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News and information about the European Union's transport policies.

New labelling for European tyres to save energy
A new tyre labelling scheme for car and trucks, provisionally agreed Wednesday by EU institutions, aims to increase consumer awareness and fuel savings, improve safety and decrease noise pollution.

New cars in EU will need advanced safety systems from 2022
New cars placed on the EU market from mid-2022 will have to be equipped with advanced safety systems, following adoption by the EU Council of a regulation on the general safety of motor vehicles.

DiscoverEU - background guide
The European Commission launched on 7 November a new application round for DiscoverEU travel passes, which allows participants to travel across Europe, learn about its cultural heritage, whilst developing their own knowledge and skills.

Free EU travel passes for 20,000 young people next summer
18-year-olds in the EU have until 28 November to apply for the latest round of DiscoverEU travel passes, launched Thursday, which give them the opportunity to travel across Europe for free.

EU, UN and Smurfs help clean up world's beaches
EU staff joined hands with local communities, and the Smurfs, on beaches across Europe and the world on Thursday, as part of the #EUBeachCleanUp campaign to clean up marine litter.

EU Beach Clean Up 2019
Every year millions of tons of trash end up in the ocean. By 2050 there could be more plastic than fish in the sea. Therefore, the European Union, the United Nations and the Smurfs are teaming up. For clean oceans and clean beaches. EU and UN offices all across the world will organise beach cleanup events together with local organisations, schools, etc.

Connected Car Summit
The Connected Car Summit will be taking place in London, UK, on 27th - 28th of November.

Europe's satnav system reaches 1 billion smartphones
Galileo, Europe's satellite navigation system, reached 1 billion smartphone users worldwide Tuesday, as the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency reached its 15th anniversary.

Ryanair has to return EUR 8.5m illegal state aid: EU
France must recover EUR 8.5 million of illegal state aid made to Ryanair, the EU Commission said Friday, as regional marketing agreements at the airport of Montpellier are illegal under EU state aid rules.

Airbnb decides to conform to EU consumer rules
Following its negotiations with Airbnb, the EU Commission announced Thursday that the accommodation platform had improved and 'fully clarified' the way it presents offers to consumers.

State support for Peugeot plant in Spain comes under EU scrutiny
The EU Commission opened a probe Monday into whether Spain's granting EUR 20.7m of public support to PSA for investing in its existing car plant in Vigo, Spain is in line with EU rules on regional state aid.

EU funding to modernise air traffic management 'largely unnecessary': auditors
While the EU's regulation for the modernisation of air traffic management has added value, EU funding to support ATM projects was largely unnecessary, says the EU Court of Auditors in a report.

EU's Emergency Travel Document ready for take-off
EU ministers gave final approval Wednesday to consular protection for unrepresented EU citizens in third countries by simplifying the issuing of safe and widely accepted emergency travel documents.

Fuel prices
Whoever drives a car will have been confronted with the high cost of fuel.

Car insurance
Car insurance is one of the many the fixed monthly costs people have to pay.

Brussels signs landmark aviation agreements with China
The EU strengthened aviation relations with China Monday, signing an agreement on civil aviation safety and a horizontal aviation agreement in a boost for EU trade in aircraft and related products.

EU - China aviation agreements
The European Union and China signed on 20 May 2019 an agreement on civil aviation safety and a horizontal aviation agreement to strengthen their aviation cooperation.

Auditors review EU support for urban mobility
The European Court of Auditors is examining the effectiveness of EU action on improving the mobility of people in cities and densely populated areas, including progress in managing traffic congestion.

EU invests EUR 4 bn in large infrastructure projects
EUR 4 billion of EU funds is to be invested in 25 large infrastructure projects - in areas such as transport, research, environment and energy - in 10 Member States, the Commission announced Tuesday.

EU to invest EUR 421m in smart, green transport projects
The EU Commission is proposing investment of EUR 421 million in projects promoting digitalisation and fostering intelligent, safe and sustainable finance transport infrastructure projects in Europe.

Speed limiters to be mandatory in EU cars from 2022
Safety features such as speed limiters and advanced emergency-braking systems would need to be installed in new vehicles from May 2022, under Tuesday's provisional agreement by the EU institutions.

MEPs vote to end daylight saving time from 2021
2021 could be the last year with a seasonal time change in the EU following the European Parliament's vote Tuesday to end the practice of adjusting clocks by an hour in spring and autumn.

EU Transport Scoreboard
The 'EU Transport Scoreboard' is a benchmark comparing how EU Member States perform in 30 categories covering all aspects of transport. The goal of the Scoreboard is to help Member States identify areas requiring priority investment and action. The Scoreboard brings together data from a variety of public sources (such as Eurostat, the European Environment Agency and the World Economic Forum). It can be consulted either by country or by topic (Internal Market, Investment and Infrastructure, Energy Union and Innovation, People).

EU Transport Scoreboard 2019: progress on internal market low-emission mobility and road safety
The European Commission published on 19 March the 2019 edition of the 'EU Transport Scoreboard', a benchmark comparing how Member States perform in 30 categories covering all aspects of transport. The goal of the Scoreboard is to help Member States identify areas requiring priority investment and action.

EU paves way for safe operation of drones
The European Commission adopted common EU-wide rules for drones Tuesday, setting technical requirements and features and capabilities that drones must have in order to be flown safely.