OPP Meeting Summary: EP CONT Committee – Presentation of the ECA Special Report “A single European rail traffic management system: will the political choice ever become reality?” (21 November 2017)

A summary of the Presentation of the ECA Special Report “A single European rail traffic management system: will the political choice ever become reality?” is now available.

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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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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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Debates, Vote Results & Texts Adopted: European Parliament Plenary Session (13-16 November 2017)

Vote results and texts adopted will be added when available.

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Press Release: The first and second road mobility packages: an explainer

GUE/NGL MEPs are broadly supportive of the initiative for reform of road transport as many of the measures included in the Commission proposals are longstanding demands of the Left.

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Recommendation for a Council Decision authorising the Commission to open negotiations with the Swiss Confederation to amend the Agreement between the European Community and the Swiss Confederation on the Carriage of Goods and Passengers by Rail and Road with a view to enabling the participation of the Swiss Confederation in the European Union Agency for Railways

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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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Briefing: Making the market for bus and coach transport work better

Regulation 1073/2009 lays down the rules applicable to access to the international market for coach and bus services. Research of available documentation shows that there are various challenges to the present system that limit harmonisation in this particular field, including differences in rules on access to national markets across Member States, different openness of national markets and diverse national arrangements negatively influencing free provision of services in the field of transport. The European Parliament has called on the European Commission to ensure the completion and improved operation of the internal market for the transport by road of passengers and freight. Similarly, the European Economic and Social Committee has called for changes in this field. The European Commission published its legislative proposal amending the regulation on 8 November 2017.

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Stakeholder Press Release: How well are governments enforcing vehicle emissions standards? Worldwide, the answer is: Not as well as they could be

A new study cataloging and evaluating the efforts made by governments in the world’s most important vehicle markets to ensure that cars and trucks comply in practice with pollution and fuel-efficiency regulations finds significant differences in level of effort, and ample room for improvement even in the best cases. The study, released today by the International Council on Clean Transportation, reports the results of a comprehensive survey of government agencies tasked with monitoring and enforcing compliance with regulations that establish limits for pollutant emissions in vehicle exhaust, as well as fuel-efficiency or carbon emissions standards.

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Public Hearing: EP TRAN Committee on the Mobility package – market/social aspects and road charges (Brussels, 22 and 23 November 2017)

The TRAN Committee will reopen a debate on the functioning of the EU internal market in road transport and its social aspects. At the hearing, experts will present their views on the legislative proposals of the mobility package and follow up with a discussion with Members. The first part of the hearing on internal market and social aspects will take place on Wednesday 22 November 2017 from 10.00-12.00 and the second part on road charges on Thursday 23 November 2017 from 9.30-11.30, both in the József Antall building. The hearing will be web-streamed.

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