Transport, Telecoms and Energy Council:extracts from the press conference (Transport) by Efthemios FLOURENTZOU, Minister of Communications and Works of Cyprus and Siim KALLAS, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Transport

Type: News   Reference: 91204   Duration: 00:01:46  Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - Council
End production: 20/12/2012   First transmission: 20/12/2012
On 20 December, Efthemios Flourentzou, Minister of Communications and Works of Cyprus and Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Transport, held the press conference of Transport, Telecoms and Energy Council (on Transport and Telecoms). The Council agreed a general approach on a draft directive updating the common rules on periodic roadworthiness tests for motor vehicles. New requirements will be introduced to ensure high testing standards, bureaucracy will be cut by mutual recognition of certificates, and administrative cooperation between member states will be enhanced. In addition, fast tractors have been included in the scope of the directive, with possible exemptions. The general approach, however, does not retain the Commission's proposal to extend periodic tests to motorcycles and light trailers and to increase the minimum frequency of checks for older cars and light commercial vehicles from every two years to every year throughout the Union. Member states, though, are free to impose stricter rules. The Council took note of the state of play regarding two draft regulations on:– the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), which is the future funding instrument for the trans- European networks in the transport, energy and telecommunications sectors, and – the new financial and governance framework for the European satellite navigation systems EGNOS and Galileo for the period 2014 to 2020. Furthermore, the Council adopted conclusions in response to the Commission's communication on the future challenges for the EU's external aviation policy. The Council also authorised the signing and provisional application of an aviation agreement with Israel. On the sidelines of the Transport Council meeting today, the European Union and the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation (Eurocontrol) signed an agreement establishing a new and stable framework for enhanced cooperation.

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00:00:00 Title 00:00:05
00:00:05 General view of press conference 00:00:05
00:00:10 SOUNDBITE (in Greek) Efthemios Flourentzou, Minister of Communications and Works of Cyprus, saying that: we had a discussion on the legislative proposal roadworthiness tests for motor vehicles and trailers. The idea is to boost environmental protection 00:00:33
00:00:43 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:07
00:00:50 SOUNDBITE (in English) Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Transport: We discussed many important issues. We discussed roadworthiness tests, the general approach, of course, we little regret that, as always, the Commission proposal is more ambitious that the outcome but if we really need to find a solution, to find common understanding between 27 Member States and a lot of interest behind this. It is a really a proposal which changes something, it is a difficult proposal. And this definitely matters concerning roadworthiness tests but in overall, we are satisfied by this compromise and we will work in developing this. 00:00:54
00:01:44 Speakers leaving 00:00:02
00:01:46 End 00:00:00
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