A new portal brings access to information and data on the Trans-European Transport Network

The European Commission has launched a new web portal to display updated information about the state of the projects and development of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T). The site includes satellite-based dynamic maps, as well as data, statistics and other interactive elements.

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A new Spanish finance lease scheme is compatible with EU state aid rules

The European Commission gave its green light a new Spanish scheme for the early depreciation of assets acquired via finance leases. According to the Commission, and following a long investigation, this scheme does not constitute state aid under EU rules, inter alia because it is not selective.

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New tougher rules for motorbikes in the EU

MEPs adopted in plenary session the new legislation that makes motorbikes safer and greener. This new legislation will apply to all powered two- and three-wheel vehicles, from mopeds to heavy motorcycles, and also quads, as of 2016.

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New rules for vehicles agreed between the European Commission and its international partners

The Advanced Emergency Braking Systems (AEBS) and Lane Departure Warning Systems (LDWS) for commercial vehicles will be harmonised at international level following the agreement reached between the European Commission and its international partners.

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€81 million from the EU funds to support key reforms in Albania

The European Commission announced the EU's renewed financial support to Albania's reform efforts. The €81 million will fund projects to reform of the judiciary system, fight against organised crime, and the reform of the public administration system. In addition, infrastructure funding will contribute to constructing the Rrogozhina bypass, thus improving road transport and safety.

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The extra costs of the European fragmented airspace would be reduced using the latest innovative technology

The SANDRA ('Seamless aeronautical networking through integrations of data links, radios and antennas') project, a new data link which is the connection between the Airborne Thematic Mapper (ATM) and ground systems, and co-funded by the Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7), will help cope with the demand in aircraft operations because the current systems are unable to process and provide flight information in real time in European airspace.

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The Commission and the EIB agreed to launch the pilot phase of the project bond initiative

Following signature of a Cooperation Agreement between the European Commission and European Investment Bank (EIB), clarifying risk sharing, the pilot phase of the project bond initiative is ready for roll-out. The Europe 2020 Project Bond Initiative aims to improve capital market financing of infrastructure.

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The Commission presented the CARS 2020 Action Plan for the EU car industry

The European Commission wants to reinforce the automotive industry's competitiveness and sustainability heading towards 2020, therefore it presented a new CARS 2020 Action Plan. Among other measures, the plan intends to provide a massive innovative push by streamlining research and innovation under the European Green Vehicle Initiative.

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MEPs rejected the proposal to boost competition to supply ground-handling services at major EU airports

The Transport and Tourism Committee in the European Parliament rejected further liberalisation of ground-handling services as proposed in a draft legislation by the European Commission. Many MEPs feared that the proposal would lead to a deterioration of working conditions and safety and deplored the lack of evidence that the regulation would increase the overall efficiency of ground-handling operations.

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