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2021/0437(COD) Duration of the reference period for the application of temporary measures concerning the levying of charges for the use of railway infrastructure

Progress: Procedure completed

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

Events

2022/02/28
   Final act published in Official Journal
2022/02/24
   CSL - Draft final act
Documents
2022/02/24
   EP/CSL - Act adopted by Council after Parliament's 1st reading
2022/02/24
   CSL - Final act signed
2022/02/16
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 1st reading
Details

The European Parliament adopted by 678 votes to 5, with 11 abstentions ,a legislative resolution on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) 2020/1429 as regards the duration of the reference period for the application of temporary measures concerning the levying of charges for the use of railway infrastructure.

Parliament adopted its position at first reading under the ordinary legislative procedure by taking over the Commission proposal.

In order to counteract the negative economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and support railway undertakings, Regulation (EU) 2020/1429 of the European Parliament and of the Council enabled Member States to authorise infrastructure managers to reduce, waive or defer charges for accessing rail infrastructure. That possibility was granted for a reference period from 1 March 2020 until 31 December 2020 and was further extended by Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2021/1061 until 31 December 2021.

The Commission proposal aims to extend the reference period for the application of temporary measures concerning railway infrastructure charging until 30 June 2022 , in order to respond to the emergency situation created by the COVID-19 outbreak.

The proposal also empowers the Commission to adopt delegated acts to further extend this period until 31 December 2023 if it finds, on the one hand, that the drop in the level of rail traffic compared to the level of the corresponding period of the previous years persists and is likely to persist and, on the other hand, on the basis of the best available scientific evidence, that this situation is the result of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is also proposed that the delegation of power should end on 31 December 2023.

All other provisions of the current Regulation should remain unchanged.

Documents
2022/02/07
   EP - Decision by committee, without report
2022/01/20
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading
2021/12/22
   EC - Legislative proposal
Details

PURPOSE: to extend the application of the temporary rules on the levying of charges for the use of railway infrastructure laid down in response to the urgent situation created by the COVID-19 outbreak.

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: the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a sharp drop in rail traffic, because of a significant fall in demand. This has had a serious impact on railway undertakings. Those circumstances are beyond the control of railway undertakings that have continuously faced considerable liquidity problems, major losses and in some cases are risking insolvency.

In order to counteract the negative economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and support railway undertakings, Regulation (EU) 2020/1429 of the European Parliament and of the Council enabled Member States to authorise infrastructure managers to reduce, waive or defer charges for accessing rail infrastructure. That possibility was granted for a reference period from 1 March 2020 until 31 December 2020 and was further extended by Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2021/1061 until 31 December 2021. The Commission is no longer empowered to extend further that reference period.

However, the COVID-19 pandemic is continuing therefore the reference period of Regulation (EU) 2020/1429 should be extended until 30 June 2022 to ensure continuity in the application of the measures.

CONTENT: the Commission proposal aims to extend the reference period until 30 June 2022 , and to empower the Commission to adopt delegated acts to further extend such period until 31 December 2023. It is also proposed that the delegation of power should end on the same date, that is, 31 December 2023. All other provisions of the current Regulation should remain unchanged.

The Commission should continuously analyse the economic impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on the rail sector and the Union should be in a position to prolong without undue delay the period of application of the measures provided for by this Regulation if the adverse conditions persist.

In order to allow for the prompt application of the measures provided for in this Regulation, it should enter into force as a matter of urgency on the day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Documents

  • Draft final act: 00003/2022/LEX
  • Decision by Parliament, 1st reading: T9-0035/2022
  • Legislative proposal: EUR-Lex
  • Legislative proposal: COM(2021)0832
  • Legislative proposal: EUR-Lex COM(2021)0832
  • Draft final act: 00003/2022/LEX

Votes

Chemin de fer: prolongation de l’application de mesures temporaires concernant la tarification de l’infrastructure ferroviaire - COVID-19 - Rail: prolongation of temporary levying of charges - COVID-19 - Eisenbahn: Verlängerung der befristeten Erhebung von Entgelten – COVID-19 - COM(2021)0832 - C9-0001/2022- 2021/0437(COD) - Demande d'application de la procédure d'urgence #

2022/02/14 Outcome: +: 684, -: 6, 0: 5
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History

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

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  • The European Parliament adopted by 678 votes to 5, with 11 abstentions ,a legislative resolution on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) 2020/1429 as regards the duration of the reference period for the application of temporary measures concerning the levying of charges for the use of railway infrastructure.
  • Parliament adopted its position at first reading under the ordinary legislative procedure by taking over the Commission proposal.
  • In order to counteract the negative economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and support railway undertakings, Regulation (EU) 2020/1429 of the European Parliament and of the Council enabled Member States to authorise infrastructure managers to reduce, waive or defer charges for accessing rail infrastructure. That possibility was granted for a reference period from 1 March 2020 until 31 December 2020 and was further extended by Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2021/1061 until 31 December 2021.
  • The Commission proposal aims to extend the reference period for the application of temporary measures concerning railway infrastructure charging until 30 June 2022 , in order to respond to the emergency situation created by the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • The proposal also empowers the Commission to adopt delegated acts to further extend this period until 31 December 2023 if it finds, on the one hand, that the drop in the level of rail traffic compared to the level of the corresponding period of the previous years persists and is likely to persist and, on the other hand, on the basis of the best available scientific evidence, that this situation is the result of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • It is also proposed that the delegation of power should end on 31 December 2023.
  • All other provisions of the current Regulation should remain unchanged.
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  • PURPOSE: to extend the application of the temporary rules on the levying of charges for the use of railway infrastructure laid down in response to the urgent situation created by the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • 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: the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a sharp drop in rail traffic, because of a significant fall in demand. This has had a serious impact on railway undertakings. Those circumstances are beyond the control of railway undertakings that have continuously faced considerable liquidity problems, major losses and in some cases are risking insolvency.
  • In order to counteract the negative economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and support railway undertakings, Regulation (EU) 2020/1429 of the European Parliament and of the Council enabled Member States to authorise infrastructure managers to reduce, waive or defer charges for accessing rail infrastructure. That possibility was granted for a reference period from 1 March 2020 until 31 December 2020 and was further extended by Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2021/1061 until 31 December 2021. The Commission is no longer empowered to extend further that reference period.
  • However, the COVID-19 pandemic is continuing therefore the reference period of Regulation (EU) 2020/1429 should be extended until 30 June 2022 to ensure continuity in the application of the measures.
  • CONTENT: the Commission proposal aims to extend the reference period until 30 June 2022 , and to empower the Commission to adopt delegated acts to further extend such period until 31 December 2023. It is also proposed that the delegation of power should end on the same date, that is, 31 December 2023. All other provisions of the current Regulation should remain unchanged.
  • The Commission should continuously analyse the economic impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on the rail sector and the Union should be in a position to prolong without undue delay the period of application of the measures provided for by this Regulation if the adverse conditions persist.
  • In order to allow for the prompt application of the measures provided for in this Regulation, it should enter into force as a matter of urgency on the day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.
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  • name: European Economic and Social Committee
  • name: European Committee of the Regions
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  • date: 2022-02-14T00:00:00 title: Indicative plenary sitting date