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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 106

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  Following weeks of negotiations and ‘will they, won’t they?’ back and forth, we now have a clearer picture of how the institutional leadership looks like and how the European Parliament committees look like. Starting with the European Parliament, the TRAN Committee saw Karima Delli (Greens, FR) re-elected as Chair and the Vice-Chairs are now Johan Danielsson (S&D, SE), Sven Schulze (EPP, DE), Istvan Ujhelyi (S&D, HU). With what is sure to be an ambitious legislative programme,…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 105

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  Last week was the EU Sustainable Energy Week, which UKTiE attended in order to gain further insight into the forthcoming EU climate agenda. The conclusion was that, while the current policy negotiations can appear quite vague, specificity will come and will come quickly once the new European Parliament begins in the first week of July. We are hearing measures ranging from cutting emissions in shipping, to creating a level playing field by increasing aviation taxation, to…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 104

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  Whilst the focus of the past week has been on who will get which top EU job, behind the scenes the European Parliament and the European Council have both been stealing a march on the European Commission by seeking to agree strategic priorities for the next five year EU mandate. Whilst constitutionally the European Commission has the sole power of initiative, this time round the other two EU institutions want to shape their agenda. And given the…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 103

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  Now that the dust has begun to settle on the EU elections, the European Parliament groups are already setting policy priorities for the upcoming mandate. In that vain, in the update below we have laid out some of the manifesto promises that were made by the European groups in the election. The overarching caveat of the manifesto analysis is that we do not yet know which group will get which EU top job, with the Presidents…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 102

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  Last week’s pivotal European election saw the highest turnout in 20 years with renewed commitment of EU citizens towards pro-EU parties. Despite the pre-election narrative of a second anti-EU surge (the first being in 2014), the outcome of the elections a week ago, while appearing complicated, could not be more clear in its conclusions. Faced with the new prospect of the two biggest groups (the EPP and the S&D) no longer being able to form a…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 101

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  It’s finally here, the elections that nobody expected would take place in the UK are happening in just 3 days time. Across the EU-27, the election campaigns are focusing on the future of the EU with anti-EU forces threatening to coalesce around a unified anti-EU group. However, as I argue in a new blog piece, while the narrative seems to be presenting a new surge of anti-EU MEPs, the reality is very different indeed. There is no denying…

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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 100

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  We find ourselves in the final stretch ahead of the European elections. The UK election campaigns are all now officially launched, with the exception of the Conservative Party, and not surprisingly Brexit is dominating the campaigns of all the UK parties. Ironically it’s probably the first time ever that the UK’s European election campaign has been fought on European issues. Across Europe as a whole, we are now starting to see some of the trends that…

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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 99

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  Last week I wrote about how our focus would invariably shift to the UK local elections ahead of even more attention on the European elections at the end of this month. What has happened is a situation where Remainers and Leavers can point to the local elections, and probably the same will ring true for the European elections, and argue that the results prove them right. Are the local elections a bellwether for the European elections? Time…

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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 98

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  Attention shifts this week to local elections in the UK, as the Tories face the prospect of big defeats this week ahead of further defeats in one month’s time at the European elections. While attention will inevitably remain local during this period, there is plenty to think about at the European level as well. Let’s face it, barring Theresa May pulling off the impossible, we will be holding European elections. This means that we need to…

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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 97

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  Whatever the type of Brexit, whenever it occurs, if it occurs at all,  it is vital the UK starts to get back on the front foot when it comes to shaping transport policy and seeking to protect and promote UK transport interests, particularly here in Brussels.  Brexit has been a huge distraction for almost three years, and we’ve heard time and time again the same over used phrase that that ‘we simply do not have the…

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