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Goods vehicles hired without drivers

08-03-2019

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 Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism voted its report on 24 May 2018. Council, concerned with the possible erosion of tax revenues from vehicle registration and enforcement issues, could not endorse a general approach proposed by the Bulgarian Presidency in June 2018. With no progress on the file since, Parliament adopted its position at first reading on 15 January 2019. It will thus be for the TRAN committee in the next parliamentary term to take up the file. Third edition. The ‘EU Legislation in Progress’ briefings are updated at key stages throughout the legislative procedure.

Use of vehicles hired without drivers for carriage of goods by road

16-10-2017

This note seeks to provide an initial analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Commission's impact assessment (IA) accompanying the above proposal, submitted on 31 May 2017 and referred to Parliament's Committee on Transport and Tourism. The proposal forms part of the 'Europe on the move' mobility package. By revising Directive 2006/1/EC on the use of vehicles hired without drivers for the carriage of goods by road, the Commission seeks to support the further integration of the road ...

This note seeks to provide an initial analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Commission's impact assessment (IA) accompanying the above proposal, submitted on 31 May 2017 and referred to Parliament's Committee on Transport and Tourism. The proposal forms part of the 'Europe on the move' mobility package. By revising Directive 2006/1/EC on the use of vehicles hired without drivers for the carriage of goods by road, the Commission seeks to support the further integration of the road transport sector in the EU and increase the efficiency and competitiveness of this sector.

Recognition of professional qualifications in inland navigation

14-06-2016

While inland navigation is a cost-effective and environmentally friendly mode of transport, it is not used to its full capacity. Apart from the need for significant infrastructure improvements, the sector is affected by limited labour mobility and shortage of qualified workers. To enhance labour mobility, the European Commission proposes to establish a common system of qualifications for workers on EU inland waterways. While the EU legislation currently applies only to boatmasters, the proposal introduces ...

While inland navigation is a cost-effective and environmentally friendly mode of transport, it is not used to its full capacity. Apart from the need for significant infrastructure improvements, the sector is affected by limited labour mobility and shortage of qualified workers. To enhance labour mobility, the European Commission proposes to establish a common system of qualifications for workers on EU inland waterways. While the EU legislation currently applies only to boatmasters, the proposal introduces harmonised rules for all deck crew members. Moreover, it extends the scope of legislation to the previously excluded River Rhine. Ultimately, the proposal should facilitate entry to professions in inland navigation, improve career prospects and make jobs in the sector more attractive. A more recent edition of this document is available. Find it by searching by the document title at this address: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/home.html

Schengen area: Update and state of play

22-03-2016

Passport-free travel across the Schengen area has been called into question as a result of pressure on certain internal EU borders from the rising number of asylum-seekers and migrants seeking to reach certain Member States, as well as security concerns in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks. In addition to the loss of personal freedom involved, the reintroduction of borders could well bring significant economic costs, which would be felt both within and outside the Schengen area. This briefing ...

Passport-free travel across the Schengen area has been called into question as a result of pressure on certain internal EU borders from the rising number of asylum-seekers and migrants seeking to reach certain Member States, as well as security concerns in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks. In addition to the loss of personal freedom involved, the reintroduction of borders could well bring significant economic costs, which would be felt both within and outside the Schengen area. This briefing provides an update on recent developments and studies on the issue.

The Results and Efficiency of Railway Infrastructure Financing within the EU

15-10-2015

Upon request by the Committee on Budgetary Control (CONT) this study analyses the results, efficiency and effectiveness of the EU investment in rail infrastructure with a special focus on cross border rail projects. Beginning with a discussion of the reasons for the moderate success of EU railway policy it investigates four case studies with a focus on effectiveness of funding schemes and success of removing bottlenecks, particularly at border crossings, to improve attractiveness of the railway mode ...

Upon request by the Committee on Budgetary Control (CONT) this study analyses the results, efficiency and effectiveness of the EU investment in rail infrastructure with a special focus on cross border rail projects. Beginning with a discussion of the reasons for the moderate success of EU railway policy it investigates four case studies with a focus on effectiveness of funding schemes and success of removing bottlenecks, particularly at border crossings, to improve attractiveness of the railway mode. Recommendations are given for a more efficient joint development of a European rail network by the Member States and the EU and a further development of funding schemes tailored to railways.

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Claus DOLL (Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research - ISI), Werner ROTHENGATTER (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) and Wolfgang SCHADE (M-Five GmbH Mobility, Futures, Innovation, Economics)

Rail security in the EU

29-09-2015

The foiled Thalys train attack of August 2015 has put EU rail security under the spotlight. Increasing passenger and freight flows and relatively open access to EU rail infrastructure make rail transport a soft target for unlawful acts. A ministerial-level meeting at the end of August examined the challenges facing rail security and the possibilities for a strengthened EU response.

The foiled Thalys train attack of August 2015 has put EU rail security under the spotlight. Increasing passenger and freight flows and relatively open access to EU rail infrastructure make rail transport a soft target for unlawful acts. A ministerial-level meeting at the end of August examined the challenges facing rail security and the possibilities for a strengthened EU response.

High-speed rail in the EU

29-09-2015

High-speed rail (HSR) started developing in Europe in the late 1970s, first in France and Italy, and subsequently in Germany, Spain and the UK, among others. In the early stages, its development took place largely at national level. The EU started providing specific support to European rail projects with the establishment of the trans-European transport network (TEN-T) in the early 1990s, some priority projects of which concern HSR. The EU also promotes HSR development through other means, including ...

High-speed rail (HSR) started developing in Europe in the late 1970s, first in France and Italy, and subsequently in Germany, Spain and the UK, among others. In the early stages, its development took place largely at national level. The EU started providing specific support to European rail projects with the establishment of the trans-European transport network (TEN-T) in the early 1990s, some priority projects of which concern HSR. The EU also promotes HSR development through other means, including technical harmonisation measures, security systems and funding instruments. The importance of high-speed rail has increased over time in the EU in terms of network length, number of passengers carried and modal share. Nevertheless, EU Member States each have their own specific characteristics in this regard. The impact of HSR on economic growth and sustainable regional and urban development is not easily measurable, each project having to be analysed individually. HSR can contribute significantly towards meeting some of the objectives – notably on energy efficiency and reduction of emissions – set by the 2011 European Commission White Paper on Transport. To this end, specific targets for developing the HSR network are set out in the Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area. Worldwide, the development of HSR lines could also provide commercial opportunities for the technological know-how of the EU rail industry on foreign markets. However, the sector's future depends on a diverse range of political, economic and technical factors or challenges, among them the increasing costs of rail works and infrastructure, varying rates of investment returns, and the adverse impacts of the recent economic crisis. In the context of budgetary constraints, public authorities in some EU countries have questioned HSR's overall added value.

Multimodal integrated ticketing

29-06-2015

European transport policy aims at creating a single European transport area. This vision includes the possibility of seamless door-to-door travel by different modes of transport with multimodal travel information as well as integrated ticketing. The Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN) has tabled, for the July plenary, an own-initiative report to promote development towards this goal.

European transport policy aims at creating a single European transport area. This vision includes the possibility of seamless door-to-door travel by different modes of transport with multimodal travel information as well as integrated ticketing. The Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN) has tabled, for the July plenary, an own-initiative report to promote development towards this goal.

Repartição modal no transporte de mercadorias de e para os portos da UE

16-03-2015

O presente estudo explana a repartição modal do tráfego portuário da UE. Reúne dados sobre o tráfego portuário e as respetivas características e analisa os vários modos utilizados para ligar os portos aos destinos finais das mercadorias, incluindo transbordos, operações de navegação de curta distância e portos interiores. Serve de apoio à avaliação dos progressos registados no cumprimento dos objetivos políticos sobre a transferência modal das vias rodoviárias para opções alternativas.

O presente estudo explana a repartição modal do tráfego portuário da UE. Reúne dados sobre o tráfego portuário e as respetivas características e analisa os vários modos utilizados para ligar os portos aos destinos finais das mercadorias, incluindo transbordos, operações de navegação de curta distância e portos interiores. Serve de apoio à avaliação dos progressos registados no cumprimento dos objetivos políticos sobre a transferência modal das vias rodoviárias para opções alternativas.

Autor externo

Enrico Pastori

Cost of Non-Europe in the Single Market for transport and tourism: road transport and railways (Annex I)

28-10-2014

Cost of Non-Europe Reports identify the possibilities for economic or other gains and/or the realisation of a ‘public good’ through common action at EU level in specific policy areas and sectors. This Cost of Non-Europe Report seeks to analyse the costs for citizens, businesses and relevant stake-holders of remaining gaps and barriers in the Single Market in transports, as well as to examine the benefits from further action in the tourism sector. This particular study - the first in a series - focuses ...

Cost of Non-Europe Reports identify the possibilities for economic or other gains and/or the realisation of a ‘public good’ through common action at EU level in specific policy areas and sectors. This Cost of Non-Europe Report seeks to analyse the costs for citizens, businesses and relevant stake-holders of remaining gaps and barriers in the Single Market in transports, as well as to examine the benefits from further action in the tourism sector. This particular study - the first in a series - focuses on the potential benefits of completing the single market in the rail and road sectors. First, it highlights what the progress has been to date in terms of legislative actions. Secondly it seeks to evaluate in a qualitative and (where possible) quantitative manner the impact of filling the remaining gaps in legislation. The study focuses, in particular, on those areas where liberalisation has started but has not been completed, and those where markets are not functioning effectively – that is, where legislation is not currently being envisaged, but where it is likely that intervention will be needed in future.

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This study has been written by Francesco Dionori, Roberta Frisoni, Simon Ellis, Lydia Rooney, Davide Ranghetti, Federico Spano and Elisa Tejedor of Steer Davies Gleave at the request of the European Added Value Unit, of the Directorate for Impact Assessment and European Added Value, within the Directorate-General for European Parliamentary Research Services of the European Parliament.

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