Economics and politics of airport expansion in Europe "Clearly, the presence of an airport in a region makes the region more prestigious, creates jobs and may have an impact on inward investment decisions. Yet the existence of many airports in overlapping catchment areas is evidence of shortcomings in resource allocation, leads to an increase in CO2 emissions, creates artificial demand and has a negative influence on the development of alternative modes of transport", says Jacek Krawczyk
20 Feb 2012
How to create better airports? Jacek Krawczyk, Vice-President of the European Economic and Social Committee, today called for further liberalisation of aviation and deplored the persistence of various forms of protectionism in this industry. Mr Krawczyk addressed a hearing organised by the European Economic and Social Committee to assess the European Commission's recent "Better Airports" package. The Committee is currently drawing up an opinion on the proposal.
On Thursday 20 October Staffan Nilsson met the Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of Transport, Mr Siim Kallas. They discussed the current EESC work on the opinion on the White Paper "Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area" (TEN/454) which will be adopted at the October Plenary session in the presence of Mr Kallas.
Getting everybody online Although netizens are clearly in the driving seat and ahead of politicians, there is still too few of them, said Anna Maria Darmanin, Vice-President of the European Economic and Social Committee in her intervention at the 2012 Digital Agenda Assembly today. Ms Darmanin spoke in a panel discussion on the impact of online activism and global netizens.