EC authorises aid scheme for public transport in Germany

The European Commission has authorised on the 5th of May, a State aid measure by Germany aimed at supporting the development of an electronic fare management system for public transport, the so-called "e-ticketing system". The approved State aid amounts to approximately € 9.75 million and will be granted between 2007 and 2009.

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Airport slot allocation: The Commission clarifies the existing rules

The European Commission has adopted a Communication on the application of the slot allocation Regulation. The Communication clarifies a number of issues in order to ensure a better implementation of the existing rules and to improve the efficient use of scarce capacity at congested Community airport. In particular, it signals the acceptance of "secondary trading" of airport slots between air carriers.

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The Commission gives the go-ahead to funding to modernise railway rolling stock in the Czech Republic

The European Commission approved an aid programme for the acquisition and modernisation of rolling stock in the Czech Republic. The Czech Government is set to spend CZK 4,800 million (EUR 173 million) under this programme between 2008 and 2013.

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Commission adopts guidelines for State aid to rail undertakings

The European Commission has adopted guidelines for State aid to railway undertakings. The guidelines clarify the rules governing public funding of these businesses. This is one way the Commission is boosting the liberalisation of the industry and ensuring that public funding contributes to sustainable mobility in Europe.

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Concentration between Renault, Russian Technologies and AvtoVaz

The Commission has expresed Non-opposition to the notified concentration between Renault, Russian Technologies and AvtoVaz. On 8 April 2008, the Commission decided not to oppose the above notified concentration and to declare it compatible with the common market.

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AAL Joint Programme: First call for proposal

Last 1st May it has been published the first call for proposal of the AAL Joint Programme with a total budget of 57.7 M€ to develop projects under the topic "ICT based solutions for Prevention and Management of Chronic Conditions of Elderly People".

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Culture 2000 programme 2008 implemantation report

The European Commission has published the report on the implementation of the Culture 2000 programme last 29 april 2008 in the document COM(2008) 231 final.

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