Today, the State of Geneva committed itself to become the first city to join the Urban Air Mobility (UAM) Initiative that is part of the European Innovation Partnership in Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC). This Partnership, which is supported by the European Commission, brings together cities and regions, citizens, industries, SMEs, investors, researchers and other smart city actors. European cities like Hamburg, Helsinki and others have shown interest to also join still this year.
The European Union aims to ensure that road transport rules are applied effectively and without discrimination. The current rules governing the access to the international market for coach and bus services appear to have been only partly effective in promoting this mode of transport. There are still differences in rules on access to national markets, differences in openness of national markets, diverse national access arrangements and discrimination in access to terminals in some EU countries. In an attempt to address the issue, the European Commission adopted a legislative proposal on 8 November 2017 to amend the EU rules for access to the international market for coach and bus services. The proposal is part of its ‘Europe on the Move’ package, which aims to modernise European mobility and transport.
At this Energy, Transport and Chemicals task force briefing, Mr Alexandre Paquot, Head of Road Transport Unit, DG CLIMA at the European Commission will discuss CO2 emissions from vehicles and the November 2017 proposal of post-2020 CO2 targets for cars and vans as well as the proposal to incentivise zero and low-emission vehicles.
A pilot project enabling 15,000 young people to travel around Europe by train this summer is to be rolled out by the EU Commission, acting on Parliament’s proposals.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) is lending EUR 136m to Ukraine’s National Power Company Ukrenergo in support of an extensive modernisation programme of its transmission infrastructure, helping to ensure that Ukrainian citizens and companies have a reliable source of electricity. The Ukrainian Government strongly supports this project as evidenced by the agreement that they signed with EIB today that will provide guarantees to back the EIB loan.
Urban traffic data is a crucial source of information for managing traffic flows and ultimately for improving the mobility of the public. Currently, the most common method used to acquire this is through commercial General Position Satellite (GPS) trackers installed in vehicles.
As European elections are just a year away, Reflecting on Europe, the Committee’s campaign to collect citizen’s concerns and expectations about Europe has landed in Cagliari for a citizen’s dialogue focused on ‘actions and tools to mitigate climate change’.