OPP Meeting Summary: EP REGI Committee – Cohesion Policy and thematic objective ‘promoting sustainable transport and removing bottlenecks in key network infrastructures’ (7 December 2017)

A summary of the committee’s exchange of views is available.  Full article…

Briefing: Revision of the Eurovignette Directive

The Commission adopted a legislative proposal for a directive amending Directive 1999/62/EC on the charging of heavy goods vehicles for the use of certain infrastructures (known as the Eurovignette Directive) in May 2017. The initiative is linked to two wider strategies, the energy union strategy, which inter alia envisaged a road transport package, including more efficient infrastructure pricing, and the Commission’s strategy for low-emission mobility. The proposal was presented within the context of the Commission’s ‘Europe on the move’ package that seeks to modernise mobility and transport and includes several legislative proposals. The objective of the Eurovignette proposal, which substantially amends the existing legislation by extending the scope of vehicles covered, is to make progress in the application of the ‘polluter pays’ and ‘user pays’ principles.

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Briefing: Priority dossiers under the Bulgarian EU Council Presidency

Bulgaria will hold the EU Council Presidency from January to June 2018. This will be the first time Bulgaria has held the rotating presidency since it joined the EU in 2007. Its Presidency is part of the Trio Presidency composed of Estonia, Bulgaria and Austria. It is to be noted that a new Joint Declaration is being prepared and will be negotiated by the three Presidents in early December 2017. It is likely that the new Joint Declaration will cover January 2018-May 2019, to coincide with the legislative cycle of the European Parliament. Taking into account the need for active dialogue with EU citizens, Bulgaria will strive to achieve progress in the field of security, employment, sustainable growth and ensuring a stronger EU presence on the world stage. In particular, it tasks itself with focusing on youth questions and security issues as horizontal priorities. The Bulgarian government has announced three broad messages for its programme: Consensus, Competitiveness and Cohesion.

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Stakeholder Press Release: 2nd anniversary of EU Aviation Strategy: A4E calls on policy-makers to continue to deliver

Two years in the EU’s Aviation Strategy, A4E calls on policymakers and stakeholders to continue delivering for the future of aviation in Europe. The achievements and benefits of 25 years of the single market can be furthered through bold policies that would ensure the continuous, clean, safe and competitive mobility of all travellers in Europe.

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OPP Meeting Summary: Transport Council – Mobility Package I: Road charging (5 December 2017)

A summary of the Council’s policy debate on the road charging aspects of the mobility package is now available.

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UPDATED – Agenda: Transport Council (5 December 2017)

Update: The main results are available.

The agenda items concern energy, climate & environment, digital, transport, and general policy.

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Stakeholder Press Release: Will more kilometre charging for trucks hasten the end of time-based vignettes?

The days of time-based charges for heavy-goods vehicles may be numbered after it emerged that two more EU member countries are close to introducing distance-based charging schemes for heavy goods vehicles. The Netherlands and Bulgaria plan to introduce distance-based charging, and the timing could be important for the future of truck charging in Europe.

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP TRAN Committee – Public hearing on Mobility package: Road charges (23 November 2017)

The summary of the committee’s hearing on the road charges aspects of the Mobility Package is now available.

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Agenda: Coreper 1 Meeting (22 & 24 November 2017)

Agenda items include energy & environment, digital, trade, transport and general policy items.

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Note: Proposals for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 1999/62/EC on the charging of heavy goods vehicles for the use of certain infrastructures (vehicle taxation and Eurovignette) and 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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Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 1999/62/EC on the charging of heavy goods vehicles for the use of certain infrastructures

Proposal for a Council Directive amending Directive 1999/62/EC on the charging of heavy goods vehicles for the use of certain infrastructures, as regards certain provisions on vehicle taxation

Proposal for a 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) (Text with EEA relevance)

− Policy debate

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Public Hearing: EP TRAN Committee on the Mobility package – market/social aspects and road charges (Brussels, 22 and 23 November 2017)

The TRAN Committee will reopen a debate on the functioning of the EU internal market in road transport and its social aspects. At the hearing, experts will present their views on the legislative proposals of the mobility package and follow up with a discussion with Members. The first part of the hearing on internal market and social aspects will take place on Wednesday 22 November 2017 from 10.00-12.00 and the second part on road charges on Thursday 23 November 2017 from 9.30-11.30, both in the József Antall building. The hearing will be web-streamed.

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Agenda: Working Party on Land Transport (16 November 2017)

The agenda items include the charging of heavy goods vehicles for the use of certain infrastructures (Eurovignette and vehicle taxation), a Continuation of preparation of the policy debate 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), on access to the international road haulage market, on minimum requirements on maximum daily and weekly driving times, minimum breaks and daily and weekly rest periods and Regulation (EU) 165/2014 as regards positioning by means of tachographs, posting drivers in the road transport sector and a Continuation of examination of the draft progress report on the use of vehicles hired without drivers for the carriage of goods by road.

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP TRAN Committee – Presentation by the European Commission of a study on taxation in tourism and of a Commission Staff Working Document on Nautical Tourism (9 November 2017)

A summary of the Policy Department’s presentation on taxation in tourism and of a Commission Staff Working Document on Nautical Tourism is now available.

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Agenda: EP TRAN Committee Meeting (22-23 November 2017)

The agenda items concern energy, environment and transport policy.

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Agenda: Working Party on Land Transport (13 November 2017)

The agenda items include the continuation of the consultation of the Special Committee in view of the next round of negotiations on adoption of the text of a Convention on international through railway traffic, the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the Ministerial Council set up under the Treaty establishing the Transport Community, an oral debriefing on the first technical trilogue on the initial qualification and periodic training of drivers of certain road vehicles for the carriage of goods or passengers and Directive 2006/126/EC on driving licences, the charging of heavy goods vehicles for the use of certain infrastructures (Eurovignette and vehicle taxation), a preparation of the policy debate 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), an item on amending Regulation (EC) No 1071/2009 and Regulation (EC) No 1072/2009 with a view to adapting them to developments in the sector, on minimum requirements on maximum daily and weekly driving times, minimum breaks and daily and weekly rest periods and Regulation (EU) 165/2014 as regards positioning by means of tachographs, on posting drivers in the road transport sector and the Draft progress report on the use of vehicles hired without drivers for the carriage of goods by road.

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