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.

UPDATED – Agenda: 3rd Meeting of the Commission Expert Group on Inland Waterway Transport (NAIADES II IMPLEMENTATION GROUP) (18 February 2019)

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

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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 Committee of the Regions NAT Commission (28-29 March 2019)

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Commission Staff Working Document for the Council Shipping Working Party IMO – Union submission to be submitted to the 101st session of the Committee on Maritime Safety (MSC 101) of the IMO in London from 5 – 14 June 2019 concerning a summary of the FIRESAFE I and II studies and their results as a Formal Safety Assessment (FSA)

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Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on port reception facilities for the delivery of waste from ships

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Written Answer to a Question: Marine pollution in the North Sea

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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 amending Regulation (EC) No 391/2009 with regard to the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the Union

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UPDATED – Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) No 1316/2013 with regard to the withdrawal of the United Kingdom 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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Agenda: Passenger ship safety expert sub-group (21 March 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ITRE Committee – Study on “Sector coupling: how can it be enhanced in the EU to foster grid stability and decarbonise?” (18 March 2019)

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Official Journal (L Series): Council Decision (EU) 2019/433 of 20 February 2018 on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the Association Committee meeting in Trade configuration established by the Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Moldova, of the other part, concerning the update of Annexes XXVIII-A (Rules applicable to financial services), XXVIII-B (Rules applicable to telecommunication services) and XXVIII-D (Rules applicable to international maritime transport) to the Agreement

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Delegated Regulation: European standards for alternative fuels infrastructure for L vehicles, shore-side electricity for inland navigation vessels

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UPDATED – Agenda: EP TRAN Committee Meeting (18 March 2019)

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