December 2009

Latest news from the Transport Research Knowledge Centre


Dear readers,

We are back with the latest news about the Transport Research Knowledge Centre (TRKC). The TRKC is a free database featuring up-to-date information on European transport research activities. It enables policy makers, researchers and other stakeholders to access results of EU or nationally financed transport research in the European Research Area (ERA).

In this bulletin, we report on the following issues:

Enjoy reading!
The TRKC project team


New 'Country overviews' online

New 'Country overviews' online

The TRKC has recently updated its section on 'Country overviews' of national transport research. This section provides an overview of European and national transport research programmes and institutions across Europe. It includes individual country summaries covering each of the 27 Member States of the European Union and three other European Research Area (ERA) member countries (Iceland, Norway and Switzerland), as well as an overview of European-level transport research programmes.

The TRKC also publishes a printed Compendium of all this national and European transport research programme information - the new edition will be available in PDF format in the 'Download' section of the website shortly.


TRKC at the Future of Transport conference

On 20 November 2009, the TRKC team participated in the Stakeholders’ Conference on the Future of Transport in Brussels.

Organised by the European Commission, this second high-level stakeholders' conference aimed to collect views on concrete measures to consider in the preparation of the new White Paper on the future of transport. It was held as a follow-up to the Communication on the Future on Transport, adopted by the Commission on 17 June 2009.

The TRKC team participated with a stand and distributed the latest policy brochures and information on European and national transport research programmes.

Speakers included Leif Zetterberg, State Secretary for Communications, Sweden and Matthias Ruete, Director General of the European Commission's DG Transport and Energy. In opening the conference, the Vice President of the Commission and Commissioner in charge of Transport Policy, Antonio Tajani, emphasised the importance of transport infrastructure to all aspects of European policy, from the single market to international trade and from the environment to EU enlargement and neighbourhood policy.