Briefing: Combined transport directive review: Getting more goods off EU roads

The European Union’s efforts to reduce the negative impacts of transport include promoting a shift from road freight transport to lower-emission transport modes. This also includes combined transport operations, which consist of at least one road leg for initial or final haulage and one non road leg, on rail or water. The 1992 Combined Transport Directive set out measures that were meant to increase the competitiveness of combined transport against road-only transport. In 2017, the Commission proposed to simplify the existing rules and make combined transport more attractive by means of economic incentives. The European Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism adopted its report in July 2018, and the Transport Council meeting of 3 December 2018 agreed a general approach. However, as trilogue neogitations have not made progress on reaching a compromise, Parliament has decided to close the file at first reading, with a plenary vote scheduled for March 2019.

Press Release: Railway safety and connectivity with the UK – Council adopts Brexit contingency measures

The EU is ensuring continuity of train services between the EU (France and Ireland) and the United Kingdom in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal. The Council adopted yesterday a regulation on a temporary extension of the validity of certain authorisations, certificates and licences that are needed to run the services. The aim of this extension is to allow the parties concerned to conclude the necessary agreements and take any other measures to avoid disruption, taking into account the status of the UK as a non-EU country.

Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on certain aspects of railway safety and connectivity with regard to the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the Union

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Written Answer to a Question: Hyundai’s successful bid in the call for tender for trams in Warsaw

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UPDATED – Agenda: Environment Council (5 March 2019)

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JRC Policy Report: Research and innovation capacity in transport infrastructure

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Agenda: Meeting of the European Economic and Social Committee Consultative Commission on Industrial Change (26 March 2019)

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Question for Written Answer: Rail infrastructure plan – implementation rate

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UPDATED – Amendments to the Report: EP TRAN Committee on the proposal for a directive amending Directive 92/106/EEC on the establishment of common rules for certain types of combined transport of goods between Member States

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UPDATED – Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on common rules ensuring basic road freight and road passenger connectivity with regard to the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the Union

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UPDATED – Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on certain aspects of railway safety and connectivity with regard to the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the Union

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Notice of Meeting: EU-Western Balkans Transport Community Treaty ‒ Fourth meeting of the Regional Steering Committee (28 March 2019)

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UPDATED – Agenda: General Affairs Council (19 March 2019)

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Press Release: Bringing the Benefits of Global Satellite Navigation to Railway Customers in Europe and Beyond

Vienna, 18 March 2019 – The Austrian Infrastructure Minister Nobert Hofer welcomed an illustrious group of European and international experts to discuss the important role of satellite-based positionning technology for the future of the European railway sector today in Vienna. While traditional and ageing technologies are being gradually, phased out, satellite technology opens up new possibilities for providing a scalable solution for railway positioning and increasing the safety of rail transport. It also supports cost efficiency for rail infrastructure, and promises to become a global success for the exportation of European technologies such as the European Train Control System (ETCS).

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

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Agenda: European Economic and Social Committee Plenary Session (20-21 March 2019)

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Agenda: Working Party on Land Transport (22 March 2019)

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Comitology Meeting: Railway Interoperability and Safety Committee (9 – 10 April 2019)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Coreper 2 (13 & 15 March 2019)

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Agenda: Working Party on Transport – Intermodal Questions and Networks (15 March 2019)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Commission expert group on the technical pillar of the 4th Railway Package (main group) (18 December 2018)

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UPDATED – Agenda: EU Rail Passenger Security Platform (main group) (20 February 2019)

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