Archive | Transport – ICYMI

Press Release: Lorry and bus drivers’ training: provisional agreement with Parliament on updated rules

The presidency today reached a provisional agreement with the European Parliament on revised rules to modernise training requirements for professional lorry and bus drivers, and to improve recognition of obligatory training received in another EU country. The revision also clarifies minimum age conditions and exemptions from the requirements to follow additional training.

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Brexit and the transport sector: notices on air, road and seafarer qualifications

The United Kingdom submitted on 29 March 2017 the notification of its intention to withdraw from the European Union. This means that unless a ratified withdrawal agreement establishes another date or the period is extended by the European Council, all Union primary and secondary law will cease to apply to the United Kingdom from 30 March 2019, 00:00h (CET). The notices outline the consequences on air and road transport as well as on seafarer qualifications.

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Press Release: ETS: Aviation deal puts pressure on ICAO to deliver real climate benefits

Greenhouse gas emissions from international aviation make a significant contribution to global climate change and its emissions and are one of the fastest growing sources of CO2. Reducing aviation climate impact will be crucial if we are to meet our commitment under the Paris Agreement. The European Parliament will vote on an agreement that extends the so-called ‘stop the clock’ exemption for international flights but limits it to 2023, pending a Commission review into CORSIA. It also includes measures to protect the integrity of the EU ETS in case of a hard Brexit.

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Press Release: Aviation: EU concludes negotiations with Tunisia for a new aviation agreement

The European Union today concluded negotiations with Tunisia for a far reaching aviation agreement. It will improve market access for airlines and provide better connectivity, more choice as well as lower fares for travellers. This new agreement is expected to bring an additional 800,000 passengers over a 5 year period. More flights also mean more jobs and more wealth for all partners. It is estimated that the agreement could generate 2.7% GDP growth from travel and tourism, and increase annual traffic by up to 13% per year.

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Press Release: Aviation Strategy for Europe: Commission strengthens aviation ties with China

The European Commission and China have today agreed to strengthen their aviation cooperation by concluding negotiations for two agreements aiming to facilitate market access and boost the competitiveness of the EU’s aeronautical sector. This marks yet another key deliverable under the Commission’s Aviation Strategy for Europe, whose top priority is to ensure the EU taps into growth markets.

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Outcome of Proceedings: Proposal for a Council Directive implementing the Agreement concluded by the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) and the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) to amend Council Directive 2009/13/EC in accordance with the amendments of 2014 to the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 as approved by the International Labour Conference on 11 June 2014

– Political agreement

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP REGI Committee – Cohesion Policy and thematic objective ‘promoting sustainable transport and removing bottlenecks in key network infrastructures’ (7 December 2017)

A summary of the committee’s exchange of views is available.  Full article…

UPDATED – Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources (recast)

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Stakeholder Press Release: EU countries strengthen car approval system to prevent another dieselgate

EU countries today agreed to strengthen rules governing how cars are approved for sale in Europe, with the goal of preventing another dieselgate. Sustainable transport group Transport & Environment (T&E) welcomes the decision but warns that only proper scrutiny and real enforcement of the new rules will prevent carmakers from cheating again.

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Stakeholder Press Release: Type approval: auto industry welcomes agreement on reformed system

Brussels, 8 December 2017 – The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) welcomes the fact that the European Parliament, EU member states and the European Commission reached a final agreement yesterday on a reformed system for approving vehicles before they are placed on the EU market (‘type approval’).

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Press Release: Better working conditions for seafarers: Council approves agreement between social partners

On 7 December the Council approved a directive which gives legal effect to an agreement between EU social partners in the maritime sector. As a result of the agreement with social partners, amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention made in 2014 can be incorporated into EU law. The objective of the agreement is to protect seafarers’ rights in case of abandonment; the agreement also provides compensation for contractual claims for death or long-term disability of seafarers due to occupational injury, illness or hazard.

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UPDATED – Amendments to the Report: EP ENVI Committee on the proposal to continue current limitations of scope for aviation activities and to prepare to implement a global market-based measure from 2021

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Press Release: Car emission controls: Council presidency and Parliament reach provisional deal on reform of type-approval and market surveillance system

The Council Presidency and European Parliament representatives today reached a provisional agreement on the reform of type-approval and market surveillance for motor vehicles. The agreement will now be submitted to Coreper for endorsement. It will also need to be approved by the European Parliament. This major reform will modernise the current system, adapt it to new technologies available on the market and improve control tests on car emissions data.

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December Infringements Package: Key Decisions

The key decisions taken by the Commission are presented below and grouped by policy area. The Commission is also closing 130 cases in which the issues with the Member States concerned have been solved without the Commission needing to pursue the procedure further.

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