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Vienna, May 20, 2015 e-Taxis captured the spotlight at Eurovision
  IRU’s Global Taxi Network (GTN) partner, Taxi.eu, provided the stars and their 40 delegations with an impressive means of transport – six Tesla electric taxis - to the Mayor of Vienna’s red carpet reception during the Eurovision Song Contest. Besides the six e-taxis, around 120 hybrid vehicles were used to make sure that all the transport needs of the artists, delegations and reporters were met in a sustainable way.
The Global Taxi Network promotes legal, reliable, high-quality and safe services to taxi customers by making use of the latest smartphone technology. Taxi.eu is an ideal IRU partner, with its state-of-the-art smartphone app technology, environmentally-friendly taxis and extensive fleet of 62,000 vehicles providing quality taxis throughout Europe's major cities.
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Brussels, May 20, 2015 IRU welcomes EC action against German transport wages
  The IRU welcomes the action taken by the European Commission to begin infringement proceedings against Germany over its minimum wage legislation to international road transport operations, and urges the EC to complete the infringement procedure as rapidly as possible in order to provide clarity to all transport operators.

In the meantime, the IRU calls for an immediate moratorium of the German legislation on all affected international transport operations in and out of Germany.

Fujairah, May 19, 2015 5th Arab Emirate signs Guarantee Agreement for TIR implementation in the UAE
Fujairah Customs Department and the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE (ATCUAE) signed the Guarantee Agreement in order to implement TIR in the Emirate of Fujairah – thus joining Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah, and Ajman Emirates to implement the TIR System in the UAE.

Director General of Fujairah Customs Department, Mr. Rashid Mohammed Said Hamad, said: "The activation of the TIR System is eagerly awaited by a wide range of goods, manufacturers and suppliers, and by their customers, because it saves a great deal of time and money."

President of ATCUAE, Dr. Mohammed Ben Sulayem, added: “TIR, the only global intermodal transit customs system, will reduce the time trucks spend at borders from days to hours if not minutes, and will provide other key benefits to facilitate and secure trade and transportation in the UAE.”

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From left to right: Mr. Rashid Mohammed Said Hamad, Director General, Fujairah Customs Department and Dr. Mohammed Ben Sulayem, President, Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE, sign the agreement

Kolomna, May 18, 2015 Eurasia Smart Move Recommendations gain support
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  A recent Round Table, jointly organised by the International Road Transport Union, CIS Coordinating Transport Conference (CIS CTC) Executive Committee and Russian Road Transport Union, discussed and approved the Recommendations tabled by the Working Group Smart Move in Eurasia. 
The Recommendations contain new approaches to develop legislation for road passenger transport in CIS countries, basic recommendations for tackling taxi, bus and coach issues, such as call centres and use of taxi apps or high customs duties for new coaches, as well as proposals to improve urban passenger transport.

Ufa, May 15, 2015 IRU addresses SCO Ministers
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  IRU Secretary General Umberto de Pretto today addressed Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) and observer countries Ministers of Transport at a Ministerial meeting chaired by the Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation, Maxim Sokolov, in the presence of SCO Secretary General, Dmitry Fyodorovich Mezentsev. The IRU made recommendations to SCO governments on how to effectively implement the SCO intergovernmental agreement on road transport and benefit fully from the imminent accession of China to the TIR Convention.

Ufa, May 13, 2015 IRU organises high level SCO Round Table
The IRU, in association with the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation, in the presence of Deputy Transport Minister Nikolay Asaul, organised a Round Table with key public and private stakeholders on the “Implementation of the SCO Intergovernmental Agreement on Creation of Favourable Conditions for International Road Transport and its Influence on the Euro-Asian Transport Links.”

The participants, including high level representatives from the SCO Secretariat, examined the practical obstacles to the successful implementation of the watershed intergovernmental SCO agreement and developed concrete recommendations for SCO governments to ensure that the challenges and problems which both states and industry can face will be turned, through the recommendations, into effective solutions and great opportunities for the economies and citizens of all SCO Member States and beyond.
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From left to right: Nikolay Asaul, Deputy Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation; IRU Secretary General, Umberto de Pretto; Head of the IRU Permanent Delegation to Eurasia, Dmitry Cheltsov

Brussels, May 11, 2015 IRU and FIER Automotive offer electric vehicle analysis
  IRU Projects and FIER Automotive, both official I-CVUE partners, have launched the first steps for providing free business analysis and usage assessments for adopting electric vehicles to Taxis.Lu from Luxembourg. Electric vehicles are emerging as a viable alternative to conventionally fuelled vehicles in the EU taxi sector. The I-CVUE Project offers analysis and advice to fleet owners free of charge, based on the company’s real-life operational needs and other costs related to making the switch to electric vehicles. Mr. Olivier Gallé, Chief Executive Officer of Taxis.Lu, welcomed the opportunity to learn more from electric vehicle experts and specified that the taxi sector is eager to continue innovating within all operations’ aspects.

If you’re an EU operator and interested in receiving free, personalised support for introducing electric vehicles in your company, please contact Anna.Lipinska@iru.org +32 2 743 25 87.

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Bucharest, May 10, 2015 T-Festival: a combination of special contests and a transport industry conference
T-Festival, the largest festival dedicated to hauliers in Southeast Europe, successfully concluded after a marathon of performances, demonstrations and events. Organised by the IRU and the National Union of Road Hauliers from Romania (UNTRR), the T-Festival brought together the biggest manufacturers of trucks, trailers, commercial vehicles, motorcycles and equipment dealers. The winners of the contests ”The most beautiful truck”, ”The most beautiful motorcycle” and ”The most popular rock band” were announced on the last day of the festival.
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Rock FM and T-Festival MC, Cristi Hrubaru, Gheorghe Nedelcu, Dudu Nicolae, Mihai Tomescu and Cristian Mangri (American Truck Promotion), IRU Secretary General, Umberto de Pretto and UNTRR Secretary General, Radu Dinescu

Bucharest, May 8, 2015 IRU - UNTRR Conference focuses on competition issues in EU market
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  The IRU – UNTRR Conference on fair competition in the EU road transport market saw 200 representatives from road transport associations, international organisations and EU institutions examine the current challenges faced by the road transport industry in the EU today.
The well attended event discussed the increasing number of national measures enacted by EU member states and the impact on the operational efficiency of the industry, the resulting increase in the administrative and financial burden on transport operators, and debated about how to better enforce and clarify existing road transport rules to ensure an effective internal market within the EU.
The conference preceded the opening of the UNTRR-organised T-Festival, Romania’s largest truck, motorbike and music festival.
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Freeport, May 8, 2015 IRU addresses WCO Conference
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  IRU Secretary General, Umberto de Pretto, was the keynote speaker at today's opening session of the WCO IT Conference and Exhibition. Addressing Customs and business delegations from over 75 countries from all continents, IRU highlighted how TIR and eTIR can significantly contribute to securing global intermodal trade and effectively meeting the WTO's Trade Facilitation Agreement goals.

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