Archive pour avril 2009

More peacefully ride in town

Vendredi 24 avril 2009

The European cities over 100 000 people benefit from a new urban plan integrated that could improve road safety but also reduce congestion.

Sixty per cent of Europeans lived in urban areas in 2005 and that number will rise to eighty per cent in 2020, making urban transport a major component of goods and passenger transport in Europe. A significant proportion of greenhouse gases are generated by road traffic in urban areas.

The aim of the plan is to use EU funding to improve public transport, encourage the use of cycling and walking by developing the appropriate infrastructures such as cycle lanes, improve road safety, reduce traffic congestion through the use of “Intelligent Transport Systems” and develop links between different transport modes and networks through “integrated urban mobility systems” in towns with over 100,000 inhabitants.

Parliament’s own-initiative report, adopted today by 324 votes to 11 with 15 abstentions, was drafted by Gilles Savary (PES, FR). The report highlights the need for a charter of pedestrians’ and cyclists’ rights (similar to the existing charter of air passengers’ rights) as well as EU certification of public transport equipment to ensure high safety and environmental standards and access for disabled people.

Urban travel plans would also provide for:

* a mobility diagnostic and mobility indicators and targets, and an assessment of their economic, social and environmental impact,
* a plan for the development and interconnection of transport networks coordinated with the regional transport plan and urban planning policies,
* a plan for the development of soft traffic infrastructure (cycle paths, pedestrian zones) fully integrated with public transport,
* a masterplan for intermodal car parks and exchange platforms,
* a programme for adapting management of urban mobility networks and their interconnections to the needs of reduced mobility users,
* a masterplan for urban logistics, including the possibility of using public infrastructure for freight transport,
* a procedure for direct participation by the general public.

Subsidiarity concerns and funding

The EU needs powers in the field of urban transport policy if it is to achieve its environmental aims and climate change objectives, argues raporteur Gilles Savary

To better understand the DG’s work !

Vendredi 24 avril 2009

The Directorate-General has just introduced a new electronic platform to give greater visibility to its work under the ‘Education and Training 2010 work programme’.

The Knowledge System for Lifelong Learning (KSLLL) contains easily accessible and up-to-date information on such activities with the aim of making lifelong learning a reality in Europe.
The new platform builds mainly on the work of peer learning clusters, groups of Member States interested in specific topics, and other groups organised under the education and training work programme. The following categories of information can be found:

1. Education and Training 2010 work programme - a brief introduction
2. Peer learning clusters and other groups - whose outputs may be found on the KSLLL
3. Peer learning activities - which have taken place, including summaries, conclusions and participants
4. Compendia of good practice – developed by the peer learning clusters or other groups
5. Country information – developed as part of the Education and Training 2010 process, as well as links to country sheets, published by Eurydice, the information network on education in Europe.

The category on Compendia of good practice also offers an interactive functionality allowing external contributors to register and provide examples of good practice to the compendia section.

The KSLLL will be adapted to support the priority areas and working methods under the new Strategic framework for European co-operation in education and training, which will set out a work programme for the next decade up until 2020, in particular to develop the visibility and dissemination of results.

Provision of deficit and debt data for 2008 - first notification Euro area and EU27 government deficit at 1.9% and 2.3% of GDP respectively Government debt at 69.3% and 61.5%

Vendredi 24 avril 2009

STAT/09/56 22 April 2009 Provision of deficit and debt data for 2008 - first notificationEuro area and EU27 government deficit at 1.9% and 2.3% of GDP respectivelyGovernment debt at 69.3% and 61.5% In 2008, the government deficit1 and government debt1 …

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Second estimate for the fourth quarter of 2008 EU27 current account deficit 57.3 bn euro 17.1 bn euro surplus on trade in services

Vendredi 24 avril 2009

STAT/09/5522 April 2009 Second estimate for the fourth quarter of 2008EU27 current account deficit 57.3 bn euro17.1 bn euro surplus on trade in services According to the latest revisions1, the EU272 external current account3 recorded a deficit of 57….

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February 2009 compared with January 2009 Industrial new orders down by 0.6% in euro area Down by 1.4% in EU27

Vendredi 24 avril 2009

STAT/09/5723 April 2009 February 2009 compared with January 2009 Industrial new orders down by 0.6% in euro area Down by 1.4% in EU27 In February 2009 compared with January 2009, the euro area1 (EA16) industrial new orders index2 fell by 0….

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European Parliament votes to support new rules strengthening the EU internal energy market

Vendredi 24 avril 2009

IP/09/622 Brussels, 21 April 2009 European Parliament votes to support new rules strengthening the EU internal energy market President Barroso and Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs have welcomed today’s vote of the European Parliament backing new rules …

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Financial services: Commission sets up Payment Systems Market Expert Group

Vendredi 24 avril 2009

IP/09/601 Brussels, 20 April 2009 Financial services: Commission sets up Payment Systems Market Expert Group The European Commission has set up a Payment Systems Market Expert Group (PSMEG) to assist in the preparation of its policy in the field of payments. …

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Financial services: Commission launches call for evidence on review of Market Abuse Directive

Vendredi 24 avril 2009

IP/09/600 Brussels, 20 April 2009 Financial services: Commission launches call for evidence on review of Market Abuse Directive The European Commission has launched a call for evidence on its review of the application of the Market Abuse Directive, including …

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Financial services: Commission launches consultation on new legal framework for intermediated securities

Vendredi 24 avril 2009

IP/09/599 Brussels, 20 April 2009 Financial services: Commission launches consultation on new legal framework for intermediated securities The European Commission has launched a consultation on the harmonisation of the legal framework for securities holding …

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‘Solvency II’: European Parliament approval of proposed Directive brings modern insurance regulation nearer

Vendredi 24 avril 2009

IP/09/621 Brussels, 22 April 2009 ‘Solvency II’: European Parliament approval of proposed Directive brings modern insurance regulation nearer The European Commission has welcomed the European Parliament’s approval of the proposed Directive on the taking-up …

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