Leading industry players in the electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure sector have come together to form a new alliance to support the roll-out of consumer-centric EV policies in Europe. Allego, ChargePoint and EVBox Group, who together have more than 150,000 charging ports in their networks across the EU, announced the launch of ChargeUp Europe during the REVOLUTION Digital online event and called on other like-minded companies in the EV industry to join the cause.
As part of theglobal response to the coronavirus outbreak, the European Commission has announced up to €38 million in immediate support for the Western Balkans to tackle the health emergency caused by coronavirus and reallocation of €374 million to help the socio-economic recovery of the region.
Following the outbreak of coronavirus, the European Union’s agri-food sector is showing its resilience and continues to provide Europeans with high quality and safe food. Nonetheless, farmers and producers are facing difficulties and increasing pressure. Ensuring food security and an effective food supply chain across the continent remains one of the Commission’s priorities.
The Croatian Presidency organized a videoconference of EU ministers responsible for agriculture and fisheries with the participation of EU Commissioners Janusz Wojciechowski and Virginijus Sinkevičius, to discuss measures already taken, as well as those planned at the national and European level in order to counteract the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on agriculture and fisheries sector.
A team of field experts led by the European Standardization Organisation created the technical data for a new standard specification on gasoline blends with bioethanol (E20) which is double the current market standard. These data create the scientific basis for changing the legislation in the EU and in the Member States towards an improved quality of gasoline.
Over 20 transport stakeholders have issued a joint statement.
On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 a pandemic and governments worldwide have taken wide-ranging measures to contain the spread of the virus. The transport sector has a crucial role to play in the supply of goods, in particular medicines, medical devices, food and other essential commodities needed to overcome this crisis. The transport sector also proves to be a vital instrument in these times where
many European citizens are restricted in their mobility.
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Today, the Commission issued new practical advice on how to implement its Guidelines for border management, in order to keep freight moving across the EU during the current pandemic. To ensure that EU-wide supply chains continue to operate, Member States are requested to designate, without delay, all the relevant internal border-crossing points on the trans-European transport network (TEN-T) as ‘green lane’ border crossings. The green lane border crossings should be open to all freight vehicles, whatever goods they are carrying. Crossing the border, including any checks and health screening, should not take more than 15 minutes.
The European Commission has concluded that the public financing model of the Fehmarn Belt coast-to-coast infrastructure between Denmark and Germany is in line with EU State aid rules.
11 applications have been submitted to request grants worth €86 million under the first cut-off date of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Blending Facility. These projects address the uptake of alternative fuels and the deployment of European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS), involving eight Member States (BE, DE, FR, ES, IT, LU, NL, PT). ERTMS is a command and control system composed of the European Train Control System (ETCS, for continuous monitoring of the vehicle’s speed) and the radio communication system GSM-R (for voice and data communication, used in the Level 2 of the system).
Today the European Commission has approved an investment package worth more than €1.4 billion of EU funds in 14 large infrastructure projects in 7 Member States, namely Croatia, Czechia, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Spain. The projects cover several key areas such as environment, health, transport and energy for a smarter, low-carbon Europe. They represent a massive investment to boost the economy, protect the environment and improve citizens’ quality of life and social well-being.