News from Brussels

Road transport industry fights disproportionate driving restrictions in Austria

News from Brussels - 2021-03-04

IRU, along with several of its EU member associations, has written to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen calling for European Commission action against multiple driving bans ...

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EU plotting ban on internal combustion engine as of 2025: industry

News from Brussels - 2021-03-02

The European Commission’s proposed Euro 7 emission rules on cars, vans, trucks and buses would amount to “a ban through the back door” of internal combustion engines as of 2025, if i...

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Electric vehicles: Helping consumers identify the right recharging option with standardised labels

News from Brussels - 2021-03-02

A brand new harmonised set of labels for electric vehicles and charging stations will start to be used throughout Europe as of 20 March this year, in line with the requirements of the EU Directive on ...

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COVID-19 update: German pre-registration platform temporarily unavailable due to cyber attacks

News from Brussels - 2021-03-01

The German Ministry for Health (BMG) informs about a massive disruption in access to the German COVID-19 pre-registration portal www...

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Germany to tighten controls at French border over ‘high’ coronavirus risk

News from Brussels - 2021-03-01

German health authorities on 28 February designated the Moselle region of eastern France as a “high risk” zone because of the prevalence of coronavirus variants, and said tougher border re...

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Getting on track: Rail & Energy efficient solutions for the EU Green Deal

News from Brussels - 2021-02-26

On 25 February, UNIFE organised a digital event with high level EU Officials and sectoral Leaders titled "Getting On Track: Rail & Energy Efficient Solutions for the EU Green Deal,"p...

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Pressure on EU to phase out fossil fuel car sales after Ford announcement

News from Brussels - 2021-02-26

Ford has become the latest carmaker to commit to phasing out petrol and diesel engines...

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ECSA: European shipping is central to the success of EU's new trade strategy

News from Brussels - 2021-02-25

With the launch of the European Commission's Trade Policy Review, the EU is setting a new course for a stronger role in the new global context...

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Déjà vu as the EU struggles with backlogs at borders

News from Brussels - 2021-02-25

How did we end up here again? That’s the question being asked by industry and policymakers ahead of 25 February's EU leaders’ videoconference, as new frontier restrictions impo...

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EU to set up new European Partnerships and invest nearly €10bn for the green and digital transition

News from Brussels - 2021-02-24

The Commission proposed on 23 February to set up 10 new European Partnerships between the European Union, Member States and/or the industry...

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Brussels battles capitals over border restrictions

News from Brussels - 2021-02-24

The European Commission again hit out at coronavirus travel restrictions imposed by EU countries, threatening legal action ahead of a meeting of EU leaders...

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Mobility Package I: European Commission publishes study results

News from Brussels - 2021-02-24

The European Commission on 19 February published the results of two studies it commissioned to assess the expected impacts of two specific aspects of Mobility Package I, adopted on 15 July 2020...

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IRU Secretary General urges governments to co-operate to keep borders open

News from Brussels - 2021-02-24

Addressing ministers and senior UN officials at a UNECE high-level policy meeting, IRU Secretary General Umberto de Pretto on 23 February called on ministers to keep borders open in line wit...

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IRU implores Angela Merkel: show leadership on European border chaos

News from Brussels - 2021-02-22

IRU, the world road transport organisation, has written to German Chancellor Angela Merkel on 19 February on the chaos spreading across Europe’s goods transport network due to her...

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Europe looks to go it alone on microchips amid US-China clash

News from Brussels - 2021-02-22

Europe is caught in the middle of an increasingly political showdown over microchips between the US and China and is scrambling to get out of the firing line...

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EU transport chief: German coronavirus controls putting truckers’ health at risk

News from Brussels - 2021-02-22

Germany’s coronavirus border restrictions are putting truckers’ health at risk, Transport Commissioner Adina Vălean said in an interview on 19 February...

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Sheer dimension of chip shortages requires rethinking by industry and policy makers – Newsletter Editorial February 2021

News from Brussels - 2021-02-18

The sheer dimension of the semiconductor shortage and the complexity of solving both short and long term issues requires rethinking of supply chain options by both industry and policy makers...

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COVID-19 transport measures: Council signs off on slots and licences

News from Brussels - 2021-02-17

The Council on 15 February adopted two sets of temporary rules to support the transport sector, which continues to be heavily impacted by the coronavirus pandemic...

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EU must stand firm as new country measures bring border chaos to goods transport

News from Brussels - 2021-02-15

New measures imposed by Germany, followed by Tyrol (Austria) and the Czech Republic, are beginning to cause chaos to goods transport by road across Europe, in particular on the important trade route f...

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Council of the European Union approves Recovery and Resilience Facility

News from Brussels - 2021-02-15

In Brussels on 12 February, the Portuguese Prime Minister, António Costa, signed the formal approval of the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) on behalf of the Council of the European Union...

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