Briefing: Safeguarding competition in air transport

The issue of fair competition between EU and third-country airlines and the importance of guaranteeing a level playing field has been recognised for some years by the various EU institutions as key for the future of European aviation. The 2015 Commission communication on the aviation strategy underlined the importance and legitimacy of EU action to deal with possible unfair commercial practices in international aviation, and announced the revision of existing rules in this field. On 8 June 2017, the Commission adopted a legislative proposal for a regulation on safeguarding competition in air transport, repealing Regulation 868/2004 as part of the ‘Open and Connected Aviation’ package delivering part of the aviation strategy. The objective of the proposal is to provide effective legislation in order ‘to maintain conditions conducive to a high level of Union connectivity and to ensure fair competition with third countries air carriers’. Parliament and Council reached agreement on the proposal in trilogue in November 2018, and this text now needs to be formally adopted.

UPDATED – Agenda: EP TRAN Committee Meeting (4 March 2019)

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Press Release: Unpaid road tolls soon easier to recover thanks to new electronic road toll rules

Unpaid road tolls could soon be history, as the EU is setting up a new information-sharing system to enable member states’ national authorities to access each other’s national vehicle registration data in order to identify owners of vehicles for which road fees have not been paid. The new system is part of the updated electronic road tolling rules formally adopted by the Council today, following a provisional deal reached with the European Parliament on 20 November 2018.

Agenda: Working Party on Land Transport (4 March 2019)

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Opinion: EP AGRI on discontinuing seasonal changes of time

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Opinion: EP ENVI on discontinuing seasonal changes of time

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Opinion: EP IMCO Committee on discontinuing seasonal changes of time

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Agenda: Working Party on Land Transport (25 February 2019)

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Question for Written Answer: Slovene language not used in information letters for traffic offences

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Briefing: Digitalisation in railway transport: A lever to improve rail competitiveness

Since the 1990s, digitalisation has been advancing at speed across all industrial sectors, public entities and society at large; and railways are no exception. Digital technologies already govern rail customers’ expectations, ticket reservation and purchasing habits, operators’ information and payments systems, but experts believe these technologies have much more to offer the sector. Digitalisation is key to industry competitiveness and has therefore become an EU priority.

Proposal for a Regulation amending Regulation No 1073/2009 on common rules for access to the international market for coach and bus services

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Question for Written Answer: Discrimination against Italian nationals driving vehicles with foreign licence plates

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UPDATED – Agenda: EP TRAN Committee Meeting (20 February 2019)

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Compromise Amendments: EP IMCO Committee on discontinuing seasonal changes of time

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Report from the Commission: on the implementation in the period from 1 January 2015 until 31 December 2016 of certain provisions of Regulation (EC) No 1071/2009 establishing common rules concerning the conditions to be complied with to pursue the occupation of road transport operator

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Debates, Vote Results & Texts Adopted: European Parliament Plenary Session (11 – 14 February 2019)

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UPDATED – Merger Case: M.9121 MICHELIN / CAMSO

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Question for Written Answer: Italian Government’s cost-benefit assessment regarding the construction of the Turin-Lyon high-speed line

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Question for Written Answer: ‘No show’ clauses and passengers’ rights

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Question for Written Answer: Taxis and chauffeur-driven car hire

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Amendments to the Report: EP TRAN Committee on common rules for access to the international market for coach and bus services

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