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1994/0284(SYN) Transport of dangerous goods by railway

Progress: Procedure completed

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead TRAN CORNELISSEN Petrus A.M. (icon: PPE PPE)
Former Responsible Committee TRAN CORNELISSEN Petrus A.M. (icon: PPE PPE)
Former Committee Opinion ENVI
Lead committee dossier:
Legal Basis:
EC before Amsterdam E 075-p1

Events

2003/04/07
   EU - Implementing legislative act
2002/07/03
   EC - Follow-up document
1996/09/17
   Final act published in Official Journal
1996/07/23
   EP/CSL - Act adopted by Council after consultation of Parliament
1996/07/23
   EP - End of procedure in Parliament
1996/07/23
   CSL - Council Meeting
1996/06/04
   EC - Modified legislative proposal
1996/06/04
   EC - Modified legislative proposal published
1996/04/16
   EP - Text adopted by Parliament, 2nd reading
1996/04/16
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 2nd reading
Documents
1996/04/15
   EP - Debate in Parliament
Details

The rapporteur, Mr Cornelissen (EPP, NL), emphasised that strict measures were needed to control the transport of dangerous goods by rail, particularly in urban areas. While expressing agreement with the common position of the Council, he went on to stress that some room for manoeuvre also had to be left open to Member States as far as local transport was concerned. Similarly, in the event of an accident he wanted to see the authorities kept fully informed of the nature of the goods being transported. Finally, he called on the Commissioner to clarify the definition ‘tunnels with characteristics similar to the Channel Tunnel’. Recalling that the proposal in question was aimed at removing barriers to freedom of movement between Member States, Commissioner Kinnock recognised that harmonisation could not be achieved overnight. It was for this reason that the Commission had provided for maximum flexibility in the proposal and the Council, in turn, had added to this. The Commissioner was not at all in favour of the abundance of bureaucracy associated with Amendment No 1 since this was of no benefit whatsoever from a safety point of view, in that highly dangerous goods such as radioactive substances were already subject to notification. He also considered that Amendment No 2 was completely superfluous, given that its content was already part of the common position. The Commissioner then recognised that the political compromise on the Channel Tunnel that had been reached within the Council comprised the application of stricter standards that were justified from a safety point of view by reason of the specific characteristics of the Channel Tunnel and the Oresund Tunnel. Mr Kinnock concluded by pointing out that in his view the common position seemed to be a balanced compromise.

1996/04/01
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
1996/03/18
   EP - Committee recommendation tabled for plenary, 2nd reading
1996/03/18
   EP - Vote in committee, 2nd reading
1996/03/18
   EP - Committee recommendation tabled for plenary, 2nd reading
Documents
1996/03/06
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
Documents
1996/01/18
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament, 2nd reading
1995/12/08
   EC - Commission communication on Council's position
1995/12/08
   CSL - Council position published
Documents
1995/12/08
   CSL - Council Meeting
1995/09/28
   CSL - Council Meeting
1995/09/14
   EC - Modified legislative proposal
1995/09/14
   EC - Modified legislative proposal published
1995/07/13
   EP - Text adopted by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
1995/07/13
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
Documents
1995/07/12
   EP - Debate in Parliament
Details

According to Mr KINNOCK, this proposal, which provided the Member States with a certain degree of flexibility, did not interfere with the principles of the internal market and the free movement of services. In this context, the Commission could take over Amendment No 5, which gave Member States the right to adopt rules governing the transport of dangerous goods by rail from or to the states of the former Soviet Union, outside the conditions laid down in the annexes, provided that an equivalent standard of safety was maintained. However, it rejected the following amendments as they were inappropriate: Amendment No 1 because the requirement for advance warning would only result in excessive bureaucracy and would not improve safety; Amendment No 2, which sought to prevent trains transporting dangerous goods from transporting passengers, as it would appear to be out of all proportion given that this ban was already in place for explosives and other highly dangerous substances; Amendment No 3 as it was too permissive as regards derogations; and Amendment No 4, which was not consistent with the proposal’s aim of eliminating where possible the obstacles to transport by rail.

1995/07/04
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
1995/07/04
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
Documents
1995/06/21
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
1995/06/21
   EP - Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
1995/06/21
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
Documents
1995/06/20
   EP - Committee opinion
Documents
1995/05/31
   ESC - Economic and Social Committee: opinion, report
Details

The ESC welcomed the proposal to adapt national provisions to the international provisions in force for cross-frontier traffic, which under the RID rules already applied to 34 states that were parties to the Convention. The proposal for a directive under review was largely in keeping with the Directive on the transport of dangerous goods by road and, to correspond to this Directive [(1) Doc. COM(93)665 final - SYN 487 - OJ C 238 of 26 August 1994, page 4], the ESC expected in the near future to see a proposal for a directive from the Commission on the monitoring of the transport of dangerous goods by rail. It also urged the Commission to produce as soon as possible a draft Directive on the transport of dangerous goods by inland waterway, which was still lacking, and which would greatly facilitate intermodal transport. Finally, since the restructuring referred to by the Commission (Directive 91/440/EEC) would also give rise to differing responsibilities for the enterprises responsible for operation and those responsible for the track, the ESC considered that these different responsibilities should be addressed and defined in the Directive.

1995/04/25
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
1995/02/22
   EP - CORNELISSEN Petrus A.M. (PPE) appointed as rapporteur in TRAN
1995/02/22
   EP - CORNELISSEN Petrus A.M. (PPE) appointed as rapporteur in TRAN
1994/12/09
   EC - Legislative proposal
1994/12/09
   EC - Legislative proposal published
1994/10/11
   all - Additional information

Documents

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    • 3.20.02 Rail transport: passengers and freight
    • 3.70.13 Dangerous substances, toxic and radioactive wastes (storage, transport)
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    Dangerous substances, toxic and radioactive wastes (storage, transport)
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    • Legislation
    • Amended by 1999/0087(COD) Repealed by 2006/0278(COD)
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    • date: 1994-10-11T00:00:00 body: all type: Additional information
    • date: 1994-12-09T00:00:00 docs: url: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!DocNumber&lg=EN&type_doc=COMfinal&an_doc=1994&nu_doc=573 celexid: CELEX:51994PC0573:EN type: Legislative proposal published title: COM(1994)0573 type: Legislative proposal published body: EC commission:
    • date: 1995-04-25T00:00:00 body: EP type: Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading committees: body: EP responsible: False committee_full: Environment, Public Health and Consumer Protection committee: ENVI body: EP responsible: True committee: TRAN date: 1995-02-22T00:00:00 committee_full: Transport and Tourism rapporteur: group: PPE name: CORNELISSEN Petrus A.M.
    • body: EP committees: body: EP responsible: False committee_full: Environment, Public Health and Consumer Protection committee: ENVI body: EP responsible: True committee: TRAN date: 1995-02-22T00:00:00 committee_full: Transport and Tourism rapporteur: group: PPE name: CORNELISSEN Petrus A.M. docs: type: Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading title: A4-0152/1995 date: 1995-06-21T00:00:00 type: Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
    • date: 1995-07-12T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?secondRef=TOC&language=EN&reference=19950712&type=CRE type: Debate in Parliament title: Debate in Parliament body: EP type: Debate in Parliament
    • date: 1995-07-13T00:00:00 docs: type: Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading title: T4-0349/1995 body: EP type: Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
    • date: 1995-09-14T00:00:00 docs: url: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!DocNumber&lg=EN&type_doc=COMfinal&an_doc=1995&nu_doc=424 celexid: CELEX:51995PC0424:EN type: Modified legislative proposal published title: COM(1995)0424 type: Modified legislative proposal published body: EC commission:
    • date: 1995-09-28T00:00:00 body: CSL type: Council Meeting council: Transport, Telecommunications and Energy meeting_id: 1870
    • body: CSL meeting_id: 1893 docs: url: http://register.consilium.europa.eu/content/out?lang=EN&typ=SET&i=ADV&RESULTSET=1&DOC_ID=11303%2F95&DOC_LANCD=EN&ROWSPP=25&NRROWS=500&ORDERBY=DOC_DATE+DESC type: Council position published title: 11303/2/1995 council: Transport, Telecommunications and Energy date: 1995-12-08T00:00:00 type: Council Meeting
    • date: 1996-01-18T00:00:00 body: EP type: Committee referral announced in Parliament, 2nd reading committees: body: EP responsible: True committee: TRAN date: 1995-02-22T00:00:00 committee_full: Transport and Tourism rapporteur: group: PPE name: CORNELISSEN Petrus A.M.
    • body: EP committees: body: EP responsible: True committee: TRAN date: 1995-02-22T00:00:00 committee_full: Transport and Tourism rapporteur: group: PPE name: CORNELISSEN Petrus A.M. docs: type: Committee recommendation tabled for plenary, 2nd reading title: A4-0074/1996 date: 1996-03-18T00:00:00 type: Vote in committee, 2nd reading
    • date: 1996-04-15T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?secondRef=TOC&language=EN&reference=19960415&type=CRE type: Debate in Parliament title: Debate in Parliament body: EP type: Debate in Parliament
    • date: 1996-04-16T00:00:00 docs: type: Decision by Parliament, 2nd reading title: T4-0168/1996 body: EP type: Decision by Parliament, 2nd reading
    • date: 1996-06-04T00:00:00 docs: url: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!DocNumber&lg=EN&type_doc=COMfinal&an_doc=1996&nu_doc=235 celexid: CELEX:51996DC0235:EN type: Modified legislative proposal published title: COM(1996)0235 type: Modified legislative proposal published body: EC commission:
    • date: 1996-07-23T00:00:00 body: CSL type: Council Meeting council: Agriculture and Fisheries meeting_id: 1944
    • date: 1996-07-23T00:00:00 body: EP type: End of procedure in Parliament
    • date: 1996-07-23T00:00:00 body: EP/CSL type: Act adopted by Council after consultation of Parliament
    • date: 1996-09-17T00:00:00 type: Final act published in Official Journal
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    • body: EP responsible: False committee_full: Environment, Public Health and Consumer Protection committee: ENVI
    • body: EP responsible: True committee: TRAN date: 1995-02-22T00:00:00 committee_full: Transport and Tourism rapporteur: group: PPE name: CORNELISSEN Petrus A.M.
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    • body: CSL type: Council Meeting council: Former Council configuration
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    Transport of dangerous goods by railway
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    EC before Amsterdam E 075-p1
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    Procedure completed
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