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Mark’s EU Week for Transport 
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WattsUp!

UKTiE, Britain’s UK-EU multi-modal transport association, is busy shaping the agenda for next year, with a series of policy, research and engagement initiatives agreed at our recent joint UKTiE & UKMis roundtable.

Deal or no deal the end of 2020 will mark the beginning, not the end, of a new relationship with the EU, with ongoing negotiations and discussions continuing for many years to come. If you provide good or services to mainland Europe EU rules will still apply. Moreover, EU policy and law will continue to shape UK and global standards for many decades to come.

Our primary objective to make future EU-UK relations as mutually beneficial as possible for the transport sector, by maintaining a constructive and informed dialogue with our European neighbours.

To achieve this, it makes sense to work together. Sharing insights, expertise, and ideas on how that relationship could evolve in the future. Exchanging best practice and securing high levels of engagement to gain the sort of influence that would be difficult, expensive or even impossible, alone.

UK Transport in Europe has for the past ten years built up a strong reputation in Brussels as the voice of UK transport, and we will continue our work next year to be the UK PLC ‘springboard’ to influence the EU and the global transport agenda.

Anyone who has an interest in making a success of – or simply staying informed about – the new UK-EU future relationship for transport is invited to take part.

Contact me if you wish to join UKTiE, would like more information, or wish to sponsor our events.

Meanwhile two important dates for your diary:

Friday 11 December 10:00 CET
UKTiE and UKMiS Special Brexit Briefing

Friday 29th January 2021 10:30 CET
Reconvened joint UKTiE and UKMiS roundtable

1. Rumours of an extension to the transition denied by the Commission as European Parliament turns its attention towards eventual ratification
Yesterday, Brussels journalists were discussing rumours of an extension to the transition in all but name, a rumour that was later denied by the European Commission at their midday briefing. At the same time, Chair of the European Parliament’s International Trade Committee, MEP Bernd Lange, expressed his frustrations at the continued delays in the EU and UK agreeing a deal when he tweeted “It is already 5 past 12. We need a text. Otherwise ratification+democratic scrutiny by #EP will be a farce. The gambling of @BorisJohnson has brought us where we are now. We won’t pay the price for that!”. Yesterday also saw European Parliament Brexit Rapporteurs, Christophe Hansen MEP and Kati Piri MEP state during an event that while the European Parliament may complain, they would be ready to back a deal on December 28th if Michel Barnier is happy that such a deal meets his red lines.

2. Commission opens roadmap feedback on TEN-T guidelines
Last week, the European Commission opened the roadmap feedback period on the Trans-European network (TEN-T) revised guidelines. The feedback period is open until 18 December 2020. The roadmap itself states that the problem that these revised guidelines will seek to tackle is: “Transport accounts for a quarter of the EU’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and is the main cause of air pollution in cities or ports. The transport sector’s emission reductions falls behind that of other sectors: Emissions only started to decrease in 2007 and still remain higher than in 1990. The current provisions of the TEN-T Regulation are insufficient to ensure an all-encompassing infrastructure basis for the achievement of the 2050 climate neutrality objective, and for the 90% transport emission’s reduction by 2050set out in the European Green Deal”.

3. Study request by TRAN Committee on emerging technologies in transport sector published
A study, titled ‘The impact of emerging technologies on the transport system’, that was requested by the TRAN Committee has been published. The study provides an overview of the  impact of  Smart Mobility and their underlying emerging technologies on  transport, the transport infrastructure and society. The main challenges for the deployment of Smart Mobility applications are identified and (policy) actions are defined that could  be  taken  to  overcome these challenges.”

4. The European Way
UKTiE Coordinator Mark Watts has written a new blog on EU policymaking, across all sectors, is changing to fall in line with a new concept of European sovereignty, otherwise known as the ‘European Way’. What are the policy drivers behind this concept?

5. UKTiE has also put together the latest timetable. We will keep this up to date as the process develops:

  • 23-26 November 2020 – European Parliament Plenary.
  • 31 November 2020 – Next TRAN Committee meeting.
  • 9 December 2020 – Smart and Sustainable Mobility Strategy.
  • 10-11 December 2020 – European Council summit.
  • 11 December 2020 – UKTiE and UKMiS Special Brexit Briefing.
  • 14 December 2020 – US Electoral College elects US President.
  • 31 December 2020 – End of current Multi Annual Financial Framework.
  • 31 December 2020 – End of Transition Period (tbc).
  • 29 January 2021 – Reconvened joint UKTiE and UKMiS roundtable.
Mark Watts
UK Transport in Europe (UKTiE)
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