Press Release: EU to invest over €800 million in Polish transport infrastructure

INEA launched ten new projects co-financed by the Connecting Europe Facility programme (CEF) in Warsaw today, in presence of Jerzy Kwieciński, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Economic Development. The projects are expected to develop the Polish rail network, improve the country’s air traffic management system, as well as make the road and maritime transport greener. With an overall CEF Transport support of €4.2 billion, Poland is a key beneficiary of the programme.

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Joint Declaration of the Eastern Partnership Summit

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP TRAN Committee – Public hearing on Mobility package: Road charges (23 November 2017)

The summary of the committee’s hearing on the road charges aspects of the Mobility Package is now available.

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Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions: Communication on Strengthening Europe’s energy networks

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Draft high-level agreements within the meaning of Article 49(6) of Regulation (EU) N° 1315/2013 (TEN-T regulation) concerning adapted indicative maps of neighbouring countries, to be signed on behalf of the European Union with Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine

– Decision to use the written procedure for the approval of the signature on behalf of the European Union.

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Transport Council (4 – 5 December 2017)

The Council will assess the progress of the proposals relating to market access and social aspects, part of the ‘first mobility package’ including new rules on the posting of workers in the transport sector. Moreover, ministers will hold a policy debate on the road charging proposals of the same package, including the ‘Eurovignette’ directive. The Council will look at the progress made on the proposed regulation on safeguarding competition in air transport. The Council is also due to adopt three sets of conclusions on the progress in trans-European transport networks (TEN-T) and the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), on digitalisation of transport and on the mid-term evaluation of the Galileo, EGNOS and the European GNSS agency. Other topics on the agenda include the presentation by the Commission of the second batch of its mobility proposals, adopted in November. These proposals relate to clean road transport vehicles, combined transport of goods, and access to the international market for coach and bus services. The incoming Bulgarian presidency will also present its work programme.

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Agenda: European Economic and Social Committee Plenary Session (6 – 7 December 2017)

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‘I/A’ Item Note: Council decision on the position to be adopted on behalf of the European Union within the Ministerial Council set up under the Treaty establishing the Transport Community as regards the seat of the Permanent Secretariat

– Adoption

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UPDATED – Agenda: Working Party on Transport Intermodal Questions and Networks (23 November 2017)

Update: A revised Agenda has been published.

The agenda items include an examination of a Commission non-paper for IMO/A 30, information from the Commission on the EU-China Connectivity Platform, a continuation of examination of the draft Council conclusions on the European Court of Auditors’ Special Report No 13/2017: “A single European rail traffic management system: will the political choice ever become reality?” and an examination of the final Presidency compromise text on “The Mid-term Evaluation of the Galileo and EGNOS programmes and on the performance of the European GNSS Agency”.

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Written Answer to a Question: I/11 Rudná extension/Opava District boundary project

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UPDATED – Agenda: Education, Youth, Culture and Sports Council (20 – 21 November 2017)

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Event: EFSI stakeholders’ consultation event (Luxembourg, 8 December 2017)

The EFSI Steering Board has the pleasure of inviting you to the second EFSI stakeholders’ consultation event on Friday, 8 December 2017 at the EIB premises in Luxembourg from 09:30 till 12:00. The event will bring together a broad range of stakeholders, such as public authorities, umbrella associations, think tanks, civil society organisations and relevant social partners with a strong interest in the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) and whose input is highly valuable for shaping the EFSI policy and its implementation.

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Press Release: EIB supports modernisation of Polish railways with EUR 650 million

From Gdańsk to Katowice, over 1,000 kilometres of Polish railways will be modernized and upgraded with the help of a EUR 650-million loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB) announced today. EIB funds will help finance 15 different segments of railway infrastructure across the country, improving train speeds and passenger comfort, and saving nearly 50,000 tonnes of CO2 per year by shifting traffic from road to rail. The segments are part of the Polish Master Plan for Railway Transport to 2030. The works will be implemented by the state owned Polish rail infrastructure manager PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe over the period 2016-2023 and will be mostly located on the Trans-European Transport Network (“TEN-T”), including the core Baltic-Adriatic Corridor.

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UPDATED – Agenda: Coreper 1 Meeting (16 November 2017)

Update: An addendum to the draft agenda concerning transport policy is now available.

Agenda items concern energy & environment, digital, transport and trade policy.

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Press Release: Improving the EU’s security: ALDE welcomes Commission’s proposals to foster military mobility

In order to further improve the EU’s security environment, the European Commission and the High Representative presented today a number of actions to further develop military mobility within the EU. The joint communication addresses the obstacles which are hindering the movement of military equipment and personnel across the EU at the moment and aims at maximising civil and military synergies also through the EU’s transport network in an efficient and sustainable manner.

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Press Release: The European Union is stepping up efforts to improve military mobility

As part of the drive to better protect citizens and improve the Union’s security environment, the European Commission and the High Representative are proposing a number of actions to improving military mobility within the European Union.

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UPDATED – Agenda: Working Party on Transport Intermodal Questions and Networks (P.M. only) (14 November 2017)

Update: The revised agenda items include an examination of the Commission note on its intention to enter into one or more high-level agreements on behalf of the EU with Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine (TEN-T Regulation), an examination of the fourth revised draft Council conclusions on the digitalisation of transport and a presentation by the European Court of Auditors initial exchange of views and presentation of the draft Council conclusions by the Presidency on the European Court of Auditors’ Special Report No 13/2017: “A single European rail traffic management system: will the political choice ever become reality?”.

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