña and Vigo airports in Spain and the airports of Helsinki in Finland, Copenhagen in Denmark, Heathrow in the UK and Brussels in Belgium.

Passengers have asked whether any justification exists for differences in the clothing and footwear they have to remove, how baggage is checked, how they are frisked or body searches are carried out by security staff, and whether these latter functions ought to be carried out by law enforcement officers with proper guarantees.

  1. Does the Commission consider that European airports comply in a harmonised manner with EU regulations on airport controls?
  2. Could the Commission say how many complaints of degrading treatment or abuse of authority have been made in relation to airport control procedures in the EU over the past seven years and what the consequences have been?
  3. Does the Commission consider that passengers should receive greater protection in the present airport control system?
  4. Does the Commission intend to adopt any measures to stop airline passengers from having to submit to pointless security controls at their connections for flights within the Schengen area?
  5. Could the Commission say what a passenger can do when he or she is faced with such a situation?

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Transport and You

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: Study 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

Call for tender: Study on accident causation for traffic accidents involving powered 2-wheelers and bicycles in the European Union

Deadline: 10/10/2014

Call for proposals for the establishment of the Sesar deployment framework partnership

Deadline: 15/10/2014

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