List of ships that were refused access to Community ports between September 2007 and 31 March 2008.

On the 9th May, the European Commission published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJ), a list of ships that were refused access to Community ports between 1 September 2007 and 31 March 2008, pursuant to Article 7b of Council Directive 95/21/EC on the port State control of ships.

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Vessel traffic monitoring and information system: EC brings Poland to the Court of Justice

The European Commission decided on the 7th May 2008 to lodge a case to the Court of Justice over the incorrect transposition by Poland into its national law of EU legislation on the Community system to monitor the traffic of ships in EU waters.

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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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Proposals in the field of Motorways of the Sea (MOS)

The European Commission Directorate general for energy and transport has released Call for proposals under the multi-annual programme 2007-2013 for the year 2008. The the trans-European transport network itself shall be 45 million euros of which 20 million euros shall be devoted to the motorways of the Sea priority project.

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Meetings for Grants in the field of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) and Trans-European Energy Network (TEN-E)

To mark the launch of a new calls for proposalr under the annual work programme in the field of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) for 2008 and multi-annual work programme for grants in the field of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) for the period 2007-2013, the EC has set up a series of meetings on the 16th of May 2008 titled "Information Day". The meetings will be broadcasted live over the Internet.

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