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2019/0107(COD) International road passenger transport services by coach and bus in border regions: cabotage operations between Germany and Switzerland

Progress: Awaiting Council 1st reading position / budgetary conciliation convocation

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead TRAN FERBER Markus (icon: EPP EPP) DANIELSSON Johan (icon: S&D S&D), BAUZÁ DÍAZ José Ramón (icon: Renew Renew), DELLI Karima (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE), ZĪLE Roberts (icon: ECR ECR), KOUNTOURA Elena (icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL)
Former Responsible Committee TRAN
Committee Opinion EMPL
Former Committee Opinion EMPL
Committee Legal Basis Opinion JURI ROBERTI Franco (icon: S&D S&D)
Lead committee dossier:
Legal Basis:
TFEU 091

Events

2020/06/18
   CSL - Draft final act
Documents
2020/06/18
   CSL - Final act signed
2020/06/17
   EP - End of procedure in Parliament
2020/05/13
   EP - Results of vote in Parliament
2020/05/13
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The European Parliament adopted by 676 votes to 1, with 13 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council empowering Germany to amend its existing bilateral road transport agreement with Switzerland with a view to authorising cabotage operations in the course of international road passenger transport services by coach and bus in the border regions between the two countries.

The European Parliament adopted its position at first reading in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure. It requested that the Decision be based on Article 91 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

The proposed decision would empower Germany to amend its bilateral road transport agreement with Switzerland of 17 December 1953 in order to authorise cabotage operations in the border regions of Germany and Switzerland in the course of the provision of road passenger transport services by coach and bus between the two countries, provided that there is no discrimination between carriers established in the Union and that there is no distortion of competition.

Cabotage transport would be allowed only in the border regions of Germany specified in the text of the proposed decision - the administrative districts of Freiburg and Tübingen in Baden-Württemberg and the administrative district of Swabia in Bavaria - for the provision of coach and bus services between Germany and Switzerland. This would strengthen the close integration of these border regions.

The proposed decision follows a request from Germany sent on 11 May 2017 and concerns only this Member State.

Documents
2020/01/24
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
Documents
2020/01/24
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
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2020/01/21
   EP - Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
2020/01/20
   EP - Specific opinion
Documents
2019/11/20
   EP - ROBERTI Franco (S&D) appointed as rapporteur in JURI
2019/11/19
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
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2019/10/08
   EP - Committee draft report
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2019/09/25
   ESC - Economic and Social Committee: opinion, report
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2019/08/26
   EP - FERBER Markus (EPP) appointed as rapporteur in TRAN
2019/07/15
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
2019/05/13
   EC - Legislative proposal published
Details

PURPOSE: to empower Germany to amend its existing bilateral road transport agreement with Switzerland with a view to authorising cabotage operations in the course of international road passenger transport services by coach and bus in the border regions between the two countries.

PROPOSED ACT: Decision of the European Parliament and 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: the two-way carriage of passengers and goods by road between Switzerland and the EU is regulated by the Land Transport Agreement between the EU and Switzerland ('EU Agreement').

Under the EU Agreement, the transport of passengers by coach and bus between two points situated on the territory of the same Contracting Party by carriers established in the territory of the other Contracting Party, known as cabotage, is not authorised.

This means that the carriers operating the passenger services which cross the border can only carry passengers across the border or within the territory of the Contracting Party they are established in. Bus and coach operators established in Switzerland may not carry passengers between two points on the German side of the border and operators established in the EU may not carry passengers between two points on the Swiss side of the border.

However, Article 20(2) of the EU Agreement specifically allows pre-existing rights under bilateral agreements concluded between individual EU Member States and Switzerland that were in force at the time of conclusion of the EU Agreement to continue to be exercised.

The border regions of Germany and Switzerland are closely integrated. Many Germans commute to work in Switzerland and vice versa and there is vibrant cross-border passenger traffic by road. A number of bus and coach services are offered which cross the border and thus connect the border regions of the two countries.

By letter dated 11 May 2017, Germany informed the Commission that it would appreciate if the Union was to empower it to amend its bilateral road transport agreement with Switzerland of 1953 with a view to authorising cabotage operations during the provision of passenger transport services by coach and bus in the border region between the two countries. Switzerland informed the Commission that it was also interested in amending this agreement to that effect.

CONTENT: the proposed Decision seeks to empower Germany to amend its existing bilateral road transport agreement with Switzerland with a view to authorising cabotage operations in the respective border regions of Germany and Switzerland in the course of the provision of coach and bus services between the two countries, provided that there is no discrimination between carriers established in the Union and no distortion of competition.

Cabotage operations allow increasing the load factor of the vehicles which increases the economic efficiency of the services. The authorisation of cabotage operations in the context of the provision of international passenger transport services by coach and bus in the border regions between Germany and Switzerland would allow the carriers involved to become more competitive and efficient.

In order to ensure that the cabotage operations concerned do not excessively alter the functioning of the internal market for coach and bus services, as established by Regulation (EC) No 1073/2009 , their authorisation should be subject to the conditions that there is no discrimination between carriers established within the Union and no distortion of competition.

For the same reason, cabotage operations should only be authorised in the border regions of Germany in the course of the provision of coach and bus services between Germany and Switzerland.

As border regions of Germany shall be considered the administrative districts of Freiburg and Tübingen in Baden-Württemberg and the administrative district of Swabia in Bavaria.

This proposal is based on a request by Germany and concerns only this Member State. A similar request has been received by Italy which is subject to a parallel procedure .

Documents

AmendmentsDossier
1 2019/0107(COD)
2019/11/19 TRAN 1 amendments...
source: 644.719

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  • The European Parliament adopted by 676 votes to 1, with 13 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council empowering Germany to amend its existing bilateral road transport agreement with Switzerland with a view to authorising cabotage operations in the course of international road passenger transport services by coach and bus in the border regions between the two countries.
  • The European Parliament adopted its position at first reading in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure. It requested that the Decision be based on Article 91 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.
  • The proposed decision would empower Germany to amend its bilateral road transport agreement with Switzerland of 17 December 1953 in order to authorise cabotage operations in the border regions of Germany and Switzerland in the course of the provision of road passenger transport services by coach and bus between the two countries, provided that there is no discrimination between carriers established in the Union and that there is no distortion of competition.
  • Cabotage transport would be allowed only in the border regions of Germany specified in the text of the proposed decision - the administrative districts of Freiburg and Tübingen in Baden-Württemberg and the administrative district of Swabia in Bavaria - for the provision of coach and bus services between Germany and Switzerland. This would strengthen the close integration of these border regions.
  • The proposed decision follows a request from Germany sent on 11 May 2017 and concerns only this Member State.
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