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Events

2019/04/30
   Commission response to text adopted in plenary
Documents
2019/03/12
   EP - Results of vote in Parliament
2019/03/12
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The European Parliament adopted by 612 votes to 28 with 23 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on electronic freight transport information.

As a reminder, the Commission proposal (i) requires competent authorities to accept regulatory information (for certain legal acts) in electronic form, and (ii) sets up of framework of certified eFTI platforms and service providers (by conformity assessment bodies).

The European Parliament’s position adopted at first reading under the ordinary legislative procedure amended the Commission proposal as follows:

Enlarged scope

The purpose of the Regulation is to reduce the costs of processing transport information between authorities and economic operators, to improve the enforcement capabilities of the authorities and to encourage the digitalisation of the freight transport and logistics.

In order to reduce administrative formalities, the regulation lays down the conditions under which:

-the economic operators concerned are required to make regulatory information electronically available to the Member States´ competent authorities;

Member States’ competent authorities have to communicate electronically with the economic operators concerned as regards the provision of regulatory information.

The regulation will apply to regulatory information requirements for the transport of goods set out in international conventions applicable in the Union.

It should enable the development of European Platforms in order to exchange and easily share the information. The eFTI platforms shall be governed by the general principles of technological neutrality as well as interoperability.

Towards a complete digitalisation

Members considered that ‘smart’ digital enforcement necessitates all relevant information to become paperless and be available for competent authorities in electronic form. This will free up enforcement capacity, reduce unnecessary administrative burden on transport operators, better target high-risk operators and detect fraudulent practices. The use of electronic documents should therefore in the future become the rule.

Furthermore, in order to provide enforcement officials, including those performing roadside checks, with a clear and complete overview of the transport operators being checked, they should have direct and real-time access to all relevant information, so as to be able to detect infringements and abnormalities quicker and more efficiently.

Requirements for eFTI service providers

eFTI service providers should ensure that the data is interoperable and remain accessible, for a period of four years, in compliance with the relevant regulatory information requirements.

Certification

Certification of solutions and platforms are required to ensure the compliance with the eCMR protocol, data security and interoperability of the eFTI data set.

Members called for certification to be performed in an independent manner to avoid distortions of competition. Compliance should be ensured with existing, standardised platforms identified in international conventions that are applicable in the Union.

Existing IT systems, that are currently used by economic operators in the transport sector to provide regulatory information and that meet the functional requirements, should be certified as eFTI platforms.

Delegated acts

The proposal includes a large number of issues to be established by means of implementing acts. These issues include access and processing rules for competent authorities and functional requirements for eFTI platforms and service providers. Since these are issues of general application and aim to supplement certain non-essential elements of the legislative act, they should all be established by delegated acts.

The Commission should immediately start working on the necessary delegated acts in order to avoid further delays and to ensure that economic operators and Member States have enough time to prepare.

Evaluation

The Commission shall carry out an evaluation of this Regulation three years from the date of application of the Regulation at the latest. This evaluation shall examine the possibility of extending the scope of this Regulation to certain business-to-business information that is necessary to prove compliance with the relevant requirements in the Union legal acts governing the transport of goods

Documents
2019/02/04
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The Committee on Transport and Tourism adopted the report by Claudia SCHMIDT (EPP, AT) on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on electronic freight transport information.

As a reminder, the Commission proposal (i) requires competent authorities to accept regulatory information (for certain legal acts) in electronic form, and (ii) sets up of framework of certified eFTI platforms and service providers (by conformity assessment bodies).

The committee responsible recommended that the European Parliament's position adopted at first reading under the ordinary legislative procedure should amend the Commission's proposal as follows.

Enlarged scope

The purpose of this Regulation is to reduce the costs of processing transport information between authorities and economic operators, to improve the enforcement capabilities of the authorities and to encourage the digitalisation of the freight transport and logistics.

Members stated that the Regulation should:

- lay down the conditions under which the economic operators concerned are required to make regulatory information electronically available to the Member States´ competent authorities;

- lay down the conditions under which Member States’ competent authorities have to communicate electronically with the economic operators concerned as regards the provision of regulatory information;

- apply to regulatory information requirements for the transport of goods set out in international conventions applicable in the Union.

The eFTI platforms shall be governed by the general principles of technological neutrality as well as interoperability.

Towards a complete digitalisation

Members considered that ‘smart’ digital enforcement necessitates all relevant information to become paperless and be available for competent authorities in electronic form. This will free up enforcement capacity, reduce unnecessary administrative burden on transport operators, better target high-risk operators and detect fraudulent practices. The use of electronic documents should therefore in the future become the rule.

Furthermore, in order to provide enforcement officials, including those performing roadside checks, with a clear and complete overview of the transport operators being checked, they should have direct and real-time access to all relevant information, so as to be able to detect infringements and abnormalities quicker and more efficiently.

Delegated acts

The proposal includes a large number of issues to be established by means of implementing acts. These issues include access and processing rules for competent authorities and functional requirements for eFTI platforms and service providers. Since these are issues of general application and aim to supplement certain non-essential elements of the legislative act, they should all be established by delegated acts.

The Commission should immediately start working on the necessary delegated acts in order to avoid further delays and to ensure that economic operators and Member States have enough time to prepare.

Requirements for eFTI service providers

eFTI service providers should ensure that the data is interoperable and remain accessible, for a period of four years, in compliance with the relevant regulatory information requirements.

Certification

Certification of solutions and platforms are required to ensure the compliance with the eCMR protocol, data security and interoperability of the eFTI data set.

Members called for certification to be performed in an independent manner to avoid distortions of competition. Compliance should be ensured with existing, standardised platforms identified in international conventions that are applicable in the Union.

Existing IT systems, that are currently used by economic operators in the transport sector to provide regulatory information and that meet the functional requirements, should be certified as eFTI platforms.

Documents
2019/01/29
   EP - Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
2018/12/05
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
Documents
2018/12/03
   CSL - Debate in Council
Documents
2018/12/03
   CSL - Council Meeting
2018/10/25
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
2018/10/17
   ESC - Economic and Social Committee: opinion, report
Documents
2018/07/03
   EP - Responsible Committee
2018/06/11
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
2018/05/17
   EC - Document attached to the procedure
Documents
2018/05/17
   EC - Document attached to the procedure
2018/05/17
   EC - Legislative proposal published
Details

PURPOSE: to facilitate the electronic communication of information in freight transport.

PROPOSED ACT: Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council.

ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the European Parliament decides in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure and on an equal footing with the Council.

BACKGROUND: total freight transport in the EU has increased by almost 25 % over the last 20 years, and is projected to further increase by 51 % during 2015-2050. All this movement of goods is accompanied by a large amount of information being exchanged among a variety of parties , in both the private and the public domain. Today, this information is mostly printed on paper , in a variety of standard format documents.

The fragmented legislation and the resulting lack of acceptance by authorities discourage investment in digital solutions for electronic documents. Yet the digitalisation of information exchange has the potential to significantly improve the efficiency of transport and therefore to contribute to the smooth functioning of the single market.

The Commission has acknowledged the need to foster acceptance and use of electronic transport documents in a number of policy initiative. The case for intervention has also been recognised by a wide range of stakeholders.

This initiative is part of the third ‘Europe on the Move’ Package, which delivers on the new industrial policy strategy of September 2017, and is designed to complete the process of enabling Europe to reap the full benefits of the modernisation of mobility.

IMPACT ASSESSMENT: the preferred option is a full obligation for Member State authorities to accept regulatory cargo transport information or documentation, with partially harmonised implementation.

The main expected benefits are of an economic and environmental nature. The industry is expected to make savings worth EUR 20-27 billion over 2018-2040 , compared to a scenario where no policy intervention at EU level is made (the baseline), thanks to reduction in administrative costs (i.e. costs related to the management and exchange of transport information and documentation). This is equivalent to 75-102 million hours saved yearly. Road transport operators, 99% of which are SMEs, are expected to benefit of about 60% of all industry administrative costs savings. Positive environmental impacts are also expected, due to a decrease in road transport’s modal share in 2030 relative to the baseline.

CONTENT: this proposal for a Regulation contains measures to:

ensure that the obligation for all competent public authorities to accept electronic freight documents/information is in place in all EU Member States ; ensure that the authorities implement the obligation of acceptance in a uniform manner; ensure the interoperability of the IT systems and solutions used for the electronic exchange of freight transport information, and in particular for business-to-administration (B2A) regulatory information communication.

Concretely, the proposal:

lays down requirements relative to the electronic format in which regulatory transport information (eFTI) should be made available by the economic operators concerned; establishes the obligation of the Member States’ competent authorities of regulatory information made available electronically by the economic operators concerned in compliance with the conditions provided that such information meets the requirements guaranteeing its authenticity, integrity, security, etc; requires the competent authorities, eFTI services providers and economic operators concerned to take measures to ensure the confidentiality of the information processed and exchanged in accordance with this Regulation; establishes the obligation of the Commission to adopt implementing acts establishing a common data set and subsets in relation the regulatory requirements under the scope of this Regulation, and laying down common procedures and rules for access to and processing by the competent authorities of regulatory information provided electronically; sets out the functional requirements for the eFTI platforms by the means of which the regulatory information could be made available by the economic operators concerned, and empowers the Commission to adopt implementing acts laying detailed rules for their implementation.

The proposal contains provisions on powers delegated to the Commission to amend non-essential elements in Annex 1 to this Regulation, where the regulatory information requirements falling under the scope of this Regulation are listed.

Documents

  • Commission response to text adopted in plenary: SP(2019)393
  • Results of vote in Parliament: Results of vote in Parliament
  • Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading: T8-0139/2019
  • Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading: A8-0060/2019
  • Amendments tabled in committee: PE630.437
  • Debate in Council: 3658
  • Committee draft report: PE629.586
  • Economic and Social Committee: opinion, report: CES3005/2018
  • Document attached to the procedure: SWD(2018)0183
  • Document attached to the procedure: EUR-Lex
  • Document attached to the procedure: SWD(2018)0184
  • Legislative proposal published: COM(2018)0279
  • Legislative proposal published: EUR-Lex
  • Document attached to the procedure: SWD(2018)0183
  • Document attached to the procedure: EUR-Lex SWD(2018)0184
  • Economic and Social Committee: opinion, report: CES3005/2018
  • Committee draft report: PE629.586
  • Amendments tabled in committee: PE630.437
  • Commission response to text adopted in plenary: SP(2019)393

Votes

A8-0060/2019 - Claudia Schmidt - Vote unique 12/03/2019 12:38:28.000

2019/03/12 Outcome: +: 612, -: 28, 0: 23
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AmendmentsDossier
77 2018/0140(COD)
2018/12/05 TRAN 77 amendments...
source: 630.437

History

(these mark the time of scraping, not the official date of the change)

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      • PURPOSE: to facilitate the electronic communication of information in freight transport.

        PROPOSED ACT: Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council.

        ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the European Parliament decides in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure and on an equal footing with the Council.

        BACKGROUND: total freight transport in the EU has increased by almost 25 % over the last 20 years, and is projected to further increase by 51 % during 2015-2050. All this movement of goods is accompanied by a large amount of information being exchanged among a variety of parties, in both the private and the public domain. Today, this information is mostly printed on paper, in a variety of standard format documents.

        The fragmented legislation and the resulting lack of acceptance by authorities discourage investment in digital solutions for electronic documents. Yet the digitalisation of information exchange has the potential to significantly improve the efficiency of transport and therefore to contribute to the smooth functioning of the single market.

        The Commission has acknowledged the need to foster acceptance and use of electronic transport documents in a number of policy initiative. The case for intervention has also been recognised by a wide range of stakeholders.

        This initiative is part of the third ‘Europe on the Move’ Package, which delivers on the new industrial policy strategy of September 2017, and is designed to complete the process of enabling Europe to reap the full benefits of the modernisation of mobility.

        IMPACT ASSESSMENT: the preferred option is a full obligation for Member State authorities to accept regulatory cargo transport information or documentation, with partially harmonised implementation.

        The main expected benefits are of an economic and environmental nature. The industry is expected to make savings worth EUR 20-27 billion over 2018-2040, compared to a scenario where no policy intervention at EU level is made (the baseline), thanks to reduction in administrative costs (i.e. costs related to the management and exchange of transport information and documentation). This is equivalent to 75-102 million hours saved yearly. Road transport operators, 99% of which are SMEs, are expected to benefit of about 60% of all industry administrative costs savings. Positive environmental impacts are also expected, due to a decrease in road transport’s modal share in 2030 relative to the baseline.

        CONTENT: this proposal for a Regulation contains measures to:

        • ensure that the obligation for all competent public authorities to accept electronic freight documents/information is in place in all EU Member States;
        • ensure that the authorities implement the obligation of acceptance in a uniform manner;
        • ensure the interoperability of the IT systems and solutions used for the electronic exchange of freight transport information, and in particular for business-to-administration (B2A) regulatory information communication.

        Concretely, the proposal:

        • lays down requirements relative to the electronic format in which regulatory transport information (eFTI) should be made available by the economic operators concerned;
        • establishes the obligation of the Member States’ competent authorities of regulatory information made available electronically by the economic operators concerned in compliance with the conditions provided that such information meets the requirements guaranteeing its authenticity, integrity, security, etc;
        • requires the competent authorities, eFTI services providers and economic operators concerned to take measures to ensure the confidentiality of the information processed and exchanged in accordance with this Regulation;
        • establishes the obligation of the Commission to adopt implementing acts establishing a common data set and subsets in relation the regulatory requirements under the scope of this Regulation, and laying down common procedures and rules for access to and processing by the competent authorities of regulatory information provided electronically;
        • sets out the functional requirements for the eFTI platforms by the means of which the regulatory information could be made available by the economic operators concerned, and empowers the Commission to adopt implementing acts laying detailed rules for their implementation.

        The proposal contains provisions on powers delegated to the Commission to amend non-essential elements in Annex 1 to this Regulation, where the regulatory information requirements falling under the scope of this Regulation are listed.

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  • PURPOSE: to facilitate the electronic communication of information in freight transport.

    PROPOSED ACT: Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council.

    ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the European Parliament decides in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure and on an equal footing with the Council.

    BACKGROUND: total freight transport in the EU has increased by almost 25 % over the last 20 years, and is projected to further increase by 51 % during 2015-2050. All this movement of goods is accompanied by a large amount of information being exchanged among a variety of parties, in both the private and the public domain. Today, this information is mostly printed on paper, in a variety of standard format documents.

    The fragmented legislation and the resulting lack of acceptance by authorities discourage investment in digital solutions for electronic documents. Yet the digitalisation of information exchange has the potential to significantly improve the efficiency of transport and therefore to contribute to the smooth functioning of the single market.

    The Commission has acknowledged the need to foster acceptance and use of electronic transport documents in a number of policy initiative. The case for intervention has also been recognised by a wide range of stakeholders.

    This initiative is part of the third ‘Europe on the Move’ Package, which delivers on the new industrial policy strategy of September 2017, and is designed to complete the process of enabling Europe to reap the full benefits of the modernisation of mobility.

    IMPACT ASSESSMENT: the preferred option is a full obligation for Member State authorities to accept regulatory cargo transport information or documentation, with partially harmonised implementation.

    The main expected benefits are of an economic and environmental nature. The industry is expected to make savings worth EUR 20-27 billion over 2018-2040, compared to a scenario where no policy intervention at EU level is made (the baseline), thanks to reduction in administrative costs (i.e. costs related to the management and exchange of transport information and documentation). This is equivalent to 75-102 million hours saved yearly. Road transport operators, 99% of which are SMEs, are expected to benefit of about 60% of all industry administrative costs savings. Positive environmental impacts are also expected, due to a decrease in road transport’s modal share in 2030 relative to the baseline.

    CONTENT: this proposal for a Regulation contains measures to:

    • ensure that the obligation for all competent public authorities to accept electronic freight documents/information is in place in all EU Member States;
    • ensure that the authorities implement the obligation of acceptance in a uniform manner;
    • ensure the interoperability of the IT systems and solutions used for the electronic exchange of freight transport information, and in particular for business-to-administration (B2A) regulatory information communication.

    Concretely, the proposal:

    • lays down requirements relative to the electronic format in which regulatory transport information (eFTI) should be made available by the economic operators concerned;
    • establishes the obligation of the Member States’ competent authorities of regulatory information made available electronically by the economic operators concerned in compliance with the conditions provided that such information meets the requirements guaranteeing its authenticity, integrity, security, etc;
    • requires the competent authorities, eFTI services providers and economic operators concerned to take measures to ensure the confidentiality of the information processed and exchanged in accordance with this Regulation;
    • establishes the obligation of the Commission to adopt implementing acts establishing a common data set and subsets in relation the regulatory requirements under the scope of this Regulation, and laying down common procedures and rules for access to and processing by the competent authorities of regulatory information provided electronically;
    • sets out the functional requirements for the eFTI platforms by the means of which the regulatory information could be made available by the economic operators concerned, and empowers the Commission to adopt implementing acts laying detailed rules for their implementation.

    The proposal contains provisions on powers delegated to the Commission to amend non-essential elements in Annex 1 to this Regulation, where the regulatory information requirements falling under the scope of this Regulation are listed.

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