OPP Meeting Summary: EP Plenary – Decision adopted on the Second Mobility Package (15 November 2017)

A summary of the debate with a focus on the Commission and representatives of the political groups is now available.

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Press Release: Making road traffic greener by boosting car-sharing and improving road quality

Uneven road surfaces cause breaking and variable speeds both of which increase emissions, while low car occupancy rates mean duplicated journeys. An EU project is combining data from trip-sharing communities and phone sensors for feedback on road quality to make road travel greener.

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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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UPDATED – Energy Union: Commission takes action to reinforce EU’s global leadership in clean vehicles (Mobility Package)

Update: New documents have been published.

The Commission proposes new targets for the EU fleet wide average CO2 emissions of new passenger cars and vans to help accelerate the transition to low- and zero emission vehicles.

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Agenda: Working Party on Land Transport (13 November 2017)

The agenda items include the continuation of the consultation of the Special Committee in view of the next round of negotiations on adoption of the text of a Convention on international through railway traffic, the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the Ministerial Council set up under the Treaty establishing the Transport Community, an oral debriefing on the first technical trilogue 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, the charging of heavy goods vehicles for the use of certain infrastructures (Eurovignette and vehicle taxation), a preparation of the policy debate on the interoperability of electronic road toll systems and facilitating cross-border exchange of information on the failure to pay road fees in the Union (recast), an item on amending Regulation (EC) No 1071/2009 and Regulation (EC) No 1072/2009 with a view to adapting them to developments in the sector, on minimum requirements on maximum daily and weekly driving times, minimum breaks and daily and weekly rest periods and Regulation (EU) 165/2014 as regards positioning by means of tachographs, on posting drivers in the road transport sector and the Draft progress report on the use of vehicles hired without drivers for the carriage of goods by road.

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Reply to National Parliament: Commission Decision regarding the follow-up to National Parliaments’ Opinions – reply to the Tweede Kamer (NL) – COM(2017)275_276_277_278_280_281 final

Concerning the Mobility Package adopted by the Commission on 31 May 2017.

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Press Release: Miles no more: comparing airline prices getting expensive

During a debate this evening, the EPP Group will denounce a practice by some airlines which is driving up prices of European air travel on booking sites. In a cross-party Oral Question to the European Commission initiated by Claudia Monteiro de Aguiar MEP, Members will ask the Commission to take action: “Airline companies, like Lufthansa, charge extra if you don’t book through their own online platform. We are very worried about this and want the Commission to clarify the legality of these charges. Other airlines announced that they are considering introducing similar surcharges, so the matter is urgent.”

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Voting Result: Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on a system of inspections for the safe operation of ro-ro ferry and high-speed passenger craft in regular service and amending Directive 2009/16/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on port State control and repealing Council Directive 1999/35/EC (First reading)

− Adoption of the legislative act 3569th meeting of the COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION (Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs) 23 October 2017, Luxembourg.

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Voting Result: Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Directive 98/41/EC on the registration of persons sailing on board passenger ships operating to or from ports of the Member States of the Community and amending Directive 2010/65/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council on reporting formalities for ships arriving in and/or departing from ports of the Member States (First reading)

− Adoption of the legislative act 3569th meeting of the COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION (Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs) 23 October 2017, Luxembourg.

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