In 2017, 1.043 billion passengers travelled by air in the European Union (EU), up by 7% compared with 2016 and by 39% compared with 2009. Over this period, air passenger transport has steadily risen in the EU.
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During yesterday’s Transport Council meeting, Ministers reached agreement on various key proposals, including a number of Mobility Package procedures. Conclusions on inland waterway transport were also adopted. Links to press releases which include the key elements agreed by Ministers are available below.
The EU is introducing legislation which will require various safety features to be included on a range of vehicles with the aim of saving lives on Europe’s roads. The Council today agreed its position on the new rules which means that negotiations can begin with the European Parliament as soon as it has adopted its position.
Most car brands now offer electric models and e-vehicle prices have dropped, but the sector is still waiting for a breakthrough moment in Europe. A new JRC analysis on the deployment of electric vehicles (EV) in Europe concludes that the sector evolved significantly between 2010 and 2017, although progress is still small to be characterised as full-scale commercialisation.