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13 November 2020

1st public workshop impact assessment for the revision of the Intelligent Transport Systems Directive

 

On 15 December (10:00-13:00 CET) the European Commission will organise a workshop (videoconference) on the recently started impact assessment for the revision of the Intelligent Transport Systems Directive.

In this workshop, the Commission and the contractors for the support study (led by Ricardo), will present the rationale behind the revision and the approach to the study.

The workshop will focus on the definition of the main problems related to the deployment and use of ITS, and will discuss the problem drivers and identify all relevant root causes in dialogue with stakeholders.

In preparation for the workshop, stakeholders are invited to consult the inception impact assessment and public consultation questionnaire.

If you are interested in participating in the workshop, please register by 8 December. The Commission reserves the right to limit participation to the meeting if needed, accepted participants will receive a formal invitation in the week before the workshop.

Source: https://ec.europa.eu/transport/themes/its/news/2020-11-11-1st-public-workshop-ia-revision-its_en

09 November 2020

Scandria®Alliance Autumn Online Seminar reveals the need to strenghten efforts for sustainable transport

 

"We have to do our homework first", Dr. Walter Huber replied to a question whether we need to increase import of hydrogen to foster a hydrogen economy in Europe. "There is a discussion on whether we should import hydrogen produced in North Africa. This is the wrong discussion, we need to strengthen our regional hydrogen economy by using efficiency potentials in production, transport and thus creating regional added value."

Dr. Walter Huber, member of the board of the Institute for Innovative Technologies in Bolzano, Italy and a pioneer of hydrogen technology was one of the speakers at the Scandria®Alliance Autumn Online Seminar, held 4th November 2020 as an online event, hosted by the Joint Spatial Planning Department Berlin-Brandenburg heading the Scandria®Alliance, a collaboration of regions in the Scandria®Corridor stretching from Scandinavia to the Adriatic Sea. About 50 participants followed impulses from regions in the entire Scandria®Corridor, adressing the core issues discussed within the Scandria®Alliance: clean fuels, cross-border infrastructure and digital, multimodal transport.

Dr. Walter Huber as well as Petter Christiansen, Climate Advisor in the City of Oslo presented ambitions towards clean transport along the Brenner Corridor and in Oslo, largely based on fuel cell and battery electric vehicles. Jonas Karlsson, CEO of Oslo Sthlm 2:55 AB as well as Henrik Saske, director of the European Grouping for Territorial Cooperation "New Railway Line Dresden-Prague" showcased the plans and challenges associated with cross-border railway projects between Oslo and Stockholm or Dresden and Prague. Felix Käufler, Saxon State Ministry for Regional Development complemented these cross-border perspectives by a broader view on corridors, and their capitalisation for regional development by Corridor Capitalisation Plans, developed within the project CORCAP. Giuseppe Luppino, head of the Unit European Projects at the Institute for Transport and Logistics in Bolzano introduced how logistics comptence centres are able to link regional logistics environments and academic ressources at a European level within the network OpenEnLocc and Lasse Nykänen, Vediafi Oy Helsinki, informed about the European project FEDeRATED, aiming to improve the transparancy and interoperability of digital platforms by standardising interfaces and procedures.

It was common sense, that decarbonisation and digitalisation of transport are the main challenges for the future. Joint efforts in the Scandria®Corridor can make a difference, not only by sharing knowledge but also by creating relevance, i.e. when pushing car manufacturers to deliver urgently needed clean fuel vehicles, scaling up the market for hydrogen, when positioning for a higher priority of cross-border rail transport in national transport planning or when participating in the development of open and transparent digital supply chains. Thus, there is a good momentum to support each other with the homeworks to be done.

A contribution from the European Commission presented by Nora Schindler from the Joint Spatial Planning Department Berlin-Brandenburg, made clear that the European Union will further stress the contribution of TEN-T policy to the Green Deal with special emphasize and clean fuels, digitalisation and cross-border rail transport. Dr. Jürgen Neumüller, head of Unit European Spatial Development at the Joint Spatial Planning Department Berlin-Brandenburg, underlined, that this is fully in line with the aims of the Scandria®Alliance, that is ready to support corridor regions in their activties towards mobility transition. He highlighted, the effects that the COVID-19 pandemic may have and the need to assess and discuss effects on transport in the corridor regions, a task that is on the desk right now. He stressed, that the Scandria®Alliance is an open collaboration and invited participants to join the discussion within the Scandria®Alliance working groups.

02 November 2020

Sustainable transport: EU funds clean busses, electric charging infrastructure and more in France, Germany, Italy and Spain

 

Following the EU's investment of €2.2 billion in 140 key transport projects to jump-start the green recovery, as announced in July, the EU is contributing additional €54 million to five projects that aim at delivering safer and greener transport services. Among the selection are projects deploying cleaner busses with charging infrastructure in Paris and Barcelona.

The projects also involve constructing 255 new electric charging stations on Italian roads, and installing ERTMS, the European Rail Traffic Management System on 238 rail vehicles in Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

The projects will be supported through the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), the EU's financial mechanism supporting transport infrastructure, and further contribute to decarbonising transport as set out in the European Green Deal. These projects were selected through the CEF Blending Facility, which allows the leveraging of additional private financing for the projects, in addition to the EU's support. In total, CEF has now supported 932 projects, with €23.1 billion in total.

More details on today's five new selected projects.

Source: https://ec.europa.eu/transport/themes/infrastructure/news/2020-09-29-cef-projects_en

30 October 2020

Boosting European rail transport: harmonised procedures across the whole EU

 

Saturday 31 October is the deadline for Member States to transpose the technical pillar of the Fourth Railway Package, thereby granting the European Union Agency for Railways (ERA) powers needed to become Europe’s single certification body for rail vehicles and railway traffic operators.

European Commissioner for Mobility and Transport Adina Vălean said: "Tomorrow marks an important day for the European rail sector – the transposition deadline for the rail safety and interoperability directives. The full implementation of Fourth Railway Package across the whole EU is key to boost rail transport. Therefore, I count on the Member States which haven't transposed it yet to do their outmost to fulfil this obligation very soon. The implementation of its technical pillar will significantly simplify procedures and reduce costs for railway undertakings operating across Europe. We are making rail more efficient, safe, affordable and thus more competitive vis-à-vis other modes of transport. This is a big step on our way to decarbonise Europe's transport sector and to make rail more attractive ahead of 2021 - the European Year of Rail."

Executive Director of ERA, Dr. Josef Doppelbauer said: "After having started our new role of European authority with initially eight Member States in June 2019, we are crossing the finish line tomorrow. We have already taken more than 1 000 decisions and authorised more than 10 000 vehicles. With the extension of our competence to the whole EU, we reach another milestone on the way to the Single European Railway Area, helping rail to become the transport mode of the 21st century."

Within its new role, the Agency will take responsibility for vehicle authorisation, safety certification, and European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) trackside approval across all Member States.

This is an important change for the European rail system. In the past, train operators, manufacturers or anyone who planned to operate in or sell to clients in more than one Member State, had to apply for vehicle authorisations and safety certificates separately in every Member State concerned. From 31 October onwards, only one application must be filed through ERA’s One-Stop Shop IT tool (OSS).

The new, simplified procedure aims to reduce costs and administrative burden for the rail industry, it will make the European rail system more transparent, more efficient and therefore more competitive vis-à-vis other modes of transport. The harmonised processes contribute to higher levels of safety, interoperability and reliability in the European rail network. The unique approach for vehicle authorisation will also reduce time-to-market for emerging technologies.

ERA has also become the single entry point for the approval of ERTMS trackside infrastructure. ERTMS is the European signalling and train control system. It is gradually replacing different national schemes, to create a seamless European railway system.

With the transposition of the Fourth Railway Package on 31 October new harmonised procedures will be applicable across the whole of the European rail network.


Background

The Fourth Railway Package is a set of legislative texts designed to complete the single market for rail services (Single European Railway Area). It puts an end to diverging technical, operational and legal requirements at Member State level that hamper the efficiency of international rail operations. The package was adopted by the European Parliament and the Council in 2016 and consists of two pillars:

The so-called market pillar aims at increasing competition, thereby improving cost-effectiveness and quality of rail services.

The new harmonised procedures involving ERA stem from the technical pillar of the Package, which aims at reducing costs and administrative burden for railway undertakings operating across the European Union. Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the final transposition deadline was extended, giving Member States until 31 October 2020 to complete their process.

As one of the most sustainable and safest modes of transport, rail plays an important role in Europe's future mobility system and is key for the delivery of the European Green Deal. The European Commission has therefore proposed to declare 2021 the European Year of Rail, to shine a spotlight on rail, its benefits and remaining challenges during the year ahead.


More information

ERA One-Stop Shop (OSS)

Fourth Railway Package

European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS)

 

Source: https://ec.europa.eu/transport/modes/rail/news/2020-10-30-boosting-european-rail-transport_en

 

19 October 2020

Urban Mobility days 2020 - session slides

 

Urban Mobility Days 2020 has made session presentation slides available for download.

Follow the links below to access informative presentations about the wide range of topics that were discussed during the virtual conference. Sessions are also available to view on the Eltis Mobility Portal YouTube channel. 

Plenary sessions

  • What’s next for urban mobility in the EU?

  • Recognizing Europe’s sustainable mobility success stories – Meet the CIVITAS and sustainable mobility award winners

  • Announcement of the finalists & winners of the CIVITAS Awards 2020 by Matthew Baldwin, DG MOVE

  • Announcement of the new call for applications for the next EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK Awards, and for the next EU Urban Road Safety Award by Juan Caballero, EUROCITIES

  • Stepping up the game: The EU's contribution to the global urban mobility transition

  • Turning policy into implementation: sourcing the resources

  • Planning and unforeseen challenges

Parallel Sessions

 

More information: https://www.eltis.org/in-brief/news/urban-mobility-days-2020-session-slides

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