Committee of Transport and Tourism
On top of being a "transport enthusiast", I am convinced that an effective, ambitious and innovative European transport policy is essential not only for growth and jobs, but also for European, and notably UK, citizens. Establishing the right European Transport policy is key to encouraging and promoting mobility, labour mobility, cultural and educational mobility but also tourism mobility. We also need to do much more to better connect Europe with efficient and sustainable transport links, to improve road safety, to develop our European Union external aviation policy to remain a hub in the world, and to support SMEs. Those are my top priorities as the Liberal Democrats transport Spokesperson in the European Parliament
This month is particularly good timing for a rolling stock special edition At the end of January the European Commission finally published the long-awaited ‘Fourth Railway Package’ to create a Single European Railway Area – a single framework for railway operators across EU countries.
A key element is a proposal to harmonise the byzantine process of type approvals and certification of traction and rolling stock.
The European Parliament has given the green light to new regulations for allocating flight slots and permitted noise levels at EU airports to maximise capacity, cut delays while protecting people living in flight corridors.
Phil Bennion MEP with Nick Clegg meeting bosses at Birmingham Airport.
Farmer and West Midlands Euro MP Phil Bennion has welcomed a vote at the European Parliament to protect the use of All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) on farms and in forests.
During a plenary session in Strasbourg, MEPs voted for updated safety rules to distinguish between agricultural or forestry ATVs and recreational quad-bikes and other vehicles which might be driven on public roads.
"The future of the Connecting Europe Facility is reaching a critical phase as, in the next few weeks, Member States are expected to decide the EU’s budget for 2014-2020.
To support European growth and competitiveness, I signed, along with a number of business leaders a declaration calling on senior EU policymakers to support and approve the Connecting Europe Facility.
The European Parliament voted on a report on the implementation of the Single European Sky (SES) legislation, confirming its increasing concerns at the consequences of Member States failure to accelerate a full and timely delivery.
Most Member States in fact still have failed to meet core targets to complete the SES, namely the "functional airspace blocks" which were supposed to be operational by 4 December 2012 and the "EU performance scheme" such as shorter flight routes, fewer delays and lower costs for air traffic control services.
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