NEA has received 95 project proposals by the deadline of 4 April for topics under the Mobility for Growth, the Automated Road Transport, and the Green Vehicles calls. Over €491.4 million were requested. The total indicative budget of the calls is €112 million. Successful projects are expected to demonstrate innovative solutions towards low-carbon and sustainable transport, as well as contribute significantly to safe and resilient transport systems, automated transport, and the development of electrified vehicles and of advanced technological capabilities in transport.
With European GNSS providing the positioning accuracy that drones need to operate safely, more and more drone-based applications are hitting the market. The GSA highlighted a number of these innovative services during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
In line with President Juncker’s commitment to a fully-fledged Defence Union by 2025, the Commission and the High Representative are presenting an Action Plan to improve military mobility within and beyond the European Union.
“€500 million will be allocated in 2019 and 2020 for the programme which is a completely new programme aimed at cross-EU country development of EU defence capabilities, for instance drones for military use or a European cyber defence mechanism. The amount should increase to one billion Euros per year from 2021 and, in the future, increased pan-EU cooperation in the big weapons systems – aircraft, battle tanks, and navy ships – could and should be foreseen.
Definition of drone video camcorders.
As photovoltaic plants age, their efficiency often falls due to the underperformance of one component or another, requiring PV plant owners to conduct expensive and time-consuming thermal inspections to get to the bottom of the problem. EASY PV, a GSA-funded Horizon 2020 project, is using remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) to provide a more effective and cost-efficient solution.
EU ambassadors (Permanent Representatives Committee) endorsed on 22 December the deal concluded with the European Parliament on 29 November on revised common safety rules for civil aviation and a new remit for the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The reform includes the first ever EU-wide rules for civil drones, that will allow remotely piloted aircraft of all sizes to fly safely in European airspace and will bring legal certainty for this rapidly expanding industry.
The European Commission welcomes that the 28 EU Member States endorsed an agreement struck with the European Parliament for the revision of the EU aviation safety regulation. The new regulation will maintain Europe’s excellent safety record while eliminating red-tape and preparing for future challenges. Most notably, it establishes the first ever EU-wide framework for drones and for their safe and secure use. Today’s development constitutes a major deliverable under the Commission’s Aviation Strategy for Europewhose core objective is to support the competitiveness of the EU’s aviation industry and reinforce its global leadership.
− Analysis of the final compromise text with a view to agreement
The first ever EU-wide rules for the civil use of drones were agreed by EP and Council negotiators on Thursday morning.