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Measures to advance the realisation of the trans-European transport network: Integrated and faster project procedures

08-02-2019

With the trans-European transport network (TEN-T) policy, the European Commission seeks to develop a modern, efficient and climate-friendly network covering all transport modes. Despite the TEN-T's importance for the economy and society, and despite the binding timelines and targeted financial support, it risks not being completed as planned. This is partly due to complex administrative procedures linked to permit-granting for cross-border projects as well as broader regulatory uncertainty, often ...

With the trans-European transport network (TEN-T) policy, the European Commission seeks to develop a modern, efficient and climate-friendly network covering all transport modes. Despite the TEN-T's importance for the economy and society, and despite the binding timelines and targeted financial support, it risks not being completed as planned. This is partly due to complex administrative procedures linked to permit-granting for cross-border projects as well as broader regulatory uncertainty, often resulting in delays and increased cost. To speed up the network's completion, the Commission has proposed measures to integrate and shorten permit-granting for projects, and facilitate public consultations and the involvement of private investors. On 3 December 2018, the Transport Council stated that much remains to be resolved before an agreement on the proposal becomes possible. The European Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism adopted a report on the file on 10 January 2019. As interinstitutional negotiations cannot yet start, the file is expected to be closed at first reading during the February plenary session.

Port reception facilities for ship waste: Collecting waste from ships in ports

07-02-2019

Marine litter and pollution put the marine environment at risk. While a great proportion of marine litter originates from land-based sources, limiting waste discharges from ships also plays an essential role in efforts to preserve marine and coastal ecosystems. Based on international law, EU legislation requires vessels to bring the waste they generate on voyages to waste-reception facilities in port, and obliges EU ports to provide such facilities to ships using the port. Despite these developments ...

Marine litter and pollution put the marine environment at risk. While a great proportion of marine litter originates from land-based sources, limiting waste discharges from ships also plays an essential role in efforts to preserve marine and coastal ecosystems. Based on international law, EU legislation requires vessels to bring the waste they generate on voyages to waste-reception facilities in port, and obliges EU ports to provide such facilities to ships using the port. Despite these developments, discharges at sea continue. In January 2018, the European Commission put forward a new legislative proposal seeking to improve the collection of ship waste while ensuring efficient maritime transport operations in ports. Interinstitutional negotiations concluded on 13 December 2018. The Parliament’s Committe on Transport and Tourism has endorsed the agreed text, which now awaits formal approval in plenary and by the Council.

European maritime single window: Harmonised digital reporting for ships

06-02-2019

Every time a ship calls at a port, its maritime transport operator has to submit a set of pre-arrival information to a range of entities and agencies. Currently, the reporting process is not harmonised across EU ports. In addition, the information provided by ships is not efficiently shared among the actors concerned. The resulting multiple reporting places an excessive administrative burden on shipping operators, with negative impacts rippling down the logistics chain. Within broader efforts to ...

Every time a ship calls at a port, its maritime transport operator has to submit a set of pre-arrival information to a range of entities and agencies. Currently, the reporting process is not harmonised across EU ports. In addition, the information provided by ships is not efficiently shared among the actors concerned. The resulting multiple reporting places an excessive administrative burden on shipping operators, with negative impacts rippling down the logistics chain. Within broader efforts to modernise EU transport, the European Commission is proposing to bring all the reporting linked to a port call together into one digital space – the 'European Maritime Single Window', to harmonise reporting procedures for shipping operators and to ensure data can be shared and reused efficiently. The Council agreed a common position on the proposal in December 2018. The European Parliament's Committee on Transport and Tourism adopted its report on the proposal in January 2019. Interinstitutional negotiations are under way, with the aim of concluding an agreement in time for adoption before the European elections. First edition. The 'EU Legislation in Progress' briefings are updated at key stages throughout the legislative procedure.

Connecting Europe Facility 2021-2027: Financing key EU infrastructure networks

17-01-2019

The EU supports the development of high-performing, sustainable and interconnected trans-European networks in the areas of transport, energy and digital infrastructure. The trans-European networks policy was consolidated in 2013, and the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) set up as a dedicated financing instrument to channel EU funding into the development of infrastructure networks, help eliminate market failures and attract further investment from the public and private sectors. Following a mid-term ...

The EU supports the development of high-performing, sustainable and interconnected trans-European networks in the areas of transport, energy and digital infrastructure. The trans-European networks policy was consolidated in 2013, and the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) set up as a dedicated financing instrument to channel EU funding into the development of infrastructure networks, help eliminate market failures and attract further investment from the public and private sectors. Following a mid-term evaluation, which confirmed the CEF programme's capacity to bring significant EU added value, the European Commission proposed to renew the programme under the next long term EU budget. The Transport Council of 3 December 2018 agreed a partial general approach on the proposal, excluding financial and horizontal issues for the moment, which are still under discussion as part of the EU budget for 2021-2027. The European Parliament adopted its position for negotiations on 12 December 2018, and interinstitutional negotiations on the proposal can thus now start. The European Parliament and Council are expected to discuss the proposal and its budget, so as to ensure that, once adopted, the programme can stimulate the necessary infrastructure development, while also helping to achieve the EU's climate change objectives. Second edition. The 'EU Legislation in Progress' briefings are updated at key stages throughout the legislative procedure.

Use of vehicles hired without drivers

10-01-2019

The European Commission has proposed to further liberalise EU rules on the hire of vehicles without drivers for the carriage of goods by road. The European Parliament adopted its negotiating position in June 2018. Member States, however, concerned with the possible erosion of tax revenues from vehicle registration and enforcement issues, could not agree a common approach. As negotiations cannot start without progress on the Council's side, the file has been put on the January plenary agenda with ...

The European Commission has proposed to further liberalise EU rules on the hire of vehicles without drivers for the carriage of goods by road. The European Parliament adopted its negotiating position in June 2018. Member States, however, concerned with the possible erosion of tax revenues from vehicle registration and enforcement issues, could not agree a common approach. As negotiations cannot start without progress on the Council's side, the file has been put on the January plenary agenda with the intention to close the first reading in Parliament.

Combined transport directive review: Getting more goods off EU roads

14-12-2018

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 ...

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 initiative is part of the Commission 'mobility package' of legislative proposals to make EU transport safer, greener and more modern. The Transport Council of 3 December 2018 agreed a general approach on the proposal on combined transport, having also reached a position on three other key proposals in the road transport sector. As the European Parliament's Committee on Transport and Tourism had adopted its report in July 2018, interinstitutional negotiations can now begin. Second edition. The 'EU Legislation in Progress' briefings are updated at key stages throughout the legislative procedure.

World Bank support for investment in EU and Western Balkan transport

01-10-2018

Over the six decades during which the World Bank has been active in Europe, its engagement has evolved hand in hand with the development of the continent. Initially supporting reconstruction efforts after World War II, it later shifted the focus of its action to development support. In the past, as today, it has provided financing, knowledge and assistance to countries seeking to join the European Union. As a starting point in providing a deeper insight into how the World Bank contributes to the ...

Over the six decades during which the World Bank has been active in Europe, its engagement has evolved hand in hand with the development of the continent. Initially supporting reconstruction efforts after World War II, it later shifted the focus of its action to development support. In the past, as today, it has provided financing, knowledge and assistance to countries seeking to join the European Union. As a starting point in providing a deeper insight into how the World Bank contributes to the development of European countries today, this briefing first looks at the Bank's complex structure, the functioning of its different parts and the types of investment and assistance it offers its clients. Then, leaving aside the many other areas of the Bank's activity, the focus narrows to its support for transport in the EU and its Western Balkan partners. As the World Bank is one of several international institutions that are active in the Western Balkans, the briefing also looks into how the Bank links with the development-support efforts of the European Commission and the financial landscape of the Western Balkans Investment Framework.

Goods vehicles hired without drivers

11-06-2018

EU rules on the use of goods vehicles hired without drivers have been in operation for over 25 years without change and need to be reviewed to correspond to current and future needs in the transport sector. As part of the 2017 road transport mobility package, the European Commission proposed to soften the existing restrictions on using hired vehicles in international transport and establish a uniform regulatory framework, which would give transport operators across the EU equal access to the market ...

EU rules on the use of goods vehicles hired without drivers have been in operation for over 25 years without change and need to be reviewed to correspond to current and future needs in the transport sector. As part of the 2017 road transport mobility package, the European Commission proposed to soften the existing restrictions on using hired vehicles in international transport and establish a uniform regulatory framework, which would give transport operators across the EU equal access to the market for hired goods vehicles. The Council, concerned with the possible erosion of tax revenues from vehicle registration and enforcement issues, could not endorse a general approach under a recent proposal made by the Bulgarian Presidency. The Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism voted its report, but the mandate to start trilogues is due to be voted during the June plenary. Second edition. The ‘EU Legislation in Progress’ briefings are updated at key stages throughout the legislative procedure.

Odometer manipulation in motor vehicles

23-05-2018

Odometers (or milometers), instruments measuring the distance travelled by a vehicle, can be tampered with relatively easily to make the mileage value appear lower than it is in reality. The practice of mileage fraud, commonplace especially in the cross-border trade of used cars in Europe, harms consumers and weakens road safety. While existing EU rules do not address all aspects of the problem, effective good practice exists. Parliament is to vote on an own-initiative report which calls on the European ...

Odometers (or milometers), instruments measuring the distance travelled by a vehicle, can be tampered with relatively easily to make the mileage value appear lower than it is in reality. The practice of mileage fraud, commonplace especially in the cross-border trade of used cars in Europe, harms consumers and weakens road safety. While existing EU rules do not address all aspects of the problem, effective good practice exists. Parliament is to vote on an own-initiative report which calls on the European Commission to act in this area to improve consumer protection and road safety.

The first climate change strategy for shipping

18-05-2018

Not covered by the 2015 Paris Agreement, international shipping is now joining efforts to tackle climate change. The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), a body of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), closed its 72nd session on 13 April 2018 with the adoption of an initial strategy to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from international shipping, setting clear emission reduction targets for the first time.

Not covered by the 2015 Paris Agreement, international shipping is now joining efforts to tackle climate change. The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), a body of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), closed its 72nd session on 13 April 2018 with the adoption of an initial strategy to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from international shipping, setting clear emission reduction targets for the first time.

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