Note of the Director-General: Exceptional measures in transport to deal with COVID-19; Inability to comply with certain provisions of EU legislation

Member States have informed the Commission about difficulties to renew certain licenses or certificates for professional carriers, including vehicles and vessels certificates or transport workers, due to public measures that have become necessary in view of the COVID-19 outbreak. It has been reported to the Commission services that renewals or other steps necessary during the lifetime of a license or certificate have become impossible for different reasons. Thus, the competent national administration or body may not be in a position to deliver the necessary documents or because the person or entity concerned may be prevented from completing the necessary formalities or procedures.

Press Releases: EP Political Groups Reactions to COVID-19

New press releases are available.

Press Release: Joint statement of the members of the European Council, 26 March 2020

Following the informal video conference on 26 March 2020, the members of the European Council adopted a statement on the EU actions in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, EU enlargement, the earthquake in Croatia and the situation at the EU’s external borders.

OPP Meeting Summary: EP Plenary – Council and Commission statements – European coordinated response to the COVID-19 outbreak

A summary of the meeting is now available.

Press Release: Coronavirus – Commission issues guidance to ensure essential freight keeps moving by air

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Press Release: Coronavirus: Commission stands ready to continue supporting EU’s agri-food sector

Following the outbreak of coronavirus, the European Union’s agri-food sector is showing its resilience and continues to provide Europeans with high quality and safe food. Nonetheless, farmers and producers are facing difficulties and increasing pressure. Ensuring food security and an effective food supply chain across the continent remains one of the Commission’s priorities.

UPDATED – Agenda: Coreper 2 Meeting (24-25 March 2020)

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Press Release: Outcome of the meeting of EU Agriculture and Fisheries Ministers on solving COVID-19 impact on agriculture and fisheries sectors

The Croatian Presidency organized a videoconference of EU ministers responsible for agriculture and fisheries with the participation of EU Commissioners Janusz Wojciechowski and Virginijus Sinkevičius, to discuss measures already taken, as well as those planned at the national and European level in order to counteract the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on agriculture and fisheries sector.

Official Journal (L Series): Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/436 of 24 March 2020 amending Regulation (EC) No 906/2009 as regards its period of application

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Stakeholder Joint Statement: Transport keeps us going

Over 20 transport stakeholders have issued a joint statement.

On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 a pandemic and governments worldwide have taken wide-ranging measures to contain the spread of the virus. The transport sector has a crucial role to play in the supply of goods, in particular medicines, medical devices, food and other essential commodities needed to overcome this crisis. The transport sector also proves to be a vital instrument in these times where
many European citizens are restricted in their mobility.

Press Release: Antitrust – Commission prolongs the validity of block exemption for liner shipping consortia

The European Commission has prolonged for another four years the regulation outlining the conditions under which liner shipping consortia can provide joint services without infringing EU antitrust rules that prohibit anticompetitive agreements between companies. This regulation known as the “Consortia Block Exemption Regulation” is therefore extended until 25 April 2024. More specifically, liner shipping consortia are agreements between shipping companies to operate joint liner shipping services and engage in certain types of operational cooperation leading to economies of scale and a better utilisation of the space on vessels.

Official Journal (C Series): Communication from the Commission on the implementation of the Green Lanes under the Guidelines for border management measures to protect health and ensure the availability of goods and essential services

Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on the application by the Member States of Directive 2000/30/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 6 June 2000 on the technical roadside inspection of the roadworthiness of Commercial vehicles circulating in the Community

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Press Release: Coronavirus – Commission presents practical guidance to ensure continuous flow of goods across EU via green lanes

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Today, the Commission issued new practical advice on how to implement its Guidelines for border management, in order to keep freight moving across the EU during the current pandemic. To ensure that EU-wide supply chains continue to operate, Member States are requested to designate, without delay, all the relevant internal border-crossing points on the trans-European transport network (TEN-T) as ‘green lane’ border crossings. The green lane border crossings should be open to all freight vehicles, whatever goods they are carrying. Crossing the border, including any checks and health screening, should not take more than 15 minutes.

Press Release: COVID-19 – EU Member States join forces to keep priority traffic moving

The informal high-level videoconference of EU Transport Ministers, convened by the Croatian Presidency, saw a constructive and wide-ranging discussion on how best to ensure economic continuity, the smooth flow of essential goods – including food and medicine – the health and safety of transport workers, and their free movement across borders while focusing on containing the outbreak.

Agenda: Coreper 1 Meeting (20 March 2020)

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‘I/A’ Item Note: Draft Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on electronic freight transport information (first reading)

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‘I/A’ Item Note: Draft Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulations (EC) No 1071/2009, (EC) No 1072/2009 and (EU) No 1024/2012 with a view to adapting them to developments in the road transport sector (first reading)

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UPDATED – Position of the Council at first reading with a view to the adoption of a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on electronic freight transport information

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Position of the Council at first reading with a view to the adoption of a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulations (EC) No 1071/2009, (EC) No 1072/2009 and (EU) No 1024/2012 with a view to adapting them to developments in the road transport sector

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CANCELLED – Agenda: Working Party on Land Transport (16 March 2020)

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Press Release: Major action in Romania against thefts from driving trucks

A major action has been taken against a mainly Romanian criminal network, which has been stealing high-grade goods such as laptops, televisions and mobile phones from driving lorries on motorways. Charges have been pressed against 71 suspects, under the direction of the Romanian authorities, with the support of their counterparts in Spain, France, Finland, Sweden and The Netherlands. Furthermore, 73 houses have been searched, with profits of the thefts amounting to approximately EUR 1.6 million. Eurojust actively supported the judicial cooperation and coordination in this case. Europol provided analytical support.

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