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12/03/2014 - 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. |VIDEO|
11/03/2014 - 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.
26/02/2014 - Transport and travel
Competition to provide better rail passenger services should warm up under draft rules voted in the European Parliament. |VIDEO|
25/02/2014 - 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. |VIDEO|
20/02/2014 - 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.
12/02/2014 - 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.
05/02/2014 - 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.
14/01/2014 - 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. |VIDEO|
16/12/2013 - 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. |PHOTOS|VIDEO|
12/12/2013 - 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. |PHOTOS|
09/12/2013 - Transport and travel
06/12/2013 - Transport and travel
The Council held a policy debate on a proposal aimed at amending the EU telecommunications regulatory framework. The draft regulation is part of the Connected Continent package. |PHOTOS|
17/10/2013 - 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.
11/10/2013 - 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. |PHOTOS|VIDEO|
09/10/2013 - 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.
10/09/2013 - Transport and travel
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.
08/07/2013 - Economy, finance, tax and competition / Transport and travel
02/07/2013 - Transport and travel
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.
28/06/2013 - Environment, consumers and health / Transport and travel
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.
11/06/2013 - Transport and travel
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.
10/06/2013 - Energy and natural resources / Science and technology / Transport and travel
23/05/2013 - Transport and travel
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 will help port operators upgrade their services and facilities as well as giving them more financial autonomy. |PHOTOS|
11/03/2013 - Energy and natural resources / Transport and travel
The Council held an exchange of views on the Commission's "Clean power for transport" initiative. The objective is to break the dependence on fossil fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transport. |PHOTOS|VIDEO|
28/02/2013 - Justice and citizens rights / Transport and travel
06/02/2013 - Environment, consumers and health / Transport and travel
Noise limits for cars would be tightened to protect public health, under a draft law voted in Parliament. MEPs also recommended introducing labels to inform consumers about new cars' noise levels and adding sound to hybrid and electric vehicles to alert pedestrians.
30/01/2013 - Transport and travel
The Commission is proposing far reaching measures to encourage more innovation in EU railways by opening EU domestic passenger markets to competition, as well as substantial accompanying technical and structural reforms.
24/01/2013 - Environment, consumers and health / Transport and travel
The European Commission 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.
18/01/2013 - Transport and travel
All new European driving licences will be issued according to a new format, a plastic "credit card", with a photo and standard information requirements - easy to recognise and read across the EU. All new licences will be issued in this format from January 19th 2013.
20/12/2012 - Transport and travel
The Transport Council adopted a general approach on new rules on periodic inspection of vehicles, the so-called roadworthiness tests. The key objective of the update is to improve road safety and environmental protection. The draft directive lays down minimum requirements, which leaves member states free to impose stricter rules.
19/12/2012 - Transport and travel
The European Commission proposed today new rules for the better protection of air passengers, aiming to achieve a decreased number of aircraft accidents and fatalities through better use of data on occurrences.The new rules would promote more efficient exchange of information between Member States.
17/12/2012 - Environment, consumers and health / Transport and travel
New environmental rules on marine fuels, entering into force on the 17 December 2012, will substantially reduce air pollution and its impacts on human health.
14/12/2012 - Economy, finance, tax and competition / Transport and travel
The Commission presented a Communication clarifying EU rules on car taxation and recommending measures to strengthen the Single Market in this area.
03/12/2012 - Energy and natural resources / Science and technology / Transport and travel
The Ministers of the Energy Council adopted conclusions on renewable energy, which outline options for future action, in particular in order to facilitate long-term planning for industry and investors.
14/11/2012 - Transport and travel
The European Commission has agreed with international partners on new internationally harmonised rules on Advanced Emergency Braking Systems (AEBS) and Lane Departure Warning Systems (LDWS) for commercial vehicles.
08/11/2012 - Business / Transport and travel
The Commission proposes a massive innovative push by streamlining research and innovation under the European Green Vehicle Initiative.
07/11/2012 - External relations and foreign affairs / Justice and citizens rights / Transport and travel
If fully exploited, the current visa rules could ensure that the EU remains an attractive destination for more tourists/third country nationals, while at the same time boosting EU's economic activity and job creation.
31/10/2012 - Transport and travel
Europe takes a major step forward in vehicle safety on 1 November 2012 as a basket of new safety requirements for new types of motor vehicles comes into force.
30/10/2012 - Institutional affairs / Transport and travel
The EU transport ministers agreed a general approach on proposed changes to the 1993 rules on the allocation of take-off and landing slots to airlines.
17/10/2012 - Energy and natural resources / Environment, consumers and health / Transport and travel
The Commission published a proposal to limit global land conversion for biofuel production, and raise the climate benefits of biofuels used in the EU. The use of food-based biofuels to meet the 10% renewable energy target of the Renewable Energy Directive will be limited to 5%.
11/10/2012 - Transport and travel
Vice-President Siim Kallas, European Commissioner for transport, announced his intention to present new legislative proposals in Spring 2013 to accelerate implementation, as well as taking all enforcement actions possible, including infringements where necessary.
27/09/2012 - Transport and travel
The European Commission's new strategy for "Unleashing the potential of cloud computing in Europe" outlines actions to deliver a net gain of 2.5 million new European jobs, and an annual boost of EUR 160 billion to EU GDP (around 1%), by 2020.
27/09/2012 - Transport and travel
The European Commission has set out an ambitious package of proposals to boost the international competitiveness of the EU's aviation industry.
18/09/2012 - Transport and travel
The European Commission launches an initiative to coordinate and focus European research and innovation in transport. The aim is to speed up the deployment of new transport means and solutions to achieve a competitive and affordable European transport system.
10/09/2012 - Transport and travel
The European Commission has selected 74 projects that will receive almost €200 million in EU co-financing from the trans-European transport network (TEN-T) programme to continue improving transport infrastructure across the EU.
07/09/2012 - Transport and travel
The European Commission has warned that Member States will need to do more to ensure that the European Electronic Toll Service (EETS) deployment is on track.
29/08/2012 - Economy, finance, tax and competition / Transport and travel
The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation (phase II) under the EU Merger Regulation into the proposed acquisition of Aer Lingus by the low cost carrier Ryanair, which was notified to the Commission on 24 July 2012.
19/07/2012 - Environment, consumers and health / Transport and travel
The Performance Scheme of the Single European Sky aims at setting and implementing binding targets for Member States to deliver better air navigation services, leading to cheaper flights, less delays, and the saving of unnecessary costs for airlines and passengers. In addition, the environmental impact of air traffic will be reduced due to more efficient and shorter flight paths.
13/07/2012 - Transport and travel
Vehicle checks are fundamental to road safety. More than 5 people die on Europe's roads every day in accidents linked to technical failure. So the European Commission has adopted new rules to toughen up the testing regime and widen its scope. The new proposals aim to save more than 1,200 lives a year and to avoid more than 36,000 accidents linked to technical failure.
11/07/2012 - Environment, consumers and health / Transport and travel
The proposals will cut average emissions from new cars to 95 grams of CO2 per km (g CO2/km) in 2020 from 135.7g in 2011 and a mandatory target of 130g in 2015. Emissions from vans will be reduced to 147g CO2/km in 2020 from 181.4g in 2010 (the latest year for which figures are available) and a mandatory target of 175g in 2017.
10/07/2012 - Energy and natural resources / Regions and local development / Transport and travel
By launching a Smart Cities and Communities European Innovation Partnership (SCC) the European Commission aims to boost the development of smart technologies in cities – by pooling research resources from energy, transport and ICT and concentrating them on a small number of demonstration projects which will be implemented in partnership with cities.
03/07/2012 - Transport and travel
To facilitate better use of EU rail networks, Parliament clarified competition rules for rail transport firms and rail infrastructure managers. These rules aim to stimulate the supply of international freight and passenger services and to improve their quality. Independent regulators will see that competition is fair.
14/06/2012 - Transport and travel
As thousands of disabled Paralympians and spectators prepare to travel to London for the 2012 Olympic Games, the Commission has published guidelines to clarify their rights when travelling by air.
14/05/2012 - Transport and travel
The European Commission has today issued guidelines warning that under EU law road charging schemes must not discriminate against foreign drivers. The aim is to assist Member States who are considering introducing new charging schemes for private cars.
03/04/2012 - Transport and travel
The European Commission has adopted the 19th update of the European list of air carriers which are for safety reasons subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union. Conviasa, an air carrier certified in Venezuela, was added to the list due to safety concerns.
29/03/2012 - Transport and travel
Progress in cutting road fatalities significantly slowed last year (to -2%) compared with a very promising EU-wide reduction throughout the last decade (on average -6%), according to new figures published by the European Commission.
25/01/2012 - Transport and travel
The Commission strengthens the certification and authorisation process of the EU’s train signaling and speed control system. On-board products will need to be tested in accredited laboratories.