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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 138

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  More drama in Brussels this week. The UK PM Boris Johnson set this week as the deadline for a UK-EU trade deal. The European Council meets on Thursday and Friday to discuss the deal, so we’ll find out. But it looks like he’ll be disappointed! However, the talks are likely to continue into next week. Second, the European Commission’s ambitious 2030 Climate Target Plan took another step forward last week and will dominate EU discussions this…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 137

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  Welcome back to News & Views and my round up to all things EU, WattsUp! Many thanks to those of you who were able to join the roundtable we hosted jointly with UKMis to discuss EU transport: Working Together to Promote UK Interests. It was an amazing turnout, with 39 attendees, representing over 25 leading UK based transport organisations & firms, demonstrating the strong desire to look forward to next year and work together to promote…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 136

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  Welcome back to News & Views and my round up to all things EU, WattsUp! The new political term here in Brussels has started with a bang, not a whimper, as the EU institutions gear up for probably the most challenging period in a generation, if not longer. The single biggest impression you gain, after a quick review of the EU agenda, is how huge the EU legislative work programme will be despite, maybe even because…

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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. 130

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. 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, we are expecting much more clarity tomorrow afternoon from the European Commission about measures to coordinate the lifting of the COVID-19…

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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 6:  4 May 2020 Most recent first  (See Issues 1-5 for previous developments)  4 May 2020: State aid – Commission approves French plans to provide €7 billion in urgent liquidity support to Air France https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_20_796?fbclid=IwAR2RUSj9HJVBP4c5U5GbNKh9zo45tRGr0QYkbJckCUTO_WwGeAMMJxnp-8E 3 May 2020: The global response: Working together to help the world get better https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ac_20_795 30 April 2020: Statement following the first meeting of the Specialised Committee on the Protocol on…

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