Background: Transport Council
Airport slots: Commission disappointed at level of ambition in Council text
The European Commission takes note of the agreement reached on the newly proposed Airports Slots Regulation in the Transport Council. The agreement, in the form of "General Approach", has been found on a text significantly departing from the original that the Commission proposed. In the Commission view, despite the best efforts of the Presidency and all delegations, the text agreed upon by the Council lacks ambition and needed more time for cautious consideration. The new Airports Slot Regulation has important economic implications for the whole aviation chain and is a key element of the airports package.
Road Transport: Commission welcomes the political agreement on new smart tachographs
The Commission takes note with satisfaction of the political agreement reached on new smart tachographs in today's Transport Council. The main goals of the new legislation are creating equal conditions between road transport operators, avoiding road accidents due to long driving hours and reducing the administrative burden for operators by providing the professional drivers with a smart and tamper-proof tool which ensures a uniform enforcement of the social rules and can easily be used and connected to an on-board computer.
Transport: Commission welcomes agreement by Transport ministers on Directives ensuring decent working conditions for seafarers
The European Commission welcomes the agreement adopted on two proposals relating to the enforcement of the International Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) of 2006 in today's Transport Council. Approved as "General Approach", the agreement has its origins in the two proposals submitted by the Commission last 23 March 2012. These new Directives will guarantee important social benefits for the seafarers, and are essential to support the growth and the prosperity of the maritime industry in Europe.