Mobility and Transport

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  • In November 2017, the Commission took decisive steps forward in implementing the EU's commitments under the Paris Agreement for a binding domestic CO2 reduction of at least 40% till 2030.

  • The Commission proposes new targets for the EU fleet wide average CO2 emissions of new passenger cars and vans to help accelerate the transition to low- and zero emission vehicles

  • The European Commission has launched an online tool to help analyse the effectiveness of transport innovation in delivering the EU's energy and transport strategy

  • Transport deals with many different subjects, so we have different sets of infographics for you to check and use for your presentations or in your daily work. The page starts with the Connect to Compete, basically several facts and figures about different transport modes and divided in four themes: growth, jobs, innovation and people. Then, you will find sets linked to the latest policy packages: Europe on the MOVE and An Aviation Strategy for Europe. Finally, some more infographics on diverse subjects: 25 years of aviation, road safety, ports, and ICAO, to end with a link to access our TEN-T maps and the EU transport scoreboard

  • European Mobility Week is DG MOVE's flagship annual campaign, taking place from 16-22 September every year. More than 2000 cities organise events for the promotion of sustainable urban mobility in Europe and beyond, often culminating in a car-free day, and with many opportunities for residents to interact with local authorities and discuss the benefits of active and sustainable transport. The mobility week runs alongside the European Day Without a Road Death campaign, on 21 September.

  • The European Commission celebrates the 25th anniversary of the European Union internal market for aviation.

    Its creation in 1992 revolutionised air travel in Europe by enabling European airlines to fly without restrictions anywhere in the EU.

  • At a ceremony in Bucharest, the European Commission presented the Excellence in Road Safety Awards 2017 to five winners.

    This prize recognises commitments to road safety that have a significant impact on saving lives on Europe's roads.

  • The European Commission is proposing to invest €2.7 billion in 152 key transport projects that support competitive, clean and connected mobility in Europe. In doing so, the Commission is firmly delivering on its Investment Plan for Europe and on Europe's connectivity including the recent "Europe on the Move" agenda.

  • The Single European Sky Air traffic management Research Joint Undertaking (SESAR-JU) has unveiled its blueprint to make drone use in low-level airspace safe, secure and environmentally friendly.

  • The European Commission delivered on its ambitious Aviation Strategy for Europe by adopting a series of measures to further support open and connected aviation markets in the European Union and beyond.

  • The European Commission is taking action for a fundamental modernisation of European mobility and transport. The aim is to help the sector to stay competitive in a socially fair transition towards clean energy and digitalisation.

  • The European Commission updated on 16 May 2017 the EU Air Safety List, the list of non-European airlines that do not meet international safety standards, and are therefore subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union. The EU Air Safety List seeks to ensure the highest level of air safety for European citizens, which is a top priority of the Aviation Strategy adopted by the Commission in December 2015.

  • In response to the recent slowdown in reducing road fatalities, the Commission is holding together with the Maltese Presidency, a Stakeholder and Ministerial Conference in Malta on 28 and 29 March 2017.

  • The European Commission announced the winners of the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award 2016 and of the 5th Award for Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning in the area of urban freight, during an award ceremony held in Brussels.

  • Today marks the 10th anniversary of the EU Air Safety List, the list of airlines banned from flying into EU skies because not meeting international safety standards. The Air Safety List has been an incredibly effective tool in all this time: it is preventive and informative for passengers; it has the right flexibility to adapt and change focus depending on the issue at stake; and it helps aviation authorities and industry operators in addressing their safety deficiencies.

     

  • The European Commission has published new information explaining to all travellers the role of claim agencies (business offering to claim compensation for disrupted travel on behalf of the passenger) for air passenger rights.

  • Cutting airport management costs, increasing the number of flights that can land in low visibility, as well as safer management of aircraft movements, are just some of the benefits of the five projects that won this year's Single European Sky Awards.  The winners were chosen among 36 applications and 35 countries around the world. The Commission set out to find the best projects that help modernise EU Air Traffic Management (ATM). ATM is a key milestone on the journey to reach the final destination: completing the Single European Sky.  

  • The European Commission is launching a new and innovative way to finance transport infrastructure projects in Europe. The call for proposals will seek to combine €1 billion of grants with financing from public financial institutions, the private sector or, for the first time, the European Fund for Strategic Investments, the heart of the Investment Plan for Europe and a top priority for the Juncker Commission.

  • The deadline to apply for a Single European Sky Award 2017 has been set for 31st January 2017, at midnight. Airspace users, airports operators, air navigation providers, manufacturers, research institutes and all organisations contributing to the achievement of the Single European Sky are invited to apply as soon as possible. The Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport will award this year the five best examples of successful implementation in the three different categories. The award ceremony will be held next 7 March 2017 in occasion of the World ATM Conference in Madrid.

  • The European Commission updated on 8 December 2016 the EU Air Safety List, the list of airlines that do not meet international safety standards, and are therefore subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union.

    All air carriers from Kazakhstan were removed from the list, while Iran Aseman Airlines was added.

  • On 8 December 2016, the European Commission adopted the fifth report on monitoring development of the rail market. While the Report gives only a high level overview of the main developments, the full analysis is presented in the accompanying Commission Staff Working Document. Data and figures are available also in an Excel format.

  • A new web-based portal informs about the Commission's upcoming Road Transport Initiatives. In a spirit of transparency, it provides a single access point to all news and documents related to the initiatives. Users will also be able to track the progress of each initiative as it progresses through the legislative process.

  • The European Commission has adopted a European Strategy on Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS), a milestone towards cooperative, connected and automated mobility. The Strategy will make it possible to deploy vehicles that can talk to each other and to the infrastructure on EU roads as of 2019.

    Read the memo

    The full strategy text

  • 21 September 2016 marked the first "European Day Without A Road Death" (Project EDWARD), an initiative of the European Traffic Police Network (TISPOL), supported by the European Commission. More than 80 events took place in 31 countries, more than 19 million people were reached on social media, and 19 countries reported zero fatalities.

    Watch the video about the results of Project EDWARD

  • Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc stated on 23 November 2016 the intention of making drones part of the European citizens' daily lives by 2019. New common standards will be put in place to create a U-Space: an efficient framework for all individuals and businesses to operate drones at lower levels, up to 150m high.

    Speech by Commissioner Bulc

    Read the Warsaw Declaration

  • The third Sunday in November marks the yearly World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc and Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis recorded a joint message to express their sympathy and reiterate the Commission's commitment to road safety.

  • The European Commission has published the 2016 edition of the EU Transport Scoreboard, a benchmark which compares how Member States perform in 30 categories covering all aspects of transport. The Netherlands tops the Scoreboard for the third year running with high scores in 15 categories, followed by Sweden, Germany and Austria.

  • The Commission is launching a series of calls under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for Transport, with more than €1.9 billion of investment made available to finance transport projects. Of these, €1.1 billion are earmarked for Member States with Cohesion Fund eligibility.

  • The European Commission welcomes the landmark agreement reached yesterday by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), with the adoption of a Global Market-Based Measure (GMBM) to reduce international aviation emissions. The European Union and its Member States played an instrumental role in brokering this deal, which constitutes the first-ever agreement to reduce CO2 emissions in a global sector.

    Memo - Infographics

  • The European Commission welcomes the landmark agreement reached today by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to curb CO2 emissions from international aviation.

    European Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc said, "This unprecedented agreement opens a new chapter in international aviation, where sustainability finally becomes part of the way we fly. Europe has been continuously advocating global and coordinated action to address the growth of aviation emissions which was otherwise set to reach 300% by 2050. Today European solidarity and perseverance has delivered.

  • The European Traffic Police Network (TISPOL) has declared the 21st of September the "European Day WithoutA Road Death" (Project EDWARD).

    Project EDWARD is supported by the European Commission and features more than 50 road safety actions across Europe and social media campaigns like #seatbeltselfie.

  • The European Commission today launches the 15th annual EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK, with activities taking place across Europe from 16 to 22 September. The theme this year is 'Smart and sustainable mobility – an investment for Europe’.

    The main aim is to promote awareness of the economic benefits of investing in safe, clean transport for people and companies. Making energy and transport more affordable and sustainable is also one of the priorities of the Juncker Commission. Action in cities is particularly important as urban transport is responsible for 23% of EU's greenhouse gas emissions.

  • In a joint statement published today, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete and Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc call on international partners to join them in securing the first ever global scheme to curb CO2 emissions from international aviation.

  • The Commission presented on 20 July 2016 a package of measures to accelerate the transition to low-carbon emissions in all sectors of the economy in Europe. As concerns transport, the Commission's "Strategy for low-emission mobility" sets clear guiding principles to prepare for the future. It frames the initiatives that the Commission is planning in the coming years, and it maps the areas in which it is exploring options. It also shows how initiatives in related fields are linked and how synergies can be achieved.

  • The EU Member States today formally approved the list of 195 transport projects that will receive €6.7 billion of EU funding under the 2015's calls for proposals of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).

  • The European Commission welcomes the landmark agreement reached by the European Parliament and the Council of the EU on a common European framework for seaports. The objective of the Ports Regulation is to strengthen the European port sector by attracting new investments and enhancing the efficiency of port operations for the benefit of Europe's trade, economy and global positioning. Seaports are Europe's gateway and their competitiveness is critical for the internal market. 75% of extra-EU goods and 37% of the intra-EU freight traffic are shipped through European ports. The Ports Regulation therefore will deliver on the key priorities of President Jean-Claude Juncker.

  • Currently only 22% of transport workers are women. At a recent event in Brussels, Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc met a few of them, as well as employers, academics and policy makers, to discuss what can be done to attract more women to the sector, at a time when technological progress opens up new opportunities. Watch the new video.

  • Today and tomorrow (20-21/06/2016), Ministers from 22 European Union Member States and over 2,800 transport experts and CEOs will join the 2016 edition of the high-level transport conference "TEN-T Days" in Rotterdam. This edition will cover the development, implementation and financing of the Trans-European Transport Network, with a particular focus on the Commission's Investment Plan for Europe.

  • Today the European Commission is firmly delivering on President Juncker's top priority of creating jobs and boosting growth in the European Union, by unveiling a list of 195 transport projects that will receive €6.7 billion of funding under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).

  • The European Commission updated the EU Air Safety List, the list of airlines that do not meet international safety standards, and are therefore subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union. The EU Air Safety List seeks to ensure the highest level of air safety for European citizens, which is a top priority of the Aviation Strategy adopted in December 2015. The EU Air Safety List is one of the Union's main instruments to meet that objective.

  • As millions of European citizens will be travelling during the summer period, the European Commission is taking action for a better enforcement of air passenger rights in the European Union. New guidelines will clarify the existing rules and facilitate their application, to the benefit of travellers and businesses. This is yet another deliverable of the Aviation Strategy for Europe adopted by the Commission in December 2015 to strengthen the competitiveness of European aviation and maintain the highest standards.

  • European Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc, in cooperation with the Dutch Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Minister for Infrastructure and the Environment Melanie Schultz van Haegen, invites Ministers, Members of the European Parliament and key stakeholders to Rotterdam to discuss the development of the Trans-European Transport Network, with a special focus on the Core Network Corridors, ERTMS and Motorways of the Sea (MoS), their implementation and financing.

  • The 28 EU Transport Ministers authorised the European Commission to start negotiations for EU-level aviation agreements with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Turkey, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This is one of the main deliverables of the new Aviation Strategy for Europe - a milestone initiative to boost Europe's economy, strengthen its industrial base and reinforce its global leadership position, which are three core priorities of President Jean-Claude Juncker.

  • At a ceremony in Brussels, Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc presented the Excellence in Road Safety Awards 2016. This prize recognises commitments to road safety that have a significant impact on saving lives on Europe's roads.

  • EU Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc will outline her vision on how to boost investment in the transport sector at a Regional conference on the Investment Plan held in Ljubljana today and tomorrow.

  • The European Commission announced the winners of the 2015 European sustainable urban mobility awards at a ceremony held in Brussels. Murcia (Spain) was awarded the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award 2015, while Malmö (Sweden) won the fourth Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP) Award. Making urban transport greener is essential to reach the EU's ambitious decarbonisation objectives as 75% of Europeans live in cities, and Murcia and Malmö were honoured for their excellence in sustainable urban mobility.

  • The European Commission welcomes the agreement reached yesterday evening by the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers of the EU on the Fourth Railway Package.

  • The 2015 road safety statistics published today by the European Commission confirm that European roads remain the safest in the world despite a recent slowdown in reducing road fatalities. 26, 000 people lost their lives on EU roads last year, 5, 500 fewer than in 2010. There is however no improvement at EU level compared to 2014. In addition, the Commission estimates that 135, 000 people were seriously injured on EU roads. The social cost (rehabilitation, healthcare, material damages, etc.) of road fatalities and injuries is estimated to be of at least €100 billion.

  • In her hearing before the European Parliament, Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc has made it clear that the European Single Market for Transport needs to benefit Europe's people. In her new video, the Commissioner sets out her vision for Transport in Europe.

  • The European Commission has updated the EU Air Safety List, the list of airlines that are subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union. The update clears Kazakh carrier Air Astana, but adds Iraqi Airways.

  • The European Commission has celebrated the five winners of the first edition of the Single European Sky (SES) Awards in Madrid, with the participation of a vast representation of manufacturers, air navigation service providers, airport operators, airspace users and all the other actors of the Air Traffic Management (ATM) system worldwide. The SES Awards aim at rewarding projects that have contributed the most to the achievement of the Union's SES.

  • The Commission welcomes the agreement reached yesterday within the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) on the first ever-global standard to cap CO2 emissions from aircraft.

  • The European Commission has updated the EU Air Safety List, the list of airlines that are subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union. The update clears Kazakh carrier Air Astana, but adds Iraqi Airways.

  • The European Commission adopted an Aviation Strategy for Europe, a milestone initiative to boost Europe's economy, strengthen its industrial base and reinforce its global leadership position. These are three core priorities of President Jean-Claude Juncker, on which the Strategy will deliver, by ensuring that the European aviation sector remains competitive and reaps the benefits of a fast-changing and developing global economy. A strong and outward-looking aviation sector will not only benefit businesses, but also European citizens by offering more connections to the rest of the world at lower prices.

  • The European Commission published the second edition of the "EU Transport Scoreboard", a benchmark which compares how Member States perform in 29 categories covering all aspects of transport. The objective of the Scoreboard is to help Member States to identify areas requiring priority investments and actions, in order to create a Single European Transport Area with high standards, notably in terms of sustainability. This is essential to the deepening of the internal market and to the shift towards a low-carbon economy, two priorities of the Commission.

  • The Commission is launching the second call for proposals of the Connecting Europe Facility, with more than 7.6 billion to finance transport projects. €6.5 billion are earmarked for countries with Cohesion Fund eligibility.

  • A Just Culture is fundamental to any effective aviation safety management system. Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc and the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport invites you to express your support to the European Just Culture Declaration signed by employers and staff representatives.

  • In the presence of Commissioner Bulc representatives from the European air industry signed a European Corporate Just Culture Declaration, aiming at delivering a safer aviation system. In it, signatories commit to build an atmosphere of trust in which staff are confident to report safety events and occurrences even when they have made honest mistakes (also known as "Just Culture").

  • With a view towards the Paris Climate Conference (COP 21) taking place in December, the European Commission is launching the annual EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK (16-22 September) on Wednesday, 16 September. Events are scheduled to take place in over 2,000 European cities and towns. The EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK encourages innovative solutions for today's urban mobility challenges, which can contribute to the climate and decarbonisation objectives of the EU.

  • The Commission published the report it received from a Task Force led by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525. Assembled in May 2015 at the request of EU Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc, the Task Force analysed the preliminary findings of the crash investigation to assess the adequacy of European air safety and security rules. In today's report, the Task Force issues six recommendations, primarily calling for better checks on crew members. The Commission will now thoroughly examine these recommendations before deciding on future steps.

  • The Commission's record €13.1 billion investment plan for the transport sector is coming closer to reality, after EU Member States approved the list of projects to receive funding under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). Meeting today, the CEF coordination committee, composed of representatives of the 28 Member States, issued a positive opinion on the proposal put forward by the Commission on 29 June. Along with the €315 billion Investment Plan presented by the Commission in November 2014, the CEF will deliver on one of the Commission's top priorities: bridging the investment gap in Europe to create fav

  • As millions of European citizens will be travelling during the summer period, today the Commission is calling for better application and enforcement of passenger rights legislation in the European Union. As a first remedy, the Commission adopted interpretative guidelines clarifying the existing rules in the rail sector.

  • The Commission and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issued the first single air safety authorisations to 22 third country operators. These certifications will be valid throughout the EU.

  • The Commission is further delivering on its top priority of creating jobs and boosting growth in Europe, by unveiling a record €13.1 billion investment plan in 276 transport projects, selected under the Connecting Europe Facility(CEF). This investment will unlock additional public and private co-financing for a combined amount of €28.8 billion. Along with the future European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), the CEF will play a major role in bridging the investment gap in Europe, which is one of the Commission's top priorities. Beyond transport, it will benefit the European economy as a whole by creating more favourable conditions for growth and jobs.

  • Today the European Commission has updated the EU Air Safety List, the list of airlines that are subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union. All airlines from the Philippines, banned since 2010, have been released from the List and are therefore allowed to operate in the European airspace. No new bans have been imposed with this update. The new Air Safety List can be found on the Commission’s website on 27 June.

  • On 22 and 23 June 2015 Transport Ministers from 12 European Member States, CEOs and over 1000 transport stakeholders joined the high-level transport conference 'TEN-T Days' in Riga, organised by the European Commission, in cooperation with the Latvian Presidency. The trans-European networks (TEN-T), which are at the core of the Union's infrastructure policy, aim to close the gaps between Member States' transport networks, to remove bottlenecks and to overcome technical barriers. This edition of the TEN-T Days focuses on the challenges faced by the new trans-European networks (TEN-T) in attracting innovative funding solutions.

  • In her hearing before the European Parliament, Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc has made it clear that the European Single Market for Transport needs to benefit Europe's people. In her new video, the Commissioner sets out her vision for Transport in Europe.

  • Message from Violeta BULC, European Commissioner for Transport

  • Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc and the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport invite you to show your support for the main principles of a future civil drone market in Europe.

  • Following two years of solid decreases in the number of people killed on Europe's roads, the first reports on road deaths in 2014 are disappointing. According to the figures released today, the number of road fatalities has decreased by approximately 1% compared to 2013. This follows on the 8% decrease in 2012 and 2013. The figures reveal a total of 25 700 road deaths in 2014 across all 28 Member States of the EU. Whilst this is 5700 fewer than in 2010, it falls short of the intended target decrease.

  • On 19 and 20 March 2015, Commissioner Bulc met in Innsbruck with the Transport Ministers of the seven Alpine States – Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Switzerland and Liechtenstein to discuss the development of transport solutions across the Alpine region. Central to the discussions was the question on how to solve growing mobility needs without increasing negative effects on local people's living conditions and the unique natural heritage.

  • The purpose of this public consultation is to consult all interested parties on possible measures that can reinforce the competitiveness of the EU aviation sector:

    • The EU aviation sector serves passengers and EU businesses and has a hugely positive impact on our economy and on the life and mobility of EU citizens and businesses.

    • Aviation plays a crucial role for delivering on the priorities of the Juncker Commission and wider strategic policy priorities of the EU.

    • The global landscape of aviation is changing rapidly, thereby creating challenges but also opportunities for the EU's aviation sector.

  • In the past five years, only four Member States have fully applied the Regulation on rail passenger rights, while 22 have granted exemptions to varying degrees, shows a report published by the European Commission. The report also stresses that the extensive exemptions have led to legal insecurity for both passengers and the rail industry. Looking at the future, the report findings show that only one more Member State will fully apply the rules. A level playing field for railway undertakings and a high level of protection for passengers in the EU is therefore still far from a reality.

  • "Drones must fly safely in all circumstances and must not harm people in the air or on the ground. Europe should develop safety rules focused on addressing the risk associated with operating a drone. Those rules must be proportionate to that risk. And they should be international, as much as possible. This basic regulatory framework should be put in place without delay, as from this year, in order to help the private sector to take well-informed investment decisions."

  • France and Italy have formally agreed to go ahead with the Lyon-Turin project, which will pave the way for the construction of the 57km long base tunnel. This will form the main part of the new railway link Lyon-Turin. Both Governments signed an amendment to their 2001 Treat on Lyon-Turin and also signed a joint application for EU co-funding of the construction works to be carried out between 2014 and 2020.

  • The European Commission published the results of a Eurobarometer survey on the quality and safety of maritime and river transport. The main findings reveal that 68% of Europeans citizens think that cruise ships and passenger ferries are safe. The feeling of safety increases when passengers are reassured about crew competence and the presence of life-saving appliances, as pointed out by 33% of respondents. However, Europeans think that ticket prices are the most serious problem affecting sea or river transport (18%) in the EU, followed by water pollution and the lack of links between destinations (both 15%), and lack of frequent services (14%).

  • Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc met on 19 January 2015 with the leaders of the 20 largest European ports and the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO). The meeting was organised at the initiative of Commissioner Bulc to exchange views on the future of ports policy.

  • The European Commission has published nine studies on the state of play and the development needs of the TEN-T core network corridors. The studies have identified infrastructure development needs which represent approximately €700 billion of financial investment until 2030. They highlight the importance of optimising the use of infrastructure along the corridors, notably through intelligent transport systems, efficient management and the promotion of future-oriented clean transport solutions. This is the first time that tens of thousands kilometres of rail, road, inland waterway