the framework of the SAFEMED IV project, funded by the EU, EMSA has undertaken the organization of the training course for auditors under the IMSAS in collaboration with the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The training was hosted at EMSA premises, in Lisbon, from 5 to 9 February 2018 and delivered by Ms Tatjana Krilic, from the IMO Secretariat, Mr Dan Sarenius, from the Swedish Transport Agency and Mr Mourad Ghorbel from the Ministry of Transport of Tunisia. Overall, 16 participants from Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia have successfully completed the 36 hours course.
The ETF Political Secretary for Maritime Transport, Philippe Alfonso, was invited to speak with EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc at a reception to mark the end of the 2017 EU Maritime Year. Asked about the future of the maritime sector, Alfonso urged caution about the prospects for rapid automation of shipping. Truly automatic shipping may be further away than many believe, and we must manage any implementation carefully to ensure safety and avoid damaging consequences for workers.
The EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc has announced that 2018 will be the “Year of Multimodality” – a year in which the European Commission will place an emphasis on supporting the multimodality of transport systems in the EU.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) is providing a EUR 70m loan to AVL List GmbH (AVL). Based in Austria, AVL is a world leader in the development of innovative powertrain systems – together with the necessary measurement and testing technology and simulation software – for the global automotive and transport industries. For 70 years, AVL has been working with global companies across the world in fields ranging from internal combustion engines, fuel cells and electric drives to alternative fuels, control software, transmissions and batteries.
The agenda includes items related to energy & climate, environment, trade and transport policy.
Highlighting smart travellers in smart systems, IT-TRANS is the leading Conference where the sector meets to exchange, discuss and invent IT solutions, to further support the growth of public and sustainable urban transport. It will connect leaders and decisionmakers with the vibrant world of start-ups and SMEs. IT-TRANS is also the place where operators, authorities and the industry can seize upon and locally implement innovative solutions. The Conference will focus on innovation and concrete recommendations for the implementation of IT solutions.
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A total of 262 small and medium-sized companies have been selected for funding under the latest round of Horizon 2020’s SME Instrument. The total amount to be distributed to the companies under both Phases of the programme is €114.237 million. With this funding, companies will be able to finance their innovation activities ranging from feasibility studies to market launch.
At the 97th Transport Research Board Annual Meeting, which is taking place in Washington, D.C. from 7-11 January 2018, CIVITAS projects will participate in a session organised by the European Commission Directorate General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE) and the US Department of Transportation.