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Loopholes that airlines use to deny compensation to passengers delayed for over three hours should be closed by Transport Committee amendments, voted on Tuesday, to the European Commission’s proposal on revised air passenger rights. These amendments further restrict grounds for denying information, compensation and assistance, and make it easier for national authorities to penalise airlines that do not fulfil their obligations.

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Measures to improve domestic rail passenger services by opening up public service contracts to more competition, giving operators fairer access to infrastructure and harmonizing safety certification to improve interoperability and get innovative new rolling stock on the rails faster were approved in the Transport and Tourism Committee on Tuesday.

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Ministers are outlining the priorities of the German Presidency of the Council of the EU to parliamentary committees, in a series of meetings.

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All of the EP’s 20 standing committees and two subcommittees held their constitutive meetings on Wednesday to elect their chair and vice-chairs.

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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.

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The Transport and Tourism Committee held a hearing on ways in which 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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