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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 129

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  Welcome to the latest Mark’s Week! This week we analyse three big EU issues and how they impact on the trade, transport and tourism sectors. Plus, we’ll look at a significant development in London, which is a good guide to where lockdown policy is heading. And we’ll do all that without the waffle! Finally, that all important Song of the Week to lift our spirits! Please do check out my latest vlog for more.  First, Brexit.…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 128

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  Hello from Brussels. Hope you had a good Easter despite the challenging circumstances. More tragic news in the last few days, with thousands more deaths from COVID19. But there is some light at the end of the tunnel, which is allowing more attention to be given to what sort of Europe we want once we’re through this stage of the crisis. Here we enter our fifth week in lockdown, and it is likely to be extended…

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EU TRANSPORT, TRAVEL, TRADE AND COVID19 DEVELOPMENTS & FORWARD LOOK

EU transport, travel, trade and COVID19 developments & forward look: at a glance Issue 2: 3 April 2020 Most recent first  (See Issue 1 for previous developments)  2 April 2020:  UPDATED – Draft Directive for posting drivers in the road transport sector and enforcement requirements https://data.consilium.europa.eu/doc/document/ST-7043-2020-ADD-1-REV-1/en/pdf https://data.consilium.europa.eu/doc/document/ST-7043-2020-ADD-2/en/pdf 2 April 2020: UPDATED – Draft on minimum requirements on maximum daily and weekly driving times, minimum breaks and daily and weekly rest periods and Regulation on positioning by means of tachographs (first…

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EU transport, travel, trade and COVID19 developments & forward look

EU transport, travel, trade and COVID19 developments & forward look: at a glance Issue 1: 4-27 March 2020 Most recent first 27 March 2020: Note of the Director-General: Exceptional measures in transport to deal with COVID-19; Inability to comply with certain provisions of EU legislation https://ec.europa.eu/transport/news/2020-03-27-exceptional-measures-inability-comply-legislation_en 26 March 2020: Allocation of slots at Community airports: new common rules adopted https://www.europarl.europa.eu/plenary/en/infos-details.html?id=18101&type=Flash 26 March 2020:  Facilitating Air Cargo Operations during COVID-19 outbreak https://ec.europa.eu/transport/sites/transport/files/legislation/c20202010_en.pdf 25 March 2020: State aid: Commission approves UK schemes…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 127

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  Hello to you all from Brussels where we’ve been in lockdown for two weeks, and the lockdown has now been extended to at least the 19 April. As we continue to shift our working lives onto a virtual setting, I am keen to share with you how some of the things we are doing at UKTiE to ensure continuity of service for our members and representation to EU key stakeholders. As my vlog will indicate, there…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 125

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  Here we are, the first day of the rest of the rest of our lives. The UK-EU future relationship negotiations kick off today in Brussels with the first of what will be five rounds of negotiations between now and 16 May, and that includes the negotiations for the all important transport deal for all the modes The pace of these negotiations will be frantic and a lot will need to be discussed and debated between the…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 124

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  The European Green Deal is the most ambitious EU project since the development of the Single Market back in 1993.  The aim is for Europe to become the world’s first carbon neutral continent by 2050. The implications for transport are profound, because unlike other industrial sectors which have cut greenhouse gas emissions since 1990, transport GHG emissions have risen by 19%. It will require a technological, social and a regulatory revolution in the way we trade…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 123

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  Brexit has happened. After 3 years of back and forth, the United Kingdom has formally left the European Union. Despite the departure we are still no clearer on something we covered in our last News & Views when we discussed the question of alignment to EU regulations in the future relationship. That questions is as hot today as it has ever been following comments made by Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on the Andrew Marr show insisting that…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 122

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  To be, or not to be, that is the question. To be aligned with EU regulations or to diverge after Brexit, that is the question we must all answer, after the UK Chancellor declared last Friday in the FT that  “There will not be alignment, we will not be a rule-taker, we will not be in the single market and we will not be in the customs union — and we will do this by the end of…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 121

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  Happy New Year! Best wishes to you from our UKTiE team ahead of what promises to be quite the year ahead. As business begins to resume in Brussels for the new year, this week presents a veritable ‘calm before the storm’ feeling with the EU institutions preparing a host of legislative actions over the coming months. The Commission Work Programme for 2020, expected at the end of this month, will outline in greater detail what this…

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