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November 2013

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We are happy to share with you the latest transport research and innovation news from TRIP for November. See below for news and opportunities from EU Institutions, along with activities from the research community.

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New project profiles

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News from TRIP

Four New TRIP Publications Released

News from the EU Institutions

Countdown to Horizon 2020: Transport InfoDay

Horizon 2020: First Call for Experts

EP Final Agreement on New EU Infrastructure Policy

Six EU Rail Freight Corridors Now Operational

Electric Vehicles: EV Radar and JRC Report Assessment

What will Logistics Look Like in 2030?

Euro-Mediterranean Countries to Increase Transport Cooperation

The European Sustainable Shipping Forum: Members Selected

News from the Transport Research & Innovation Community


TRANSFORuM Surveys: Your Feedback on Transport

New Report on Quality of Railway Connections

News from TRIP

Four New TRIP Publications Released

The TRIP library is growing day by day, and has just released four new publications, addressing the community of transport researchers, stakeholders and operators. Explore the multiple dimensions of transport with one new Policy Brochure, and three new Thematic Research Summaries (TRS):

•  Policy Brochure - Increasing the sustainability of air transport

•  Thematic Research Summary - Economic and regional impacts

•  Thematic Research Summary - Financing, pricing and taxation

•  Thematic Research Summary - Urban Transport

Thematic Research Summary - Economic and regional impacts

This publication addresses research dealing with impact assessment of transport policies with respect to regional and economic impacts, covering research projects financed under the Sixth and Seventh Framework Programmes (FP6 and FP7), the ESPON programme and studies financed by the European Commission. The Summary tackles research on the evaluation of economic impacts, the evaluation of regional impacts, as well as the development and application of tools to measure regional and economic effects.

Thematic Research Summary - Financing, pricing and taxation

This publication provides an overview of EU-funded research and studies in the policy area of financing, pricing and taxation, looking at research projects financed under the Sixth and Seventh Framework Programmes (FP6 and FP7), and studies financed by DG MOVE. The publication looks at important challenges in the transport sector, such as financing transport infrastructure and innovative transport solutions, pricing measures, internalisation of external costs and smart ticketing.

Thematic Research Summary – Urban Transport

This publication addresses EU research on urban transport, directed at reducing the negative impacts of congestion in cities and towns. Projects from the Sixth and Seventh Framework Programmes (FP6 and FP7) supporting local decision makers in delivering sustainable and integrated policies while offering smart and green solutions are presented, together with the main sustainable mobility measures implemented by the Civitas Plus demonstration cities.

Policy Brochure - Increasing the sustainability of air transport

‘‘Increasing the Sustainability of Air Transport'' is the latest TRIP Policy Brochure, pointing out the critical role played by research and innovation in air transport, a sector of vital importance for EU economic growth and cohesion. Making air transport sustainable and environmentally friendly is an extremely challenging task, coupling the need to face ever increasing passenger movements and freight volumes, with the necessity of maintaining high levels of safety and security both in the air and on the ground.

All publications are available online and are published in English. The Thematic Research Summaries are produced only in electronic format. Printed copies of the Policy Brochure can be freely requested at

News from the European Institutions

Countdown to Horizon 2020: Transport InfoDay

Horizon 2020, the new framework programme devised to boost research and innovation across Europe, is about to start, running from 2014 to 2020 with a budget of just over € 77 billion. An Information Day is being organised in Brussels on 18 December 2013 by the Directorate Generals for Research & Innovation and Mobility & Transport.

The event, which has been conceived to inform potential participants about the first round of calls under the Smart, Green and Integrated Transport Challenge, will be an excellent networking opportunity.

During the InfoDay, important details will also be provided on the new evaluation and financial rules for participation.

TRIP will be present with a stand full of new publications and interesting gadgets, looking forward to meeting you in person, transport researchers and innovators from across Europe!

More information and registration can be found on the EC website.

Horizon 2020: First Call for Experts

Horizon 2020 has just opened its first call for expression of interest for individual experts and organisations that wish to propose experts. The purpose is to establish a database of independent experts able to assist the Commission with various tasks in connection with Horizon 2020, such as evaluation of proposals, monitoring of activities and project reviews.

Experts who were included in the FP7 expert database will receive an email notification to reconfirm their interest, but the multidisciplinary approach introduced by Horizon 2020 makes room to a larger collection of profiles, covering horizontal aspects and socio-economic topics.

Additional details can be found in the Participant Portal. We strongly encourage you to check the Participant Portal and register as an expert.

EP Final Agreement on New EU Infrastructure Policy

Following the EC proposal to develop a European core transport network by establishing nine new major Corridors (announced in the TRIP's October Newsletter), on 19 November 2013 the European Parliament gave its final green light to the financial package. This impressive project is expected to redefine European geography, accelerating East-West connections and deeply transforming the EU single market thanks to a real free flow of goods and people.

The initiative is possible thanks to a € 26.3 billion investment, assigned through ‘‘Connecting Europe Facility'' (CEF), the EU's new funding scheme promoting high-performing, sustainable and efficiently interconnected trans-European networks. CEF funding mechanism includes €10 billion that would be transferred from the Cohesion Fund, to be used exclusively in member states eligible for Cohesion Fund money.

Further information is available on the EC website.

Six EU Rail Freight Corridors Now Operational

Europe's transport is becoming more competitive and sustainable thanks to rail freight corridors. Since 10 November, six rail freight corridors are now operational. The Rhine–Alp, the Benelux–France, the Atlantic, the Mediterranean, the Orient and the Eastern Corridor pave the way for the implementation of the trans-European transport network (TEN-T) programme, aimed at structuring a new backbone for Europe's movements.

Together, the six corridors permit a stronger, safer and faster cross-border cooperation among transport operators of different countries, lightening the administrative and economic burden for end users on the move. To complete the picture, those six axes will be followed by three further corridors, expected to be ready by November 2015.

More information and Corridor routes are available on the EC website.

Electric Vehicles: EV Radar and JRC Report Assessment

For the 2007-2015 period, the Joint Research Centre collected information and data on research, development, and demonstration projects (R,D&D) that are ongoing in Europe and focus on electric vehicles. This information – containing over 320 projects – is now searchable by geographical location or by three-dimensional car components, thanks to the EV-Radar, a brand-new interactive tool.

Presented during the last International Electric Vehicle Symposium & Exhibition , which took place in Barcelona from 17 to 20 November, the EV-Radar consists of a touchscreen where users can select and browse project information quickly identifying descriptions, links, partners and budget for each entry. The symposium was also the scene to present the JRC report ‘Paving the way for electrified road transport', which assesses the potential gaps in the electric vehicles research landscape, and feeding with initial input the European Electro-mobility Observatory, launched by the European Commission early this year.

More information on the EV Radar and JRC Report Assessment can be accessed on the JRC website.

What will Logistics Look Like in 2030?

A conference to map the current and future opportunities in the logistics arena was recently held in Brussels. The two-day conference ‘Logistics in 2030 – Challenges and way forward' took place on 7 and 8 November. The event was opened by Vice-President Kallas, who highlighted both the logistic weight within the EU economy and the responsibility of the European Commission in setting suitable conditions to keep the sector competitive.

The event attracted over 250 international stakeholders, such as service providers, transport workers and shippers, proving that logistic challenges are important to many and may make the difference in increasing Europe's competitiveness.

More information is available on the conference website. All conference recordings and presentations will progressively be made available at:

Euro-Mediterranean Countries to Increase Transport Cooperation

On 14 November 2013, 43 Transport Ministers from the Euro-Mediterranean area gathered in Brussels to pledge for a tighter cooperation in the aviation, rail, maritime and road transport. Regional integration in Mediterranean multi-modal transport would reinforce economic relations and create additional business opportunities.

Connecting more people and facilitating exchange, the partnership is setting the basis for establishing a future Trans-Mediterranean Transport Network (TMN-T), to be linked with the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T). The ministerial Conference endorsed the concrete achievements of a Europe-Mediterranean collaboration, by adopting a declaration of commitment, Priority Guidelines for the Regional Transport Action Plan (2014-2020), and an evaluation report of what has been done in the previous programming period (2007 – 2013).

Additional details are available on the EC website.

The European Sustainable Shipping Forum: Members Selected

The European Sustainable Shipping Forum (ESSF) has completed the selection of organisations and stakeholders to be appointed as its members and is preparing to launch its operations. The new born Forum is devoted to clean and sustainable shipping, and aims at enabling a structural dialogue, exchange of best practices and coordination among the 28 EU Member States and relevant stakeholders.

In particular, the Forum calls for a smooth and cost-efficient application of the Directive 2012/33/EU, intended to lower sulphur standards of marine fuels. As core activity, the Forum will provide guidance on the implementation of the Directive. Furthermore, it will also constitute a platform for coordinating research and encouraging innovation, creating framework conditions for the use of alternative ship fuel, and for the use of scrubbing technology in shipping.

The list of members of the Forum, along with the Forum goals and additional information can be found on the EC website.

News from the Transport Research Community

TRANSFORuM Surveys: Your Feedback on Transport

Are you an expert in urban mobility, long-distance freight, high-speed rail or ITS? If so, please take ten minutes of your time to give your opinion through the TRANSFORuM Surveys . Organising both face-to-face and online networking events, the FP7-funded TRANSFORuM project provides a fresh approach to identify feasible pathways towards four goals of the 2011 Transport White Paper - promote sustainable urban mobility, increase long-distance freight and high-speed rail transport, and enhance ITS applications - related to the focus areas of the Surveys.

The systematic involvement of a large number of stakeholders is at the core of its activity, as the Forum tries to learn from the bottom how concrete solutions and implementations can be fostered. More information on TRANSFORuM is available on the project's website.

The deadline for replying to the Surveys is 13 December 2013.

New Report on Quality of Railway Connections

The Transport and Spatial Planning Institute of the University of Applied Sciences Erfur, in Germany, has issued a new report on the ‘Level of service on passenger railway connections between European metropolises'. Published in English, the publication reckons on the highly varied situation of railways across Europe, illustrating a comprehensive analysis of connections between the main European urban centres and identifying 6 quality categories. According to the report, Switzerland, Germany and the UK are in the first places for the quality passenger railway connections, followed by Austria, Italy, Belgium, France and Spain. Speed, frequency and need to change trains are among top factors to rank the quality of EU railways.

The report can be downloaded here.

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