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  Siim Kallas - the new Transport Commissioner
10/2/2010

The Commissioner of Estonia Siim Kallas has been appointed as Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for Transport. During a hearing before the Members of the European Parliament’s Transport Committee, Mr Kallas outlined his priorities for the next five years with regard to transport. Free movement is one of the greatest freedoms of European citizens. And modern transport makes a fundamental contribution to this freedom, said Mr Kallas in his opening statement.

He put emphasis on a sustainable European transport policy up to 2020 that truly benefits citizens and businesses and briefly outlined his views on climate change expressing support for a decarbonisation of transport. He also listed a number of areas in which he wants to take concrete actions, such as a removal of pending barriers and a completion of the internal market. He also affirmed his intention to work in close co-operation with the European Parliament

MEPs questioned Mr Kallas on a wide range of transport issues, such as state aid for transport, greenhouse emissions, the revision of the TEN-T, passenger rights, over-regulation and the fragmentation" of competencies at the EU level.

Mr Kallas was born in 1948 in Estonia and is graduated from the University of Tartu. Since November 2004: he has been Vice-President of the European Commission, responsible for Administration, Audit and Anti-fraud. Prior to joining the European Commission, Mr Kallas has been, inter alia, Prime Minister of the Republic of Estonia (2002-2003) and President of the Bank of Estonia (1991-1995).

 
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