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Parliamentary questions
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6 November 2019
P-002844/2019(ASW)
Answer given by Ms Bulc on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: P-002844/2019

Should the United Kingdom leave the Union without an agreement, contingency measures adopted by the co-legislators — Regulation (EU) 2019/501(1) — provide for basic connectivity for a limited period of time to prevent ensuing serious disruptions.

As the contingency measure is subject to the United Kingdom granting Union operators equivalent rights, lorries belonging to EU hauliers should be able to continue to use the United Kingdom land bridge on their way to or from Ireland during the period when the contingency measure applies. The Commission understands that the United Kingdom authorities took measures to allow Irish hauliers to keep using the United Kingdom land bridge in case of a no-deal withdrawal. As Regulation (EU) 2019/501 currently stands, it ceases to apply on 31 December 2019. An extension until 31 July 2020 has been proposed by the Commission(2) and is currently being considered by the co-legislators.

In addition, on 4 September 2019 the Commission proposed to extend the scope of the European Solidarity Fund(3) to cover the serious financial burden that may be inflicted on Member States by a ‘no-deal’ scenario and to ensure that the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund is available to support workers who are made redundant as a result of a ‘no-deal’ scenario(4).

To limit possible disruptions of trade with Ireland, the Commission addressed also the maritime dimension. To cater for the short-term investment needs, the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) 2019 call was accessible to the comprehensive ports of the Trans-European Transport Network. The Commission will shortly announce the results of this call. In accordance with the ‘CEF Brexit Regulation’ (Regulation 2019/495(5)), which will apply in case of no-deal withdrawal, investments into equipment and infrastructure for security and checks on external borders will be a priority in the last phase of implementation of the current programming period of the CEF in the transport sector.

(1)Regulation (EU) 2019/501 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 March 2019 on common rules ensuring basic road freight and road passenger connectivity with regard to the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the Union, OJ L 85I, 27.3.2019, p. 39.
(2)COM(2019) 396 final, 4.9.2019.
(3)COM(2019) 399 final, 4.9.2019.
(4)COM(2019) 397 final, 4.9.2019. The European Parliament voted positively on the proposal in first reading on 22 October 2019
(5)Regulation (EU) 2019/495 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 March 2019 amending Regulation (EU) No 1316/2013 with regard to the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the Union, OJ L 85I, 27.3.2019, p. 16.

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