Transport

Railways 09-07-2020

Alstom offers factory sale in return for Bombardier merger approval

France’s TGV high-speed train maker Alstom on Thursday (9 July) offered to sell a French rail factory and make other concessions to win European Commission approval for its planned purchase of Bombardier Inc’s transportation business.
09-07-2020

MEPs bless Mobility Package without fuss

Members of the European Parliament signed off on updated trucking rules on Thursday (9 July) without accepting any amendments to the reform package that Central and Eastern European countries had pushed for.
Railways 09-07-2020

Air France’s promise to nix domestic flights: Not good enough for the environment

Air France's pledge to end some of its domestic flights in return for billions of euros in government aid is a weak contribution to climate action, as weak railway infrastructure stands in the way of a plane-to-train shift. EURACTIV France reports.
Aerospace 09-07-2020

Airbus ponders hydrogen’s flying future

European aerospace giant Airbus sees hydrogen power as “one of the most promising technologies available” to decarbonise air travel and is looking to utilise it as part of plans to roll out a zero-emission aircraft by 2035.
Energy 08-07-2020

VW to ditch petrol and diesel cars manufacturing at key factory

Volkswagen is set to remove production lines for all internal combustion engine vehicles from one of its key factories this year, replacing them with electric vehicle production capacity. EURACTIV's media partner, edie.net, reports.
Railways 07-07-2020

Dutch sign Eurostar treaty, reducing London journey time

The governments of the Netherlands, France, Belgium and the United Kingdom signed on Tuesday (7 July) an updated version of the Eurostar treaty, which will streamline border checks and shave a full hour off the Amsterdam-London journey time.
07-07-2020

Trains take over, ETS ahoy & road ragers

Welcome to EURACTIV’s weekly Transport Brief – your one port of call for all the news moving the world and much more! In this edition: MEPs set a course for the EU's carbon market, airline bailouts keep coming and Europe's space agency unveils billions in new contracts.
07-07-2020

Watch: Transport Vlogs archive

Here you can find every Transport Vlog in one handy archive. Sent out with the weekly Transport Brief at 11am on Tuesdays, this is your essential visual dose of either the biggest story of the week or one that slipped under the radar.
Aviation 07-07-2020

Commission chews over changes to aviation emissions rules

The European Commission revealed on Friday (3 July) details about how it plans to adapt climate policy to the aviation sector, by integrating a global offsetting scheme into EU rules and slashing free pollution permits.
Shipping 06-07-2020

MEPs set to navigate shipping into the EU’s carbon market

Members of the European Parliament’s environment committee will vote on Tuesday (7 July) on a package of measures intended to clean up the maritime sector and include shipping in the EU’s Emissions Trading System (ETS).
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06-07-2020

View on the development of a new vehicle emission standard in Europe: EURO 7/VII

The challenges that we face today are not only technical, but behavioural too. The tampering of the emissions control system is jeopardising efforts to have clean combustion engines and cybersecurity will be without doubt an issue in the coming years.
03-07-2020

The Brief – Air EU is now ready for boarding

Europe’s airlines are set to get more than €30 billion in coronavirus-busting aid. But do we really need so many flyers? And wouldn’t the EU be better off setting up its own carrier?
Railways 03-07-2020

Austria’s trains take over short-haul flight route

Austrian Airlines will cease operating its Vienna-Salzburg route, the flag-carrier announced on Thursday (2 July). Instead, the service will be replaced by more direct trains, in an effort to honour the terms of the government's recent bailout deal.
03-07-2020

EU hits 10 countries with ‘voucher-gate’ legal action

The European Commission announced on Thursday (2 July) that it would launch an infringement procedure against ten EU member states that are in breach of the bloc’s passenger rights rules. Greece and Italy were hit with legal action twice.
Railways 02-07-2020

Alstom ready to sell assets to get EU merger approval

French TGV high-speed train maker Alstom is prepared to sell assets to secure early EU antitrust approval for its bid for Bombardier Inc's rail division, people familiar with the matter said.
Aerospace 02-07-2020

Germany urges ‘no favours’ in Airbus job cuts

German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier on Wednesday (1 July) urged plane builder Airbus to spread the pain fairly as it cuts 15,000 jobs to deal with lower orders following the coronavirus pandemic.
Electric vehicles 02-07-2020

Tesla tops list of most valuable carmakers

US electric vehicle specialist Tesla overtook Toyota to become the most valuable car company in the world on Wednesday (1 June), but Elon Musk’s firm also scaled back plans at its future Berlin factory.
Agrifood 02-07-2020

Report: Europe’s imported UCO mainly comes from China and palm oil producer countries

A new report has found that more than half the Used Cooking Oil (UCO) used in Europe for biodiesel in 2019 was imported (1.5 million tonnes out of 2.8 million tonnes).
Road charging 02-07-2020

EU’s ‘Mobility Package’ will negatively impact citizens, climate and the economy

Transport ministers from nine EU countries are calling upon the European Parliament to make adjustments to the first Mobility Package in order to take into account fair competition, EU climate policy objectives and the single market, as well as new socio-economic realities post COVID-19.
Road safety 01-07-2020

French, Greeks are Europe’s rudest road users, poll reveals

Drivers in most of Europe say they have adopted safer and more courteous behaviour behind the wheel, with the notable exception of the French and Greeks who share the top spot for hurling insults at other road users, polling data showed Wednesday (1 July).
Aviation 01-07-2020

Airlines granted huge emissions reprieve by UN compromise

The UN’s aviation emissions offsetting scheme will not take 2020 into account when calculating how much airlines have to pay to neutralise their carbon dioxide output. Environmental groups have derided the decision for “making a mockery” of climate policy.
Competition 01-07-2020

Coronavirus prompts airline nationalisation spree

Portugal and Italy are both flirting with bringing their flag-carrying airlines under state-ownership to combat the economic hardships caused or exacerbated by the global pandemic.
Aviation 01-07-2020

EU bans two Pakistani airlines in wake of licence scandal

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) banned Pakistan’s national airline from operating in EU airspace on Tuesday (30 June), after an inquest found that up to a third of Pakistani pilots may have acquired their licences illegally.
Economy & Jobs 01-07-2020

From Brussels to Malaga: traveling in times of pandemic

As the summer kicks in and EU countries have been easing travel restriction, I decided to experience what it is like to travel during a pandemic by flying from Brussels to Malaga (Spain).
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