Press Release: State aid: Commission approves €380 million German rescue aid to Condor

The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, Germany’s plans to grant a temporary €380 million loan to charter airline Condor. The measure will contribute to ensuring the orderly continuation of air transport services and avoid disruptions for passengers, without unduly distorting competition in the Single Market.

Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2008/96/EC on road infrastructure safety management

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Written Answer to a Question: Plans for security checks at airports

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Draft Report: EP TRAN Committee on empowering Italy to negotiate and conclude an agreement with Switzerland authorising cabotage operations in the course of international road passenger transport services by coach and bus in the border regions between the two countries

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OPP Meeting Summary: ECOFIN Council – AOB – current proposals (10 October 2019)

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Agenda: EP LIBE Committee Meeting (14 October 2019)

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UPDATED – Agenda: 14th Plenary Session of the EDPB (8-9 October 2019)

Update: a press release from the session is now available.

On 8 October, the Chair will provide information on the LIBE Hearing, the Meetings with Commissioners-designate, the European Commission evaluation of the GDPR, ECJ Judgements and the Status of ePrivacy negotiations. The meeting will then discuss the current focus of the EDPB, including the 3rd Annual Review of Privacy Shield, the Guidelines on the lawful basis for processing under Art. 6.1 (b) GDPR in the context of the provision of online services to consumers, the Art. 64 GDPR Opinion on Equinix BCRs, the Art. 64 GDPR Opinion on UK accreditation requirements for code of conduct monitoring bodies and the new ISO standard relating to data protection.

On 9 October, there will be an exchange of view on data protection and competition. Items for discussion and/or adoption include the Response letter to Sophie in’t Veld on PNR and the Letter to the Council Working Party on Sports Anti-Doping Code.

UPDATED – Report from the Commission: Implementation of Directive 2010/40/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 July 2010 on the framework for the deployment of Intelligent Transport Systems in the field of road transport and for interfaces with other modes of transport

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Press Release: EIOPA identifies consumer protection issues in travel insurance and issues a warning to the travel insurance industry

The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) published its Thematic Review on Consumer Protection Issues in Travel Insurance. With economic recovery, in the aftermath of the financial crisis, coupled with decreasing travel costs, travellers’ numbers have been growing each year. This has led to growth in the travel insurance market.

Draft Report: EP TRAN Committee on empowering Germany to amend its existing bilateral road transport agreement with Switzerland with a view to authorising cabotage operations in the course of international road passenger transport services by coach and bus in the border regions between the two countries

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Agenda: Working Party on Technical Harmonisation (Motor Vehicles) (14 October 2019)

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Question for Written Answer: Domino effect of the collapse of Thomas Cook on healthy tourism sector businesses

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Press Release: European Investment Bank lends e-bike drive systems manufacturer Fazua €12 million

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is providing €12 million to the rapidly growing e-bike company Fazua GmbH. The funds are being made available through the EU bank’s Venture Debt Product, a type of risk capital for innovative companies. The loan is backed by a guarantee from the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI). EFSI is a core component of the Investment Plan for Europe – also known as the Juncker Plan – under which the EIB and the European Commission are working together as strategic partners to boost the competitiveness of the European economy. Fazua GmbH, which is based in Munich, intends to use the funds for the expansion of the company and for research and development activities.

Speech by Director-General for Mobility and Transport Henrik Hololei – Shift2Rail Dialogue Digital Transport Days

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UPDATED – Agenda: General Affairs Council (16 September 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary: Environment Council – AOB: Zero-emission cars (4 October 2019)

A summary of the information from the Danish delegation and the debate is now available.

Press Release: Barcelona purchases 42 highly efficient trains to modernise metro lines 1 and 3 with EIB and Juncker Plan support

A €268m operation to replace the 42 oldest trains running on the Barcelona metro was finalised today with the signature of the contracts covering the supply of the new rolling stock to local operator TMB and financing by the European Investment Bank (EIB), Instituto de Crédito Oficial (ICO), Institut Català de Finances (ICF) and several private sector entities.

Press Release: Safer roads – EU strengthens rules on road infrastructure management

The EU wants to reduce road fatalities and serious injuries by making sure that roads, tunnels and bridges are better designed and maintained. With this in mind, the Council today adopted revised rules setting out a more systematic approach to safer road infrastructure. The reform is part of the EU’s efforts to meet its strategic objectives of halving the number of road deaths by 2020, compared to 2010, and moving close to zero fatalities by 2050.

Agenda: Customs Cooperation Working Party, Plenary (10 October 2019)

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