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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 135

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  Hello from Brussels. Another week in Brussels, another crisis! This week I want to cut trough the noise and analyse the three big developments. First, that so-called crisis summit on the EU budget #NextGenerationEU. Second, the big EU idea for transport. Hydrogen. Third, the latest Transport Committee of the European Parliament and the stormy debate on the crisis in transport and tourism. And I’ll do all that without the Waffle. And of course, the all-important song…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 134

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  Welcome to Mark’s week! This week I will focus on three main topics: 1.    European Commission launches future of transport consultation The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the future of transport, the Strategy for Sustainable and Smart Mobility, encouraging both stakeholders and citizens to comment and identify their priorities. The consultation will be open until 23 September. It will enable the Commission to better understand how the EU can help the sector become…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 133

Mark’s EU Week for Transport    Welcome to Mark’s Week! First, those Brexit talks are about to intensify ‘to create the most conducive conditions for concluding and ratifying a deal before the end of 2020’. David Frost and a team of about 20 UK officials will be make the journey to Brussels next week for the first face to face round of negotiations, with Michel Barnier and his team, since the COVID-19 pandemic started. Further rounds will alternate between London &…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 132

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  This week I want to focus on one thing, and one thing only: Mission Possible! How can we restore connectivity in Europe and the world, an essential prerequisite to economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, in a way that’s compatible with our sustainability, safety and above all our health objectives? First of all we should pay tribute to all those working within the sectors that can’t work from home, including transport workers by rail, sea, air…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 131

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  ‘I’m telling this story In a faraway scene Sipping down raki And reading Maynard Keynes’ No, I’ve not done a Cummings, but I’m sure like most News & Views readers I am starting to dream of a holiday in the sun, and in the next couple of weeks we’ll find out whether we will be allowed one! Read my take on the prospects for summer holidays this year, and my analysis of two other key developments…

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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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