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Agreement on the first 'Europe on the Move' proposal: Modernising the European Electronic Toll Service

Agreement on the first 'Europe on the Move' proposal: Modernising the European Electronic Toll Service

20/11/2018

The European Parliament and the Council reached a provisional political agreement during their third trilogue on the 'European Electronic toll service' (EETS) to enhance cross-border interoperability of electronic tolls, contribute to administrative simplification and reduce fraud.

The EU co-legislators have reached an agreement on the Commission proposal to make various electronic road toll systems interoperable at the European level. The proposal is part of the First Mobility Package for clean, competitive and connected mobility, adopted by the Commission in May 2017. The Directive pursues the objective of making it possible to pay tolls in the whole EU with only one subscription contract and a single on-board device. Besides allowing easy collection of tolls, the new Directive will establish a system for Member States to exchange information on the identity  of those who failed to pay a road fee. This will put an end to the impunity of offenders coming from another Member State. By limiting cash transactions at toll stations and eliminating cumbersome procedures, the EETS will facilitate the application of the 'user pays' and 'polluter pays' principles, in line with the Commission's climate objectives. It will contribute to the completion of the internal market and the digital single market.

Violeta Bulc, European Commissioner for Transport said: "I'm proud to see that the First Mobility Package is starting to bear fruit. This agreement will pave the way for modern European electronic tolling rules, contributing to a seamless travel experience for our road users. It will also be an important step towards one on board unit, one contract and one bill."