With the new European Commission waiting to commence work because 3 of Ursula von der Leyen’s 27 appointees were rejected by MEPs, the date for the hearings for the new commissioners-designate has now been set for 14 November. Among them is Adina-Ioana Valean from Romania, who has been given the transport brief.
If accepted, Adina-Ioana Valean will succeed Violeta Bulc from Slovakia in her role. There had been some speculation that MEP Siegfried Muresan would get the nod. He was the other of the two candidates put forward by the government under Prime Minister Ludovic Orban. Adina-Ioana Valean would only be the second woman to serve in this role following her predecessor Bulc. The von der Leyen Commission is also the first ever to be headed by a woman.
The hearings will last three hours each and if successful there will be a plenary vote on 27 November, where a simple majority is necessary to elect the full Commission.
Adina-Ioana Valean is one of Romania’s most senior MEPs, having joined the European Parliament as an observer in 2006 before Romania was an EU member. She then became an MEP in the EPP group in 2007.
In 2013 she was one of the rapporteurs at the joint committee meeting (Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, and Committee on Transport and Tourism) on the proposal to establish the Connecting Europe Facility, the EU funding tool for transport projects.
“[...] the Connecting Europe Facility is a very successful programme needed for infrastructure. It goes very well with the Investment Plan, creating added value from private resources to public funds, so we also need to see the Connecting Europe Facility well financed for the next year.”
Valean studied mathematics and worked as a maths teacher until 1997. She then obtained a degree in European integration and security studies, followed by a PhD in security and defence polity.
Adina-Ioana Valean joined the National Liberal Party of Romania in 1999. Between 2004 and 2006 she was an MP for the electoral district of Calarasi.
This portfolio is in charge of developing the EU’s transport infrastructure. The role was established in 1958 as part of the Commission of the European Economic Community under Walter Hallstein, one of the founding fathers of the European Union.
Two new Nightjet lines are launching, providing night-time rail travel between Vienna – Munich – Paris and Zurich – Cologne – Amsterdam.
A trial using silicone carbide semiconductor technology in a Siemens Mobility Avenio tram in Munich has successfully concluded.
Germany has been referred to the EU Court of Justice regarding non-compliance with safety and interoperability requirements.
Alstom has signed an MoU with oil and gas company MOL to explore the use of hydrogen technology for rail transport in Hungary.
Alstom has agreed to hand over its Reichshoffen production site and Coradia Polyvalent and TALENT3 platforms to CAF.
An Implenia/Webuild (and swiss subsidiary CSC) joint venture has been awarded Lot H41 of the Brenner Base Tunnel project.
Rail Baltica has been granted an additional 19.7m euros in funding thanks to a Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) cross-border grant agreement.
The Connecting Europe Express has reached its final destination of Paris after 36 days travelling across Europe.
A new night train travelling between Vienna to Paris comes into service this December thanks to a collaboration between the ÖBB, SNCF and DB.
The Connecting Europe Express, one of the feature activities of the European Year of Rail 2021, is visiting TRAKO in Poland today.
Webuild and partners have won a contract to excavate a section of the Turin-Lyon high-speed/high-capacity railway base tunnel.
Alstom’s Régiolis Crossborder, a hybrid unit, has arrived at Výzkumný Ústav Železniční's test circuit in the Czech Republic.
This month Transdev and Snälltåget will launch the first trans-European night train linking three capitals: Stockholm, Copenhagen and Berlin.
Alstom has signed an agreement with Vossloh Locomotives to equip 50 of their DE 18 freight locomotives with its on-board signalling solution.
United Wagon Company has obtained vehicle type approval from the European Union Agency for Railways for two of its flat cars.
An ex-military site in Latvia is being scanned for unexploded ordnance as part of a Rail Baltica greenfield railway infrastructure project.
The European Commission has announced the route of the Connected Europe Express as part of the European Year of Rail.
The private rail freight operator Lineas has acquired Dutch operator Independent Rail Partner to strengthen its position in the country.
RegioJet is partnering with Dutch start-up European Sleeper to provide night train services connecting Prague, Berlin, Amsterdam and Brussels.
Webuild has been chosen as the best bidder for a Brenner Base Tunnel rail extension project. It will be the majority leader in a consortium.
The contract for the construction of the Rail Baltica Riga International Airport station and associated infrastructure has been signed.
Deutsche Bahn and SCNF have signed a cooperation agreement on digitalisation and technology to help drive ahead the European rail sector.
The European Commission has officially proposed the successor to Shift2Rail – Europe's Rail JU – to the European Council and Parliament.
Albanian State Railways has signed a contract for the rehabilitation of the Durrës-Tirana line and the construction of a new 5.7km line.
On 29 January 2021 Alstom has completed the acquisition of Bombardier Transportation with a combined order backlog of 71.1 billion euros.
The Voice of European Railways (CER) says railways in the EU27 made losses of 26 billion euros in 2020 because of COVID-19.
The European Commission has published the 7th monitoring report (2015–2018) on the development of the rail market in the EU.
The European Commission has presented its Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy with ten flagship ideas to decarbonise transport.
There will be new international night trains in Europe from 2021, as agreed by the bosses of Deutsche Bahn, SNCF, OEBB and SBB.
Alstom and Bombardier have announced the expected closing date for Alstom's acquisition of Bombardier Transportation.
Brexit: the European Commission has proposed a regulation giving extensions covering the Channel Tunnel infrastructure and train licences.
State aid: the European Commission has approved Austrian measures to support passenger and rail freight affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
The European Parliament and Council have reached a provisional agreement on making 2021 the European Year of Rail.
The European Commission has chosen the FCH2RAIL project to explore hydrogen fuel cells for rail vehicles, using Horizon 2020 funding.
The digital automatic coupling project under the consortium DAC4EU has entered the test phase after 4 different prototypes were installed.
The European Commission said it welcomed the provisional adoption of changes to rail passenger rights in the EU, which it proposed in 2017.
Alstom, as part of a consortium, has won a rail infrastructure project in Romania. This contract, Lot 2, completes the project (Lots 1 & 3).
The EU and EFTA transport ministers have signed the Berlin Declaration voicing their support for the rail freight sector.
EU: The Parliament has voted for regulations allowing Member States to authorise infrastructure managers to waive track access charges.
DB has premiered the first trial of digital automatic coupling technology for its freight wagons in a project that will run until 2022.
The European Commission (EC) is asking for calls of interest as it intends to establish a new partnership on rail research and innovation.
The European Commission has approved the proposed acquisition of Bombardier Transportation by Alstom, following Alstom's commitments.
The German Ministry of Transport has launched a project to test and certify digital automatic coupling. A DB-led consortium will run it.
Rail Baltica has received its next round of funding, with €184 million coming from the EU's CEF, and €32 million from national co-financing.
Alstom plans to submit commitments to the Commission in anticipation of its planned acquisition of Bombardier Transportation early next year.
Alstom has responded to the rumours that it is in talks with Bombardier about a potential acquisition of Bombardier Transportation.
Following von der Leyen's speech on the EU Green Deal in the European Parliament, the rail industry has voiced its support.
Adina-Ioana Valean, the European Transport Commissioner-Designate, had her hearing in front of MEPs on 14 November.
Rail Baltica has announced its tender for the Riga Airport station and associated works. Candidate selection will occur in January 2020.
CAF has won signalling contracts worth more than 120 million euros (134.48 million USD) for Spain, Slovenia and Bulgaria. High-speed train in Spain © Kabe...
The European Commission has given the Latvian railway electrification project the go-ahead. The EU Cohesion Fund will contribute 347m euros.
The CEE: Co-Building the Belt and Road conference took place in Warsaw this week. What are the key concerns and opportunities for the region?
On 16 June 2019 the European Union Agency for Railways (ERA) will become THE EU railway authority, issuing authorisations for rail vehicles.
After a framework agreement for 100 locomotives announced earlier in May, Stadler is now to supply ten further electric locomotives to ELP.
The Railway-News Industry Insider week 21: Alstom wins a contract for 27 fuel cell trains and installs its incremental train control system.
Russian Railways launches a new rail freight service from Japan to Europe via the Trans-Siberian Railway, cutting transport times to 19 days.
The House of Lords EU Committee has published its report "Brexit: road, rail and maritime transport". What are the key findings for rail?
British Steel, a major supplier to the rail industry, has gone into liquidation following Brexit-related financial trouble.
The European Loc Pool has ordered ten Stadler hybrid locomotives consolidating its leading position in this segment of rolling stock leasing.
Deutsche Bahn celebrates Europe Day 2019 by illuminating Berlin Central Station. DB is evidence of the success of European collaboration.
The 8th European TramDriver Championship will take place in Brussels on 4 May. Last year's winning team came from Stockholm, Sweden.
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The European Commission has published the 2019 EU Transport Scoreboard, set of 30 categories looking at all aspects of transport in Member States.
Eurotunnel and TLF Overseas have signed a partnership agreement to mitigate the impact of Brexit on cross-border trade and passengers.
Travelling by rail is much safer than travelling by car or by bus. In fact, the risk of death is 56 times lower when travelling by rail.
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Alstom-Siemens merger denied: following an investigation by the EC and remedial proposals by Alstom and Siemens, the EC has ruled against the merger.
The Rail Baltica project has seen a boost with Finland joining in as a shareholder. The Finnish goverment said it would create a ltd company to that end.
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Alstom issues update about its merger with Siemens. The statement addresses the remedy proposal made to the European Commission on 12/12/2018.
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Eurotunnel's Brexit contingency planning has seen the company invest 'several million' to date, with costs still rising because of the lack of certainty provide...
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Latvian Railways has announced that the independent experts appointed by the European Commission have given a positive review on the Latvian railway electrifica...
The Graz Declaration was endorsed by all Transport and Environment Ministers from EU Member States. Tommaso Spanevello, Public Affairs Manager for the Associati...
The European Parliament has approved a report on funding the Connecting Europe Facility during the next EU budget period. This facility is an important means by...
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The European Commission wants mobility in the EU to be safe, clean and connected. It has therefore making 100 million euros of funding available via the Connect...
The European Rail Infrastructure Managers EIM RAIL have said that they, along with other associations in the railway sector – CER, ERFA, UIP, UIRR and UNIFE ?...
In Europe, Japan and China in particular, but also in other parts of the world, high-speed rail is considered an innovative transport mode, with numerous benefi...
Deutsche Bahn has approved United Wagon Company (UWC) to supply freight cars to the operator and assigned it Q2 quality status. The Tikhvin Freight Car Building...
Shareholders of Alstom Transport have approved the merger with Siemens and all other resolutions proposed at their special and combined meetings.The meeting als...
The European Court of Auditors (ECA) has released a report which is highly critical of high speed rail services in the European Union.The ECA belief that the EU...
After four years of negotiations, the EU-Japan Free Trade Agreement is now in the final stages of ratification, with both sides aiming to bring the trade deal i...
The European Commission has released an Action Plan to protect rail passengers from terrorist attacks. The EU Rail Passenger Security Platform facilitate the qu...
Lucy Prior, the International Trade Director at the Rail Alliance has received an MBE for services to rail exports in the Queen’s 2018 Birthday Honours list. ...
The Alstom-Siemens merger awaits approval by the competition authorities and by Alstom's shareholders next month following the two companies' joint application ...
Eurotunnel and EY have released a report on Channel Tunnel trade between the UK and the EU. The report describes the traffic flow between the UK and its 5 princ...
The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation into restructuring aid for Polish Regional Railways. Under EU State aid rules companies...
DESTinationRAIL, a Decision Support Tool for Rail Infrastructure Managers, is a 3-year project funded by the EU Horizon 2020 initiative.
Level crossing deaths are tragic and often also lead to a huge amount of material damage. The 9th International Level Crossing Awareness Day is on 2 June.
The UK’s Lillian Greenwood, Shadow Transport Secretary resigns following the referendum result for the UK to leave the European Union.
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© European Union , 2015 Source: EC - Audiovisual Service Photo: Etienne Ansotte The European Parliament and the Council of Ministers of the EU have reached...
© European Union , 2015 Source: EC - Audiovisual Service Photo: Etienne Ansotte The European Commission have approved a €321.1million high speed Madrid-E...
Image courtesy of Bombardier Transportation The European Commission has approved the acquisition of joint control of Bombardier Transportation Investment UK...
Image courtesy of Atlantic Corridor EU The Atlantic Freight Corridor now runs from Saarbruken in France to the Mannheim in Germany, bringing Europe one step...
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