Publication: EU competition policy in action (2017 edition)

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Agenda: Committee of the Regions Plenary Session (30 November – 1 December 2017)

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Press Release: Antitrust: Commission fines five car safety equipment suppliers € 34 million in cartel settlement

The European Commission has fined Tokai Rika, Takata, Autoliv, Toyoda Gosei and Marutaka a total of € 34 million for breaching EU antitrust rules. The companies took part in one or more of four cartels for the supply of car seatbelts, airbags and steering wheels to Japanese car manufacturers in the EEA. All five suppliers acknowledged their involvement in the cartels and agreed to settle the case. Takata was not fined for three of the cartels as it revealed their existence to the Commission. Tokai Rika was not fined for one of the cartels as it revealed its existence to the Commission.

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Agenda: Coreper 1 Meeting (22 & 24 November 2017)

Agenda items include energy & environment, digital, trade, transport and general policy items.

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP IMCO Committee – Vote on Annual report on Competition Policy (21 November 2017)

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Briefing: Safeguarding competition in air transport

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, adopted on 8 June 2017 and referred to Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN). The proposal intends to repeal Regulation (EC) No 868/2004 in order to ‘ensure a fair level playing field between European and third country air carriers’ (IA, p. 44), ‘with a view to maintain conditions conducive to a high level of connectivity’ (explanatory memorandum, p. 8). According to the IA, ‘Regulation (EC) No 868/2004 intended to protect EU air carriers against objectively defined practices considered as “unfair” and “discriminatory”, namely subsidisation and unfair pricing practices causing injury to EU carriers in the supply of air services to and from third countries’ (IA, p. 34).

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UPDATED – Agenda: Aviation Working Party (22 November 2017)

Update: A revised agenda has been published.

The revised agenda items include an examination of the revised Presidency compromise text on common rules in the field of civil aviation and establishing a European Union Aviation Safety Agency, an examination of the Commission information note on a common EU position in view of Eurocontrol’s 48th Provisional Council (PC) meeting and an examination of the draft Commission decision of the BOB No 0007 on an agreement to the Agreement between the United States of America and the European Community on cooperation in the regulation of civil aviation safety.

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Agenda: EP TRAN Committee (4 December 2017)

The agenda items include the adoption of draft opinion on Monitoring and reporting of CO2 emissions from and fuel consumption of new heavy-duty vehicles, a presentation on ‘Infrastructure funding challenges in the sharing economy’, a consideration of draft report on Safeguarding competition in air transport and a presentation by the Commission of the draft delegated act related to technical requirements for inland waterways vessel.

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Agenda: Meeting of the EESC Section for Transport, Energy, Infrastructure and the Information Society (22 November 2017)

Agenda items include discussions on the Opinion on Statistics on rail transport (recast) and the Opinion on Vehicles hired without drivers for the carriage of goods by road. From 2.30 p.m. onwards a thematic debate will take place: “After COP 23 and the impact on the TEN Section policy areas”.

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UPDATED – Agenda: Aviation Working Party (A.M. only) (17 November 2017)

Update: a revised agenda is available. The agenda includes items on the proposal on common rules in the field of civil aviation and establishing a European Union Aviation Safety Agency and on safeguarding competition in air transport will now also be discussed. The agenda also includes an examination of the revised Presidency compromise text and comments from France on safeguarding competition in air transport.

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UPDATED – Stakeholder Event: UKTiE 7th Annual Forum (Brussels, 28 November 2017)

Update: The Programme is now available.

UKTiE’s Annual Forum is Europe’s largest gathering of senior EU policy and law makers together with the UK’s leading transport organisations. UKTiE’s 7th Annual Forum will take place on November 28th in the European Parliament, kindly hosted by our patron Jacqueline Foster MEP, Conservative spokesman for Transport. The theme for the Forum is “Clean, connected and competitive – how to modernise Europe’s transport system” and we are inviting key senior EU policy and law makers to join us.

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Agenda: Working Party on Transport Intermodal Questions and Networks (P.M. only) (17 November 2017)

The agenda items include an Examination of the draft Council conclusions on the European Court of Auditors’ Special Report No 13/2017: “A single European rail traffic management system: will the political choice ever become reality?”

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Agenda: Working Party on Land Transport (20 November 2017)

The agenda items include a Group of Experts debriefing by the Commission on the European agreement concerning the work of crews of vehicles engaged in international road transport (AETR), a Presentation by the Commission on common rules for access to the international market for coach and bus services and an analysis of EP amendments on the initial qualification and periodic training of drivers of certain road vehicles for the carriage of goods or passengers and Directive 2006/126/EC on driving licences.

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