Josef Doppelbauer, Executive director of ERA, signed the first decision by the European Union Agency for Railways on the issuing of a Single Safety Certificate. From June 16th September 2019 ERA is mandated to issue single safety certificates which are valid in multiple European Member States.
The car is the dominant form of inland transport in all Member States compared with journeys by train, coach or bus. In 2017, travel by car accounted for 83.3 % of passenger-kilometres across the European Union (EU), compared with 8.8 % for coaches, buses and trolley buses, and 7.9 % for trains.
The European Commission has published today two studies that it requested in the context of the Year of Multimodality. The first study analysed challenges of EU-wide integrated ticketing and payment systems, while the second study focused on how to improve passengers rights when travelling by several transport modes.
The Commission adopted three major Cohesion Policy projects, modernising the Polish rail and road network and increasing travel safety while reducing costs and travel time.
Update: a press release from the event has been published.
The objective of the conference is to address the challenges and opportunities that are linked to urbanisation like emissions and congestion. Urban and regional rail projects, at EU, national and regional level could help to address these problems and bring significant economic, environmental and social benefits.
Commissioner Violeta BULC is pleased to welcome you to the Conference launching a network of diversity ambassadors for the transport sector which will be held in Brussels on 26 September 2019.
During the conference, you will have the opportunity to exchange with Commissioner Bulc, to network and to reflect with others on the role of ambassadors as well as on the best ways to liaise and cooperate. After the meeting, a guidance document will be shared with each participant based on the outcome of the discussions. You will be formally asked to confirm your commitment to become an ambassador at this further stage.
Rail is one of the main pillars of the EU transport decarbonisation strategy, and research is instrumental to achieving more competitive and resource-efficient railways. To this end, an EU public-private partnership, the ‘Shift to Rail’ Joint Undertaking, was established in 2014 under the Horizon 2020 programme to boost and coordinate research and innovation in rail products, processes and services. The first projects were launched in 2015 and the first results presented in 2018.
A summary of the debate is now available, with a focus on digital, transport and climate change policies.
The Verein für Konsumenteninformation, the Austrian Consumer Information Association, challenges before the Austrian courts a clause included in the general conditions of carriage of the German rail transport company Deutsche Bahn, according to which tickets booked onDeutsche Bahn’s website may be paid for by means of the SEPA direct debit scheme 1 only if the payer is resident in Germany.
Update: the summary of the Commission Decision, opinion of the Advisory Committee and the final Report of the Hearing Officer have been published in the Official Journal.
The European Commission has prohibited Siemens’ proposed acquisition of Alstom under the EU Merger Regulation. The merger would have harmed competition in markets for railway signalling systems and very high-speed trains. The parties did not offer remedies sufficient to address these concerns.
A summary of the exchange of views is now available.