About: Siim Kallas

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Economy & Jobs 08-07-2014

Eurogroup approves next €1bn bailout tranche to Greece

EU Finance ministers approved on Monday the next tranche of financial aid for Greece, worth 1 billion euros. “With this €1 billion disbursement, there is now €2.1 billion still left in the pipeline for Greece. €1 billion of that could be disbursed in August but that depends on the nest set of milestones being met.” ESM Managing Director Klaus Regling said.
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Europe's East 20-05-2014

Ukraine gets first €100 million in EU aid

The European Commission disbursed a first loan of €100 million to Ukraine on Tuesday. It is the first tranche of a 1.6 billion euro package that the EU pledged last month to help Kiev's struggling economy.
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Economy & Jobs 05-05-2014

EU forecasts moderate growth in 2014

The European Union predicted on Monday a positive economic outlook for the next two years, but with one condition: EU member states must stick to the agreed austerity measures.
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Transport 06-02-2014

EU Parliament approves more rights for air passengers

The European Parliament approved on Wednesday stricter rules to protect the rights of air passengers. MEPs want to make it easier for travelers to claim economic compensation from their airlines in the event of a delayed or cancelled flight.
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Aviation 09-12-2013

EU paves way to surfing the Internet on planes

The new instructions of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency will allow passengers to keep their electronic devices in “flight mode” throughout their journey, a move that should be followed by allowing surfing of the Internet next year. The European Commissioner in charge of Transport, Siim Kallas, announced today that electronic devices in airplanes will soon be allowed throughout the journey, “from gate to gate”, as the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) updated its rules today (9 December).
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Transport 24-09-2013

Vice-President Kallas opens crucial aviation talks in Montreal

Airlines on Monday (23 September) urged a UN aviation group to back a mandatory global framework to curb airline emissions, saying failure to reach a deal would revive threats of a trade war.
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Transport 11-06-2013

Air controllers go on strike over single EU sky

The European Commission on Tuesday presented proposals to speed up plans to centralise Europe's air traffic controls. The so-called Single European Sky hopes to merge Europe's fragmented airspace into 9 functional blocs, which would be supervised by only one European air-control traffic.
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Transport 16-04-2013

EU prepares gentler design for lorries to save lives, fuel

The European Commission will table new proposals today (15 April) designed to make lorries more gentle with cyclists and pedestrians in the event of a crash, but also cleaner and more fuel-efficient, campaigners say.
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Transport 14-03-2013

Commission moves to limit claims under aviation bill of rights

Stranded airline passengers should not be able to claim for more than three nights of accommodation under European Commission proposals that would protect airlines from potentially huge compensation bills.
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Transport 12-03-2013

EU’s clean transport dream faces familiar speed bumps

Plans to kick-start Europe’s low carbon vehicles industry with a huge infrastructure package ran into retro roadblocks at a meeting of EU transport ministers yesterday (11 March), with member states bemoaning the use of public funds to reach ambitious targets.
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Transport 31-01-2013

Kallas rolls back EU bid to break up state rail monopolies

In a compromise aimed at countries like France and Germany, the European Commission on Wednesday (30 January) unveiled its latest plan to integrate rail services, allowing traditional state companies to maintain their hold on railway infrastructure as well as passenger and cargo services.
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Transport 11-10-2012

Brussels warns unified EU airspace plans off track

Brussels is planning to sanction EU countries who fail to co-operate towards creating a pan-European air space. In a bid to eliminate fragmentation and increase efficiency, the European Commission launched the so-called European Single Sky plan over 10 yeras ago. It aimed at condensating 27 national airspaces into 9 blocks. But member states are nowhere near meeting their targets.