Railways

24-07-2019

In setback for 5-Star, Italy’s PM backs completion of rail link with France

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Tuesday (23 July) that blocking works on a rail link with France would cost Italy more than completing the infrastructure, taking a stance on an issue that has divided the government coalition for months.
Future of mobility 23-07-2019

Transport committee chair: The aim is to put climate on political agenda in all sectors

In an interview with EURACTIV's partner le Journal de l'Environnement, the newly elected chair of the European Parliament's committee on transport and tourism (TRAN), French Green MEP Karima Delli, spoke about her new priorities. These include relaunching the rail system, regulating transport in a climate-friendly manner and reducing car pollution.
Future of mobility 02-07-2019

Five transport policies that could build thriving cities

Accessibility within cities hasn't become better despite urban planners' best efforts. Creative solutions are needed to create better interconnected and concentrated cities, write Sarah Colenbrander and Catarina Heeckt.
03-06-2019

Elections reignite France-Italy rail tunnel debate

Election results on either side of the Alps have further complicated an already complex and controversial railway project between France and Italy, as political allegiances and support for the tunnel have shifted. A proposed 270km-long train link between Lyon and...
Aviation 13-05-2019

Jet fuel tax hopes lifted by leaked EU report

Aviation carbon emissions would fall by 11% or 16.4 million tonnes if the EU were to scrap jet fuel’s tax derogation, according to a leaked European Commission study.
30-04-2019

‘One Belt, One Road, One Million’: Rail chief plans to connect Europe to China

The 'New Silk Road' has the potential to make trade between China and Europe more competitive by rail than by sea. EURACTIV Germany spoke to transport boss Alexey Grom about the development of the Eurasian railway project, the 'New Silk Road' and its expansion towards Europe.
Politics 22-03-2019

Italy and France reconcile after Macron’s harsh late-night comments

French President Emmanuel Macron and Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte appeared to have found common ground on long-standing bilateral issues, overcoming the risk of another rift after Macron said Italy's attempts to discuss national problems on the sidelines of an EU summit were "a waste of time".
Transport 26-02-2019

First truck completes Europe-China delivery in 12 days

The first overland delivery of European goods bound for China arrived safe and sound last week, in a good omen for Europe's hopes of making the East Asian superpower's ambitious Belt and Road initiative a two-way street.
13-02-2019

Italy’s 5-Star tries to undermine tunnel to France

Italy’s transport ministry insisted on Tuesday (12 February) that a planned railway tunnel underneath the Alps to France would be a waste of money, in what could ratchet up tensions between Rome and Paris.
Central Europe 02-10-2018

Visegrad express railway project unveiled

Four Central European countries announced Monday (1 October) a plan to build a high-speed rail link between Budapest and Warsaw, said Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter  Szijjártó.
25-07-2018

Italy calls into question costly Lyon-Turin rail link

Italy's new infrastructure minister denounced on Tuesday (24 July) an ambitious, transalpine rail link as an enormous waste of public money and said he wanted to re-negotiate the project with neighbouring France.
26-06-2018

EU’s high-speed rail plan is ineffective, unrealistic, say Auditors

The EU’s long-term plan for a high-speed rail network is unlikely to be achieved and there is no solid EU-wide strategic approach, according to a highly critical report by the European Court of Auditors released on Tuesday (26 June).
Economy & Jobs 05-06-2018

The Channel Tunnel: What economic value to European trade?

The Channel Tunnel provides a fast, frequent and reliable route accounting for €138 bn of trade and 21 million passengers each year. It has changed the way transport and logistics operate across the continent.
04-05-2018

Eighteen-year-olds must pass quiz on European culture to receive free travel tickets

Eighteen-year-olds will need to pass a six-question quiz about European history and culture to receive free Interrail train or plane tickets, as part of a €700 million project that’s set to start next month.
26-04-2018

‘Free Interrail for all young Europeans’ campaign gathers pace

The growing #FreeInterrail campaign calls for an EU program granting a free Interrail pass to all young Europeans. It's a widely supported idea that could to a certain extent be taken up by the EU. EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-France reports.
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10-04-2018

CER presents today’s digital railways

Digitalisation is one of the top priorities for the rail sector and its future. To show how railways are making the most of the opportunities offered by digital transformation, the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) organised a #Rail4Digital event in Brussels on 20 March 2018.
27-02-2018

Riding the train from Beijing to Vienna (in 2033)

The idea of travelling by train from Beijing via Moscow to the Austrian capital has long been an unlikely far-flung dream. But in 15 years, the Trans-Siberian railway could indeed reach the gates of Vienna. EURACTIV Germany reports from Vienna.
23-02-2018

‘Don’t forget rail’ in Brexit talks, urge UK industry leaders

The European rail network ferries millions of us to and from work every day. Yet rail representatives felt compelled to plead 'don't forget rail' in Brussels this week, saying it was at the bottom of all priority lists despite growing concerns over the expected impact of Brexit.
23-02-2018

What will Brexit mean for Europe’s railways? Exploring ‘EU27’ perspectives

Until Brexit negotiations between the UK and EU conclude, all industry sectors, including rail, face uncertainty about future relations.
Economy & Jobs 28-11-2017

China strengthens grip on Central Europe and Balkans at Budapest summit

A 16+1 summit of the Central and Eastern European Countries and China took place yesterday (27 November) in Budapest, hosted by the Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orbán. His Bulgarian colleague Boyko Borissov announced that next years’ summit will take place in Sofia.
Azerbaijan 31-10-2017

Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey launch ‘Silk Road’ rail link

The leaders of Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia launched an 826-km rail link connecting the three countries on 30 October, establishing a freight and passenger link between Europe and China that bypasses Russia.
Electric vehicles 27-10-2017

Green MEP: ‘I pledge for a bold approach to e-mobility’

The Greens will support electrification in cities as long as it is not limited to cars but also extended to other means of transport, Greens MEP Cramer said in an interview with EURACTIV Greece.
03-10-2017

EU auditors warn of slow deployment of rail management system

The deployment of an EU-wide railway signalling system, a key part of the bloc's efforts to help smooth cross-border rail traffic within the Union, has been very slow as there have been no binding deadlines and stakeholders have been reluctant to invest, a report released by the European Court of Auditors on Tuesday (3 October) revealed.
27-09-2017

Alstom, Siemens merge to create new European rail champion

The maker of France's TGV trains announced Tuesday (26 September) a "merger of equals" with German industrial leader Siemens in a giant and politically tricky deal to create a new European rail champion.

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