Written by Marketa Pape (2nd edition, updated on 14.12.2018),
The European Union’s efforts to reduce the negative impacts of transport include promoting a shift from road freight transport to lower-emission transport modes. This also includes combined transport operations, which consist of at least one road leg for initial or final haulage and one non‑road leg on rail or water. The 1992 Combined Transport Directive set out measures that were meant to increase the competitiveness of combined transport against road-only transport.
In 2017, 25 years after the directive entered into force, the Commission conducted a legislative review and proposed to simplify the existing rules and make combined transport more attractive by means of economic incentives. The initiative is part of the ‘mobility package’, a set of legislative proposals presented by the Commission to make EU transport safer, greener and more modern.
The Transport Council of 3 December 2018 agreed a general approach on the proposal on combined transport, having also reached a position on three other key proposals in the road transport sector. As the European Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism had adopted its report in July 2018, interinstitutional negotiations can now begin.
- December 2018: ‘Combined transport directive review: Getting more goods off EU roads‘ (2nd edition)
|Proposal for a DIRECTIVE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL amending Directive 92/106/EEC on the establishment of common rules for certain types of combined transport of goods between Member States|
|Committee responsible:||Transport and Tourism (TRAN)||COM(2017) 648
|Rapporteur:||Daniela Aiuto (EFDD, Italy)||2017/0290(COD)|
|Claudia Schmidt (EPP, Austria)
Isabella De Monte (S&D, Italy)
Kosma Złotowski (ECR, Poland)
Izaskun Bilbao Barandica (ALDE, Spain)
Marie-Pierre Vieu (GUE/NGL, France)
Jakop Dalunde (Greens/EFA, Sweden)
Georg Mayer (ENF, Austria)
|Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)|
|Next steps expected:||Trilogue negotiations|