Road Transport Mobility, aviation comptetion and maritime waste, discussed at the Transport EU Council

The legislative package on mobility in the road transport sector, the progress made in combined transport and clean road transport vehicles and the regulation on safeguarding competition in the air transport sector were discussed at the EU ministerial meeting in Luxembourg, in which Cyprus was represented by the Minister of Transport, Communications and Works Vasiliki Anastasiadou.

More specifically, the EU28 have assessed the progress made on key proposals on mobility in the road transport sector, such as market access and the social aspects of the road transport sector, as well as the new rules on driving and rest times of drivers.

Furthermore, the Council endorsed the General Approach to the proposed Regulation to safeguard competition in the air transport sector, while the 28 also endorsed the general approach to the draft Directive on port reception facilities for ship-generated waste.

With regard to mobility during her intervention, the Minister for Transport stressed that an immediate priority remains to reach an agreement on all the proposals with the aim of improving the conditions of employment and social protection of workers, the proper functioning of the internal market and the protection of the environment.

As the Minister stressed, transparent and functioning rules would enhance the competitiveness of the road transport industry and protect the market from possible fragmentation with adverse effects on the consumer.

In conclusion, the Minister of Transport referred to the importance that Cyprus attaches to the conclusion of a balanced text, taking into account the specificities of each Member State and creating a level playing field for the benefit of European citizens.

Regarding the Regulation on competition in air transport, the Minister stressed that the final regulation should adequately protect Member States from possible adverse effects on their connectivity and ensure their effective participation in the decision-making process.

With regard to the Ship Waste Directive, the Minister of Transport expressed Cypriot support to the proposal, which seeks to achieve a higher level of protection of the marine environment and alignment with the international framework.

It should be noted that during a working lunch, Ministers had the opportunity to exchange views on improving the connectivity between the European Union and the Western Balkans through viable financing mechanisms.

In her intervention, the Minister of Transport expressed Cyprus support for strengthening the connectivity of the Western Balkans, underlining that this would benefit development.

The Minister of Transport also referred to the importance of enhancing the connectivity of the European Union as a whole. In this context, she referred to the challenges faced by isolated Member States with no land borders, stressing that these should be assessed by the European Commission when formulating its proposals for the next financial programming period.

On the sidelines of the Council, the Transport Minister had a meeting with Transport and Mobility Commissioner Violeta Bulc, with whom she discussed issues such as sustainable mobility, air transport and road safety.

Source: Cyprus News Agency