Press Release: A more resilient, tougher alloy widely used in the automotive industry

The light, aluminium-silicon alloy of great interest for industry (the auto industry, in particular), produced by means of a novel process starting from a semi-solid state, displays better mechanical properties (such as tensile strength, resilience and toughness) and better corrosion resistance than that produced using the usual high-pressure processes. This has been demonstrated by the engineer Leire Solaberrieta-Ostolaza of the NUP/UPNA-Public University of Navarre.

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Agenda: EP ENVI Committee Meeting (27-28 November 2017)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ENVI Committee – Vote on the role of EU regions and cities in implementing the COP 21 Paris Agreement on climate change (21 November 2017)

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Compromise Amendments: EP ENVI Committee on the role of EU regions and cities in implementing the COP 21 Paris Agreement on climate change

Compromise amendments 1-7.

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Press Release: EU Commissioner for Transport visits ACER

Violeta Bulc, European Commissioner for Transport, visited the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) on Friday in Ljubljana. Director Pototschnig briefed the Commissioner on the Agency’s activities and discussed with her the interaction between the energy and transport sectors.

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Press Release: Over 25 000 victims of road accidents in the EU in 2016

Last year, 25 624 people died in road accidents in the European Union (EU), some 500 fewer than the previous year (-2%). There has been a downward trend over the last 20 years in the number of road traffic victims in the EU. Compared with 1996, the number of road fatalities has fallen by almost 35 000 persons (-57%), from slightly over 60 000 to less than 26 000 in 2016.

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Inception Impact Assessment: Heavy-Duty Vehicles (HDVs) CO2 emission standards

The Commission is carrying out this consultation in order to be properly informed by public opinion in preparation for possible future legislative action in the area of CO2emissions from HDVs, the results of which will be published in a consolidated form.

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Written Answer to a Question: Why will Volkswagen not pay compensation to customers in the EU?

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Event: DecarbEurope 2017 Workshop (Brussels, 12 December 2017)

This workshop provides a dashboard overview of the 10 DecarbEurope technologies: what is their current status; what can be expected in the coming years, and how can these technologies be integrated into a solution to decarbonize Europe.

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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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Agenda: EP TRAN Committee (4 December 2017)

The agenda items include the adoption of draft opinion on Monitoring and reporting of CO2 emissions from and fuel consumption of new heavy-duty vehicles, a presentation on ‘Infrastructure funding challenges in the sharing economy’, a consideration of draft report on Safeguarding competition in air transport and a presentation by the Commission of the draft delegated act related to technical requirements for inland waterways vessel.

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Note: Proposals for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 1999/62/EC on the charging of heavy goods vehicles for the use of certain infrastructures (vehicle taxation and Eurovignette) and on the interoperability of electronic road toll systems and facilitating cross-border exchange of information on the failure to pay road fees in the Union (recast)

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Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 1999/62/EC on the charging of heavy goods vehicles for the use of certain infrastructures

Proposal for a Council Directive amending Directive 1999/62/EC on the charging of heavy goods vehicles for the use of certain infrastructures, as regards certain provisions on vehicle taxation

Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the interoperability of electronic road toll systems and facilitating cross-border exchange of information on the failure to pay road fees in the Union (recast) (Text with EEA relevance)

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Study: Research for TRAN Committee – Odometer tampering: measures to prevent it

Odometer tampering is still a widespread malpractice in the European Union and it affects almost all second-hand car markets of its Member States. This study examines how improvement can be made by presenting the best practices implemented in some Member States and countries outside of the EU, while emphasising their success factors and results achieved. Furthermore, the study highlights the available technological developments and IT solutions to combat the phenomenon with a view to a potential further application by the European automotive industry.

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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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