On 18 February, the Parliament’s Transport Committee adopted an own initiative report on the EU’s external relations in the field of transport. It calls on the Member States to strive for full EU membership in international transport organisations, and to grant the Commission a broad mandate to negotiate an EU-US common aviation area.
In an initiative report by Brian Simpson (PES, UK) Parliament calls on the EU to assume a bigger role in international transport organisations to avoid inconsistencies between EU and international transport rules. The report addresses in particular two modes of transportation, which were in early stages of globalisation long before the EU embarked on a common transport policy in the mid-1980s.
- Maritime transport
The report maintains that the EU should strive for full membership of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) where the Commission has already the status of a permanent observer.
The most urgent issue to be addressed in this sector is the harmonisation of taxes, the report says.
- Civil Aviation
The report demands that the EU should also become a full member of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Currently, the Commission participates in the work of some, but not all of the ICAO bodies.
Among the issues that could be dealt with in that framework the report names slot allocation, computer reservation systems, establishment of technical standards and definition of operational rules and guidelines.
The report also asks the Member States to grant the European Commission the mandate to negotiate the creation of a transatlantic common aviation area with the US (see
It calls for the Commission to be enabled to apply EU competition rules not only to routes within the EU, but also to routes between EU and third country airports.