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New TRIP Publications Translated in French and German

New TRIP Publications Translated in French and German

5 Mar 2014: 

The Thematic Research Summary “Innovative Technologies” is now available for French readers. Offering an overview on the latest transport innovations, the publication looks at state-of-the-art developments in terms of design technologies, materials, vehicle construction and engine technologies.

Moreover, the Thematic Research Summary “Financing, pricing and taxation” has been published in German. The publication provides an overview of EU-funded research and studies in the policy area of financing, pricing and taxation, including both research projects financed under the Sixth and Seventh Framework Programmes (FP6 and FP7), and studies financed by DG MOVE.

Produced exclusively in electronic format, the Thematic Research Summary can be freely downloaded from the TRIP website.

Smart Cities: Invitation for Commitments

Smart Cities: Invitation for Commitments

5 Mar 2014: 

The European Commission is launching an Invitation for Commitments, calling upon interested parties to support the objectives of the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC), by sharing their current or future plans to realise smart cities through energy, transport and ICT innovations.

The European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC) brings together cities, industries, SMEs, research organisations and civil society actors, to improve urban life through more sustainable integrated solutions across the ICT, energy and transport and mobility sectors.

A brokerage event taking place on 28 February, will allow interested stakeholders to meet and present their ideas and plans for action. The smart cities strategic implementation plan is available here.

Public Consultation on New Freight Funding Scheme

Public Consultation on New Freight Funding Scheme

5 Mar 2014: 

The European Commission is inviting all stakeholders with an interest in improving efficiency and sustainability of freight transport, to reply to a questionnaire with the objective of designing a new funding scheme for freight transport services in 2014-2020.

This public consultation follows the closing of the EU Marco Polo programme, a funding instrument to improve environmental performance of the EU freight transport services that covered the period 2003-2013. To conceive the next funding scheme, the Commission is now willing to gather feedback on obstacles in the way of sustainable freight transport, experiences gained from implementation of the Marco Polo programme, market needs, objectives and other inputs.

More information can be found here.

Implementation of the European Rail Traffic Management System

Implementation of the European Rail Traffic Management System

5 Mar 2014: 

A new EC report gives a clear picture of the state-of-play of the European Rail Traffic Management System. The diversity of signalling systems across EU Member States has long been recognised as a factor hindering international circulation and has prompted the European Commission to take actions in this regard.

Thanks to a significant provision of EU funding, progress and improvement is very well visible throughout Europe, even though results are still mixed, with some barriers and delays continuing to persist.

The full report is available here.

New EU-US Research Symposium and Report

New EU-US Research Symposium and Report

5 Mar 2014: 

Transatlantic cooperation on transport research continues to grow, with the schedule of the second EU-U.S. Symposium on "Transport Research Implementation: the Application of Research Outcomes", taking place in Paris on April 10-11 2014, and preceding the 5th edition of the Transport Research Arena (TRA2014) .

The series of four joint symposia held from 2013 to 2016, is an initiative by the European Commission, the U.S. Department of Transportation,and the U.S. Transportation Research Board (TRB). A report of the first meeting, held in 2013 and focused on city logistics, has just been released.

More information is accessible on the EC website.

EU-ASEAN Aviation Cooperation Moving to the Next Level

EU-ASEAN Aviation Cooperation Moving to the Next Level

5 Mar 2014: 

Following a successful summit in Singapore on 12 February, the European Commission and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) initiated talks to negotiate a comprehensive air transport agreement.

Vice-President Kallas commented "If Europe works together with ASEAN to the fullest extent, we can extend the proven benefits of our respective single aviation markets to a much larger inter-regional one”.

More information is available on the EC website.

100 Organisations Join SHIFT²RAIL

100 Organisations Join SHIFT²RAIL

5 Mar 2014: 

More than 100 organisations from all across Europe have committed to bring their expertise to the SHIFT²RAIL initiative during its preparatory phase.

Started in 2011, SHIFT²RAIL is an ambitious, market-oriented and industrially-driven research and innovation programme setting € 920 million to make rail transport more attractive, elevating travelling standards, and therefore, creating added value for rail passengers.

To view all of the promoting organisations, please visit the project's website.

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