About: Siim Kallas Archives

  • EU prepares gentler design for lorries to save lives, fuel

     Video | Promoted content | Transport 16-04-2013

    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.

  • Commission moves to limit claims under aviation bill of rights

     Video | Promoted content | Transport 14-03-2013

    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.

  • EU’s clean transport dream faces familiar speed bumps

     Video | Promoted content | Transport 12-03-2013

    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.

  • Kallas defends plan to pry open domestic rail markets

    News | Transport 20-02-2013

    Europe’s railways need more competition and less bureaucracy if they are to reverse the decline in use, Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas said Tuesday (19 February) as he sought to warm up MEPs to a new liberalisation plan.

  • Kallas rolls back EU bid to break up state rail monopolies

     Video | Promoted content | Transport 31-01-2013

    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.

  • Kallas rolls back EU bid to break up state rail monopolies

    News | Transport 30-01-2013

    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.

  • Kallas: Budget cuts threaten EU fundamentals

    News | Transport 12-11-2012

    Siim Kallas, the Commission vice president responsible for transport, said budget cuts for 2014-2020 proposed for the 22-23 November summit risked ‘cancelling’ European policies designed to link Eastern and Western parts of the continent.

  • Brussels warns unified EU airspace plans off track

     Video | Promoted content | Transport 11-10-2012

    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.

  • EU looks East for air travel growth opportunities

    Special Report | News | Transport 27-09-2012

    With European airlines on course to lose more than €800 million this year, Commission Vice President Siim Kallas today (27 September) called for forging aviation agreements and partnerships in fast-growing Asian and Middle Eastern markets as well as neighbouring Russia.

  • Europe’s rails: A bumpy ride to a single market

    Policy Brief | Transport 24-09-2012

    Two decades into the European single market, getting people or goods from one part of the European Union to another on trains remains a challenge – despite rail's potential in reducing traffic pollution and congestion. The European Commission is considering new ways to reach the end station of a common railway market.

  • Touch and go: EU wants ‘intelligent’ transport systems

    News | Transport 18-07-2012

    Travelling across Europe by rail, coach or other services would become easier if EU national governments would do a better job of sharing information and using technology to improve trip planning, said EU officials trying to spur transport efficiency.

  • Kallas: ‘Commission supports an integrated approach to urban mobility’

    Interview | Transport 03-10-2011

    The European Union is pushing for an "integrated approach" to developing the continent's urban infrastructure, encouraging public transport, cycling and the use of electric cars, said Commissioner for Transport Siim Kallas in an exclusive interview with EURACTIV Germany.