Briefing: Discontinuing seasonal changes of time

To end the biannual change of clocks that currently takes place in every Member State at the end of March and the end of October, on 12 September 2018 the European Commission adopted a proposal to discontinue the seasonal changes of time in the Union. The President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, presented the initiative in his State of the Union address as an issue of subsidiarity, underlining that ‘Member States should themselves decide whether their citizens live in summer or winter time’. The initiative, which would repeal existing provisions governed by Directive 2000/84/EC, proposes a timetable to end seasonal clock-changing arrangements in a coordinated way, in order to safeguard the proper functioning of the internal market and avoid the disruptions that this may cause, for instance, to the transport or communications sectors.

Briefing: Road transport: Driving, breaks, rest times and tachographs

The Driving Time and Tachograph Regulations were adopted to improve drivers’ working conditions and road safety, as well as to enhance compliance with the rules, and competition between road operators. In the context of the European Commission’s 2017 ‘Europe on the move’ package, the current proposal aims to remedy the shortcomings of these regulations, on which a broad consensus has emerged: lack of clarity, non-uniform implementation, insufficient enforcement and a need for strengthened cooperation between Member States and authorities. 

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: Could Connected and Automated Vehicles Road Congestion?

Can highly automated vehicles fare better than traditional cars in traffic gridlock conditions? Cooperation between vehicle intelligent transport systems via connected vehicles may provide a solution.

Briefing: Access to the occupation of road transport operator and to the international road haulage market

The regulations on admission to the occupation of road transport operator and on access to the international road transport market have been contributing to the functioning of EU road transport and fair competition between resident and non-resident hauliers since December 2011. Despite the improvements they have brought to the sector, however, persistent shortcomings such as diverging national application of the rules and uneven enforcement called for a revision of both acts. On 31 May 2017, as part of a ‘mobility package’, the European Commission adopted a new proposal to address the main shortcomings affecting the sector, and improve its competitiveness and efficiency. In June 2018, Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN) adopted its report and a negotiating mandate for trilogue. However, Parliament did not endorse the mandate and in July 2018, rejected the report, referring it back to the committee. On 10 January 2019, the TRAN committee adopted a compromise proposal but failed to reach an agreement on the two linked files on driving times and posting. The coordinators finally decided to recommend to the Conference of Presidents to place this proposal and the two other linked social mobility proposals on the plenary agenda for a new vote.

Agenda: Working Party on Technical Harmonisation (Motor Vehicles) (26 March 2019)

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Event: The road to decarbonisation – Long-term biofuels policy in a changing EU political landscape (Brussels, 19 May 2019)

EURACTIV invites you to this high-level Stakeholder Forum to discuss how EU policy can better fulfill its long-term decarbonisation strategy and the role of renewable ethanol in this effort. And it will assess the effect a changing EU political landscape – new Parliament, new Commission – will have on policy.

Press Release: Register now for the CIVITAS Forum 2019

How and why have things changed since then? What has the role of CIVITAS been in this? What must be done to make sure that the shift towards sustainable, safe and connected mobility continues?

To examine these vital questions, the CIVITAS Forum 2019 is going ‘back to the future’ to look at the interplay between new technology and classic mobility solutions in the present day. With cities turning to people-centric planning and reclaiming public space, the importance of two legs and wheels is being rediscovered.

UPDATED – Merger Case: M.8652 ACCURIDE / MEFRO WHEELS

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Draft Agenda: European Parliament Plenary Session (3 – 4 April 2019)

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Press Release: ESCAPE project launches positioning module for autonomous driving

Automated vehicles are on the way, and the European GNSS Agency (GSA) sees satellite navigation as a core technology that will help to ensure their safe operation. At the recent Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the GSA shared its space with the ‘ESCAPE’ project, an EU-funded initiative that has developed a unique positioning module for autonomous or semi-autonomous driving.

UPDATED – Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the interoperability of electronic road toll systems and facilitating cross-border exchange of information on the failure to pay road fees in the Union (recast)

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Briefing: Road transport: Social and market rules

In May 2017, to upgrade social and market rules in the road haulage sector, the European Commission put forward a set of three proposals: on driving times, posting and cabotage. In June 2018, the European Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN) adopted its reports on these proposals and mandates to launch interinstitutional negotiations. However, the plenary rejected the mandates to start negotiations and subsequently the three reports, referring them back to the TRAN committee in July 2018. In January 2019, the committee adopted a new set of amendments on cabotage but failed to reach an agreement on the two linked files on driving times and posting. The three files are expected to be put to a new vote in plenary in March.

Update – Agenda: Coreper 1 Meeting (6 & 8 March 2019)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Environment Council (5 March 2019)

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Reply to National Parliament: Commission Decision regarding the follow-up to National Parliaments’ Opinions – reply to the Riksdag (SE) – COM(2018) 283 final

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Implementing Regulation: Regulation on on-board weighing equipment

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JRC Policy Report: Research and innovation capacity in transport infrastructure

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UPDATED – Amendments to the Report: EP ITRE Committee on Labelling of tyres: fuel efficiency and other essential parameters

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Briefing: New EU rules on labelling of tyres

On 17 May 2018, the European Commission adopted a proposal for a new regulation on the labelling of tyres for the purposes of fuel efficiency, safety, and noise reduction. This would repeal and replace the 2009 Tyre Labelling Regulation (TLR), while maintaining and reinforcing most of its key provisions. The proposed regulation seeks to increase consumer awareness of the tyre label and improve market surveillance and enforcement of TLR provisions across the EU Member States. It would oblige suppliers to display the tyre label in all forms of purchase, including where the tyre is not physically shown in the store and where it is sold online or on a long-distance basis.

Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on electronic freight transport information

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Event: The future of transport – The challenge of new technologies for road safety (Brussels, 16 May 2019)

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