Proposal for a Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union and the Republic of Moldova, of the other concerning the update of Annex XXVIII-A (Rules applicable to financial services), Annex XXVIII-B (Rules applicable to telecommunication services) and Annex XXVIII-D (Rules applicable to international maritime transport) to the Agreement

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Press Release: The United States and the European Union Agree to Expand Cooperation in the areas of Aviation Safety and Air Traffic Management Modernization

U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta, Ambassador Kaja Tael, Permanent Representative of Estonia to the European Union, and European Commission Directorate General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE) Director General Henrik Hololei signed Amendments to two US-EU agreements that will expand areas for joint efforts on aviation safety and air traffic management harmonisation.

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Future of track maintenance in harmonised EU legislation (INF TSI)

The article takes a look at the history and present situation regarding track maintenance requirements within EU law. The last part is devoted to the novelties coming from the fourth railway package interoperability directive (EU) 2016/797 and the revision of regulation (EU) No 1299/2014 INF TSI.

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Press Release: Entry into force of the European Common Aviation Area (ECAA) Agreement

On 1 December 2017 the European Common Aviation Area (ECAA) Agreement between the EU, its Member States, the Kingdom of Norway, Iceland and the Western Balkan partners1 entered into force. The aim of the Agreement is to create a European Common Aviation Area based on free market access, freedom of establishment, equal conditions of competition and common rules including in the areas of safety, security, air traffic management, social aspects and environment. Once fully implemented, the Agreement will effectively integrate the Western Balkan partners in the EU internal aviation market.

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Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2003/87/EC to continue current limitations of scope for aviation activities and to prepare to implement a global market based measure from 2021

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Brexit and the transport sector: notices on air, road and seafarer qualifications

The United Kingdom submitted on 29 March 2017 the notification of its intention to withdraw from the European Union. This means that unless a ratified withdrawal agreement establishes another date or the period is extended by the European Council, all Union primary and secondary law will cease to apply to the United Kingdom from 30 March 2019, 00:00h (CET). The notices outline the consequences on air and road transport as well as on seafarer qualifications.

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Press Release: Aviation: EU concludes negotiations with Tunisia for a new aviation agreement

The European Union today concluded negotiations with Tunisia for a far reaching aviation agreement. It will improve market access for airlines and provide better connectivity, more choice as well as lower fares for travellers. This new agreement is expected to bring an additional 800,000 passengers over a 5 year period. More flights also mean more jobs and more wealth for all partners. It is estimated that the agreement could generate 2.7% GDP growth from travel and tourism, and increase annual traffic by up to 13% per year.

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EU-Japan trade agreement: texts of the agreement

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Press Release: Aviation Strategy for Europe: Commission strengthens aviation ties with China

The European Commission and China have today agreed to strengthen their aviation cooperation by concluding negotiations for two agreements aiming to facilitate market access and boost the competitiveness of the EU’s aeronautical sector. This marks yet another key deliverable under the Commission’s Aviation Strategy for Europe, whose top priority is to ensure the EU taps into growth markets.

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Press Release: SEETO 13th AMM – Annual Minister Meeting held in Brussels

SEETO with EU support organised the 13th AMM (Annual Minister Meeting) held in Brussels on 6th of December, meeting gathered Ministers and high state officials from Western Balkan Region (WB6), Ambassadors, SEETO steering committee members, representatives from WB6 region, DG NEAR, DG MOVE, high representatives from IFI-s and many other important stakeholders from Transport Institution and industry. Opening the event, Mr. Alain Baron on behalf of European Commission encouraged the Western Balkan Ministers chief transport policy-makers to continue working on transport infrastructure and transport policies, emphasising the role of transport in connecting people. As the main objectives of transport development, he pointed out digitalisation, decarbonisation and efficiency.

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Official Journal (L Series): Framework Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and Mongolia, of the other part

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UPDATED – Agenda: Justice and Home Affairs Council (7 – 8 December 2017)

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EU-Ukraine Association Council – Joint statement

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Press Release: Ecosystème Automobile : La BEI soutien l’emploi local et finance la construction d’une nouvelle usine de production de verre à hauteur de 56 millions d’euros au Maroc

Ce 8 décembre 2017, la Banque européenne d’investissement (BEI) et AGC Automotive Induver Morocco ont annoncé la signature d’un contrat de financement de 56 millions d’euros pour la construction d’une nouvelle usine de vitrage automobile en présence de Roman Esclano, Vice-Président de la Banque européenne d’investissement (BEI) , d’Hakim Abdelmoumen, Administrateur d’AGC Automotive Induver Morocco et Président de l’AMICA (Association Marocaine pour l’Industrie et le Commerce de l’Automobile) et de Gauthier Delmarre, Directeur d’AGC Automotive Induver Morocco.

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Press Release: La Banque européenne d’investissement: 60 millions d’euros pour la construction de la 2ème ligne de tramway de Casablanca

Ce 8 Décembre 2017, Casablanca Transport SA et la Banque européenne d’investissement (BEI) ont annoncé la signature, à Rabat, d’un contrat de financement de 60 millions d’euros pour la construction de la deuxième ligne de tramway de Casablanca, par M. Roman Escolano, Vice-président de la Banque européenne d’investissement (BEI) et M. Youssef Draiss, Directeur Général de Casablanca Transport SA.

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Outcome of Proceedings: Proposal for a Council Directive implementing the Agreement concluded by the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) and the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) to amend Council Directive 2009/13/EC in accordance with the amendments of 2014 to the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 as approved by the International Labour Conference on 11 June 2014

– Political agreement

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Press Release: High-speed rail presents major opportunities for decarbonisation of transport

High-speed rail (HSR) passenger activity totalled 625 billion passenger kilometres in 2015 with China, Europe and Japan together accounting for 95% of the global total. HSR is also the fastest growing passenger rail transport service worldwide – while global high-speed rail activity has grown steadily since 2005, growth accelerated to nearly 70% over 2013 to 2015, mainly as a result of a surge in China. Full article…

Agenda: Working Party on Land Transport (12 December 2017)

The agenda items include a presentation and examination of the draft decision on the Carriage of Goods and Passengers by Rail and Road with a view to enabling the participation of the Swiss Confederation in the European Union Agency for Railways and a continuation of examination Article by Article on rail passengers’ rights and obligations (recast).

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Final Draft Agenda: European Parliament Plenary Session (11 – 14 December 2017)

The agenda includes items related to energy & climate, environment, digital, trade and transport policy.

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‘I’ Item Note: Draft Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2003/87/EC to continue current limitations of scope for aviation activities and to prepare to implement a global market-based measure from 2021 (first reading)

– Preparation for the adoption of the legislative act and a statement by the European Parliament, Council and Commission.

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