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2020/0071(COD) Interoperability of the rail system within the EU and Railway safety (4th Railway Package): extension of the transposition period

Progress: Procedure completed

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Lead TRAN
Lead committee dossier:
Legal Basis:
RoP 163, TFEU 091-p1-ae

Events

2020/05/27
   Final act published in Official Journal
2020/05/26
   EP - End of procedure in Parliament
2020/05/25
   CSL - Draft final act
Documents
2020/05/25
   EP/CSL - Act adopted by Council after Parliament's 1st reading
2020/05/25
   CSL - Final act signed
2020/05/13
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
2020/05/13
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The European Parliament adopted by 646 votes to 6, with 38 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive (EU) 2016/797 and Directive (EU) 2016/798, as regards the extension of their transposition period.

Parliament adopted its position at first reading under the ordinary legislative procedure. As the agreement was reached between Parliament and Council, Parliament's position corresponds to the final legislative act.

The proposal aims at extending the deadline for transposition of the Directives on railway safety and interoperability of the rail system contained in the Fourth Railway Package in order to give the railway sector and the authorities the necessary flexibility and legal certainty in the exceptional circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The deadline for transposition of the Directives on railway safety and interoperability of the rail system contained in the fourth railway package, currently set at 16 June 2020, shall be extended until 31 October 2020.

Documents
2020/05/04
   EP - Decision by committee, without report
2020/04/29
   EC - Legislative proposal published
Details

PURPOSE: to extend by three months, the final transition period of Directive (EU) 2016/797 on the interoperability of the rail system within the European Union and Directive (EU) 2016/798 on railway safety following the COVID-19 outbreak.

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

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

BACKGROUND: the negative economic consequences of the current COVID-19 outbreak could endanger the financial health of railway undertakings and infrastructure managers and have serious negative effects on the transport system and the economy as a whole.

Unusually, in accordance with Directive (EU) 2016/797 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the interoperability of the rail system within the European Union and Directive (EU) 2016/798 on railway safety, Member States had a choice of two transposition deadlines – 16 June 2019, or, upon notification to the Commission and the European Union Agency for Railways, 16 June 2020.

Only eight Member States have transposed both Directives in 2019 (BG, FI, FR, GR, IT, NL, RO, SI). In the light of COVID-19 outbreak, most of the remaining 17 Member States have requested a delay to transposition, claiming they will be unable to complete the necessary legislation before 16 June 2020.

Since the COVID-19 outbreak struck in the final stage of adoption of the national transposition measures, it is proposed that Member States should be allowed an additional period of three months to complete the transposition process.

Given the extraordinary circumstances, it is entirely understandable that final transposition may be impossible before 16 June 2020.

CONTENT: therefore, the Commission proposes that Member States should be able to complete the process in an additional period of three months (16 September 2020).

A number of implementing acts and delegated acts have been adopted in accordance with Directive (EU) 2016/797 and Directive (EU) 2016/798. Given the dual transposition deadline, according transitional provisions and dates for entry into force have been introduced therein.

The Commission shall propose a set of amendments to the implementing acts to align them with the extension of the transposition deadlines following the adoption of the proposed Directive. For the relevant delegated acts, the existing procedure set out in Directive (EU) 2016/798 would not allow an alignment with the extension of the transposition deadlines on time. Thus, a legal basis and simplified procedure for the further alignment is provided in the proposal.

Documents

Votes

Demande d'application de la procédure d'urgence: 4ème paquet ferroviaire: extension de la période de transposition - C9-0125/2020 - 2020/0071(COD)

2020/05/13 Outcome: +: 611, -: 75, 0: 3
IT FR PL ES DE RO NL HU PT BG EL SE CZ SK AT BE DK HR FI SI LT EE LV CY MT IE LU
Total
75
78
50
57
90
33
29
21
21
17
20
21
21
14
19
21
13
10
14
8
11
7
8
6
6
13
6
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Estonia PPE

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1

Latvia PPE

2
2

Malta PPE

2

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2
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142

Greece S&D

2

Slovenia S&D

2

Lithuania S&D

2

Estonia S&D

2

Latvia S&D

2

Cyprus S&D

2

Luxembourg S&D

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1
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Italy Renew

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1

Hungary Renew

2

Slovakia Renew

2

Austria Renew

For (1)

1

Croatia Renew

For (1)

1

Finland Renew

3

Slovenia Renew

2

Lithuania Renew

2

Estonia Renew

3

Latvia Renew

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1

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2

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2
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1

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2
3

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2

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1
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61

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For (1)

1

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2

Greece ECR

1

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1

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1

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2
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39

Netherlands GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Sweden GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Czechia GUE/NGL

1

Belgium GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

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1

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1

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2

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4
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26

Germany NI

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2

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1

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1

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2

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1
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65

Spain Verts/ALE

2

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3

Portugal Verts/ALE

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1

Sweden Verts/ALE

3

Czechia Verts/ALE

3

Austria Verts/ALE

3

Belgium Verts/ALE

3

Denmark Verts/ALE

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2

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1

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2

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1

Vote final: 4e paquet ferroviaire: prorogation du délai de transposition - C9-0125/2020 - 2020/0071(COD)

2020/05/15 Outcome: +: 644, 0: 38, -: 6
DE FR IT ES PL RO NL HU PT EL SE AT BE BG SK DK IE FI LT CZ HR LV SI EE CY MT LU
Total
91
78
75
58
49
31
29
21
20
21
19
19
21
17
14
14
13
13
11
21
12
8
8
7
6
6
6
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1

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2

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1
2

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2

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2
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136

Greece S&D

2

Finland S&D

1

Lithuania S&D

2

Latvia S&D

2

Slovenia S&D

2

Estonia S&D

2

Cyprus S&D

2

Luxembourg S&D

For (1)

1
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98

Italy Renew

For (1)

1

Hungary Renew

2

Austria Renew

For (1)

1

Slovakia Renew

2

Ireland Renew

2

Finland Renew

3

Lithuania Renew

2

Croatia Renew

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1

Latvia Renew

For (1)

1

Slovenia Renew

2

Estonia Renew

3

Luxembourg Renew

2
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75

Netherlands ID

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1
3

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1

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2

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2

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1
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67

Spain Verts/ALE

2

Netherlands Verts/ALE

3

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1

Sweden Verts/ALE

3

Austria Verts/ALE

3

Belgium Verts/ALE

3

Denmark Verts/ALE

2

Ireland Verts/ALE

2

Finland Verts/ALE

3

Lithuania Verts/ALE

2

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3

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1

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1
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59

Germany ECR

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1

Romania ECR

1

Greece ECR

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29

Germany NI

2

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1

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1

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2

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2

History

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

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  • The European Parliament adopted by 646 votes to 6, with 38 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive (EU) 2016/797 and Directive (EU) 2016/798, as regards the extension of their transposition period.
  • Parliament adopted its position at first reading under the ordinary legislative procedure. As the agreement was reached between Parliament and Council, Parliament's position corresponds to the final legislative act.
  • The proposal aims at extending the deadline for transposition of the Directives on railway safety and interoperability of the rail system contained in the Fourth Railway Package in order to give the railway sector and the authorities the necessary flexibility and legal certainty in the exceptional circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The deadline for transposition of the Directives on railway safety and interoperability of the rail system contained in the fourth railway package, currently set at 16 June 2020, shall be extended until 31 October 2020.
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events/0/summary
  • PURPOSE: to extend by three months, the final transition period of Directive (EU) 2016/797 on the interoperability of the rail system within the European Union and Directive (EU) 2016/798 on railway safety following the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • PROPOSED ACT: Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council.
  • ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the European Parliament decides in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure on an equal footing with the Council.
  • BACKGROUND: the negative economic consequences of the current COVID-19 outbreak could endanger the financial health of railway undertakings and infrastructure managers and have serious negative effects on the transport system and the economy as a whole.
  • Unusually, in accordance with Directive (EU) 2016/797 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the interoperability of the rail system within the European Union and Directive (EU) 2016/798 on railway safety, Member States had a choice of two transposition deadlines – 16 June 2019, or, upon notification to the Commission and the European Union Agency for Railways, 16 June 2020.
  • Only eight Member States have transposed both Directives in 2019 (BG, FI, FR, GR, IT, NL, RO, SI). In the light of COVID-19 outbreak, most of the remaining 17 Member States have requested a delay to transposition, claiming they will be unable to complete the necessary legislation before 16 June 2020.
  • Since the COVID-19 outbreak struck in the final stage of adoption of the national transposition measures, it is proposed that Member States should be allowed an additional period of three months to complete the transposition process.
  • Given the extraordinary circumstances, it is entirely understandable that final transposition may be impossible before 16 June 2020.
  • CONTENT: therefore, the Commission proposes that Member States should be able to complete the process in an additional period of three months (16 September 2020).
  • A number of implementing acts and delegated acts have been adopted in accordance with Directive (EU) 2016/797 and Directive (EU) 2016/798. Given the dual transposition deadline, according transitional provisions and dates for entry into force have been introduced therein.
  • The Commission shall propose a set of amendments to the implementing acts to align them with the extension of the transposition deadlines following the adoption of the proposed Directive. For the relevant delegated acts, the existing procedure set out in Directive (EU) 2016/798 would not allow an alignment with the extension of the transposition deadlines on time. Thus, a legal basis and simplified procedure for the further alignment is provided in the proposal.
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  • title: The EU’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic url: https://oeil.secure.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/thematicnote.do?id=2065000&l=en