8th update of blacklist of airlines

The European Commission has published the eighth update of the so-called blacklist of airlines that are banned from flying into the countries of the European Union due to safety concerns. The new list, which replaces the previous one, can already be consulted on the Commission’s website.

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Air transport rules for disabled people

The rules that will give the disabled and the elderly access to air transport comparable to that enjoyed by all other passengers flying to or from, or passing in transit though, airports in the European Union, with no discrimination and at no additional cost.

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Community guidelines on State aid for railway undertakings

Those guidelines are part of the Community actions aiming to the dynamization of the railway sector, which have included legilative developments for liberalization of the sector and interoperability of the rail european network. As a third pilar,  the Commission considers this support to be justified in certain circumstances in view of the substantial adaptation costs necessary in that industry.

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Principles governing the investigation of accidents in the maritime transport

On the 22nd July the Official Journal of the European Union has published the Common Position (EC) No 15/2008 adopted by the Council on 6 June 2008 with a view to adopting Directive about establishing the fundamental principles governing the investigation of accidents in the maritime transport sector and amending Directives 1999/35/EC and 2002/59/EC

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Council Common Position in places of refuge and AIS

On the 22nd July the Official Journal of the European Union has published the Common Position (EC) No 15/2008 adopted by the Council on 6 June 2008 with a view to adopting Directive about  Community vessel traffic monitoring and information system.

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New period of operation of the Trans-European Transport Network Executive Agency

The Official Journal of the European Union has published last 18th July the Commission Decision of 11 July 2008 amending Decision No 2007/60/EC as regards the modification of the tasks and the period of operation of the Trans-European Transport Network Executive Agency.

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Recast of the Directive on the interoperability of the rail system within the Community

With the objective to facilitate further amendments on the existing legislation on rail interoperability, and given that some amendments have already been done in Directive 2004/50/EC, the Official Journal of the European Union published on July 18th Directive 2008/57/EC on the interoperability of the rail system within the Community.

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Report from the meeting of the ministers responsible for European affairs

The ministers responsible for European affairs met in Brest on the sidelines of the "Brest 2008" maritime festival on 12 and 13 July to have an informal debate on the three topics proposed by Jean-Pierre Jouyet in the context of the French Presidency of the European Union.

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First International Symposium on Marine Propulsors

First international Symposium on Marine Propulsors (SMP) is going to take place in Trondheim, Norway on 22-24 of June 2009. SMP’09 is the first in a series of international symposiums dedicated to hydrodynamics of all types of marine propulsors.

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2008 Marco Polo II shortlist for approval

The technical and financial evaluation of proposals of Marco Polo call for proposal has finished with 31 projects.

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Non-opposition to the concentration between DPWL/ZIM/CONTARSA

On July 10th, the Official Journal of the European Union published the Commission's decision not to  oppose the notified concentration by which DP World Ltd  and ZIM Integrated Shipping Services, acquire joint control over  Contarsa Sociedad de Estiba, SA by way of purchase of shares.

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