In this Brussels Briefing on Transport, leading journalist Dave Keating provides an overview of the latest EU transport policy developments:
- German minimum wage: a conference, held on the 4 June, allowed the Commission to clarify recent decisions affecting transport workers, including its probe on Germany’s application of its minimum wage to truck drivers passing through the country.
- Opposition is growing toward the Commission’s proposals to liberalise services in ports in the TEN-T transport network.
- Package Travel Directive: MEPs and Member States finally reached an agreement last month, extending the EU passenger rights to the combination of a flight plus hotel or car rental.
- The Commission is to give another push to an attempted update of the EU passenger rights directive by this summer.
- The Commission is also looking into setting a legal framework for the civilian use of drones.
- Single Sky Directive: Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc will continue her predecessor’s efforts to put pressure on member states over their failure to combine their 28 national airspaces, including possible infringement procedures.
- Fourth Railway Package: MEPs remain divided over whether to split the political and the technical pillars.
- Parliament recently adopted a report calling for the EU to implement multimodal ticketing, which would allow travellers to buy one ticket for multiple rail, plane and bus journeys with different operators.
Featuring statements from Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc and Michael Cramer, chair of the European Parliament’s Transport and Tourism (TRAN) committee.