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In 2007, the EU established a set of basic rights for rail passengers, which became applicable at the end of 2009. These rights provide for all passengers, including those with reduced mobility, a harmonised minimum level of protection, information and assistance. Reports have concluded that the implementation of these rights, although relatively smooth, is not done uniformly across the EU. Moreover, other shortcomings have prevented these rights from being used to their full potential. In September ...

The study provides a comprehensive analysis of the progress and potential of modal shift from road to more sustainable transport modes, with respect to the policy objectives set in the 2011 White Paper on transport. The study focuses both on passenger and freight transport, highlighting main barriers and factors that are hampering a more effective modal shift at EU level, and providing policy recommendations for the way forward.

Magnetic levitation-based transport might be about to enter our lives, providing for faster, safer and more energy-efficient journeys. As it will enable longer distances to be covered more rapidly and cleanly, could it affect where we choose to live?

The European Commission, in line with its regulatory fitness and performance programme (REFIT), has evaluated existing EU legislation on passenger ship safety and presented three proposals for directives, aimed at simplifying rules and cutting administrative costs, while at the same time making sea travel safer. This proposal seeks to rationalise inspections conducted by national administrations while ensuring a high level of passenger ship safety and without unnecessarily limiting the ship’s commercial ...

This note seeks to provide an initial analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Commission's impact assessment (IA) accompanying the above proposal, adopted on 27 September 2017 and referred to Parliament's Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN). The proposal aims to amend Regulation (EC) No 1371/2007 in order to strengthen the rights for all EU rail passengers, and to reduce the 'burden on railway undertakings due to the inconsistent application of the regulation' (IA, p. 9). The ...

Intensiv betriebene Passagierschiffe müssen oft und regelmäßig überprüft werden. Die Kommission hat die diesbezüglichen Vorschriften der EU geprüft und Änderungen dazu vorgeschlagen, mit denen die verschiedenen bestehenden Überprüfungsverfahren rationalisiert werden könnten. Der Vorschlag ist Teil einer Initiative, die darauf ausgerichtet ist, die EU-Vorschriften zur Fahrgastsicherheit zu modernisieren, den Verwaltungsaufwand zu verringern und zugleich weiterhin für hohe Sicherheit des Seeverkehrs ...

2015 hat die Generaldirektion Wissenschaftlicher Dienst (GD EPRS) des Europäischen Parlaments mit ihrer Publikation mit dem Titel „Zehn Technologien, die unser Leben verändern könnten: Mögliche Folgen und politische Auswirkungen“, deren einzelne Kapital eine bestimmte Technologie, ihre Versprechen und potenziellen negativen Folgen und die Rolle beleuchten, die das Europäische Parlament bei der Gestaltung dieser Entwicklungen spielen könnte und sollte, Neuland betreten. In Fortsetzung dieser Arbeit ...

Im Auftrag des Haushaltskontrollausschusses (CONT) werden in dieser Studie die Ergebnisse sowie die Effizienz und Wirksamkeit von EU-Investitionen in die Eisenbahninfrastruktur mit Fokus auf grenzüberschreitende Eisenbahnvorhaben analysiert. Ausgehend von der Erörterung der Gründe für die beschränkten Erfolge der EU-Eisenbahnpolitik werden anhand von vier Fallstudien schwerpunktmäßig die Wirksamkeit von Finanzierungsmodellen und der Erfolg bei der Beseitigung von Engpässen, insbesondere an grenzüberschreitenden ...

High-speed rail in the EU

Briefing 29-09-2015

High-speed rail (HSR) started developing in Europe in the late 1970s, first in France and Italy, and subsequently in Germany, Spain and the UK, among others. In the early stages, its development took place largely at national level. The EU started providing specific support to European rail projects with the establishment of the trans-European transport network (TEN-T) in the early 1990s, some priority projects of which concern HSR. The EU also promotes HSR development through other means, including ...

Rail security in the EU

Auf einen Blick 29-09-2015

The foiled Thalys train attack of August 2015 has put EU rail security under the spotlight. Increasing passenger and freight flows and relatively open access to EU rail infrastructure make rail transport a soft target for unlawful acts. A ministerial-level meeting at the end of August examined the challenges facing rail security and the possibilities for a strengthened EU response.