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Commission approves second tranche of funding for Transport R&D programme

The European Commission has approved the second tranche of funding for the Community's Transport research programme. The 84 projects selected, representing ECU 50 million of Community contributions, bring the total of funds committed for the period 1994 to 1998 to ECU 167 mill...
The European Commission has approved the second tranche of funding for the Community's Transport research programme. The 84 projects selected, representing ECU 50 million of Community contributions, bring the total of funds committed for the period 1994 to 1998 to ECU 167 million.

The research projects cover all seven areas of the Community's R&D Transport programme (strategic research, rail transport, integrated transport chains, air transport, urban transport, waterborne transport and road transport). The remaining funds available under this budget line (approximately ECU 70 million) will be subject to a further call for proposals to be launched in December 1996.

The research work will provide support for a number of recent key policy initiatives in the field of transport, such as the Citizens' Network where research in the area of urban transport will help to promote affordable, effective and user-friendly public transport by demonstrating innovative technologies and systems, disseminating best practice and favouring the adoption and use of new advanced solutions for problems that affect the everyday life of European citizens.

Research in the field of rail transport will include work to reduce vibrations and noise, to define and improve the provision of railway services, and to support the implementation of the recent Directive on interoperability of the high speed network. Many of the projects aim to improve the safety and management of operations for the various modes of transport, including research to develop tools for safer maritime transport of dangerous goods and to improve the management of airport ground movement.

Particular attention will be devoted to the question of intermodality or how best to combine the different modes of transport to provide a door-to-door service for both passengers and freight. This research will also be supported by the specific Task Force on "Transport intermodality", set up by Mr. Neil Kinnock, Commissioner for transport, in 1995.

The research effort will be carried out by around 650 organizations, made up of pan-European partnerships involving the relevant industry, operators, users, academics, and local, regional and national authorities. More than a third of all the funds have been awarded to SMEs, illustrating the Transport programme's commitment to promoting the participation of these enterprises.

In addition, a number of the proposals selected for funding involve organizations from Central and Eastern Europe. This early involvement in the Transport programme will ensure that the transport systems of these countries can be integrated progressively with those of the European Union.

Source: European Commission, Service du Porte-parole
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