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Access to the international market for coach and bus services [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Maria Niestadt (3rd edition, updated on 16.4.2019),

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The European Union aims to ensure that road transport rules are applied effectively and without discrimination. The current rules governing the access to the international market for coach and bus services appear to have been only partly effective in promoting this mode of transport. There are still differences in rules on access to national markets, differences in openness of national markets, diverse national access arrangements and discrimination in access to terminals in some EU countries.

In an attempt to address the issue, the European Commission adopted a legislative proposal on 8 November 2017 to amend the EU rules for access to the international market for coach and bus services. The proposal is part of its ‘Europe on the Move’ package, which aims to modernise European mobility and transport. The European Parliament adopted its position on the proposal on 14 February 2019. However, interinstitutional negotiations cannot yet begin, as the Council has not reached a common position on the file.


Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 1073/2009 on common rules for access to the international market for coach and bus services
Committee responsible: Transport and Tourism (TRAN) COM(2017) 647
Rapporteur: Roberts Zīle (ECR, Latvia) 2017/0288 (COD)
Shadow rapporteurs:



Luis de Grandes Pascual (EPP, Spain)
Peter Kouroumbashev (S&D, Bulgaria)
Dominique Riquet (ALDE, France)
João Pimenta Lopes (GUE/NGL, Portugal)
Michael Cramer (Greens/EFA, Germany)
Georg Mayer (ENF, Austria)
Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
Next steps expected: Trilogue

EU Legislation in progress timeline


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