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Press Release: Aviation emissions: MEPs reach deal with Council

The legislation, informally agreed on Wednesday evening by Parliament and Council negotiators, will prolong the exemption for intercontinental flights until 31 December 2023, when the first phase of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)’s Carbon Reduction and Offsetting Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) scheme will kick in. This will prevent legal gaps, as the exemption was due to expire at the end of this year. MEPs ensured that the European Commission will have to review the legislation with a view to including the CORSIA scheme in the EU Emission Trading System (ETS), so intra-EU and intercontinental flights are covered by a single system.

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UPDATED – Final Draft Agenda: European Parliament Plenary Session (23 – 26 October 2017)

Update: The Final Draft Agenda has been published.

The agenda includes items concerning energy & climate, environment, trade, transport and general policy.

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Question for Written Answer: State of play of the Volkswagen recall programme – Dieselgate

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Question for Written Answer: Thiamine deficiency among birds and fish

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Press Release: Posted workers: better protection and fair conditions for all

Workers posted in another EU country have to get the same remuneration, including bonuses, as local workers. New draft rules to ensure that posted workers are better protected and fair competition for companies were adopted by the Employment and Social Affairs Committee with 32 votes to 8 and 13 abstentions on Monday. International road transport will be dealt with by sector-specific legislation, included in the Mobility Package. Until that has been adopted, and to prevent legal loopholes, the posting of workers’ directive remains applicable to road transport.

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Written Answer to a Question: Assistance for Poland from the European Solidarity Fund

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Written Answer to a Question: European investment in the Canary Islands in the area of waste water management

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Written Answer to a Quesiton: Question RMI — impact on farm machinery market and lack of impact assessment

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At a Glance: Implementing the Paris Agreement – COP23

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Question for Written Answer: VAT fraud by online retailers from third countries

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Briefing: Use of vehicles hired without drivers for carriage of goods by road

This note seeks to provide an initial analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Commission’s impact assessment (IA) accompanying the above proposal, submitted on 31 May 2017 and referred to Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism. The proposal forms part of the ‘Europe on the move’ mobility package. By revising Directive 2006/1/EC on the use of vehicles hired without drivers for the carriage of goods by road, the Commission seeks to support the further integration of the road transport sector in the EU and increase the efficiency and competitiveness of this sector.

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Briefing: Adapting the road haulage market to developments in the sector: road transport operators and access to the market

This note seeks to provide an initial analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Commission’s impact assessment (IA) accompanying the above proposal, submitted on 31 May 2017 and referred to Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN). The existing legislative framework regulating European cabotage operations (the national carriage of goods for hire or reward carried out by non-resident hauliers on a temporary basis in a host Member State) was adopted in 2009 (Regulations 1071/2009 and 1072/2009) with the aim of supporting the completion of the internal EU market in road transport and, in particular, of boosting its efficiency and competitiveness.

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Research for REGI Committee – European Cohesion Policy and regional development policies in other parts of the world

The study compares regional policies of China, Brazil, ASEAN and MERCOSUR with the EU’s Cohesion Policy to inspire the policy debate on its future after 2020. Despite the fact that these countries differ significantly from the EU, they attach great importance to territorial policies and provide useful suggestions. Strategic priorities are supported by flexible territorial concentration and competition rules in their regional policies, and cooperation among regions and administrative capacity building are key components of policy implementation.

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At a Glance: Brexit Literature Update

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Event: New technologies and regional policy: Towards the next cohesion policy framework (Brussels, 16 October 2017)

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Question for Written Answer: Investor-state arbitration in EU agreement with the UK after Brexit

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Implementing the Paris Agreement – New Challenges in View of the COP 23 Climate Change Conference

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Briefing: Road transport: Driving, breaks, rest times and tachographs

Road haulage is important for the EU transport economy: in 2015, it accounted for almost 50 % of freight transport. The EU has developed a range of social and market rules to contribute to the setting up of a fair, well-functioning, safe and socially sustainable road transport sector. The Driving Time and Tachograph regulations were adopted to improve drivers’ working conditions and road safety, as well as to enhance compliance with the rules and competition between road operators. In the context of the European Commission’s 2017 ‘Europe on the move’ package, the current proposal aims to remedy shortcomings of the Driving Time and Tachograph regulations, on which a broad consensus among stakeholders, EU institutions and experts has emerged: lack of clarity, non-uniform implementation, insufficient enforcement and need for strengthened cooperation between Member States and authorities.

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Briefing: EU-Australia free trade agreement – Moving towards the launch of talks

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Briefing: EU-New Zealand free trade agreement – All set for the launch of negotiations

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