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New EU rules for safer and more eco-friendly lorries by EUbusiness — last modified 11 March 2015, 18:25 CET
The European Parliament gave its final approval on 10 March to new EU rules for safer and more eco-friendly lorries (Directive 2013/0195), put forward by the Commission. These rules will allow manufacturers to develop more aerodynamic lorries which will reduce fuel consumption by 7-10%, cut emissions of greenhouse gases, and also enhance road safety.
Access City Award 2015 for disabled-friendly cities by EUbusiness — last modified 04 December 2014, 11:04 CET
The 2015 Access City Award has been won by the Swedish city of Borås, the European Commission announced on 3 December. The Award recognises Borås's comprehensive and strategic approach to creating an accessible city for all; a good example of local action to help removing the many barriers that people with disabilities still face in their daily life.
Clean fuels for transport directive by EUbusiness — last modified 30 September 2014, 15:46 CET
New EU rules were adopted on 29 September to ensure the build-up of alternative refuelling points across Europe with common standards for their design and use, including a common plug for recharging electric vehicles. Member States must set and make public their targets and present their national policy frameworks by end-2016.
2014 European Mobility Week by EUbusiness — last modified 16 September 2014, 14:02 CET
Over 2000 European towns and cities are expected to participate in the 13th edition of European Mobility Week, an annual European campaign about getting around town in a sustainable way. Starting today, national and local campaigners are organising various events. The aim of this year's European Mobility Week, with the slogan "Our streets, our choice", is to encourage citizens to 'reclaim' urban spaces to create the city they want to live in.
GALILEO, the EU's satellite navigation programme by EUbusiness — last modified 26 August 2014, 17:18 CET
Galileo, the EU's satellite navigation programme, on 21 August sent two more satellites into space, reaching a total number of 6 satellites in orbit. The lift-off took place at the European spaceport near Kourou in French Guiana. The launch marked another milestone for Galileo as a step towards a fully-fledged European-owned satellite navigation system. These two satellites are the first of a new series which is fully owned by the EU. With the addition of a new wave of such satellites to the existing array, the availability and coverage of the Galileo signal is expected to gradually improve and bring us a step closer to the fully operational phase of the programme. The satellites launched, Doresa and Milena, were named by two schoolchildren who won an EU wide drawing competition to name them.
"Going Abroad" app by EUbusiness — last modified 26 June 2014, 21:58 CET
What is the speed limit on Spanish motorways? Do I need to wear a helmet when I cycle in Sweden? What safety equipment must I always have in the car when driving in Slovakia? From now on, holiday makers do not need to spend a lot of time searching for this information. They can have it at hand wherever they are with the European Commission's new smartphone app "Going Abroad".
EU Transport Scoreboard by EUbusiness — last modified 10 April 2014, 22:13 CET
The first ever EU Transport Scoreboard compares the performance of EU Member States in 22 transport-relevant categories and highlights for most categories the five top and bottom performers. Its aim is to give a snapshot of the diversity of Member State performance in transport matters across Europe and to help Member States identify and address shortcomings. The scoreboard brings together data from a variety of sources (such as Eurostat, the European Environment Agency, the World Bank and the OECD).
Remotely Piloted Aviation Systems, or drones by EUbusiness — last modified 08 April 2014, 19:16 CET
The European Commission has proposed to set tough new standards to regulate the operations of civil drones (or "remotely piloted aircraft sytems" – RPAS). The new standards will cover safety, security, privacy, data protection, insurance and liability. The aim is to allow European industry to become a global leader in the market for this emerging technology, while at the same time ensuring that all the necessary safeguards are in place.
Urban mobility package by EUbusiness — last modified 19 December 2013, 21:48 CET
The European Commission is stepping up its support to towns and cities in a new "urban mobility package" adopted on 17 December. The Commission will reinforce the exchange of best practice, provide targeted financial support and invest in research and development. In addition, it is encouraging the development of "sustainable urban mobility plans" to stimulate a shift towards cleaner and more sustainable transport in urban areas.
Smarter Cities and Communities by EUbusiness — last modified 26 November 2013, 18:57 CET
City leaders, CEOs and civil society leaders discussed today at a conference hosted by the European Commission actions outlined in the "Smart Cities Strategic Implementation Plan" and how to put them into practice. The Commission announced that it will launch an 'Invitation for Smart City and Community Commitments' in spring 2014 to mobilise work on the action plan's priorities. The plan is part of Europe's fifth "Innovation Partnership". Cities are the major source of European economic activity and innovation. But cities are also a major source of greenhouse gases and pollution. Concerted action is needed to make urban environments cleaner and healthier to live in and to make them use less energy. The European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Smart Cities and Communities and its "Strategic Implementation Plan" are leading the way in making the transformation of cities into "Smart Cities" a reality. Real impact could be made through investments in 'zero/plus' energy districts, increased use of alternative energies for cleaner transport, public transport and efficient logistics to reduce negative impacts of congestion, or green, widely available ICTs and multiple-use infrastructures.
New EU transport infrastructure policy by EUbusiness — last modified 17 October 2013, 22:26 CET
In what it terms "the most radical overhaul of EU infrastructure policy since its inception in the 1980s", the European Commission has published new maps showing the nine major corridors which will act as a backbone for transportation in Europe's single market and revolutionise East–West connections. To match this ambition, the Commission announces that EU financing for transport infrastructure is to triple for the period 2014–2020 to EUR 26 billion. Taken as a whole, the Commission says the new EU infrastructure policy will "transform the existing patchwork of European roads, railways, airports and canals into a unified trans-European transport network (TEN-T)".
Blue belt: customs formalities eased for ships by EUbusiness — last modified 10 July 2013, 13:04 CET
The European Commission on 8 July set out plans to ease custom formalities for ships – reducing red tape, cutting delays in ports and making the sector more competitive. Freight forwarders and exporters currently complain that if they chose to send goods across Europe by short sea shipping, the heavy administrative burden at ports causes additional costs and significant delays - ships can wait for hours and sometimes days in ports for customs clearance. These make the maritime sector less attractive compared to other forms of transport, especially road, unnecessarily bringing more trucks on our already congested roads. With the new Commission proposals, it is hoped that shipping transport will face less administrative hurdles and therefore be able to be used to its full potential in the EU internal market and beyond.
Passenger rights in the EU by EUbusiness — last modified 26 June 2013, 22:48 CET
For the first time, millions of holiday-makers travelling in the European Union this summer will be protected by comprehensive passenger rights - whether travelling by air or rail, and now also by ship, bus and coach.
Europe's Seaports 2030 - upgrade proposed by EUbusiness — last modified 23 May 2013, 14:02 CET
The European Commission has launched a new initiative to improve port operations and onward transport connections at 319 key seaports along Europe’s coastline. The guidelines and legal changes being proposed are to help port operators upgrade their services and facilities as well as giving them more financial autonomy. 74% of the goods entering or leaving Europe go by sea, but one fifth of that amount currently passes through just three ports: Rotterdam, Hamburg and Antwerp. This imbalance between port performance results in congestion and extra costs for shippers, transport operators and consumers. The new proposals could save the European economy up to EUR 10 billion by 2030 and help develop new short sea links.
Safer roads: information services for motorists by EUbusiness — last modified 16 May 2013, 12:26 CET
The European Commission has adopted two regulations to promote the roll-out of 'intelligent information services', such as real-time warnings about dangerous road conditions ahead and information on safe and secure parking places for truck drivers. They can be provided through different means such as variable road signs, the radio and mobile phone applications. The Commission wants these information services to be interoperable and compatible across Europe, and available to as many drivers as possible along the trans-European road network.
New EU rules for safer and more environmental lorries by EUbusiness — last modified 15 April 2013, 16:46 CET
The European Commission has proposed new rules to allow manufacturers to develop more aerodynamic lorries which will reduce fuel consumption by 7-10%, cut emissions of greenhouse gases, and also enhance the safety of vulnerable road users. The proposal will allow cabins with a rounded shape and for the use of aerodynamic flaps at the back the trailer. These measures will considerably improve the aerodynamics of vehicles, saving approximately € 5,000 per year in fuel costs for a typical long-distance lorry covering 100,000 km. This represents a 7–10% cut in greenhouse gas emissions (or 7.8 tonnes of CO2 for the same long-distance lorry covering 100,000 km). At the same time, the field of vision of the driver will be improved, helping to save the lives of 300 to 500 vulnerable road users such as pedestrians or cyclists every year.
Schengen Information System (SIS II) by EUbusiness — last modified 09 April 2013, 14:09 CET
The second generation Schengen Information System (SIS II) entered into operation on 9 April 2013 to increase security and facilitate free movement within the Schengen area. The SIS II allows for an easy exchange of information between national border control authorities, customs and police authorities on persons who may have been involved in a serious crime. It also contains alerts on missing persons, in particular children, as well as information on certain property, such as banknotes, cars, vans, firearms and identity documents that may have been stolen, misappropriated or lost.
Road safety: EU reports lowest ever number of road deaths by EUbusiness — last modified 19 March 2013, 19:27 CET
Road fatalities across the EU have decreased by 9% in 2012. According to new figures published by the European Commission today, 2012 saw the lowest number of people killed in road traffic in EU countries since the first data were collected.
New rights for bus and coach travellers in the EU by EUbusiness — last modified 01 March 2013, 23:36 CET
Regulation (EU) No 181/2011 on bus and coach passenger rights became applicable on 3 March 2013, providing bus and coach travellers throughout the EU with new rights. The regulation lays down travellers' basic rights, and imposes a number of obligations on bus and coach companies and terminal managers concerning their responsibility towards the passengers. Every year around 70 million passengers travel by buses and coaches in the EU.
Clean Power for Transport Package by EUbusiness — last modified 24 January 2013, 15:43 CET
The European Commission has announced an ambitious package of measures to ensure the build-up of alternative fuel stations across Europe with common standards for their design and use. Policy initiatives so far have mostly addressed the actual fuels and vehicles, without considering fuels distribution. Efforts to provide incentives have been un-co-ordinated and insufficient.