UPDATED – Agenda: Working Party on Transport Intermodal Questions and Networks (23 November 2017)

Update: A revised Agenda has been published.

The agenda items include an examination of a Commission non-paper for IMO/A 30, information from the Commission on the EU-China Connectivity Platform, a continuation of examination of the draft Council conclusions on the European Court of Auditors’ Special Report No 13/2017: “A single European rail traffic management system: will the political choice ever become reality?” and an examination of the final Presidency compromise text on “The Mid-term Evaluation of the Galileo and EGNOS programmes and on the performance of the European GNSS Agency”.

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Written Answer to a Question: The Commission’s approach to the environmental disaster unfolding in the Saronic Gulf

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Study: EMSA Study of two hazardous substances (PFOS and HBCDD) included in the annexes of regulation (EU) 1257/2013 on ship recycling

EMSA’s study on the two hazardous substances (PFOS and HBCDD) included in the annexes of regulation (EU) 1257/2013 on ship recycling, is now published and available on the website. In addition to the 13 substances stated in the Hong Kong Convention for safe and environmentally sound recycling of ships, two substances have been added in the EU SRR, namely perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) and the brominated flame retardant hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD). The hazardous substances study developed in close cooperation with DNV-GL to close knowledge gaps regarding properties and use of PFOS and HBCDD. It demonstrates that the two hazardous substances PFOS and HBCDD can be found on board ships and rigs and provides further insight for the current regulation, updated material lists, sampling, handling and analysis of these substances.

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Briefing: Road transport: Driving times, breaks, rest periods, tachographs and posting of drivers

This note seeks to provide an initial analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Commission’s Impact Assessment (IA) accompanying the above proposals, submitted on 31 May 2017 and referred to Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism. The aim of the proposals is to improve the application of social legislation in road transport, also including sector-specific rules for posting of workers, to facilitate fair competition between operators and enhance drivers’ social conditions. The proposals form part of the ‘Europe on the move’ package, which is a broader review of the road transport legislation of the European Union. The transport package is one of the priorities of the European Commission. The proposals, which are part of the Commission’s Regulatory Fitness and Performance (REFIT) programme, aim to contribute to the Commission’s social agenda and the European Pillar of Social Rights. In its resolutions, the European Parliament has called for improved implementation of social legislation in the road transport sector, enhanced road safety, adapted posting provisions for transport workers, and called for measures to counter unfair competition and social dumping.

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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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UPDATED – Agenda: Aviation Working Party (22 November 2017)

Update: A revised agenda has been published.

The revised agenda items include an examination of the revised Presidency compromise text on common rules in the field of civil aviation and establishing a European Union Aviation Safety Agency, an examination of the Commission information note on a common EU position in view of Eurocontrol’s 48th Provisional Council (PC) meeting and an examination of the draft Commission decision of the BOB No 0007 on an agreement 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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Press Release: Over 25 000 victims of road accidents in the EU in 2016

Last year, 25 624 people died in road accidents in the European Union (EU), some 500 fewer than the previous year (-2%). There has been a downward trend over the last 20 years in the number of road traffic victims in the EU. Compared with 1996, the number of road fatalities has fallen by almost 35 000 persons (-57%), from slightly over 60 000 to less than 26 000 in 2016.

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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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UPDATED – Agenda: Aviation Working Party (A.M. only) (17 November 2017)

Update: a revised agenda is available. The agenda includes items on the proposal on common rules in the field of civil aviation and establishing a European Union Aviation Safety Agency and on safeguarding competition in air transport will now also be discussed. The agenda also includes an examination of the revised Presidency compromise text and comments from France on safeguarding competition in air transport.

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Event: Exchange of views on Africa and aviation with DG MOVE and EASA (Brussels, 23 November 2017)

As part of the Africa Week of the European Parliament, the European Commission and the European Aviation Safety Agency have been invited to the next TRAN Committee meeting to provide an overall briefing on aviation safety in Africa. The exchange of views will take place on Thursday 23 November 2017 from 11.30-12.30 in the József Antall building, room JAN 2Q2 and will be web-streamed.

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Stakeholder Press Release: Towards compulsory driver-assistance systems

On the 14th of November 2017, the Members of the European Parliament adopted a resolution asking new cars to be equipped with driver-assistance systems capable of detecting pedestrians, braking automatically or adapting the speed. Many of the 25.000 yearly road fatalities could be avoided by using new technological systems to assist drivers in dangerous situations. Today they are the preserve of relatively few higher-end models, but given their obvious benefits MEPs want to make these systems compulsory on all new cars.

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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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