National experts will consider lessons learnt from terrorist attacks in Moscow and in Madrid in a meeting on 11 April to improve security at the airports and mass public transportation systems in the aftermath of the Brussels attacks, EU officials told Euractiv.com.
The new head of the European Commission's transport section (DG MOVE) had harsh words yesterday (15 March) for new rules to open up Europe's “static” rail sector, which he said have been butchered in negotiations with the European Parliament and Council.
Within ten years, the Brenner Base project, the longest railway tunnel in the world, is expected to be completed and operational. The EU has announced that it will contribute €1.2 billion to its construction. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Belgium on Monday (31 August) unveiled plans for a controversial system to collect data on all airline passengers, as well as international train and ferry travellers, in the wake of a foiled attack on a train running between Belgium and Paris.
This is a story for all those that need public transport to reach their workplace (and home, afterwards) in Brussels, and regularly get frustrated because of delays and strikes, write Michael Cramer, Bart Staes, and Philippe Lamberts.
The controversial high-speed train line between Lyon and Turin is to be examined by the European Anti-Fraud Office, OLAF, amid huge cost overruns and allegations of mafia links in Italy. The EU has already contributed €450 million to the project, but France and Italy will claim a further €4 billion of EU funding. EURACTIV France reports.
SPECIAL REPORT: Providing quality services at affordable prices should be the guiding principles of regulation of network industries, according to Bruno Liebhaberg who urges the Juncker Commission to reconsider the EU’s approach to liberalisation in sectors such as telecoms, railways and energy.
A one-size-fits-all approach to new rail safety proposals would be inappropriate and potentially dangerous – far better to seize the low-hanging fruits that would accrue from a truly European solution, argues Libor Lochman.
At least 78 people were killed and at more than 150 were hurt in an accident near the Spanish town of Santiago de Compostela on Wednesday (24 July), making it the deadliest rail accident since a German train ran off the tracks at Eschede in 1998, killing 101 passengers and crew.