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TEN-T DAYS 2010: Trans-European Transport Networks

The European Commission together with the Spanish Presidency organise - in Zaragoza on 8 and 9 June 2010 - the Ministerial and stakeholder conference 'TEN-T Days 2010: Trans-European Transport Networks – drawing up the EU Core-Network' for an integrated, efficient and environmentally friendly European transport system.

The main aim of the Conference is to allow Ministers and stakeholders to identify, on the basis of a consultation document from the European Commission, the key elements of the methodology to draw up the future TEN-T planning and implementation framework. Ministers and stakeholders should also explore how EU financial instruments can be mobilised more effectively as part of a consistent funding strategy, that pulls together EU and national, public and private funding.

The "TEN-T Days" is also the annual conference on Trans-European Transport Networks which is the opportunity to take stock of the implementation of the TEN-T Priority projects, on the basis of the annual progress report which records achievements in completing the network and provides a basis to monitor coordinated efforts of Member states, EU institutions and the private sector to advance key investments in the TEN-T.

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Passenger transport

The carriage of passengers by coach and bus is subject to Regulation 684/92 of 16 March 1992, as amended by Regulation 11/98 of 11 December 1997 which lays down common rules, defines the conditions for applying the principle of free movement and simplifies the administrative procedures. As from 4 December 2011 the currently applicable rules will be replaced by the provisions of Regulation 1073/2009 which simplify and clarify the current regime, notably by streamlining the authorisation procedure for regular services and by modernising the cooperation mechanism between Member States' authorities.

The Regulation defines the different types of coach and bus service:

  1. regular services
  2. special regular services (e.g. the transport of workers or schoolchildren
  3. occasional services (e.g. the transport of a group of young people to a concert in another Member State, or a one-off tourist trip)
  4. own-account transport and related authorisations and rules.

National authorisations are required for regular services for hire or reward. For occasional services only a journey form is needed, for special regular services a contract must be drawn up between the organiser and the transport operator and for own-account transport a certificate is required (issued by the Member State in which the vehicle is registered).

The Community license also allows hire or reward transport operators to perform international passenger transport operations on European Union territory, regardless of nationality or place of establishment. Cabotage operations (national passenger transport operations carried out on a temporary basis by non-resident operators), governed by Council Regulation 12/98 of 11 December 1997 are in general allowed on a temporary basis.

 

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