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Rail market liberalisation and infrastructure governance proposals debated at the Council

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Transport and travel

Meeting in Luxembourg, transport ministers held a first discussion on the two proposals which are a key part of the 4th railway package. They also adopted a general approach on new rules for market access to port services.


Climate action: Reducing the carbon content of transport fuels Choose translations of the previous link 

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Energy and natural resources, Environment, consumers and health, Transport and travel

The European Commission has adopted a proposal to implement existing obligations in the 2009 amendment of the Fuel Quality Directive.


Transport: €11.9 billion to improve European connectionsChoose translations of the previous link 

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Transport and travel

The European Commission has invited Member States to propose projects to use €11.9 billion of EU funding to improve European transport connections. This is the largest ever single amount of EU funding earmarked for transport infrastructure.


Commission sets out strategy to curb CO2 emissions from trucks, buses and coaches Choose translations of the previous link 

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Environment, consumers and health, Transport and travel

Such heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) are responsible for around a quarter of CO2 emissions from road transport in the EU. Without action, HDV emissions in 2030-2050 are projected to remain close to current, unsustainable levels.


Commission publishes first EU Transport Scoreboard Choose translations of the previous link 

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Transport and travel

The European Commission has published for the first time a scoreboard on transport in the EU. It compares Member State performance in 22 transport-related categories and highlights for most of these categories the five top and bottom performers.


European Commission calls for tough standards to regulate civil drones Choose translations of the previous link 

Siim Kallas © EU


Science and technology, Transport and travel

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.


MEPs back law to curb harmful traffic noise

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Environment, consumers and health, Transport and travel

Noise limits for cars will be tightened to protect public health, under new rules informally agreed with EU ministers and endorsed by Parliament.


Road safety: Second good year in a row puts Europe firmly on track towards target Choose translations of the previous link 

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Statistics, Transport and travel

2013 is the second year in a row that saw an impressive decrease in the number of people killed on Europe's roads. According to preliminary figures, the number of road fatalities has decreased by 8% compared to 2012, following the 9% decrease between 2011 and 2012.


Commission clarifies EU rules for public passenger transport by rail and by road Choose translations of the previous link 

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Transport and travel

The rules determine how public authorities across Europe may contract for the provision of public transport services by rail, metro, tram or bus, how to award these contracts and how to compensate for public service obligations.


Council agrees its position on key rail proposals

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Transport and travel

Transport ministers adopted the Council's position on the proposal giving new tasks to the European Railway Agency and on the Shift2Rail proposal.


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MEPs vote to extend protection for package holiday travelers


Environment, consumers and health, Transport and travel

Holidaymakers putting together their own package holidays from travel services sold on the internet or elsewhere need extra protection, as they are unlikely to get the same all-in cover as those buying from traditional travel agents, say MEPs.


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MEPs back new common standards for vehicle checks


Transport and travel

A deal with EU member states on minimum common standards for periodic vehicle inspections, vehicle registration documents and roadside inspections of commercial vehicles was endorsed by MEPs.


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Parliament counts on increased competition to improve passenger rail services


Transport and travel

Competition to provide better rail passenger services should warm up under draft rules voted in the European Parliament.


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Parliament backs law to cut car CO2 emissions


Environment, consumers and health, Transport and travel

New rules designed to achieve the CO2 emission reduction target of 95g/km for new cars by 2020 were endorsed by Parliament.


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Commission presents new European strategy to promote coastal and maritime tourism


Regions and local development, Transport and travel

Recognising the sector's potential for sustainable growth and job creation, the strategy outlines 14 EU actions to help coastal regions and businesses tackle the challenges they face and strengthen the sector's position as a key driver of Europe's blue economy.


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New connected car standards put Europe into top gear


Science and technology, Transport and travel

Two European standards organisations, ETSI and CEN, confirmed that the basic set of standards requested by the European Commission to make connected cars a reality has been fully completed.


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Parliament pushes for enforceable air passenger rights


Justice and citizens rights, Transport and travel

Delayed or stranded air passengers would be likelier to win compensation, and airlines would get clear rules on how to deal with passenger complaints, under a draft law voted by Parliament.


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CO2 emissions: cleaner vans by 2020


Environment, consumers and health, Transport and travel

The CO2 emission limit for new light commercial vehicles sold in the EU is to be reduced from 203 g/km today to 147 g/km by 2020, under draft legislation approved by the European Parliament.


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EU triples funding for rail innovation


Transport and travel

The European Commission adopted "Shift2Rail", a new public-private partnership to invest just under €1 billion in research and innovation to get more passengers and freight onto Europe's railways.


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Main results of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council


Energy and natural resources, Transport and travel

The Council endorsed a report on the progress on the completion of the EU internal energy market, and a report on the review of developments on the external dimension of the EU energy policy in the follow-up to the European Council of 22 May 2013.


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EU extends the use of electronic devices on planes


Transport and travel

The EU's Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has updated its guidance on the use of portable electronic devices on board (PED), including smartphones, tablets and e-readers.


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Transport: New EU infrastructure policy


Transport and travel

In the most radical overhaul of EU infrastructure policy since its inception in the 1980s, the 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.


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Council agrees on railway safety and debates improved EU rules on air passenger rights


Transport and travel

The Council agreed its general approach on new railway safety rules. The revised directive, a recast of the 2004 railway safety directive known as the '4th railway package', proposes centralised safety certificatication for EU rail operators.


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Parliament votes not to oppose Commission measures on flight time limitations


Transport and travel

New rules on maximum flight times for pilots and cabin crew should now be adopted by the European Commission, as a resolution calling on it to withdraw them was voted down in Parliament's plenary session.


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Making better use of Europe's waterways


The Commission announced new measures to get more freight onto Europe's rivers and canals. Barges are amongst the most climate-friendly and energy efficient forms of transport but currently they only carry about 6% of European cargo each year.


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Blue Belt: Commission eases customs formalities for ships


The Commission has set out plans to ease custom formalities for ships – reducing red tape, cutting delays in ports and making the sector more competitive.


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Parliament includes motorbikes in updated vehicle check rules


Parliament called on for updated rules on vehicle checks that improve road safety to extend regular inspections to motorbikes and to some trailers and caravans, making roadside checks on commercial vehicles more efficient and risk-based and streamlining the rules on vehicle documents.


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Maritime transport: first step to reduce emissions


The European Commission took the first step towards cutting greenhouse gas emissions from the shipping industry. It proposed legislation which will require owners of large ships using EU ports to monitor and report the ships' annual carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.


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Single Sky: Commission acts to unblock congestion in Europe's airspace


The European Commission has acted to speed up the reform of Europe's air traffic control system. The Commission is looking to head off a capacity crunch as the number of flights is forecast to increase by 50% over the next 10-20 years.