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TRIP Lands on Twitter

TRIP Lands on Twitter

18 Apr 2014: 

Looking for more updates on transport research? TRIP is now ready to communicate innovations in transport with an even faster channel: follow us on Twitter! You can find us @TRIP_Portal.

Two Thematic Publications Now Available in French and German

Two Thematic Publications Now Available in French and German

18 Apr 2014: 

The TRIP Portal has released two additional Thematic Research Summaries in French and German:

• “Awareness, information and user rights” is now available in French and German. The publication looks at FP6 and FP7 projects, as well as studies financed by DG MOVE, focused on communication, information, passenger's rights and other behavioural aspects in the mobility field.

• “Water Transport” is now available in French. The Summary illustrates the state-of-the-art in maritime transport research, hosting a selection of research projects financed under the FP6 and FP7, the TEN-T programme including Motorways of the Seas and other EU financed programmes, such as the MED and Marco Polo Programmes.

All Thematic Research Summaries have been produced in electronic format only and can be freely downloaded from the TRIP website.

Call for Tenders: Public Environmental Modelling Suite for Aviation

Call for Tenders: Public Environmental Modelling Suite for Aviation

18 Apr 2014: 

The EC has launched a Call for Tenders on a “Service provision towards the development of a public European environmental modelling suite for aviation”. The service aims at complementing and improving the set of publicly available aviation environmental models by collecting data and developing new modelling methodologies and associated reference data in support to policymakers.

The service will contribute to the development of EU policies and will be framed in the context of international discussions with other leading actors, such as the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

Applications can be submitted until 14 May 2014. More details on the Call can be found on the EC website.

Coordinators of the TEN-T Network Appointed

Coordinators of the TEN-T Network Appointed

18 Apr 2014: 

The EC is moving forward in the way to implement its core transport infrastructure, as proven by the recent appointment of 11 European coordinators in charge of overseeing priority transport projects and reporting back to the Commission.

Selected in agreement with the EU Member States and the European Parliament, the coordinators will supervise the nine core network corridors, plus two horizontal priorities: the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) and Motorways of the Sea.

The role will support the creation of a strategic infrastructure for a more integrated, competitive, and sustainable European transport.

More information and the full list of Coordinators is available on the EC website.

TEN-T Network: 12 billion € for Projects in the Transport Sector

TEN-T Network: 12 billion € for Projects in the Transport Sector

18 Apr 2014: 

Together with the nomination of TEN-T Network Coordinators, more news is marking the progress of the core infrastructures' realisation: EU Member States agreed to allocate 12 billion € for key projects of the nine core network corridors, a first tranche of the 26 billion € foreseen for infrastructure projects over the period 2014 – 2020.

Vice-President Kallas welcomed the budget allocation, highlighting that “the value added by investing in genuinely European infrastructure will become plainly visible to investors, transport users and citizens".

This major financial investment will help in achieving main transport policy objectives, enhancing interoperability, promoting inter-modality and boosting innovation.

More details can be found on the EC website.

New Deal on Emergency Calls

New Deal on Emergency Calls

18 Apr 2014: 

The European Parliament and the Council found an agreement to establish response centres for managing the 112 eCalls, a system that automatically dials the EU emergency number (112) in the event of serious accidents.

The system's relevance can be explained through some figures: the eCall is estimated to speed emergency response times up to 40% in urban areas and 50% in the countryside, reduce fatalities by at least 4% and the number of severe injuries by 6%. Vice-President Kallas welcomed the deal as a necessary step for safer European transport.

More information is available on the EC website.

Smart Cities and Communities: Invitation for Commitments Now Open

Smart Cities and Communities: Invitation for Commitments Now Open

18 Apr 2014: 

As pre-announced in February's TRIP Newsletter, on 28 February the EC launched an “Invitation for Commitments” to collect feedback from cities and their industry partners on how to make cities smarter. The EC will accept inputs until mid-June. The Commission will then seek to analyse, group and promote the best plans and initiatives.

The initiative is led by the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC), an alliance joining together cities, industry and citizens to improve urban life through more sustainable, integrated solutions at the interface of energy, transport and ICT technologies and infrastructures.

Expressing an Invitation for Commitments will enable cities to actively engage in the EIP-SCC, having the possibility to learn and network with other communities and stakeholders from all across Europe. At the same time, the Commitments will provide the EC with a better understanding of ambitions, barriers and needs of cities willing to become smarter.

More information can be found on the EC website.

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