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May 2014

 
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We are pleased to bring you the latest Transport Research and Innovation news for the month of May. Our Newsletter features updates, opportunities and events from the TRIP project, the EU Institutions and the community of research.

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New project profiles

See the latest project profiles available in our searchable database, containing 7 617 European and national projects in total. New descriptions and result summaries are added continually.

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Find out what is going on in the world of transport research through the TRIP events calendar. New event announcements are published regularly.

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News from TRIP

New TRIP Publications Now Available

New TRIP Video: Employment in the EU Transport Sector

News from the EU Institutions

Call for Tender: Implementation of Labour Supplying Responsibilities

Call for Tender: Good Practices on Road Safety

Green Week Conference 2014

New Eurotunnel’s Plan Will Cut 50 % of Charges

IATA and EASA move forward on data sharing

Innovation Partnerships Welcomed by the EC

Europe Day Celebrates European Road Safety

News from the Transport Research & Innovation Community

 

VRUITS Second Interest Group Workshop

CityMobil2: 7 European Cities to Showcase Automated Road Transport Systems

Win the CIVITAS Urban Mobility Awards

New European Sustainable Urban Mobility Platform

University School of Transport Just Opened in Lagos

News from TRIP

New TRIP Publications Now Available

Assessment and decision support methodologies' is a new Thematic Research Summary (TRS) providing an overview of EU-funded research on assessment and decision support methodologies. Research projects financed under the Sixth and Seventh Framework Programmes (FP6 and FP7) and studies financed by the European Commission are in the scope of the TRS. It tackles research on assessment methodologies, as well as on the development and application of assessment tools. Furthermore, the publication presents EU-funded assessment studies.

Furthermore, TRIP has made a greater number of Thematic Research Summaries available in French and German . ‘Urban Transport' and ‘Financing, pricing and taxation' are now available in French, while ‘Water Transport' has now been translated into German.

Produced exclusively in electronic format, the Thematic Research Summary can be freely downloaded from the TRIP website.

 

New TRIP Video: Employment in the EU Transport Sector

A new video released by TRIP looks at the transport sector, accounting for 4,5% of total workforce in the European Union and representing 4,6% of gross domestic product (GDP).

In the economy as a whole, employment in the transport sector is facing economic and societal challenges of a growing shortage of skilled workers in an increasingly competitive global environment.

Have a look at the three-minute video and find out the main features of the transport sector.

 
News from the European Institutions

Call for Tender: Implementation of Labour Supplying Responsibilities

The European Commission has published a Call for Tender to realise a study on the implementation of labour supplying responsibilities, pursuant to the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006 (within and outside the European Union).

Interested participants can apply up until 25 September 2014.

More information is available on the EC website.

Call for Tender: Good Practices on Road Safety

The European Commission has opened a Call for a “Study on good practices for reducing road safety risks caused by road user distractions”.

Applications can be sent until 23 June 2014. More information is available on the EC website.

Green Week Conference 2014

From 3 to 5 June, Brussels will host the ‘Green Week Conference 2014', a milestone annual event organised by the European Commission and focused on European environment policy. Under the theme ‘Circular Economy, Resource Efficiency & Waste', the event will look at circular economy as a logic, feasible and innovative approach where nothing is wasted in a resource-constrained world.

The event will help share experiences and best practices, paving the way to the upcoming EC's proposals to unlock the potential of the circular economy in Europe. Along with other topics, people's behavioral choices, green transport and infrastructures, and today's waste potentially transformed in tomorrows' raw material (i.e., carbon dioxide) will be in the spotlights.

More information is available on the conference's website.

New Eurotunnel's Plan Will Cut 50 % of Charges

Eurotunnel, managing the Channel Tunnel between Britain and France, declared its commitment to reduce the current level of track access charges imposed on rail freight operators up to 50%, a decision highly welcomed by the European Commission, as it is expected to double rail freight circulation in the Channel Tunnel.

In the words of Vice-President Kallas, Eurotunnel's announcement “Should pave the way for more freight to use the Channel Tunnel and at lower prices. It stands to unblock a major bottleneck in Europe's transport network. This is good news for Europe's businesses that rely on effective and competitively priced transport services and good news for consumers they serve. It is also good news for the environment, as rail is the most energy-efficient way of transporting goods."

More information is available on the EC website.

IATA and EASA move forward on data sharing

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have reached an agreement to share safety information and joint analyses of safety trends. The deal is expected to positively reflect on safety standards, leading to a better understanding of important safety issues, as well as to further improvements to the auditing process.

EASA data consists of information obtained during spot checks on aircraft and crews under the Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft (SAFA) programme when they visit EU airports. IATA information, meanwhile, is gathered when airlines undergo a biennial IATA operational safety audit (IOSA). This is a requirement for association member carriers, but also voluntarily embraced by about 150 non-IATA airlines.

By pooling this information, the organisations can complement each other‘s audit programmes and improve their ability to recognise industry-wide safety issues or trends.

More information is available on the EASA website.

Innovation Partnerships Welcomed by the EC

Following the approval of the European Parliament in mid-April, the European Commission has welcomed the adoption of nine public-private and public-public research partnerships between EU Member States, worth up to €20 billion. This large investment will also benefit innovation and research in transport, with particular reference to strategic sectors, such as aeronautics.

In this light, Vice-President Kallas said: "Extending SESAR is crucial to continue improving air traffic management. The Single European Sky and its technology arm SESAR go hand in hand to raise the performance of the sector, its efficiency and make it fit for the future. With an EU contribution of 585 million euros for the next call, we are on track to reach the objectives set in Horizon 2020 and the 2011 Transport White Paper."

More information is available on the EC website.

Europe Day Celebrates European Road Safety

The Europe Day, hosted on 9 May, was celebrated by the European Commission and the Greek EU Presidency with the 6 th European Road Safety Day in Athens, Greece. Over 200 high-level experts, policymakers, industry and NGOs brainstormed to make EU roads safer and smarter.

Safety efforts for European infrastructure have so far greatly benefited motorways, accounting for only 7% of all road fatalities in the EU. However, much is still to be done for inter-urban roads, where most fatal accidents continue to occur.

The conference looked at innovative solutions to address this challenge, and analysed intelligent transport systems for their great road safety potential, such as real-time warnings with regards to dangerous road conditions and eCall.

More information is available on the EC website.

News from the Transport Research Community

VRUITS Second Interest Group Workshop

On 16 June, the VRUITS project, standing for Vulnerable Road Users ITS and focusing on ITS applications for this segment of users, will host the second Interest Group Workshop on "Safety and Mobility of Vulnerable Road Users - ITS applications addressing the needs of VRUs" in Helsinki, Finland.

The VRUITS project, sponsored by the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme, aims at providing recommendations on ITS applications for the improvement of the safety and mobility for Vulnerable Road Users, such as pedestrians, cyclists, powered two wheelers, special user groups and elderly drivers. VRUITS will assess the societal impact of selected ITS applications and provide recommendations for policy and industry with regards to ITS in order to improve the safety and mobility of vulnerable users.

More information is available on the project website.

CityMobil2: 7 European Cities to Showcase Automated Road Transport Systems

The European project CityMobil2, looking at automated transport system solutions, has selected the first round of town and cities to run large and small-scale demonstrations of automated road transport systems in 2014 - 2015.

In addition to the selected cities, more sites will be progressively selected to host a CityMobil2 demonstration in 2016. Automated transport systems are made up of vehicles operating without a driver in collective mode, under the control of a fleet and infrastructure supervision system.

For more information, please visit CityMobil2 website.

Win the CIVITAS Urban Mobility Awards

Cities that have signed the CIVITAS Declaration and are a member of the CIVITAS Forum Networks are invited to submit their entries up until 14 July for the 2014 CIVITAS Awards, which recognise efforts in achieving a decisive modal shift towards sustainable urban mobility.

Covering three categories - Technical Innovation, Public Participation, and CIVITAS City of the Year - the awards will be presented during the 2014 CIVITAS Forum in Casablanca (Morocco) on 26 September 2014.

More information is available on the CIVITAS website.

New European Sustainable Urban Mobility Platform

In 2014, a European Platform on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans will be set up to coordinate EU cooperation on developing the concept and relevant tools further, provide a one-stop shop, and expand the present Mobility Plans website into a virtual knowledge and competence centre.

This Platform will support the further development of the concept and the tools required for its successful application by local planning authorities, by coordinating all relevant Commission-supported activities in this area and fostering broader exchange.

More information is available on the project website.

University School of Transport Just Opened in Lagos

The newly opened Lagos State University School of Transport ( LASUSOT) in Nigeria, Africa, aims to create an excellent modern training centre for producing highly trained manpower for the nation's transport sector towards attaining sustainable national socio-economic development.

In Nigeria there is dearth of trained professionals in the transport industry. LASUSOT seeks to solve this problem by producing the needed qualified manpower, which will make the transport sector perform its critical role in national socio-economic development.

More information is available on the University's website.
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