Marco Polo Conference in Venice

Next Marco Polo Conference will take place in Venice on 10/11 June 2008. The conference will give the latest information aobut the freight transport in Europe, present ongoing Marco Polo projects and the ingredients of their success and tell you how to apply for Marco Polo funding under future calls for project proposals.

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Brussels rules for in-flight mobile phone use across Europe

The European Commission has introduced rules to harmonise conditions for the take-off of pan-European mobile communication services on aircraft. These services will allow businesspeople and consumers to receive and make calls and messages safely with their own mobile phones while flying all over Europe. This means that the 90% of European air passengers that already carry mobile phones on-board aircraft can remain contactable during flights.

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Harbour dues in Spain

The European Commission sent Spain a reasoned opinion on 3rd April, which is the last step before possible referral to the Court of Justice, for providing in its national legislation for discriminatory harbour dues.

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A new era in transatlantic aviation 'Open Skies'

On Sunday 30th March 2008, the new EU-US Air Transport Agreement took effect. For the first time, European airlines can fly without restrictions from any point in the EU to any point in the US. This agreement is the most ambitious air services deal ever negotiated. The two biggest aviation markets, encompassing 60% of world traffic, will cooperate closer in all fields of aviation policy. In May 2008, the European Commission will engage in second-stage negotiations with the US.

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Agreement between the European Community and the Kingdom of Morocco on certain aspects of air services

The European Commission published its official decision on the 29th March 2008 concerning its conclusions, approving the Agreement between the European Community and the Kingdom of Morocco on certain aspects of air services. Full details of the conclusion are availabe in the Offical Journal of the European Union.

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More safety on our roads

The Commission on the 19th of March 2008, adopted a proposal for a Directive aimed at facilitating the cross-border prosecution of traffic offences which imperil road safety. Technical measures and legal instruments are to be put in place which will enable EU drivers to be identified and thus prosecuted for offences committed in a Member State other than the one where his or her vehicle is registered. This will make an appreciable difference to road safety in Europe by bringing about a positive change of behaviour in both non-resident and resident drivers. It will also end the unequal treatment which often exists between these two groups of road users.

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EP and Council set up rules for the European Aviation Safety Agency

The Official Journal of the European Union has publisehd on 19th March a regulation related to the common rules in the field of civil aviation and establishing a European Aviation Safety Agency (REGULATION (EC) No 216/2008)

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EURO-TRANS Days Final Workshop in Madrid

Euro-trans project will develop the final workshop in Madrid next 27 to 28 march in CDTI headoffices with the strategic objective of open encourage, facilitate and enhance cooperation between SMEs and the major European RID players and Industrial Stakeholders of Surface Transport (road, rail, waterborne and intermodality).

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Enhance accessibility of rail transport for persons with reduced mobility

The European Commission has approved A Technical Specification for Interoperability (‘TSI’) relating to ‘persons with reduced mobility’. The TSI shall be fully applicable to the trans-European conventional rail system and the trans-European high-speed rail system. The official decision was publsihed in the Official Journal (OJ) of the Eropean Union on 7th March 2008.

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Europe on the air

From April 2008 on, day in and day out,16 radio stations from 13 countries working in a consortium and 7 associate radio stations will co-produce and simultaneously broadcast programmes devoted to current affairs and society in the Europe of 27.

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Contracts for standby oil-spill recovery vessel(s)

The European Maritime Safety Agency want to launch and decelop a service for a/many standby oil-spill recovery vessel(s). In accordance with EMSA's 'Action plan for oil pollution preparedness and response of 2004' identified how to implement this task with regard to pollution caused by oil spills at sea. The action plan, as updated by subsequent EMSA work programmes, highlighted the necessity for a network of oil-recovery vessels. Consequently, contracts have been established for at-sea oil-recovery services in the Baltic Sea, along the Atlantic Coast and in the Mediterranean Sea.

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