The Council’s Permanent Representatives Committee today granted the Romanian presidency a mandate to negotiate with the European Parliament on a temporary extension of the validity of certain authorisations, certificates and licences to ensure continuity of train services between the EU (France and Ireland) and the United Kingdom without disruption in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a negotiated agreement. The aim of this extension is to allow bilateral agreements between an EU member state and the UK to be concluded and any other measures to be taken to avoid disruption, taking into account the status of the UK as a non-EU country. These measures are conditional on identical standards, requirements and procedures being applied to cross-border rail connectivity by the UK.
Update: Deadline was extended to 29 March 2019
The 2019 CEF Transport call, which makes €100 million available to support new and ongoing transport projects and was launched on 5 December 2018, is open for applications.
In this first ECA Journal of 2019, the ECA asks what the EU is doing for transport and mobility. What are the EU’s main objectives, what works well, and what doesn’t? And what are the key concerns, now and in the future?
European Investment Bank (EIB) lending amounted to EUR 3.74bn and covered a wide range of sectors, from roads and railway to energy distribution, green transport, urban revitalisation, healthcare and education. The EIB signed its first direct loans with Polish universities (Warsaw and Poznań medical universities) and invested in a social and affordable housing scheme in Poznań.
The Commission has today opened an in-depth investigation under EU State aid rules into the aid measures granted by Denmark and Sweden to the consortium owning and operating the Øresund fixed rail-road link, which consists in a toll-funded 16 kilometres long bridge, an artificial island and a tunnel for road and railway traffic from the Swedish coast to the Danish island of Amager.
The European Union Agency for Railways, in the scope of the EUMedRail project, co-organised with the Ministry of Transport and Egyptian National Railways a seminar on rail accidents investigations and safety culture last 22nd and 23rd January 2019 in Cairo. This event aimed to reinforce the exchange of views between the EU and Egyptian authorities and to promote the understanding of human factors issues faced in the investigation of railway accidents.
Since the 1990s, digitalisation has been advancing at speed across all industrial sectors, public entities and society at large; and railways are no exception. Digital technologies already govern rail customers’ expectations, ticket reservation and purchasing habits, operators’ information and payments systems, but experts believe these technologies have much more to offer the sector. Digitalisation is key to industry competitiveness and has therefore become an EU priority.