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

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News from TRIP

TRIP Policy Brochure ‘Employment in the EU Transport Sector' Now Available in French

Country Profiles of Croatia and Brasil Now Available on the TRIP Website

TRIP Strengthens Cooperation with European Technology Platforms

News from the EU Institutions

Marco Polo 27 New Projects Financed

EC's Renewed Efforts Towards EU-Wide Multimodal Travel Planning

Clean Transport Featured at the EU Sustainable Energy Week

Open Consultation on the EC's Policy Initiative on Aviation Safety

EMSA Publishes 5-Year Strategy on Maritime Safety

Europeans' Satisfaction with Urban Public Transport

Call for Tender: Study on Differentiated Port Infrastructure Charges

Call for Tender: Service Contract Regarding e-Freight Implementing Measures

Call for Tender: Study on the Risks of Elderly People in Road Traffic

EC Conference 'Transport Safety: Societal Challenges, Research Solutions'. Save the date!

News from the Transport Research & Innovation Community

 

New €920 Million Rail innovation Partnership Approved

ITS Prizes Awarded at ITS Congress in Helsinki

Outcomes from the 1st European Conference on SUMPs

KNOWME Final Conference: The Future of Maritime Education and Training

ALICE Calls for Innovation in the Logistics and Supply Chain Management Sector

Open Position for European Research Area (ERA) Chair in ITS

Safer Ships: the Second INCASS Newsletter is Available Online

The eMAR Project Innovations: eMAR Access Points

News from TRIP

TRIP Policy Brochure ‘Employment in the EU Transport Sector' Now Available in French

The TRIP Policy Brochure ‘Employment in the EU transport sector' presents EU policy on transport employment and highlights the contribution of research in supporting policy development and implementation in meeting the challenges of retaining skilled workers and encouraging more and highly skilled people to join the transport workforce. The French version of the publication, produced in electronic format only, is now available on the TRIP website.

 

Country Profiles of Croatia and Brasil now Available on the TRIP Website

The TRIP portal features a section dedicated to ‘country profiles', which provides background information on the organisation of transport research at national level in a wide range of countries in Europe and beyond. With last year's enlargement of the European Union, this section has now been updated with information for Croatia, adding up to the European Research Area (ERA) now comprising 28 Member States of the EU, plus Iceland, Norway and Switzerland.

Besides the European Research Area , TRIP provides information on transport research at national level for additional countries worldwide. Useful information on the institutional framework for research as well as on funding sources and supporting initiatives is now available also for Brazil. Other countries covered are Canada, China, India, Russia, South Africa and the United States.

To view the TRIP country profiles on transport research, visit the TRIP website.
 

TRIP Strengthens Cooperation with European Technology Platforms

On 15 May, TRIP was presented at ACARE, the European Technology Platform for aviation, while on 4 June a TRIP presentation was made at the Support Group meeting of the WATERBORNE TP, the European Technology Platform for the waterborne sector (sea & inland transport). In both events, the key processes and achievements of the Transport Research and Innovation Portal were described and a website demo offered to the audience, followed by a constructive dialogue on ETP-TRIP collaboration. The mutual benefits of such collaboration lies in strengthening the contents base by exchanging information on transport research and joint communication and dissemination of transport research results. Both meetings were well attended and contributed to further awareness raising of TRIP.

 
News from the European Institutions

Marco Polo 27 New Projects Financed

The Marco Polo programme provides financial support to projects for European freight traffic aiming at easing road congestion and air pollution by promoting a switch to greener transport modes or traffic avoidance. As of 1 January 2014, the programme is managed by the INEA Executive Agency. The Agency has now approved 27 projects from the call launched in March 2013.

Support to projects in the form of an outright grant, varies from a minimum of around €280,000 to a maximum of €4,2 million for projects covering five distinct types of actions: modal shift; catalyst actions; motorways of the sea; traffic avoidance; and common learning actions.

The full list of selected projects is available for download.

More information is available on the INEA website.

EC's Renewed Efforts Towards EU-Wide Multimodal Travel Planning

On 13 June 2014, the European Commission released an analysis of the current situation of multimodal travel planners across Europe and its plans for the way forward. The Commission Staff Working Document “Towards a roadmap for delivering EU-wide multimodal travel information, planning and ticketing services”, highlights the EU's renewed efforts to develop Europe-wide all-in-one journey planners, making it easier to plan and book cross-border journeys that involve several means of transport.

More than a hundred multimodal journey planners already exist in Europe. However, only very rarely do they offer multimodal and cross-border information. The Commission's objective is not to deliver the services itself, but rather, the EC's efforts are devised to bring down barriers, make sure that appropriate tools are available across the EU, and to encourage their use.

The Commission will lead the cooperation between the various actors involved and will provide funding opportunities under the Connecting Europe Facility and Horizon2020 funding programmes.

The Commission Staff Working Document “Towards a roadmap for delivering EU-wide multimodal travel information, planning and ticketing services”, is available for download.

Clean Transport Featured at the EU Sustainable Energy Week

Launched in 2006, the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) has become a key initiative dedicated to energy efficiency and renewable energy in Europe. A full week of workshops and conferences took place from 23 to 27 June 2014 in Brussels. At its core is a High Level Policy Conference, which includes 30 sessions over 3 days on renewable energy, energy efficiency, as well as clean transport. The sessions are organised both by Commission services and by external stakeholders (industry associations, networks, NGOs, media).

For more information, visit the EUSEW website

Open Consultation on the EC's Policy Initiative on Aviation Safety

The EC is in the process of formulating a new Policy Initiative on Aviation Safety, aiming at setting an appropriate regulatory framework to improve the performance of the European aviation system with regards to safety, competitiveness, environmental protection and quality of air services to citizens. Towards this aim, the Commission has drafted an Impact Assessment Roadmap, which will accompany the policy initiative and a possible revision of Regulation (EC) No 216/2008 on common rules in the field of civil aviation.

At present, the European Commission has opened a consultation process to assess if the challenges identified are accurate and in-line with stakeholders' opinions, and whether stakeholders support the proposed objectives and policy measures.

The Impact Assessment Roadmap is available for consultation.

Stakeholders can fill in the online questionnaire until 15 September 2014.

EMSA Publishes 5-year Strategy on Maritime Safety

EMSA, the European Maritime Safety Agency released its 5-year strategy covering the period 2014-2018. The publication sets out the Agency's strategic themes covering Standards, rules and implementation; Monitoring, surveillance and information sharing; Environmental challenges and response; Information, knowledge and training. For each strategic theme, the corresponding activities and key objectives are identified.

The publication also includes an infographic setting the scene of the maritime cluster in the EU.

The 5-year strategy is available at the EMSA website

Europeans' Satisfaction with Urban Public Transport

On 11 June, the European Commission released the results of a Eurobarometer survey on urban public transport, the first conducted at EU level on this subject. Gathering the feedback from 28,000 EU citizens, the analysis complements a recent survey on "Attitudes of Europeans towards urban mobility", which supported the publication of the " Urban mobility package" adopted on 17 December 2013.

The results of the survey show that more than two thirds of EU citizens (69%) are satisfied with urban public transport. However, only 32% use it on a regular basis, at least once a week, and nearly one fourth never do. Vice-President Kallas expressed his appreciation for the survey's results. However, he underlined the need to understand why public transport is not used more regularly and how to provide for a high-quality service, and an efficient, financially and environmentally sustainable public transport offer.

The full results of the Eurobarometer survey are available online.

Call for Tender: Study on Differentiated Port Infrastructure Charges

The European Commission, DG MOVE, has published a call for tender to finance a study on port infrastructure charges to promote environmentally friendly maritime transport activities and sustainable transport.

The deadline for receipt of tenders is 28 July 2014

More information is available on the EC website.

Call for Tender: Service Contract Regarding e-Freight Implementing Measures

The European Commission, DG MOVE, has launched a call for tender to support measures improving the efficiency of information exchange in multimodal freight transport.

The deadline for receipt of tenders is 30 July 2014

More information is available on the EC website.

Call for Tender: Study on the Risks of Elderly People in Road Traffic

The European Commission, DG MOVE, has published a call for tender for a study with the objective to get a clear view on elderly people's situation in traffic, in order to develop, if necessary, a strategy to increase road safety for this ever growing societal group.

Interested participants can apply up until 29 August 2014.

More information is available on the EC website.

EC Conference Transport Safety: Societal Challenges, Research Solutions. Save the date!

On 4-5 December 2014, the Italian EU Presidency and the European Commission organise a major conference on transport safety to be held in Genova. The event is expecting the participation of around 300 stakeholders, transport professionals and policy makers from the different transport modes, to assess the future needs for transport safety, and identify priorities for activities in Horizon 2020 and beyond.

The conference will address both the safety challenges specific to each mode, common issues and concerns that cut across them – notably human factors, automation and data management – taking into account societal challenges, policy requirements, technological developments and economic benefits.

The programme and registration will be soon made available online.

To keep up to date with the conference preparation, visit the EC website
News from the Transport Research Community

New €920 Million Rail Innovation Partnership Approved

The Council approved, on 16 June 2014, a Commission proposal for a Regulation setting up the "Shift2Rail" Joint Undertaking, a new public-private partnership to manage research and innovation activities in support of the development of better rail services in Europe. The proposal, which was negotiated in parallel to the ten initiatives of the Innovation Investment Package that were adopted by the Council on 6 May 2014, had also received broad support from Parliament in April, with 638 votes in favour and only 29 against.

Located in Brussels, the "Shift2Rail" Joint Undertaking will be officially established on 7 July, and operations are expected to kick off in early 2015. Shift2Rail's goal is to support the objectives of the 2011 Transport White Paper and the modal shift towards rail from other less sustainable transport modes by making rail more cost-efficient and attractive.

The innovative technologies and solutions to be developed, demonstrated and validated by Shift2Rail are expected to double the capacity of the railway transport system, to reduce its lifecycle cost by 50% and to decrease unreliability and late arrivals by 50%. The Joint Undertaking will also support the global leadership of the European rail industry, thereby creating jobs and increasing exports.

The new undertaking will manage all rail-focused research and innovation actions co-funded by the EU. It will actively promote the involvement of all relevant stakeholders, including, for instance, manufacturers of railway equipment, passengers' and freight associations, and the relevant scientific community.

Shift2Rail will be set up by the EU and by eight partners from the industry, which are: Alstom, Ansaldo, Bombardier, Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocariles, Network Rail, Siemens, Thales and Trafikverket. Associated members will be selected through an open call for membership, which will be launched in August/September 2014.

More information is available at the SHIFT²RAIL website.

ITS Prizes Awarded at ITS Congress in Helsinki

The European ITS Congress is a leading European event in intelligent transport systems. This years annual conference, made up of more than 100 sessions and 47 exhibitor stands, was held in Helsinki from 16 to 19 June 2014. The conference hosted 2,507 delegates, amongst others, decision makers, experts and researchers in the field , from 65 countries.

As part of the opening ceremony, Vice-President Kallas awarded prizes to the winners of the "ITS in Your Pocket" contest for mobile applications. The competition was divided in three main categories: Boost the use of multimodal transportation; Sustain urban mobility; “Out-of-the-box” innovations.

For more information about the ITS Congress in Helsinki and the winners of the “ITS in your Pocket” competition, visit the event's website.

Outcomes from the 1st European Conference on SUMPs

The European Platform on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) hosted the first European Conference on SUMPs in Sopot, Poland, from 12 to 13 June 2014. Titled ‘Planning for a Liveable City', the conference gathered 140 delegates engaged in lively discussions and exchanges on hot topics in urban mobility planning.

The presentations given during the plenary and parallel sessions are now available for download at the EPOMM website.

KNOWME Final Conference: The Future of Maritime Education and Training

The EU FP7 KNOWME project offers a wide range of rich messages and possible solutions for a future project in maritime education as well as future policy-making and business strategy. This is needed to help Europe overcome its maritime employment deficit.

KNOWME held its final conference in Bremen on 20 May 2014. The main aim of the conference was to showcase the results of the three-year activities and establish synergies with other projects and related initiatives. The remit of the conference was inclusive of the academic and the industry perspective, as well as the views of a wide range of stakeholder groups.

The KNOWME project was also represented at the Maritime Job Fair in Bremen where the Go-Maritime portal and the e-courses developed as part of the project were exhibited.

All presentations and a summary of the conference are available at the KNOWME website.

ALICE Calls for Innovation in the Logistics and Supply Chain Management Sector

ALICE, the Alliance for Logistics Innovation thorough Collaboration in Europe, is the European Technology Platform (ETP) set up to develop a comprehensive strategy for research, innovation and market deployment of logistics and supply chain management innovation in Europe. ALICE is an initiative of WINN, the European Platform Driving KnoWledge to INNovations in Freight Logistics, a 30-month European project, co-funded by the 7 th Framework Programme of the European Commission.

One of the goals of the WINN Project is to discuss and build a consensus regarding how the existing publicly and privately funded mechanisms promote innovation in the Logistics and Supply Chain Management sector. Towards this aim, the existing public and private mechanisms leading to innovation have been identified. A document with the conclusions and results has been sent to the European Commission. In order to validate the results obtained, a consultation has now been opened to external stakeholders.

The online questionnaire is available on the ALICE website.

Open Position for European Research Area (ERA) Chair in ITS

The University of Zilina, Slovakia, was recently awarded with the EC grant under the 7 th Framework Programme for establishing the European Research Area (ERA) in Intelligent Transport Systems. This prestigious grant was awarded to only 11 European research institutions Europe-wide. The ERA in ITS aims to enhance research and innovation aspects of the University Science Park of the University of Zilina in the field of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS).

Currently, there is an open position for the ERA Chair holder. The ERA Chair holder is expected to represent research excellence in the field of Intelligent Transport Systems, specifically in the area of ICT, transport and services development towards advanced ITS. Additionally, the ERA Chair holder will have an opportunity to influence the scientific development as the scientific advisor to the rector of the University of Zilina.

Applications should be submitted by 31th August, 2014

For more information, visit the University's website

Safer Ships: the Second INCASS Newsletter is Available Online

The EU FP7 INCASS (Inspection Capabilities for Enhanced Ship Safety) project kick started its three- year activities in November 2013, having a total budget of 4.2 million Euros. INCASS will satisfy the ever-increasing demand on the monitoring and inspection methodologies on ship structures and machinery and will draw, as a result, practical guidelines for inspection and risk management for the maritime community. This is particularly useful nowadays, as the production of news ships is growing rapidly making it difficult for both inspection bodies and ship owners to obtain the optimum inspection results while eliminating the hazards posed by high-risk and sub-standard ships.

Project activities are periodically communicated via e-Newsletters. The second issue of the INCASS newsletter is now available online.

For more information, visit the INCASS website

The eMAR Project Innovations: eMAR Access Points

Starting in 2009, the EU began to streamline and standardize reporting formalities for ships arriving in and/or departing from ports of the Member States. The last of a series of directives, the EU Directive 2010/65/EU, commonly known as the Reporting Formalities Directive, mandates that Member States adopt a “Single Window” system as soon as possible and, at the latest, by 1 June 2015. A “Single Window" is a system that allows parties involved in trade and transport to submit once, standardized information using electronic data transmission with a single entry point to fulfill all ship, import, export, and transit-related regulatory requirements.

In support of this EU eMaritime concept, the FP7 eMAR project has adapted Access Point technology for the maritime world, which enables easy exchange of documents and information. This technology supports networking for accessing services and exchanging information through a single connection point. The eMAR infrastructure has been carefully designed to supplement existing network services and allows stakeholders to build their own applications. With these exciting new developments, business in the maritime world can be faster and more efficient.

For more information on the project, visit the EMAR website.
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