Briefing: Access to the international market for coach and bus services

The European Union aims to ensure that road transport rules are applied effectively and without discrimination. The current rules governing the access to the international market for coach and bus services appear to have been only partly effective in promoting this mode of transport. There are still differences in rules on access to national markets, differences in openness of national markets, diverse national access arrangements and discrimination in access to terminals in some EU countries. In an attempt to address the issue, the European Commission adopted a legislative proposal on 8 November 2017 to amend the EU rules for access to the international market for coach and bus services. The proposal is part of its ‘Europe on the Move’ package, which aims to modernise European mobility and transport.

Press Release: Signature of Headquarters Agreement between the French government and the European Union Agency for Railways in Valenciennes

Mme. Élisabeth Borne, French Minister of Transport and Cabinet Member of the French Government, and Dr. Josef Doppelbauer, Executive Director of the European Union Agency for Railways sign Headquarters Agreement in Valenciennes today.

UPDATED – Agenda: Agriculture and Fisheries Council (15 April 2019)

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UPDATED – Comitology Meeting: Railway Interoperability and Safety Committee (29-31 January 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP TRAN Committee – Exchange of views with Commissioner Bulc (11 April 2019)

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Final Draft Agenda: European Parliament Plenary Session (15-18 April 2019)

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Official Journal (L Series): Council Decision (EU) 2019/572 of 8 April 2019 on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of an amendment 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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Recommendation: on the draft Council decision on the conclusion on behalf of the Union of the Agreement between the European Union and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines on certain aspects of air services

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Press Release: EU-China Summit: Rebalancing the strategic partnership

The 21st EU-China Summit took place on 9 April in Brussels, providing a forum for engagement at the highest level and for advancing the relationship as regards the bilateral and multilateral agendas.

Updated – Agenda: Coreper 2 Meeting (11 April 2019)

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Official Journal (L Series): Council Decision (EU) 2019/563 of 8 April 2019 on the conclusion, on behalf of the Union, of Amendment 1 to Memorandum of Cooperation NAT-I-9406 between the United States of America and the European Union

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Agenda: Working Party on Transport – Intermodal Questions and Networks (11 April 2019)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Foreign Affairs Council (08 April 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP TRAN Committee – Vote on draft recommendation concerning conclusion of the Agreement between the EU and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines on certain aspects of air services (8 April 2019)

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UPDATED – Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) …/… of 6.3.2019 supplementing Directive 2003/87/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards measures adopted by the International Civil Aviation Organisation for the monitoring, reporting and verification of aviation emissions for the purpose of implementing a global market-based measure

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‘I/A’ Item Note: Conclusions on including the Republic of North Macedonia in EUSAIR

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UPDATED – Agenda: Coreper 1 Meeting (18 & 20 March 2019)

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Agenda: Working Party on Aviation (9 April 2019)

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Provisional Agenda: EU-China Summit (09 April 2019)

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Press Release: Exchanging sustainable mobility innovation between China, Greece and Cyprus

The CIVITAS DESTINATIONS project sites of Limassol (Cyprus) and Rethymno (Greece) received a prestigious visitor in December 2018 all the way from China: the Shenzhen Bus Group (SZBG).

With a fleet of over 12,500 e-vehicles, SZBG is the world’s largest electric bus and taxi company. Their visit, which lasted from 6-11 December, forms part of the project’s China-EU cross-fertilisation activities.

UPDATED – Agenda: EP TRAN Committee Meeting (11 April 2019)

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Agenda: 16th meeting of the EU-Republic of Azerbaijan Cooperation Council (4 April 2019)

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Briefing: Connectivity in Central Asia: Reconnecting the Silk Road

Despite being strategically located at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, Central Asia has long been poorly connected: remote, landlocked, cut off from the main population centres of Europe and Asia by empty steppes and rugged mountains. As well as physical barriers, regulatory obstacles and political repression often inhibit the free flow of people, goods, services and ideas. However, in 2013 China announced its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), one of whose aims is to revive the historic Silk Road trade route connecting Europe to the Far East via Central Asia.

Briefing: Connectivity in Central Asia – Reconnecting the Silk Road

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