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24-09-2019

Step up efforts to boost development of alternative fuels infrastructure, say transport MEPs

EU Commission and member states need to redouble efforts to achieve broad coverage and even distribution of alternative fuels infrastructure across the EU. (Read more)

14-06-2018

MEPs to vote on overhaul of road transport rules in July

MEPs decided to vote on the proposals for drivers’ rest periods, posting of drivers and rules to tackle illegal practices in road transport in the July plenary session. (Read more)

12-06-2018

EU-wide rules for safety of drones approved by European Parliament

MEPs backed new EU-wide rules to ensure the safe use of drones and to update aviation safety rules. (Read more)

04-06-2018

New rules on drivers’ working conditions and fair competition in road transport

Updated EU rules to fight illegal practices in road transport and to help improve drivers' employment conditions were approved by the Transport Committee.(Read more)

31-05-2018

Car clocking: MEPs call for new legislation to combat odometer fraud

To tackle used car odometer fraud more effectively, the EU Commission should propose new legislation within twelve months, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Thursday. (Read more)

Discovering Europe: Free EU rail pass for 18 year olds

A pilot project enabling 15,000 young people to travel around Europe by train this summer is to be rolled out by the EU Commission, acting on Parliament’s proposals. (Read more)

24-05-2018

Road use charges: reforms aim to improve fairness and environmental protection

EU countries imposing time-based road use charges will need to switch to distance-based ones for trucks and buses from 2023 and cars from 2026, under draft rules adopted today. (Read more)

25-04-2018

European Parliament Transport MEPs call for new legislation to tackle mileage reading fraud

To tackle odometer fraud in used cars more effectively, the Commission should propose new legislation within twelve months, say MEPs. (Read more)

20-03-2018

Safeguarding fair competition in air transport

Transport MEPs voted on new rules to better protect EU air carriers and to ensure fair competition in air transport. (Read more)

13-03-2018

Parliament calls for clear targets to speed up deployment of intelligent transport systems

MEPs welcome the strategy on Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) to boost deployment of digital technologies in transport to help improve road safety and reduce congestion. (Read more)

13-03-2018

Improving cross-border parcel delivery to boost buying online

Clearer information on the prices of parcel delivery services should help to increase consumer confidence in cross-border shopping and shipping. (Read more)

20-02-2018

Transport MEPs welcome Commission strategy to boost connected and automated mobility

MEPs welcome the Commission push for coordinated deployment of digital technologies in transport in a draft resolution voted in the Transport and Tourism Committee on Tuesday. (Read more)

16-02-2018

Transport and Tourism Committee delegation to Italy

Statement by Karima Delli, TRAN Committee Chair and head of EP delegation

23-01-2018

European Parliament Transport MEPs approve provisional agreement on EU-wide rules for drones

A provisional deal between Parliament and Council negotiators on EU-wide rules for drones and on updating civil aviation safety rules was approved by the Transport and Tourism Committee on Tuesday. (Read more)

23-01-2018

European Parliament Cross-border parcel delivery services: transport MEPs approve provisional deal with Council

A provisional agreement on rules to help make cross-border parcel delivery rates fairer and more transparent was approved by the Transport and tourism Committee on Tuesday. (Read more)

14-12-2017

Better cross-border parcel delivery services to boost e-commerce

MEPs and Estonian EU Council Presidency negotiators have struck a provisional deal on rules to make cross-border parcel delivery rates more transparent, so as to boost online purchases. (Read more)

14-12-2017

MEPs call for concrete action to reduce transport emissions and meet Paris Agreement commitments

Minimum targets for zero emission cars and emissions reductions in air and maritime sectors needed to meet Paris Agreement commitments, say MEPs in a resolution adopted on Thursday.(Read more)

3-11-2017

Drones: new EU-wide rules to boost safety and privacy

The first ever EU-wide rules for the civil use of drones were agreed by EP and Council negotiators on Thursday morning. (Read more here)

13-11-2017

Road safety: making driver-assistance systems compulsory in new cars

All new cars should be equipped with driver-assistance systems capable of detecting pedestrians, braking automatically or adapting the speed, according to MEPs. (Read more)

12-10-2017

Better cross-border parcel deliveries to boost e-commerce and help consumers

The Transport and Tourism Committee on Thursday approved draft rules which aim to improve the quality and pricing of cross-border parcel delivery services. (Read more)

12-10-2017

Concrete action needed to reduce transport emissions and meet climate targets

Minimum targets for zero emission cars and emissions reductions in air and maritime sectors needed to meet Paris Agreement commitments, say transport MEPs in a resolution voted on Thursday. (Read more)

12-10-2017

Mandatory driver assistance systems needed to protect cyclists and pedestrians

To help reduce traffic accidents, new cars, trucks and buses should be equipped with driver assistance systems, transport MEPs say in a draft resolution voted on Thursday. (Read more)

04-10-2017

Boosting passenger ship safety

MEPs backed modernised passenger ship safety rules in a vote on Wednesday. (Read more)

03-10-2017

Ryanair: MEPs urge Commission to better protect passengers’ and workers’ rights

MEPs expressed dismay about the difficulties faced by passengers, following the cancellation of thousands of flights by Ryanair. (Read more)

15-09-2017

TRAN delegation to visit Bulgaria

A Transport and Tourism Committee delegation led by Mr. Wim Van de Camp (EPP, NL) will visit Bulgaria from 18-20 September. (Read more)

11-07-2017

Clearer safety rules for passenger ships

Transport MEPs backed the provisional agreement reached with the Maltese EU Council Presidency on updating passenger ship safety rules in a vote on Tuesday. (Read more)

27-06-2017

Provisional agreement on professional qualifications in inland navigation

Parliament and Maltese Council Presidency negotiators reached a provisional agreement on Tuesday on common rules for the certification of boatmasters and other deck crew in the inland navigation sector by national authorities. The rules provide for the recognition of these certificates in other EU member states, including for the Rhine river. (Read more)

20-06-2017

European Parliament Transport MEPs quiz Commissioner Bulc on road mobility package proposals

Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc presented the road mobility package proposals to the Transport and Tourism Committee on Monday, followed by a discussion with the MEPs. (Read more)

15-06-2017

EP negotiators welcome provisional deal on passenger ship safety rules

EP negotiators welcome the agreement reached with the Maltese EU Council Presidency on the revised rules on passenger ship safety standards, inspections and passenger registration. (Read more)

31-05-2017

MEPs react to the road transport “mobility package” proposals

MEPs share first views on proposals to boost fairness and sustainability in road transport presented by Commissioners Šefčovič and Bulc. (Read more)

31-05-2017

Mobility Package: Statement by EP transport committee Chair Karima Delli

“The proposals of the European Commission for road transport are highly expected by a sector that is key to the European economy. The European Parliament recently voted a resolution tabled by the Committee for Transport and Tourism, to call the Commission to take into account its main concerns regarding road transport,” said Karima Delli (Greens/EFA, FR), Chair of the Transport and Tourism Committee. (Read more)

19-05-2017

Transport MEPs visit Estonia and Lithuania next week

A delegation of Transport and Tourism Committee MEPs will visit Tallinn, Estonia and Vilnius and Kaunas in Lithuania from 22 to 24 May 2017 to discuss the state of play with the Rail Baltica project, boosting multimodal transport links, EU funded projects and air connectivity with ministers, national authorities and sector representatives. (Read more)

18-05-2017

Boost innovation, fairness, sustainability and safety with upcoming road initiatives, say MEPs

The upcoming road initiatives from the Commission should provide a boost to the transport sector sustainability, fairness, safety and innovation, say MEPs in a resolution adopted on Thursday. (Read more)

04-05-2017

Transport MEPs discuss upcoming proposals with Commissioner Bulc

MEPs quizzed Commissioner Violeta Bulc on the timeline and contents of upcoming proposals on transport legislation in a debate in the Transport and Tourism Committee on Wednesday. (Read more)

11-04-2017

MEPs discuss ways to promote gender equality in the transport sector

MEPs discussed ways to improve gender balance in the transport sector with European Commission, public and private sector experts in a public hearing in the Transport and Tourism Committee on Tuesday. (Read more)

11-04-2017

Transport MEPs back passenger ship safety rules update

Revised rules to boost passenger ship safety and remove red tape were backed by the Transport and Tourism Committee on Tuesday. (Read more)

23-03-2017

MEPs debate way forward in cutting emissions in the transport sector

MEPs discussed possible solutions for moving toward low-emission mobility in the EU during a hearing with transport sector representatives in the Transport and Tourism Committee on Wednesday. (Read more)

22-03-2017

MEPs debate visa policy and its impact on the tourism sector

Tourism is a major contributor to European economy and EU visa policy reform needs to continue, but new security concerns also need to be addressed, MEPs said in a debate in the Transport and Tourism Committee on Wednesday with tourism sector and Commission representatives. (Read more)

15-03-2017

German road toll scheme would breach EU non-discrimination rule, say MEPs

Germany’s planned road toll scheme for private cars would discriminate against foreign drivers, even though changes to it have been accepted by the EU Commission, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Wednesday. They argue that the scheme would breach EU law by allowing German drivers to deduct toll costs from their vehicle tax, even though foreigners cannot do so. (Read more)

01-03-2017

Transport MEPs quizzed Commission and experts on costs of stricter border checks for transport companies

The Transport and Tourism Committee held a hearing on ways in which recent strengthened border checks have affected the transport sector, with presentations on the economic costs by experts from France Stratégie, Transport & Mobility Leuven, International Road Transport Union and the European Commission, on Tuesday. (Read more)

28-02-2017

Road transport: Boost innovation, fairness, sustainability and safety, say Transport MEPs

The upcoming road initiatives from the Commission should provide a boost to the transport sector sustainability, safety and innovation and foster technological development of vehicles, alternative fuels and assure access of transport SMEs to the market, say MEPs in a draft resolution adopted by the Transport and Tourism Committee on Tuesday. (Read more)

28-02-2017

The revised German road toll proposal still has elements that breach EU law, say Transport MEPs

The intended German toll system still has elements that represent a breach of EU law, say MEPs in a draft resolution adopted in the Transport and Tourism Committee on Tuesday. National toll systems, introducing fees indirectly or directly based on nationality, would be contrary to European law, they add. (Read more)

26-01-2017

European Parliament Aviation Strategy: Transport MEPs urge member states to agree on air traffic management and air passenger rights rules

Transport MEPs welcome the efforts to boost the aviation sector by finding new market opportunities and dismantling existing barriers in its recommendations on an Aviation Strategy for Europe adopted in the Transport and Tourism Committee on Thursday. (Read more)

26-01-2017

Maltese Presidency priorities discussed in committee Maltese Presidency priorities discussed in committee

The priorities of the Maltese Presidency of the EU Council of Ministers are being outlined to parliamentary committees by Maltese ministers at a series of meetings taking place in January. (Read more)

25-01-2017

European Parliament Transport committee elects its chair and vice-chairs

EP Transport and Tourism Committee MEPs elected Karima Delli (Greens/EFA, FR) as committee chair for the second half of the legislature, on Wednesday. MEPs also re-elected Dominique RIQUET (ALDE, FR), Dieter-Lebrecht KOCH (EPP, DE), Tomasz Piotr PORĘBA (ECR, PL) and István UJHELYI (S&D, HU) as vice-chairs. (Read more)

14-12-2016

EU ports: MEPs back rules on clear user fees and public funding

The fees and funding that EU ports get from shipping lines and governments should become clearer thanks to new rules backed by MEPs on Wednesday. (Read more)

14-12-2016

MEPs back new rules to boost rail travel

Public contracts to supply domestic passenger rail services in EU countries will normally have to be put out to tender under new rules backed by Parliament on Wednesday. These rules also aim to boost investment and the development of new commercial services. (Read more)

05-12-2016

MEPs back reform of domestic rail services: more choice for better services

Easier access for all rail operators to domestic rail markets should give rail passengers more choice and better quality services under draft rules backed by Transport and Tourism Committee on Monday. (Read more)

11-11-2016

Inland waterways: Transport MEPs back mutual recognition of professional qualifications of crew

Draft rules for mutual recognition on professional qualifications of boatmasters and deck crew on inland waterways in the EU were approved on Thursday in the Transport and Tourism Committee. The rules aim to bolster the development of the sector and reduce obstacles to mobility of workers by introducing a competence-based system that enables crew members’ qualifications to be recognised across the EU. (Read more)

10-11-2016

Aviation safety: transport MEPs back draft EU rules on drones and emerging risks 

Plans to update EU civil aviation safety rules to address emerging risks were amended and approved by Transport and Tourism Committee MEPs on Thursday. The updated EU regulation will also introduce the EU-level requirements for drones, to ensure safety and privacy. (Read more)

12-10-2016

Improve conditions for small transport firms, boost innovation, say transport MEPs

Growing urbanisation and increasing traffic congestion create a significant burden on the economy and require that transport is increasingly integrated, digitalised and multi-modal, say MEPs in an own-initiative report adopted in the Transport and Tourism committee on Tuesday. Small transport companies with the ability to innovate have a crucial role to play in the transport system, and development of collaborative business models can optimise vehicle and infrastructure use, they add. (Read more)

12-10-2016

Improving transparency and efficiency of ports: Transport MEPs approve deal with Council

New rules to improve transparency in financial relations between public authorities, ports and port service providers and a framework for the organisation of port services were approved by the EP Transport and Tourism Committee on Tuesday. The text was provisionally agreed by Council and EP negotiators in June. (Read more)

27-09-2016

Boost development of transport infrastructure in Central and Eastern Europe, transport MEPs say

Improvements in maximising the use of EU funding are needed to reduce disparities in infrastructure developments between Central and Eastern Europe and the rest of the EU, MEPs say in an own-initiative report voted in the Transport and Tourism committee on Monday. EU member states and the European Commission should focus on completing the TEN-T corridors, bridging missing links, removing bottlenecks and improve connections between different modes of transport. (Read more)

01-09-2016

Slovak Presidency priorities discussed in committee

The priorities of the Slovak Presidency of the EU Council of Ministers are being outlined to parliamentary committees by Slovak ministers at a series of meetings taking place in July, August and September. (Read more)

12-07-2016

Transport MEPs approve agreement on rules for domestic passenger rail market opening

A provisional agreement between EP and Council negotiators to open up the EU domestic passenger rail markets and to ensure equal conditions for railway companies with the aim of improving quality of services and rail sector performance was approved in the EP Transport and Tourism Committee on Tuesday. (Read more)

28-04-2016

Eliminating technical and administrative obstacles to boost European railways

Rules designed to reduce the technical obstacles that differing national standards and procedures create for rail operators and rolling stock manufacturers were approved by the European Parliament on Thursday. The rules agreed by Parliament and Council negotiators on the “technical pillar” of the 4th railway package will cut time and cost of certifying that operators, locomotives and carriages meet safety and technical standards. (Read more)

20-04-2016

Agreement on opening up of the EU passenger railway market

A provisional agreement to open up the EU market for domestic passenger rail transport and to ensure equal conditions for railway companies was reached by European Parliament and Council negotiators on Tuesday evening. It aims to boost the quality of services offered to passengers and to improve the performance of the rail sector. (Read more)

15-03-2016

Eliminating technical barriers to give a boost to European railways

Draft rules that aim to remove the technical obstacles that differing national standards and procedures place in the way of rail operators and rolling stock were approved in the Transport and Tourism committee on Tuesday. The rules agreed between Parliament and Council negotiators, on the “technical pillar” of the 4th railway package should cut the time and cost involved in certifying that operators, locomotives and carriages meet safety and technical standards. (Read more)

08-03-2016

Port services: improving efficiency to boost trade

Draft rules designed to boost the efficiency and cut the cost of services supplied at EU maritime ports, such as mooring and towage, were voted by Parliament on Tuesday. Ensuring transparency in the setting of fees for using port services and infrastructure, and in any public funding that ports receive, should help to prevent price abuse and market distortions and thus boost trade, MEPs say. But current port service arrangements could remain, provided they meet minimum requirements, they add. (Read more)

26-01-2016

Dutch Presidency priorities discussed in committee

The priorities of the Dutch Presidency of the EU Council of Ministers are being outlined to parliamentary committees by Dutch ministers at a series of meetings, between 11 and 14 January and continuing this week. (Read more)

25-01-2016

Ports: transport MEPs favour clear public funding rules, but not free market access

Draft rules to improve the transparency of public funding for key EU ports and common rules for ports wishing to restrict the number of service providers were approved by the Transport Committee on Monday. But the committee rejected a proposed “one size fits all” EU-wide free market access rule for suppliers of port services such as towage, mooring and pilotage. Ports themselves must be able to decide how their port services are organised, so as to ensure security and safety, say MEPs. (Read more)

21-12-2015

Uber: Transport MEPs discuss transport networking companies

The social, economic and legal aspects of transport networking companies like Uber were at the centre of a debate in the Transport and Tourism Committee on Monday. (Read more)

01-12-2015

Transport MEPs call for more efforts in ensuring sustainable urban transport

Ambitious emissions ceilings and a timeframe for real-world emissions testing should be set, say MEPs in an own-initiative report on sustainable urban mobility voted on Tuesday in the Transport and Tourism committee. Ensuring reliable public transport and promoting car-sharing as well as ICT to help reduce the need for journeys to work would help reduce traffic congestion, and cycling and walking should be encouraged, they say. (Read more)

 

11-11-2015

EP calls for measures to boost EU aviation sector and fight unfair competition

To boost the EU's air transport economy, the EU needs to ensure a level playing field, while upholding high safety and social standards, says Parliament in a resolution passed on Wednesday and intended to feed into the Commission’s forthcoming aviation package. (Read more)

29-10-2015

Drones: guidelines for rules on commercial and recreational use and safety

As commercial services using drones take off and their recreational use becomes ever more popular, it must be ensured that they pose no threat to public safety or personal privacy, said MEPs in a resolution passed on Thursday at the initiative of the Transport Committee. (Read more)

 

29-10-2015

Develop satellite tracking of aircraft to improve safety and security, urge MEPs

Satellite technology that could one day track aircraft anywhere, so as to enhance safety, prevent safety and security breaches and facilitate data recovery for crash investigations, should be allocated its own radio spectrum band, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Thursday. They urge the EU Commission to put the case for earmarking this satellite-specific band, in order to promote development work, at the November 2015 meeting of the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15) in Geneva. (Read more)

27-10-2015

MEPs ask EU Commission to monitor investigations into car emission test fraud

Emissions testing fraud should be investigated thoroughly and those responsible should face appropriate sanctions, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Tuesday. They say that the EU emissions testing system should be strengthened to ensure that EU emission limits are respected and that vehicles exceeding these limits are discovered quickly. They also recommend considering whether to establish an EU-level surveillance authority. (Read more)

16-09-2015

Rules for drones for civilian use are urgently needed to take advantage of economic potential, ensure safety and data protection, say Transport MEPs

New rules are needed in order to boost development in the civilian unmanned aircraft sector in Europe, but disproportionate regulations that deter investment should be avoided, said Transport and Tourism committee MEPs in a report adopted on Tuesday. A risk based approach and ‘detect-and-avoid' technologies should be the basis to ensure safety, and privacy and data protection guarantees should be embedded into the rules, they said. (Read more)

 

07-07-2015

Boost efforts to provide single ticketing for trips across EU borders, say MEPs

Integrated ticketing for travel across EU borders using more than one mode of transport would increase the use of public transport, said MEPs on Tuesday. They call on EU countries to improve and connect timetables and on providers to develop multimodal cross-border "journey planners". If there is no progress by 2020 they will call for legislation. (Read more)

18-06-2015

EP negotiators welcome informal deal on technical aspects of rail reform package

An informal deal to remove the technical obstacles that differing national standards and procedures place in the way of rail operators and rolling stock manufacturers was struck by MEPs and EU and the Latvian Presidency of the Council of Ministers on Wednesday. This deal, on the “technical pillar” of the 4th railway package should cut the time and cost involved in certifying that operators, locomotives and carriages meet safety and technical standards. (Read more)

 

28-05-2015

Boost efforts to develop intermodal ticketing, say Transport MEPs

Member states should cooperate to share timetable and fare information and boost the development of intermodal ticketing services, said MEPs in a draft report voted in the Transport and Tourism Committee on Thursday. The Commission should act in a supporting role, but if no significant progress is made by 2020, they would call for EU legislative action. (Read more)

 

07-05-2015

Transport MEPs: Europe should take the opportunity to lead the way in drones for civil use

The EU could be a global player in the field of manufacturing and operations of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in civil aviation, Transport MEPs stressed in a debate on Tuesday. However, safety and data protection issues must be addressed, they said. (Read more)

 

07-05-2015

MEPs start debate on port services proposal

MEPs set out their initial thoughts in a first discussion on the 2013 Commission proposal on market access in port services and guidelines for ports financing in the Transport and Tourism committee on Tuesday. They focused on the need for more financial transparency of ports and on ensuring protection of workers. (Read more)

 

 

14-04-2015

CEF funds to be used for EFSI only as a last resort, say Transport MEPs

Parts of the Commission’s proposals for the European Fund for Strategic Investments, which foresee the reallocation of €3,3 bn from the Connecting Europe Facility to provide a part of the €16 bn for the guarantee fund should be deleted, Transport MEPs suggested in their opinion approved on Tuesday. This target amount should instead be met by gradual budgetary commitments to the guarantee fund to be decided in the frame of the annual budgetary procedure, they add. (Read more)

 

25-03-2015

MEPs urge Commission to clarify whether minimum wage may apply to foreign lorry drivers

The question of whether Germany’s minimum pay rules should apply to foreign lorry drivers using its roads divided MEPs evenly in a debate with transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc on Wednesday evening. The European Commission is still assessing the implications of these rules, which the Germany partially suspended (for transit drivers) early this year, but they must in any event comply with EU law, she said. (Read more)

10-03-2015

MEPs call for EU aid to road hauliers in a debate on Russian import ban

Many MEPs called for solidarity among EU member states and concrete steps by the European Commission to aid road hauliers hit by Russian restrictions on food and farm produce imports from the EU, in a debate on Monday evening. The import ban’s impact on hauliers has been neglected, even though the EU has taken measures to support producers of fruit, vegetables and dairy produce, said Transport Committee MEPs in a question tabled for debate with the Commission. (Read more)

 

10-03-2015

Parliament backs deal to make lorries safer and greener

The House approved rules on Tuesday that allow manufacturers to increase the length of lorry cabs if this improves road safety and environmental performance. These rules were agreed informally by the Italian Council Presidency and Parliament negotiators last December. (Read more)

24-02-2015

Transport MEPs confirm deal to make lorries safer and greener

The rules agreed informally by Council Italian presidency and Parliament negotiators last December and approved unanimously on Tuesday in the Transport and Tourism committee would allow manufacturers to increase the length of lorry cabs, if these changes improve road safety and environmental performance. The agreement now needs to be approved by the parliament as a whole. (Read more)

11-02-2015

Tracing traffic offenders across borders: EP approves new data-sharing rules

Revised rules on the cross-border sharing of traffic offenders’ data, which should help ensure that drivers who commit offences while abroad in the EU do not escape fines, were approved by the Parliament on Wednesday. These rules, which aim to ensure equal treatment of drivers and improve road safety, will be extended to the UK, Ireland and Denmark within two years. (Read more)

27-01-2015

Useless airports: MEPs lash out at the Commission

MEPs sharply criticized European Commission decisions to finance the construction of airports that proved to be too large, too close to each other, hence empty and unprofitable. In a debate on Tuesday on a recent report of the European Court of Auditors (ECA) on EU support to airports, budgetary control and transport MEPs said airport development should consider trains and coaches as alternatives to air transport in order to provide viable services that meet demand. (Read more)

22-01-2015

Latvian Presidency priorities discussed by EP committees

The priorities of Latvia’s EU Council Presidency will be outlined to the various parliamentary committees by Latvian ministers in a series of meetings to be held during the last two weeks of January. (Read more)

21-01-2015

TRAN committee approves deal on cross-border tracking of traffic offences

An informal agreement between EP and Council negotiators on a new directive for tracking traffic offences committed by drivers from another EU member states was approved on Tuesday by the EP Transport and Tourism committee with 32 votes in favour, 1 against and 2 abstentions. Agreed text makes the changes required by a ruling of the European Court of Justice, which should allow replacing the directive annulled by the Court with a new one before the date given for the expiry of existing rules. (Read more)

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