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The EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK#

“Shared mobility is a smart and innovative emerging model of transportation, with the potential to reduce the number of vehicles on the roads: for example, for each shared car, 15 private cars are off the road. But it’s not only about cars; we are witnessing a real explosion of shared bike systems in cities and towns across the EU. This is important, as we need to ensure that the future of urban mobility is both shared and sustainable.” Said Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc.

The European Commission launch the 16th edition of the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK taking place from 16 to 22 September across more than 2000 towns and cities. The objective of the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK is to promote sustainable urban mobility and this year edition will encourage people to use shared forms of transportation such as bicycle and car sharing under the slogan ‘Sharing gets you further’. Shared mobility solutions can indeed reduce congestion, air pollution and make a significant contribution to the decarbonisation of urban transport, which is responsible for about 23% of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions. This is essential for Europe to be “the leader when it comes to the fight against climate change” envisioned by President Juncker in the State of the Union. The EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK will include events such as car-free days all across Europe and the second edition of the European day without a road death, which aims at raising awareness on road safety.

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EU ETS: new stricter aviation pollution rules

“So far, aviation has been given special treatment, and its pollution is increasing at an alarming rate.Today, EU lawmakers took a welcome step towards levelling the playing field with other modes of transport and signalled that an ineffective international deal will not replace European climate action.” Said Kelsey Perlman, Policy Officer for Aviation at Carbon Market Watch.

The European Parliament adopted its position on aviation’s role under the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS). Lawmakers agreed to continue the exclusion of international flights from the EU ETS until 2021 but took steps to ensure that the sector will have to reduce and pay more for its soaring emissions.

Decision makers backed the Parliament’s environment committee position adopted in July.

They voted to continue the exclusion of flights to-and-from Europe while the rules for a global aviation deal adopted last year are being drafted. However, they want to limit the exclusion to January 2021 when the global measure will enter into force.

In another welcome move, the Parliament supported the Commission’s proposal to introduce a declining cap for aviation emissions from 2021 and proposed to increase the share of auctioning from 15% to 50%, earmarking all revenues for financing climate related projects.

The proposed measures are, however, not enough to rein in the sector’s emissions which could grow by 300% over the next 30 years.

Kelsey Perlman concluded:  “To bring aviation in line with the Paris Agreement climate goals, we need a robust carbon price to incentivise efficiency and a shift to more sustainable transport modes. This means full auctioning and an end to subsidies, tax exemptions, and generous state aid.”

Informal negotiations between the EU Member States and the Parliament will start on 25th of September. They must agree on the law by April 2018 when airlines need to surrender allowances to cover their emissions in 2017.

Eurasia high speed railway link between China and EU by 2026

Construction of the Eurasia high speed railway (HSR) connecting Europe to China can be completed by 2026, Russian Railways announced in a presentation to Tass agency.

“The level of shared understanding and the support provided to the project by authorities of both countries enable them to efficiently solve the key technological and organizational issues. We have managed to bring together positions in many areas since our last meeting,” Said Vice President of Russian Railways Alexander Misharin.

The participants of the meeting of the Russian-Chinese work group on high-speed railway cooperation have considered a preliminary technical and economic feasibility study and deemed the project for the construction of the Eurasia high-speed railway link between China and the European Union (EU) promising, Russian Railways.

The project can be financed with participation of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, BRICS New Development Bank, Eurasian Development Bank, Silk Road Fund and Russia-China Investment Fund, according to Russian Railways.

The project also provides for participation of major railway equipment manufacturers and construction companies from Russia, Europe, and China.

Riga: new tram network with EU financial support

“The EU invests for a better quality of life in Riga, with a modern and clean public transport system. Traffic will be smoother, air quality will be better and residents and tourists alike will enjoy a fast ride through the city.” Explained Corina Creţu Commissioner for Regional Policy.

Over €65.5 million from the Cohesion Fund is invested in tram infrastructure development in the Latvian capital, in line with the objectives of the Energy Union’s low-emission mobility strategy. The tram line will directly connect the fast-growing neighbourhood of Skanste, near the city centre, to the main transport hubs in Riga – the central railway station, the coach terminal and the Freeport. In addition to rebuilt or new tram line infrastructure, the EU will co-finance the purchase of 12 tramcars to ensure a minimum service frequency of one car every 10 minutes.

EU-seafarers: improving working conditions

“Maritime transport remains crucial for Europe’s economic development. Today’s proposal will strengthen seafarers’ protection and underpin fair competition in the maritime sector. Improved working conditions will also make the shipping sector more attractive for young Europeans. This proposal is an excellent example of how social partners support the Commission in keeping EU law fit for purpose.” Said Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen.

The European Commission is proposing that an agreement between social partners to improve the working conditions of seafarers on board of EU-flagged vessels, be enshrined in EU law.

The European Commission is proposing that an agreement between social partners to improve the working conditions of seafarers on board of EU-flagged vessels, be enshrined in EU law. The proposal will ensure that seafarers are better protected against abandonment in foreign ports in the future, and will strengthen their rights to compensation in the event of death or long-term disability due to an occupational injury, illness or hazard.

The global nature of the shipping industry, with different national laws applying depending on the state of the ship owner, the flag state of the vessel or the nationality of the crew, make it difficult for seafarers to get speedy and satisfactory redress in case of abandonment, injury or death. What the Commission is proposing are improvements to the existing system.

The proposal will improve seafarers’ protection in the event of abandonment, including when the ship owner fails to pay contractual wages for a period of at least two months, or when the ship owner has left the seafarer without the necessary maintenance and support to execute ship operations. This will not only benefit seafarers themselves, but also all EU port authorities, as it will result in fewer problematic cases of abandonment.

The proposal will also improve the mechanisms by which compensation is provided. This will make the payment of claims quicker and easier, which will help avoid the long delays in payment and red tape that seafarers or their families frequently encounter in case of abandonments or in case of death or long-term disability resulting from accidents or illness at work.

A2 “Highway of the Mediterranean”

A renovated highway to rediscover the south Italian territories crossed by the highway: Campania, Basilicata and Calabria. The first infrastructure to promote the cultural, spiritual and artistic proposition as well as food and wine.

“In between Campania, Basilicata and Calabria there is a road where every trip is a discover: it is the Autostrada del Mediteraneo (Highway of the Mediterranean). Have a good journey”. This is the slogan of the institutional communication campaign for the new A2 Mediterranean Highway. It is an invitation to reconsider the idea of highway and infrastructure. ANAS wants to promote a different and a new vision of the A2 highway: not only a place where people pass trough but a space that allows us to access, appreciate and rediscover the south Italian territories crossed by this highway as well. It will be the first highway to have a development plan for tourism in all its aspects: spiritual, cultural, artistic and food and wine.

The campaign has been presented by Graziano Delrio, Minister of Infrastructures, Dario Franceschini, Minister of Beni e delle Attività Culturali, and by Gianni Vittorio Armani ,President of ANAS; main actors of this projects. To represent the regions, attending the conference Marcello Pittella , President of the region Basilicata and Roberto Musmanno assessor for infrastructures of Calabria region.

The projects is the evolution of a work started two years ago that has led to the renaming of the Salerno-Reggio Calabria highway on the 22nd November 2016. The name Highway of the Mediterranean highlights the importance of this infrastructure as natural continuation of the itinerary that begin with the A1 highway in Milan and connects Italy North to South. The new layout (432 km long), begins in Fisciano, location of the University of Salerno and ends in Villa San Giovanni, entrance door to Sicily and the Mediterranean sea. The new A2 has allowed to reduce time travel, from Fisciano to Villa San Giovanni the trip is one hour and half shorter than before.

The aim of the company is to offer a new, dynamic and modern development model pulled by the synergy of all the concerned local realities: Campania, Basilicata and Calabria. Implement concrete development , knowledge and accessibility to the territories initiatives able to define the strength and value of the South. A project that will transform an immense patrimony of artisan, culture, landscapes, traditions, wine and food into a modern and global economy.

Giancarlo Giannini is the prestigious testimonial chosen by ANAS to support this campaign. Trough his narrative power, the campaign send to everybody the message that when travelling on the A2 highway you can always discover and rediscover Italian places filled of beauty, nature, breathtaking landscapes, spirituality, culture and art. Without forgetting the typical foods and wines that has made the South of Italy famous all over the word.

ANAS is convinced that the Highway of the Mediterranean is an essential infrastructure for the mobility of the country. At the same time, they think that it could be more than a huge construction made of steel, cement and asphalt. A goal that ANAS wants to achieve by involving in this project local authorities and attractions as well as local entrepreneur since the beginning.

To let people know about some of the wonderful potentialities of the A2 highway, institutions and local authorities have chosen ten“Vie”(Routes) that are connected to the Highway of the Mediterranean trough 52 junctions. Those routes cross lands full of history, memory and beauty. Posters of those paths will be placed alongside the highway so as to invite the travellers to deviate from their plan and allow themselves to discover myth, art, perfume and tastes of the Southern Italy. The “routes” will be also promoted by specific totems placed in the service area along the A2.

A new trip through the southern Italy available also on the website (www.autostradadelmediterraneo.it) and an App where you can find the history, the layout and junctions of the A2, information and news about the traffic. You can also find suggestions about the places of the ten “routes” reachable thanks to the new highway.

ANAS is progressively installing the new indication posters on the highway in order to increase the awareness of the users about the ongoing changes. Therefore new signage will be installed as well as the signage relating with the touristic locations. The drivers will be able to chose their way at every junction among the several propositions deciding to deviate on purpose from their plan to allow themselves a moment of discover in this area of Italy that guard enormous riches.

The Highway of the Mediterranean hides others changes that will improve the drivers experience. The A2 will be the first Italian smart road thanks to the implementation of the ever-new technologies applied to the security and the mobility of the travellers. The highway will be entirely equipped of Wi-Fi Hotspots every 300 meters in order to give and receive information and create an only connexion. The drivers will be able to have information about traffic conditions, the weather and the SOS On Board system. The company will count on a continuous flow of data which will allow a smart management of the highway accesses and the observation of the traffic flows.

The use of the Internet of things will implement the condition control of the entire infrastructure which will be provided of green islands every 30 meters: The highway islands will provide renewable energy and will be equipped of monitoring and rescue drones. To conclude, thanks to the use of integrated dialogue systems between cars and infrastructures, the Highway of the Mediterranean will be the first highway able to accept autonomous cars.

ANAS invites everybody to discover the new A2, a renovated highway that look toward the future of mobility. A highway you can travel on but also visit, discover and taste. Have a good journey!

Brexit: negative impact on aviation and tourism

Top airline and airport executives warned for the negative consequences of Brexit on aviation and tourism in a transport committee hearing on Tuesday.

Airlines will need to make business decisions about where to fly well before the March 2019 deadline, the CEOs warned. They highlighted the benefits that the single market has brought in terms of travel opportunities and jobs and economic growth and the large flows of tourists between the UK and the other 27 EU countries. Passengers will lose out and the EU27 tourism industry stands to lose some €21 billion in business from the UK following Brexit, especially in Malta, Cyprus and Portugal, they warned.

They stressed the need for certainty and said aviation needed to be dealt with as a priority in the negotiations on a future relationship, especially as there is no “fall back” option, which other sectors may have in the form of WTO rules. No deal could mean no flights between UK and EU-27 immediately after Brexit, warned Michael O’Leary of Ryanair.

MEPs asked the CEOs if they thought the UK should continue to follow the EU rules in the field of aviation following Brexit and if there are current agreements with third countries that could serve as a blueprint for a future relationship. They asked if they are preparing contingency plans in case the negotiators do not reach a deal by the March 2019 deadline.