Press Release: Lorry and bus drivers’ training: provisional agreement with Parliament on updated rules

The presidency today reached a provisional agreement with the European Parliament on revised rules to modernise training requirements for professional lorry and bus drivers, and to improve recognition of obligatory training received in another EU country. The revision also clarifies minimum age conditions and exemptions from the requirements to follow additional training.

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Brexit and the transport sector: notices on air, road and seafarer qualifications

The United Kingdom submitted on 29 March 2017 the notification of its intention to withdraw from the European Union. This means that unless a ratified withdrawal agreement establishes another date or the period is extended by the European Council, all Union primary and secondary law will cease to apply to the United Kingdom from 30 March 2019, 00:00h (CET). The notices outline the consequences on air and road transport as well as on seafarer qualifications.

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Event: TRA 2018 “A Digital ERA For Transport – Solutions for Society, Economy and Environment” (Vienna, Austria, 16 – 19 April 2018)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Transport Council (5 December 2017)

Update: The main results are available.

The agenda items concern energy, climate & environment, digital, transport, and general policy.

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Voting Result: Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the recognition of professional qualifications in inland navigation and repealing Council Directives 91/672/EEC and 96/50/EC (First reading)

Adoption of the legislative act at the 3581st meeting of the Council of the European Union (Transport, Telecommunications and Energy) 4-5 December 2017, Brussels

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UPDATED – Agenda: Coreper 1 Meeting (6 & 8 December 2017)

Update: a corrigendum for 8 December has been published.

Agenda items include energy & environment, digital, transport and general policy items.

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Agenda: Working Party on Land Transport (A.M. only) (7 December 2017)

The agenda items of the Special Committee include the Draft Protocol to the Agreement on the international occasional carriage of passengers by coach and bus (Interbus Agreement) and a debriefing by the Commission on the accession of the Kingdom of Morocco. The agenda items of the Working Party include a debriefing by the Commission on the Draft Decision No 1/2016 of the Joint Committee (Interbus Agreement), a presentation and examination of the impact assessment on common rules for access to the international market for coach and bus services and the preparation for the second trilogue on the initial qualification and periodic training of drivers of certain road vehicles for the carriage of goods or passengers.

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Briefing: Training of professional drivers

The revision of existing provisions regarding the training of professional drivers was announced in the 2017 Commission Work Programme (in annex II covering REFIT initiatives). The initiative fits within the general framework regarding professional drivers of trucks and buses, and is closely related to road safety. It is also in line with the Commission’s 2011 Transport white paper and the 2010 communication ‘Towards a European road safety area: policy orientations on road safety 2011-2020’, which notably sought to improve road safety through the education, training and post licence training of road users. On 1 February 2017, the Commission adopted a legislative proposal to amend Directive 2003/59/EC and Directive 2006/126/EC, with the objective of tackling the main shortcomings identified in the implementation of the existing legislation. Second edition. The ‘EU Legislation in Progress’ briefings are updated at key stages throughout the legislative procedure. Please note this document has been designed for on-line viewing.

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UPDATED – ‘I/A’ Item Note: Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the recognition of professional qualifications in inland navigation and repealing Council Directive 91/672/EEC and Council Directive 96/50/EC (first reading)

Update: A statement by the Republic of Slovenia and the Hellenic Republic on the adoption of the legislative act has been published.

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Agenda: Coreper 1 Meeting (29 November 2017)

Agenda items include energy & environment, digital, transport and general policy items.

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Agenda: Working Party on Land Transport (A.M. only) (30 November 2017)

The agenda items include the preparation for the second 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.

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UPDATED – Agenda: Working Party on Land Transport (P.M. only) (28 November 2017)

Update: A revised agenda has been published.

The agenda items include a presentation by the Commission and discussion on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the Ministerial Council set up under the Treaty establishing the Transport Community and the preparation of the first Ministerial Council, as well as a detailed Presidency debriefing on the outcome of the trilogue on the initial qualification and periodic training of drivers of certain road vehicles for the carriage of goods or passengers.

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Official Journal (L Series): Decisions of the EEA Joint Committee of 3 June 2016 amending Annexes to the EEA Agreement

Several decisions of the EEA Joint Committee amending Annexes to the EEA Agreement, concerning energy, climate & environment and transport policy.

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UPDATED – Agenda: Shipping Working Party (21 November 2017)

Update: A revised agenda has been published.

The agenda items include examinations of revised draft information papers and presentation and first examinations of Commission Staff Working Documents in Preparation of IMO/PPR 5 (London, 5-9 February 2018) and an examination of the draft high-level agreements adapted indicative maps of neighbouring countries, to be signed on behalf of the European Union with Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.

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Press Release: A more resilient, tougher alloy widely used in the automotive industry

The light, aluminium-silicon alloy of great interest for industry (the auto industry, in particular), produced by means of a novel process starting from a semi-solid state, displays better mechanical properties (such as tensile strength, resilience and toughness) and better corrosion resistance than that produced using the usual high-pressure processes. This has been demonstrated by the engineer Leire Solaberrieta-Ostolaza of the NUP/UPNA-Public University of Navarre.

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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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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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Final Draft Agenda: European Parliament Plenary Session (13-16 November 2017)

Agenda items concern energy, climate & environment, digital, trade, transport, and general policy.

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UPDATED – Agenda: Working Party on Land Transport (A.M. only) (7 November 2017)

The agenda items include a 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 Treaty establishing the Transport Community 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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