Transport

27-03-2020

Coronavirus-hit carmakers urge EU to pull legislative handbrake

Europe’s largest auto manufacturers have argued that the coronavirus outbreak will limit their ability to comply with EU rules aimed at cleaning up the sector’s carbon footprint.
Aviation 27-03-2020

Grounded virus flights could skew weather forecasts

Europe’s ability to predict the weather will suffer because of the coronavirus outbreak’s impact on aviation, a leading research institute warned this week, explaining that fleets of grounded aircraft mean forecasters have less meteorological data to work wit
Outer space 27-03-2020

Astronaut tips to survive lockdown: Talk, teamwork and treats

Stick to a daily routine, stay connected with family and treat yourself occasionally - those are some of the tips German astronauts gave for surviving lockdown during the coronavirus crisis, which they said was much like their time in space.
27-03-2020

German government concludes ‘freight transport pact’ to ensure food supply

The German logistics industry and the food trade are taking joint measures to ensure food safety. However, problems still exist with seasonal workers need to work in the fields. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Global Europe 26-03-2020

Bulgaria proposes to take over EU truck cargo, drive it to Turkey

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov will propose to EU leaders during their teleconference on Thursday (26 March) that his country would transship goods of trucks from EU countries going to Turkey. The alternative is that EU drivers would wait 14 days before being allowed to enter Turkey.
Aviation 26-03-2020

How to save airlines the right way

As the virus crisis continues to unfold, more and more airlines are grounding flights - some entirely. But carriers must take their responsibilities to society more seriously if they are to be given any public cash, insists William Todts.
Batteries 26-03-2020

Coronavirus slows US push to produce electric vehicle minerals

The coronavirus pandemic is hobbling US efforts to produce lithium, rare earths and other materials used in electric vehicles and high-tech equipment, dealing a blow to President Donald Trump’s plan to curb Chinese control of the strategic minerals sector.
Agrifood 26-03-2020

MEPs join call for ban on live animal transport amid COVID-19 border delays

More than 40 members of the European Parliament have joined a coalition of NGOs calling for a ban on long-distance animal transport during the coronavirus crisis. They argue that the reintroduction of border controls has resulted in delays which risk affecting animal welfare and, by extension, human health.
25-03-2020

Italy tries to prevent petrol pump virus shutdown

Italy’s government is trying to broker a deal to head off a move by petrol station operators to close down pumps on the country’s motorway network due to the coronavirus epidemic. In a statement on Tuesday (24 March), three operator...
Future of mobility 25-03-2020

‘Worst crisis ever’: Carmakers line up for recovery cash amid calls to go green

While European carmakers cry for help, environmentalists say public money aimed at helping the automotive industry recover from the COVID-19 crisis must be future-proof and geared towards green technologies.
Aviation 25-03-2020

Coronavirus redraws battle lines on airline emissions

European airlines crippled by the coronavirus have demanded lasting relief from environmental taxes - in a move that pits their immediate survival against longer-term emissions goals.
24-03-2020

Freight jams unclogged, pollution down & F1 enters virus race

Welcome to EURACTIV’s weekly Transport Brief – your one port of call for all the news moving the world and much more!
Coronavirus 24-03-2020

F1 to join coronavirus fight as races are scrapped

Global motorsport Formula One is on hiatus because of the coronavirus outbreak but its best and brightest engineers are not: a new plan aims to harness their manufacturing know-how to build life-saving ventilators.
23-03-2020

Keep on trucking: EU deploys ‘green lanes’ to unclog freight

The European Commission issued instructions on how to unclog bottleneck border crossings on Monday (23 March), with new ‘green lanes’ aiming to keep freight moving during the coronavirus outbreak. Hauliers were initially sceptical though.
Brexit 22-03-2020

Macron threatens UK entry ban in lieu of more stringent measures

French President Emmanuel Macron threatened to close France's border with Britain on Friday if Prime Minister Boris Johnson failed to take more stringent measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak, a French newspaper reported.
Aviation 20-03-2020

EU Council joins fight to bust coronavirus ‘ghost flights’

The European Council agreed on Friday (20 March) to waive EU 'use it or lose it' rules that obligate airlines to fulfil at least 80% of their airport take-off and landing slots in a calendar year. The member states want the rules put on ice longer than the Commission suggested.
Energy 19-03-2020

Green Deal deserves a better Energy Taxation Directive in 2020, not years from now

Europe has a choice between getting a good taxation directive this year or waiting years for something not yet defined that may never win agreement. For the sake of climate progress, it should take its chances with what it has now, writes Jim Power.
Coronavirus 19-03-2020

Greece mulls banning all foreign flights from Sunday

The Greek government is seriously considering temporarily banning all foreign flights as of 22 March to halt the spread of the coronavirus, Greek media reported on Thursday (19 March).
Global Europe 19-03-2020

Turkey shuts borders with Greece and Bulgaria amid coronavirus fears

The Turkish government has decided to close its rail and land border with Greece and Bulgaria amid fears over the coronavirus spread, AFP quoted Turkish media as saying.
18-03-2020

EU moves to shore up passenger rights as virus plays havoc

The European Commission clarified on Wednesday (18 March) how the bloc’s passenger rights codex should work, in an attempt to alleviate the concerns of thousands of travellers and companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak.
Economy & Jobs 18-03-2020

Amid COVID-19 recession concerns, US aircraft tariffs come into effect

The Trump administration enacted its planned duty rate increase for aircraft imported from the EU on Wednesday (18 March), amid the continuing spread of COVID-19 and fears of a subsequent recession. These measures will increase the rate from 10 to 15%, particularly impacting Airbus.
18-03-2020

UK mulls nationalising transport links during virus outbreak

Airlines, bus companies and train operators could be brought under public ownership by the UK government in order to preserve transport links during the coronavirus outbreak, a minister suggested on Tuesday (17 March).
17-03-2020

Ghost-flight-busters, shutting up shop & coronavirus in space

Welcome to EURACTIV’s weekly Transport Brief – your one port of call for all the news moving the world and much more! This week: coronavirus updates, big changes in the auto world and space race problems.
Batteries 17-03-2020

Total to build France’s largest battery

Energy major Total has lifted the lid on a project that aims to construct the largest battery storage facility in France. It could help boost the growth of intermittent renewable power in the French energy mix.

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