EU transport, travel, trade and COVID19 developments & forward look: at a glance

Issue 5:  24 April 2020

Most recent first  (See Issues 1-4 for previous developments) 

24 April 2020: Press statement by Michel Barnier following the second round of future relationship negotiations with the United Kingdom

24 April 2020: European Commission to shape a common recovery plan with a revamped MFF at its heart

22 April 2020: The EU is using new and existing tools to respond quickly to the #coronavirus pandemic. To cushion the blow to people’s livelihoods and the economy, the EU has adopted a comprehensive package.

22 April 2020: Participation of Adina Vălean, European Commissioner, in a Linkedln live session on “Coronacrisis: a Mobility crisis” – particularly at 10:54

22 April 2020: Timmermans promises green recovery to EU lawmakers

22 April 2020: Mobility package: Transport Committee backs deal with EU Ministers

22 April 2020: EP Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, Brussels: opening statement by Pascal Canfin and Frans Timmermans

21 April 2020: Tourism in COVID-19 crisis: MEPs demand clear action plan to help the sector

Catch up with the debate:

21 April 2020: Speech by Commissioner Breton on “A Marshall Plan for European Tourism”

21 April 2020: Draft Recommendation for Second Reading: EP TRAN Committee on the Council position at first reading with a view to the adoption of a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on electronic freight transport information

21 April 2020: European Court of Auditors – EU road network completion progressing slowly and maintenance costs a growing concern

European Parliament Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN)

20 April 2020: CER & UNIFE call for an EU budget that integrates rail into the European post-COVID-19 recovery

20 April 2020: European Parliament Briefing: Access to the occupation of road transport operator and to the international road haulage market

16 April 2020: Draft Opinion: EP ENVI Committee on technical and operational measures for more efficient and cleaner maritime transport


Look Ahead

28 April 2020: Extraordinary EP TRAN Committee Meeting

29 April 2020: Video conference of ministers of transport

Transport ministers will assess the measures taken so far to counter the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic for the transport sector. They will also discuss how to coordinate the relaxation of measures currently in place in the sector in the context of the EU’s exit strategy.

4 May 2020: EP ENVI Committee Meeting.


11 May 2020: EP TRAN Committee Meeting


Other key stakeholder announcements

24 April 2020 ESPO Conference Postponed To 27-28 MAY 2021, still in Oslo!

17 April 2020 ESPO and FEPORT Urge Member States To Enable Crew Changes In All Ports

16 April 2020 European CO2 emission standards for cars, vans and trucks – Now not the time to roll back emissions rules, say big companies, cities and NGOs

Main EU COVID19 information sources

European Commission

European Parliament

European Council

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

Border Crossing Times for Trucks: real time,17&corridor=&extent=-6892785.462641882,4233830.029018746,8135345.794446057,9888947.129667722


Further advice

An ad hoc working group of experts from the “EU Healthy Gateways joint action” consortium published advice for preparedness and response to the COVID-19 outbreak:

Advice for ship operators and advice for train travellers.


Thanks to OPP for additional information and insight




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