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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Electric vehicles meet most of the requirements of European drivers

Taking in to account that electric vehicle models available in the market are relatively scarce, Europeans seem to know fairly well their general characteristics and how they work. Despite their high price, the positive features of these vehicles are appreciated by a significant number of drivers who will be willing to buy an electric vehicle.

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EBRD grants €32.5 million loan to enhance container hub at the port of Klaipeda in Lithuania

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has granted a loan supporting a project aimed at increasing the capacity of the container hub at the port of Klaipeda, in Lithuania. This project will create a major regional transshipment hub and will contribute to reducing shipping-related carbon emissions.

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The transatlantic cooperation from some Star alliance members may harm premium passengers on the Frankfurt-New York route

The European Commission has concerns that transatlantic cooperation of Lufthansa, United and Air Canada may harm premium passengers on the Frankfurt-New York route because it could result in higher prices, in breach of EU antitrust rules. The Commission has therefore invited interested parties to comment on commitments proposed by the three companies to address competition concerns about their transatlantic cooperation.

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The Council called for a more robust EU external aviation policy

The Council has called for stronger coordination, unity and solidarity at EU level and for a more robust EU external aviation policy in order to strengthen the competitiveness of the European aviation industry while supporting the interests of European consumers.

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Transport Committee adds infrastructure projects to the core network in next Transeuropean Transport Networks (TEN-T)

MEPs at the Transport Committee amended in a vote the map and guidelines for developing the Transeuropean Transport Networks (TEN-T) in 2014-2020. MEPs highlighted that TEN-T funding should help primarily to build or upgrade cross-border sections and missing links so as to remove remaining bottlenecks in the core network by 2030.

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New EU environmental rules for cleaner fuels for shipping come into effect

The new European environmental rules on marine fuels came into force on December 17th 2012. The aim of these new standards is to improve the environmental conditions of marine corridors by reducing air pollution and its impact on human health.

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The Commission recommends measures to strengthen the Single Market on car taxation

The European Commission presented a Communication with measures aimed to minimize the problems encountered by citizens and businesses moving cars between Member States and to remove obstacles for cross-border rentals, among other issues related to the car taxation.

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Commissioner Kallas called for full engagement on the implementation of the Single European Sky

In the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC), the European Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas called for full engagement on the implementation of the Single European Sky, and for a positive cooperation between ECAC and the EU.

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