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Eu funding: The Commission launches Single European Sky II for safer, greener and more punctual flying

Mercredi 25 juin 2008
 
 

The European Commission adopted today the second package of legislation for a Single European Sky (SES II).

These proposals aim to further improve safety, cut costs and reduce delays. That will in turn mean lower fuel consumption, so that airlines could save up to 16 million tons of CO2 emissions and cut their annual cost by between two and three billion euros. This full reform of the European air traffic management system will be key to managing the doubling of traffic expected by 2020. Not only airline passengers, but also freight forwarders and military and private aviation will benefit. The package will create additional jobs in aviation. Meanwhile, European manufacturing industry will gain from being at the forefront of innovation in air traffic management technology (i.e. satellite based systems - Galileo, datalink, etc.), thus giving it a competitive edge on global markets.

The SES II package is based on four pillars: updates to existing legislation from 2004; the SESAR ATM (Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research) Master Plan or ‘technological pillar’; the ’safety pillar’ and an airport capacity action plan.

The first pillar introduces several enhancements to the original SES legislation, including binding performance targets for air navigation service providers, a European network management function to ensure convergence between national networks and a definitive date for Member States to improve performance ,initially through a cross border cooperative approach known as Functional Airspace Blocks.

The new package places environmental issues at the core of the Single European Sky and improved air traffic management should realise its potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from aviation. Prospective improvements are up to 10% per flight, which amounts to 16 million tons of CO2 savings per year and a reduction of annual costs by €2.4 billion.

The technological pillar focuses on introducing better technology. The SESAR programme brings together all aviation stakeholders to develop and operate a new generation, Europe-wide air traffic management system. Its deployment will enable the safe, sustainable and cost-effective handling of twice the current traffic by 2020.

The safety pillar provides for increased responsibilities for the European Aviation Safety Agency. This would ensure precise, uniform and binding rules for airport safety, air traffic management and air navigation services, as well as sound oversight of their implementation by Member States.

Finally, the airport capacity pillar tackles the shortage of runways and airport facilities, which currently threatens to become a major bottleneck. The initiative seeks to co-ordinate better airport slots issued to aircraft operators with air traffic management measures as well as the establishment of an airport capacity observatory to fully integrate airports in the aviation network.

 
  Source:
Press Room - European Commission

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Eu funding :The Commission launches a campaign to promote energy efficient driving

Mardi 27 mai 2008
 
 

 European funds

Related EU Grant Loans Programme(s):
 Grants for the demonstration of innovative technologies to energy efficiency and their introduction to the market for mass deployment.

The European Commission, together with Europia, one of the partners of the Sustainable Energy Europe Campaign, have launched today a number of actions to promote energy efficient driving habits among European car users.

Over 45,000 petrol stations across 29 European countries will take part in the campaign led by Europia - ‘Save More Than Fuel’ campaign to distribute millions of leaflets on fuel efficiency and responsible driving behaviour. These leaflets will be available to consumers at filling stations, with additional information on the dedicated website. Coinciding with this campaign, the Commission has launched a short video clip, already available in EU-Tube, with some tips on how to drive efficiently and safely.

The Sustainable Energy Europe 2005-2008 Campaign is a European Commission initiative within the framework of the Intelligent Energy - Europe (2003-2006) programme, which aims to raise public awareness and promote sustainable energy production and use among individuals and organisations, private companies and public authorities, professional and energy agencies, industry associations and NGOs across Europe.

 
  Source:
Press Room - European Commission
 
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Creation of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)

Mardi 11 mars 2008

The European Parliament adopted today the Regulation establishing the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).

The next steps include appointing the EIT’s Governing Board by June 2008 and establishing the first two or three Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) towards end of 2009.
To boost Europe’s innovation capacity, the EIT will operate on the basis of highly integrated partnerships known as “Knowledge and Innovation Communities”. These KICs will pool together a critical mass of the best resources from higher education institutions, research organisations, businesses and other stakeholders in the innovation process. They will be selected and coordinated by an independent Governing Board, composed of 18 renowned personalities from business, research and academia. The involvement of business at both the strategic and operational levels is the cornerstone of the whole EIT initiative.

The Governing Board members will be appointed in June 2008. In January, the Commission already set up an ad-hoc Identification Committee[1] whose task is to identify and propose future members of the Board. In this capacity, the Committee has just launched an open consultation on the main criteria to be taken into account. The entire identification process is expected to take approximately four months.

The first two or three KICs will be selected within 18 months after the appointment of the Governing Board. The focus will be on strategic areas where the EU faces vital current and future challenges. These are likely to include climate change, renewable energies and the next generation of information and communication technologies.
Following the adoption of the Regulation, the European Council will decide on the location of the EIT’s future headquarters, possibly as early as June this year.