Issue n° 238 - 18 January 2016

Mobility and transport

In the spotlight

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SESAR Deployment Manager and EIB join forces in support of Single European Sky Initiative

On 13 January 2016, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank (EIB) Pim van Ballekom and Managing Director of the SESAR Deployment Manager (SDM) Massimo Garbini signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to reinforce and expand cooperation between the two organisations. European Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc was present at the signing.

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Commissioner's corner

Commissioner Bulc's tweet on 13 January 2016:

"#EFSI on track to deliver on transport w/ 8 operations already approved by @EIBtheEUbank >25% of total investment leveraged so far #investEU"

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Transport tweet of the week

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"Our DG Hololei at #Betterregulation seminar in NL: "Ensuring that legislation is fit for purpose is common responsibility of #EU&MS"

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Figure of the month


The global aviation industry produces around 2% of all human-induced CO2 emissions which could more than double to 4.5% in 2050 if we don't act.

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We were asked about...

Question asked by Claudia Tapardel (Socialists and Democrats, S&D)

Subject: Automated driving in the EU

According to KPMG, automated and connected driving is expected to have a very significant economic impact: EUR 71 billion by 2030 in the UK alone (KPMG, 2015). Other studies point to a global market of 44 million automated vehicles by 2030 (BCG, 2015). Obvious societal benefits are anticipated, with new jobs being created across the automotive value chain. Studies also talk about increased road safety and lower fatalities, increased fuel efficiency, lower environmental impact, reduction of traffic congestion and higher comfort standards for users.
1.    What strategic challenges does the Commission see to Europe’s ability to implement connectivity and automation in all environments?
2.    How does the Commission plan to ensure trust and security among users?

Answer given by Ms Bulc on behalf of the Commission (07.12.2015)

(...) To make progress on cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS), the Commission has set up a dialogue in the C-ITS platform with public stakeholders from Member States and private stakeholders such as vehicle manufacturers, service providers, road operators, telecom companies and suppliers. One of the key topics being discussed is how to address cybersecurity for the deployment of C-ITS. One major result of the C-ITS platform is that the way forward for a common C-ITS trust model approach has been agreed and shall support full secure interoperability for authentication of vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication at European level. The platform is expected to report on its work and issue recommendations in the first half of 2016.

It is noted that in terms of guaranteeing mobile broad band connectivity in all environments a targeted planning of investments in mobile broad band coverage is needed. In the framework of the Round Table on connected and automated driving chaired by the Commission, the automotive and the telecommunications industries address the issue of coverage as well as cyber security, the latter building on the work of the C-ITS platform.

In addition, the Commission services are working on an EU strategy on highly automated vehicles to be discussed in 2016 in the High Level Group GEAR 2030 involving all the concerned stakeholders, Commissioners and Member States. This strategy should cover key legal and policy issues (e.g. traffic rules, liability, data access, road safety, etc.), large scale testing, research and financing needs, as well as competitiveness and international issues.

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