European shipowners touched upon some key issues regarding Brexit in today’s public hearing in the European Parliament’s Transport committee’s hearing on the « Impact of Brexit on Maritime Transport ». ECSA’s Secretary General Martin Dorsman discussed the long term objectives for the European shipowners and said: “It is crucial that the EU remains a competitive location for shipping companies to do business. This means a level playing field and close EU-UK cooperation. We believe that the EU and UK should become champions of international rules and standards for shipping and global trade in general”.
In January 2018, demand for passenger cars in the European Union grew significantly (+7.1%) compared to January last year – benefitting from a positive calendar effect. New car registrations amounted to 1,253,877 units during the first month of the year.
The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs is seeking input from stakeholders. It regards various aspects of silencing systems with fibrous materials, such as usage and current practices, technological issues, effectiveness, and suggestions for further improvements.
The signature on 12 February 2018 of the renewed cooperation agreement between the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) and the European Union Agency for Railways (ERA) of the European Commission will further enhance the harmonization of technical standards for Railways.