€332 million more for transeuropean transport priority projects

The European Commission announced that an additional €332 million has been added to the 2012 TEN-T multi-annual programme, under the area of TEN-T Priority Projects. In addition, the deadline for proposal submissions has now been extended to 26 March 2013 for all six fields of the multi-annual work programme.

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New European driving licences from 19 of January

From January 19th 2013, all new driving licences issued across the EU will have a standard European format and tougher security protection. Existing licences are not affected, but will be changed to the new format at the time of renewal or at the latest by 2033.

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€5 million from EU funds to construct nearly 8 km of high speed railway track bed in Spain

The European Commission will finance with €5 million from the TEN-T Programme a project to construct nearly 8 km of high speed railway track bed near Valladolid (Spain). According to the Commission, the project will bring considerable benefits to rail traffic in the area.

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African aid-recipient countries do not do enough to ensure the sustainability of road infrastructure

A report from the European Court of Auditors (ECA) highlighted that the European Commission is partially effective in its support for a sustainable road network in Sub-Saharan Africa. Partner countries visited by the Court do not do enough to ensure the sustainability of road infrastructure, roads are affected to varying degrees by premature deterioration.

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The support from the EU cohesion funds make possible the high speed section between Barcelona and Figueres

On 9 of January, it entered into service the high speed section between Barcelona and Figueres, which represents the completion of a project, the high speed line Madrid-Barcelona-French border. This section has had a significant involvement and support of the European Union.

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Reduction of 80% in emissions of nitrogen oxides and 66% in particulate matters thanks to a new EU legislation

On the 31 December 2012, the new European legislation called the Euro VI norm entered into force, enabling the lowering of nitrogen oxides and dust emitted from new types of trucks and buses. The legislation also introduces world-wide harmonised test procedures and standards which should help boost European automotive industry exports. In addition, EU automotive legislation will be simpler and will become effective more quickly.

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