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08/12/2016

UN will force shipping to clean up its act

Transport


Transport 05-12-2016

More than €10bn pledged for European space programmes

The European Space Agency's (ESA) member states have agreed to allocate €10.3 billion to new space projects. EurActiv's partner La Tribune reports.
Sustainable Dev. 05-12-2016

Commission’s flip-flop on biofuels puts at risk tens of thousands of jobs

There was little to surprise in the launch of the EU Commission “clean energy” proposals on biofuels given they had been widely leaked in advance. For all that, they are profoundly shocking, writes Patrick Kent.
Transport 05-12-2016

Airbus chief calls for soft Brexit, higher German military budget

Airbus is pushing the British government to opt for a "soft Brexit" in which Britain stays in the European Union's single market, its chief executive said on Sunday, warning that the future of the aerospace group's investments in the United Kingdom hinged on it.
Transport 02-12-2016

Bulc says controversial German deal paves way for EU road toll law

German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt and Violeta Bulc, the EU transport commissioner, have ended their prolonged fight over a controversial German road toll—provoking anger from neighbours but paving the way for a European-wide road tolling scheme next year.
Transport 02-12-2016

Britain paves way for electric vehicles, green aviation

British transport is set for a significant low-carbon boost with several new Government consultations and funding schemed announced over the past few days in a bid to drive a green transport overhaul.
Transport 30-11-2016

Commission wants manufacturers to build more internet-connected cars

The European Commission wants car companies to make sure new models have a slew of digital technologies that can cut fuel use and be safer on roads, as part of an EU strategy on internet-connect vehicles published today (30 November).
Transport 28-11-2016

WTO: US provided illegal subsidies to Boeing

The EU, and aircraft manufacturer Airbus, scored a significant victory on Monday (28 November) after the World Trade Organisation (WTO) ruled that the US government's financial assistance to Boeing is illegal.
Digital 28-11-2016

Uber gains key support ahead of EU Court hearing

A majority of EU governments are expected tomorrow (29 November) to back – at least partly – the ride-hailing firm’s claim of being a digital platform, opening the way for a lighter regulatory oversight of the American-based company than if it was considered like a normal transport firm.
Transport 25-11-2016

French minister trades blows with MEPs over dieselgate, Renault

Ecology Minister Ségolène Royal travelled to Strasbourg yesterday (24 November) to defend her response to the dieselgate scandal. But the meeting rapidly escalated, with MEPs criticising the minister’s reluctance to punish French automotive champion Renault. EurActiv France reports.

Spain's high-speed rail link breaches EU bird law

The European Court of Justice has ruled that Spain breached European directives on birds and habitats conservation in building a high-speed train link between Seville and Almería. EurActiv Spain reports.
Transport 23-11-2016

Half of Europeans' bad EU driving goes unpunished

About half of the driving offences committed by Europeans in other EU countries went unpunished last year, according to internal documents.

The EU finally has new air pollution rules – now, let’s enforce them

EU governments have been too weak on air pollution. Brussels must step in to ensure member states protect their citizens, writes Louise Duprez.


Transport 18-11-2016

Bulgaria has the EU's deadliest roads

Bulgaria, Romania and Latvia had the most road deaths per capita in the EU in 2015, tarnishing the EU's record on vehicle safety in a year when the number of people killed by vehicle crashes rose for the first time in almost twenty years.
Transport 18-11-2016

Motorists hit with up to €450 in extra fuel costs as carmakers game CO2 tests

Cars consume much more than manufacturers claim they do and the gap between lab and real-world performance can reach up to 42%, according to a new ICCT study. EurActiv Germany reports.
Transport 18-11-2016

Airline flies first commercial jet powered by forest biomass

Alaska Airline passengers have taken to the skies in a "world-first" commercial flight running on sustainable alternative jet fuel made from forest residuals from the Pacific Northwest. EurActiv's partner edie.net reports.
Transport 10-11-2016

Bulc defends plan to overhaul road toll rules

“Let me assure you that we're not after a revolution here,” Violeta Bulc said at a small Brussels conference this week after she outlined her plans to overhaul rules governing transport and shipping on roads.
Energy 10-11-2016

EU will have to import cow dung to meet renewables targets, study warns

EXCLUSIVE / The European Union will be forced to import organic waste, such as cow dung and wood, if it does not limit the amount of bioenergy that can count towards its renewable energy targets, new research has found.
Transport 04-11-2016

VW says 'defeat device' in conformity with European law

Volkswagen said the software allowing its diesel vehicles to evade emissions rules does not violate European law, as the carmaker aims to toughen its legal defenses in view of a possible rise in compensation claims in its home region.
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Digital 03-11-2016

The ‘Coding Summer School’ by Boeing and ThinkYoung: Supporting digital know-how for the future job market

More than 50 teenage students learned the basics of programming during the Coding Summer School in July in Brussels.

Germany's image as environmental trailblazer tarnished by court cases

Germany likes to see itself as a pioneer when dealing with environmental issues, but when it comes to implementing European standards, Berlin is hardly a poster child. EurActiv’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Transport 03-11-2016

Vans: Falling through the cracks of Europe’s transport policy

Light commercial vehicles are increasingly being used as a means to dodge social legislation and taxes, writes Samuel Kenny.
Transport 27-10-2016

Commission: Women drivers are better than men

Women drivers are safer on roads and could help to fix Europe's bad record on vehicle-related deaths, EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc told reporters today (26 October).
Digital 26-10-2016

Commission wants EU space strategy to boost growth in data-hungry private sector

The European Commission wants to step up European companies' role in the space industry by making it easier to access data from satellites, which the executive hopes will help increasingly data-dependent areas like car manufacturing and agriculture.
Transport 26-10-2016

UN will force shipping to clean up its act

The UN’s International Maritime Organisation (IMO) is pondering measures to cut shipping pollution and bring emissions into line with the Paris Agreement. EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.