BETA


2018/0282(NLE) Treaty establishing the Transport Community

Progress: Procedure completed

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead TRAN DELLI Karima (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE) DELI Andor (icon: PPE PPE), DE MONTE Isabella (icon: S&D S&D), DEMESMAEKER Mark (icon: ECR ECR), GONZÁLEZ PEÑAS Tania (icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL)
Lead committee dossier:
Legal Basis:
TFEU 091, TFEU 100-p2, TFEU 218-p6a, TFEU 218-p7

Events

2019/03/13
   Final act published in Official Journal
Details

PURPOSE: to approve the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Treaty establishing the Transport Community.

NON-LEGISLATIVE ACT: Council Decision (EU) 2019/392 on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Treaty establishing the Transport Community.

CONTENT: the Council adopted a Decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the Union, of the Treaty establishing the Transport Community.

The Treaty establishing the Transport Community was signed on behalf of the Union on 9 October 2017, subject to its conclusion at a later date, and has been provisionally applied since its signature. Its purpose is to create a Transport Community in the field of road, rail, inland waterway and maritime transport and to develop the transport network between the European Union and the parts of South-Eastern Europe, namely Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia.

The Transport Community is based on the progressive integration of transport markets of the South East European Parties into the European Union transport market on the basis of the relevant acquis, including in the areas of technical standards, interoperability, safety, security, traffic management, social policy, public procurement and environment, for all modes of transport excluding air transport.

To this end, the Treaty defines the rules applicable between the Contracting Parties.

In a statement, the Commission points out that the Treaty establishing a Transport Community does not contain provisions on market access for the transport of goods by road. Therefore, Regulation (EC) No 1072/2009 continues to apply at this stage in respect of the South-Eastern European parties.

As long as this situation remains unchanged, bilateral agreements concluded between Member States and parties in South-East Europe, including the authorisations contained in those agreements, may be maintained, in accordance with those provisions and subject to compliance with Union law.

In the event that the European Union and the Parties of South-Eastern Europe consider strengthening their cooperation by creating EU-wide market access opportunities in the road haulage sector, the corresponding agreements should be negotiated, signed and concluded in accordance with Article 218 TFEU.

ENTRY INTO FORCE: 04.03.2019.

2019/03/11
   EP/CSL - Act adopted by Council after consultation of Parliament
2019/03/11
   EP - End of procedure in Parliament
2019/02/13
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The European Parliament adopted by 607 votes to 63, with 3 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Treaty establishing the Transport Community.

Parliament gave its consent to the conclusion of the Treaty.

As a reminder, the Treaty aims to create a Transport Community in the field of road, rail, inland waterway and maritime transport as well as the development of the transport network between the European Union and the Western Balkans.

Documents
2019/01/23
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The Committee on Transport and Tourism adopted the report by Karima DELLI (Greens/EFA, FR) on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Treaty establishing the Transport Community.

The committee recommended that the European Parliament give its consent to conclusion of the treaty.

As a reminder, the Treaty aims to create a Transport Community in the field of road, rail, inland waterway and maritime transport as well as the development of the transport network between the European Union and the Western Balkans. The Transport Community shall be based on the progressive integration of transport markets of the South Western Balkans into the European Union transport market on the basis of the relevant acquis, including in the areas of technical standards, interoperability, safety, security, traffic management, social policy, public procurement and environment, for all modes of transport excluding air transport.

Documents
2019/01/22
   EP - Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
2018/12/05
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
2018/11/15
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
2018/10/30
   EC - Legislative proposal published
Details

PURPOSE: to conclude , on behalf of the European Union, of the Treaty establishing the Transport Community.

PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: Council may adopt the act only if Parliament has given its consent to the act.

BACKGROUND: the Commission negotiated, on behalf of the Union, a Treaty establishing the Transport Community between the European Union and Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia.

The Transport Community Treaty was signed on behalf of the Union on 9 October 2017, subject to its conclusion at a later date, in accordance with Council Decision 2017/1937, and it has been applied on a provisional basis in accordance with Article 41(3) of the Transport Community Treaty.

As a reminder, the aim of this Treaty is the creation of a Transport Community in the field of road, rail, inland waterway and maritime transport as well as the development of the transport network between the European Union and the South East European Parties. The Transport Community is based on the progressive integration of transport markets of the South East European Parties into the European Union transport market on the basis of the relevant acquis, including in the areas of technical standards, interoperability, safety, security, traffic management, social policy, public procurement and environment, for all modes of transport excluding air transport.

CONTENT: the Council draft seeks to approve, on behalf of the European Union, the Treaty establishing the European Transport Community (TCT).

Meetings of the Ministerial Council or the Regional Steering Committee established, respectively, should be properly prepared within the Council, based on proposals and other documents from the Commission. The Commission should be empowered to approve, on behalf of the Union, amendments to the lists of Union acts set out in Annex I to the Transport Community Treaty and after appropriate consultation.

The Commission shall, as soon as possible before meetings of the Ministerial Council or the Regional Steering Committee, submit to the Council or its preparatory bodies, in the appropriate format, for adoption or consultation as the case may be, in accordance with the TFEU and the Treaty on European Union, and in particular in compliance with the principle of sincere cooperation, draft Union positions and statements on the matters that will be discussed at the respective meeting.

The position to be taken by the Union as regards decisions of the Regional Steering Committee regarding merely the updating of Union acts set out in Annex I to the Transport Community Treaty shall be adopted by the Commission. Before adopting any such decision, the Commission shall consult the Council on the anticipated position sufficiently in advance and by means of a written preparatory document .

Any adjustments to Union acts to be incorporated into Annex I to the Transport Community Treaty shall be limited to technical adjustments necessary for the purposes of such incorporation.

Documents
2018/07/13
   EP - Preparatory document
Details

PURPOSE: to approve, on behalf of the European Union, the conclusion of the Treaty establishing the Transport Community.

PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: Council may adopt the act only if Parliament has given its consent to the act.

BACKGROUND: strengthening regional cooperation within the Western Balkans is a key element for political stability, security, economic prosperity and social development in the region.

Transport cooperation with the Western Balkans countries had been governed by the South East European Transport Observatory (SEETO), a the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of 11 June 2004 signed by Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, the United Nations Mission in Kosovo and the Commission. The main objective of the MoU was to extend the Trans-European Tranport Network (TEN-T) and related policies to the Western Balkans.

The MoU has, however, shown limits. Therefore, the Commission proposed, based on the positive experience with the implementation of the Energy Community Treaty, to take inspiration from this example for the purposes of the transport sector and negotiate an agreement providing that the legislation, standards and technical specifications applied by the Western Balkans partners be made compatible with those of the Union.

The Commission negotiated, on behalf of the Union, the Treaty establishing the Transport Community (TCT) between the European Union and Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia .

The TCT was signed on behalf of the Union on 12 July and 9 October 2017, subject to its conclusion at a later date.

All South East European Parties except Kosovo have already ratified the TCT. In the meantime, the TCT is applied provisionally among the Parties.

CONTENT: the Commission proposes that the Council decide to approve, on behalf of the European Union, the Treaty establishing the European Transport Community (TCT).

The aim of this Treaty is the creation of a Transport Community in the field of road, rail, inland waterway and maritime transport as well as the development of the transport network between the European Union and the South East European Parties. The Transport Community is based on the progressive integration of transport markets of the South East European Parties into the European Union transport market on the basis of the relevant acquis, including in the areas of technical standards, interoperability, safety, security, traffic management, social policy, public procurement and environment, for all modes of transport excluding air transport.

The Commission considers that the TCT will benefit the accession framework for the Western Balkans by speeding up the alignment of national legislation with the Union acquis on transport and related areas.

The TCT will also be a key instrument to foster the reform process in the context of the Western Balkan Six initiative as well as the implementation of the TEN-T as extended to the Western Balkans. It will replace the existing cooperation framework, the South East European Transport Observatory (SEETO), which is in place since 2004.

2018/02/19
   EP - DELLI Karima (Verts/ALE) appointed as rapporteur in TRAN
2017/07/04
   CSL - Document attached to the procedure
Documents

Documents

Votes

A8-0022/2019 - Karima Delli - Vote: procédure d'approbation 13/02/2019 12:14:44.000

2019/02/13 Outcome: +: 607, -: 63, 0: 3
DE IT ES PL FR RO GB NL CZ AT BE BG SE PT HU FI SK HR LT LV IE DK SI LU MT EE EL CY ??
Total
85
66
50
46
71
28
63
25
20
18
19
16
16
20
14
12
12
11
10
8
8
13
7
6
6
4
14
2
1
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195

United Kingdom PPE

2

Denmark PPE

For (1)

1

Luxembourg PPE

3

Estonia PPE

For (1)

1
icon: S&D S&D
170

Netherlands S&D

3

Hungary S&D

2

Croatia S&D

2

Latvia S&D

1

Ireland S&D

For (1)

1

Slovenia S&D

For (1)

1

Luxembourg S&D

For (1)

1

Malta S&D

3

Cyprus S&D

For (1)

1
icon: ALDE ALDE
65

Romania ALDE

2

United Kingdom ALDE

1

Austria ALDE

For (1)

1

Sweden ALDE

2

Portugal ALDE

1

Croatia ALDE

2

Latvia ALDE

1

Ireland ALDE

For (1)

1

Slovenia ALDE

For (1)

1

Luxembourg ALDE

For (1)

1

Estonia ALDE

2
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63

Romania ECR

For (1)

1

Netherlands ECR

2

Czechia ECR

2

Bulgaria ECR

1
2

Croatia ECR

For (1)

1

Lithuania ECR

1

Latvia ECR

For (1)

1

Greece ECR

Against (1)

1
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49

Italy Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

United Kingdom Verts/ALE

5

Netherlands Verts/ALE

2

Austria Verts/ALE

3

Belgium Verts/ALE

2

Hungary Verts/ALE

2

Croatia Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Lithuania Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Latvia Verts/ALE

1

Denmark Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Slovenia Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Luxembourg Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Estonia Verts/ALE

For (1)

1
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42

Italy GUE/NGL

Abstain (1)

2

United Kingdom GUE/NGL

1

Netherlands GUE/NGL

3

Sweden GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Portugal GUE/NGL

For (1)

4

Finland GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Ireland GUE/NGL

2

Denmark GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Cyprus GUE/NGL

1
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17

Germany NI

Against (1)

1

France NI

2

United Kingdom NI

For (1)

Against (2)

3

Hungary NI

2

Denmark NI

1

NI

For (1)

1
icon: EFDD EFDD
35

Germany EFDD

Abstain (1)

1

Poland EFDD

1

Czechia EFDD

Against (1)

1

Lithuania EFDD

For (1)

1
icon: ENF ENF
35

Germany ENF

For (1)

1

Poland ENF

2

United Kingdom ENF

4

Netherlands ENF

3

Belgium ENF

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1

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  • date: 2018-12-05T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=COMPARL&mode=XML&language=EN&reference=PE628.593 title: PE628.593 type: Committee draft report body: EP
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  • date: 2018-07-13T00:00:00 type: Initial legislative proposal published body: EC docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/docs_autres_institutions/commission_europeenne/com/2018/0532/COM_COM(2018)0532_EN.pdf title: COM(2018)0532 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!DocNumber&lg=EN&type_doc=COMfinal&an_doc=2018&nu_doc=0532 title: EUR-Lex summary: PURPOSE: to approve, on behalf of the European Union, the conclusion of the Treaty establishing the Transport Community. PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision. ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: Council may adopt the act only if Parliament has given its consent to the act. BACKGROUND: strengthening regional cooperation within the Western Balkans is a key element for political stability, security, economic prosperity and social development in the region. Transport cooperation with the Western Balkans countries had been governed by the South East European Transport Observatory (SEETO), a the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of 11 June 2004 signed by Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, the United Nations Mission in Kosovo and the Commission. The main objective of the MoU was to extend the Trans-European Tranport Network (TEN-T) and related policies to the Western Balkans. The MoU has, however, shown limits. Therefore, the Commission proposed, based on the positive experience with the implementation of the Energy Community Treaty, to take inspiration from this example for the purposes of the transport sector and negotiate an agreement providing that the legislation, standards and technical specifications applied by the Western Balkans partners be made compatible with those of the Union. The Commission negotiated, on behalf of the Union, the Treaty establishing the Transport Community (TCT) between the European Union and Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia . The TCT was signed on behalf of the Union on 12 July and 9 October 2017, subject to its conclusion at a later date. All South East European Parties except Kosovo have already ratified the TCT. In the meantime, the TCT is applied provisionally among the Parties. CONTENT: the Commission proposes that the Council decide to approve, on behalf of the European Union, the Treaty establishing the European Transport Community (TCT). The aim of this Treaty is the creation of a Transport Community in the field of road, rail, inland waterway and maritime transport as well as the development of the transport network between the European Union and the South East European Parties. The Transport Community is based on the progressive integration of transport markets of the South East European Parties into the European Union transport market on the basis of the relevant acquis, including in the areas of technical standards, interoperability, safety, security, traffic management, social policy, public procurement and environment, for all modes of transport excluding air transport. The Commission considers that the TCT will benefit the accession framework for the Western Balkans by speeding up the alignment of national legislation with the Union acquis on transport and related areas. The TCT will also be a key instrument to foster the reform process in the context of the Western Balkan Six initiative as well as the implementation of the TEN-T as extended to the Western Balkans. It will replace the existing cooperation framework, the South East European Transport Observatory (SEETO), which is in place since 2004.
  • date: 2018-10-30T00:00:00 type: Legislative proposal published body: EC docs: url: http://register.consilium.europa.eu/content/out?lang=EN&typ=SET&i=ADV&RESULTSET=1&DOC_ID=13111%2F18&DOC_LANCD=EN&ROWSPP=25&NRROWS=500&ORDERBY=DOC_DATE+DESC title: 13111/2018 summary: PURPOSE: to conclude , on behalf of the European Union, of the Treaty establishing the Transport Community. PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision. ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: Council may adopt the act only if Parliament has given its consent to the act. BACKGROUND: the Commission negotiated, on behalf of the Union, a Treaty establishing the Transport Community between the European Union and Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia. The Transport Community Treaty was signed on behalf of the Union on 9 October 2017, subject to its conclusion at a later date, in accordance with Council Decision 2017/1937, and it has been applied on a provisional basis in accordance with Article 41(3) of the Transport Community Treaty. As a reminder, the aim of this Treaty is the creation of a Transport Community in the field of road, rail, inland waterway and maritime transport as well as the development of the transport network between the European Union and the South East European Parties. The Transport Community is based on the progressive integration of transport markets of the South East European Parties into the European Union transport market on the basis of the relevant acquis, including in the areas of technical standards, interoperability, safety, security, traffic management, social policy, public procurement and environment, for all modes of transport excluding air transport. CONTENT: the Council draft seeks to approve, on behalf of the European Union, the Treaty establishing the European Transport Community (TCT). Meetings of the Ministerial Council or the Regional Steering Committee established, respectively, should be properly prepared within the Council, based on proposals and other documents from the Commission. The Commission should be empowered to approve, on behalf of the Union, amendments to the lists of Union acts set out in Annex I to the Transport Community Treaty and after appropriate consultation. The Commission shall, as soon as possible before meetings of the Ministerial Council or the Regional Steering Committee, submit to the Council or its preparatory bodies, in the appropriate format, for adoption or consultation as the case may be, in accordance with the TFEU and the Treaty on European Union, and in particular in compliance with the principle of sincere cooperation, draft Union positions and statements on the matters that will be discussed at the respective meeting. The position to be taken by the Union as regards decisions of the Regional Steering Committee regarding merely the updating of Union acts set out in Annex I to the Transport Community Treaty shall be adopted by the Commission. Before adopting any such decision, the Commission shall consult the Council on the anticipated position sufficiently in advance and by means of a written preparatory document . Any adjustments to Union acts to be incorporated into Annex I to the Transport Community Treaty shall be limited to technical adjustments necessary for the purposes of such incorporation.
  • date: 2018-11-15T00:00:00 type: Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP
  • date: 2019-01-22T00:00:00 type: Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading body: EP
  • date: 2019-01-23T00:00:00 type: Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&mode=XML&reference=A8-2019-0022&language=EN title: A8-0022/2019 summary: The Committee on Transport and Tourism adopted the report by Karima DELLI (Greens/EFA, FR) on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Treaty establishing the Transport Community. The committee recommended that the European Parliament give its consent to conclusion of the treaty. As a reminder, the Treaty aims to create a Transport Community in the field of road, rail, inland waterway and maritime transport as well as the development of the transport network between the European Union and the Western Balkans. The Transport Community shall be based on the progressive integration of transport markets of the South Western Balkans into the European Union transport market on the basis of the relevant acquis, including in the areas of technical standards, interoperability, safety, security, traffic management, social policy, public procurement and environment, for all modes of transport excluding air transport.
  • date: 2019-02-13T00:00:00 type: Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=TA&language=EN&reference=P8-TA-2019-0094 title: T8-0094/2019 summary: The European Parliament adopted by 607 votes to 63, with 3 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Treaty establishing the Transport Community. Parliament gave its consent to the conclusion of the Treaty. As a reminder, the Treaty aims to create a Transport Community in the field of road, rail, inland waterway and maritime transport as well as the development of the transport network between the European Union and the Western Balkans.
  • date: 2019-03-11T00:00:00 type: Act adopted by Council after consultation of Parliament body: EP/CSL
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  • date: 2019-03-13T00:00:00 type: Final act published in Official Journal summary: PURPOSE: to approve the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Treaty establishing the Transport Community. NON-LEGISLATIVE ACT: Council Decision (EU) 2019/392 on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Treaty establishing the Transport Community. CONTENT: the Council adopted a Decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the Union, of the Treaty establishing the Transport Community. The Treaty establishing the Transport Community was signed on behalf of the Union on 9 October 2017, subject to its conclusion at a later date, and has been provisionally applied since its signature. Its purpose is to create a Transport Community in the field of road, rail, inland waterway and maritime transport and to develop the transport network between the European Union and the parts of South-Eastern Europe, namely Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia. The Transport Community is based on the progressive integration of transport markets of the South East European Parties into the European Union transport market on the basis of the relevant acquis, including in the areas of technical standards, interoperability, safety, security, traffic management, social policy, public procurement and environment, for all modes of transport excluding air transport. To this end, the Treaty defines the rules applicable between the Contracting Parties. In a statement, the Commission points out that the Treaty establishing a Transport Community does not contain provisions on market access for the transport of goods by road. Therefore, Regulation (EC) No 1072/2009 continues to apply at this stage in respect of the South-Eastern European parties. As long as this situation remains unchanged, bilateral agreements concluded between Member States and parties in South-East Europe, including the authorisations contained in those agreements, may be maintained, in accordance with those provisions and subject to compliance with Union law. In the event that the European Union and the Parties of South-Eastern Europe consider strengthening their cooperation by creating EU-wide market access opportunities in the road haulage sector, the corresponding agreements should be negotiated, signed and concluded in accordance with Article 218 TFEU. ENTRY INTO FORCE: 04.03.2019. docs: title: Decision 2019/392 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=EN&numdoc=32019D0392 title: OJ L 071 13.03.2019, p. 0001 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=OJ:L:2019:071:TOC
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    • PURPOSE: to approve, on behalf of the European Union, the conclusion of the Treaty establishing the Transport Community.

      PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

      ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: Council may adopt the act only if Parliament has given its consent to the act. 

      BACKGROUND: strengthening regional cooperation within the Western Balkans is a key element for political stability, security, economic prosperity and social development in the region.

      Transport cooperation with the Western Balkans countries had been governed by the South East European Transport Observatory (SEETO), a the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of 11 June 2004 signed by Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, the United Nations Mission in Kosovo and the Commission. The main objective of the MoU was to extend the Trans-European Tranport Network (TEN-T) and related policies to the Western Balkans.

      The MoU has, however, shown limits. Therefore, the Commission proposed, based on the positive experience with the implementation of the Energy Community Treaty, to take inspiration from this example for the purposes of the transport sector and negotiate an agreement providing that the legislation, standards and technical specifications applied by the Western Balkans partners be made compatible with those of the Union.

      The Commission negotiated, on behalf of the Union, the Treaty establishing the Transport Community (TCT) between the European Union and Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia.

      The TCT was signed on behalf of the Union on 12 July and 9 October 2017, subject to its conclusion at a later date.

      All South East European Parties except Kosovo have already ratified the TCT. In the meantime, the TCT is applied provisionally among the Parties.

      CONTENT: the Commission proposes that the Council decide to approve, on behalf of the European Union, the Treaty establishing the European Transport Community (TCT).

      The aim of this Treaty is the creation of a Transport Community in the field of road, rail, inland waterway and maritime transport as well as the development of the transport network between the European Union and the South East European Parties. The Transport Community is based on the progressive integration of transport markets of the South East European Parties into the European Union transport market on the basis of the relevant acquis, including in the areas of technical standards, interoperability, safety, security, traffic management, social policy, public procurement and environment, for all modes of transport excluding air transport.

      The Commission considers that the TCT will benefit the accession framework for the Western Balkans by speeding up the alignment of national legislation with the Union acquis on transport and related areas.

      The TCT will also be a key instrument to foster the reform process in the context of the Western Balkan Six initiative as well as the implementation of the TEN-T as extended to the Western Balkans. It will replace the existing cooperation framework, the South East European Transport Observatory (SEETO), which is in place since 2004.

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    • date: 2018-07-13T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/docs_autres_institutions/commission_europeenne/com/2018/0532/COM_COM(2018)0532_EN.pdf celexid: CELEX:52018PC0532:EN type: Legislative proposal published title: COM(2018)0532 type: Legislative proposal published body: EC commission:
    committees
    • body: EP responsible: True committee_full: Transport and Tourism committee: TRAN
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      2018/0282(NLE)
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      Treaty establishing the Transport Community
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      Preparatory phase in Parliament
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      Consent by Parliament
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      NLE - Non-legislative enactments
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