News from Brussels

France and Britain agree to lift coronavirus ban on freight, travel

News from Brussels - 2020-12-23

A ban on travel from the UK to France will be loosened, the two countries' governments said on 22 December...

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2020 will go down in history as the year of the electric car in Europe

News from Brussels - 2020-12-21

Blissfully unaware of things to come, January 2020 started with an unprecedented drop in new car CO2 emissions across Europe and booming electric car sales...

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Road charging reform – Council agrees its stance

News from Brussels - 2020-12-21

The EU is revising its road charging rules (Eurovignette Directive) to address greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental impacts, congestion and road infrastructure financing...

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UK not ready to cope with no-deal Brexit, say Members of the European Parliament

News from Brussels - 2020-12-21

The United Kingdom is not prepared for a scenario in which trade talks with the EU fail, Members of the European Parliament said in a report released on 19 December...

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Deal or no deal: border checks in eu ports are starting as from 1 january 2021

News from Brussels - 2020-12-18

As from 1 January 2021, businesses that conduct trade between the EU and the UK will need to deal with border controls, thereby ensuring they submit the right formalities and information to border aut...

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EU-UK relations: Parliament approves temporary rules to keep Eurotunnel working

News from Brussels - 2020-12-18

MEPs adopted temporary measures to keep the tunnel railway connection between continental Europe and the UK running after the end of the transition period...

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European Year of Rail 2021 – Council seals designation

News from Brussels - 2020-12-18

Next year will be the European Year of Rail, with a range of events and other initiatives to promote this green, comfortable and safe way to travel...

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Well-to-wheel, alternative fuels and Eco-trucks on decarbonisation agenda

News from Brussels - 2020-12-17

IRU’s long standing partnership with the International Transport Forum’s (ITF) decarbonising transport project continues with advocacy on road transport priorities to meet CO2 emissio...

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Eu mobility strategy paves the way for Green Deal implementation but needs a vision on seaports as engines of growth and recovery

News from Brussels - 2020-12-17

On 9 December, the European Commission released its new EU Mobility Strategy entitled “Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy – putting European Transport on track for the future...

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Council endorses transport contingency measures in case of no-deal Brexit

News from Brussels - 2020-12-17

Member States' ambassadors in the Council on 16 December endorsed a series of legislative proposals aimed at preparing the transport sector for all possible scenarios on 1 January 2021...

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Tomorrow's mobility begins today: How the logistics sector shapes smart and sustainable mobility

News from Brussels - 2020-12-16

At the third webinar organised by the European Logistics Platform (ELP) this year, around 50 EU policy-makers and industry representatives met to discuss the European Commission’s Sustainable an...

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Negligible risk of ships evading EU carbon market – study

News from Brussels - 2020-12-14

EU regulators have little to fear from shipping companies evading the bloc’s carbon market if it is applied to long-distance voyages, a new study shows...

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EU leaders agree to raise 2030 climate target - German reactions

News from Brussels - 2020-12-14

German politicians have welcomed the EU leaders’ decision to increase the bloc’s 2030 climate target as an important decision that puts the Union on a credible path towards climate neutral...

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Towards a hydrogen market for Europe: Council adopts conclusions

News from Brussels - 2020-12-14

The Council on 11 December adopted conclusions on steps to be taken towards creating a hydrogen market for Europe, to help the EU meet its commitment to reach carbon neutrality in 2050...

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Relations with the UK: Commission proposes targeted contingency measures to prepare for possible “no-deal” scenario

News from Brussels - 2020-12-11

While the Commission will continue to do its utmost to reach a mutually beneficial agreement with the UK, there is now significant uncertainty whether a deal will be in place on 1 January 2021...

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European Commission sees maritime, aviation sector hardest to decarbonize amid fresh targets

News from Brussels - 2020-12-11

The European Commission has set out new targets for decarbonising transport, highlighting that aviation and waterborne transportation face greater decarbonisation challenges because of a lack of marke...

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EU transport plan a big step but risks rerun of biofuels fiasco

News from Brussels - 2020-12-11

The EU today charted a course for aviation and shipping out of the Covid crisis without fossil fuels...

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Shortages, jams and shutdowns: Brexit ‘no-deal’ expectation creates chaos

News from Brussels - 2020-12-11

Food shortages, tailbacks and congested ports: as talks with Brussels remain unresolved three weeks before leaving the EU single market, the UK is preparing for a chaotic “no-deal...

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A fundamental transport transformation: Commission presents its plan for green, smart and affordable mobility

News from Brussels - 2020-12-11

The European Commission presented today its ‘Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy' together with an Action Plan of 82 initiatives that will guide our work for the next four year...

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Common Office NLA – BGL – FNTR reaction to the European Commission communication on “Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy – putting European transport on track for the future”

News from Brussels - 2020-12-10

We share the objective of more sustainable and smart transport for the future but don’t forget pragmatism! The NLA-BGL-FNTR Common Office in Brussels welcomes the European Commission’s...

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