Council conclusions, Fiat flip-flop & a big bike bill

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Transport ministers got through plenty of work in a council meeting last week. An agreement on freight transport information was the main result, as well as new rules for seafarers and progress on hired vehicles.

But talks on rail passenger rights need more work and there is a clear split on taxing aviation: the Benelux countries and France want to move ahead while Germany and peripheral countries are wary. More council results here.

An ambitious plan to scrap daylight savings time is not going anywhere soon. The Romanian presidency said the scale of the change requires much more work. One official said there’s unlikely to be any movement in 2019.

The Commission’s country-by-country reporting offers up more economic nuggets than just deficit targets: here’s a full breakdown of what the EU executive suggests for transport policy.

Cars cost Europe over €500bln a year because of pollution, noise and accidents, says a new EU study. The most expensive transport option per kilometre though? Motorcycles. More here.

Fiat-Chrysler scrapped a multi-billion merger offer it made to Renault, citing difficulties with the French government. The former head of the French carmaker is facing even more legal troubles.

VW goes on trial over Dieselgate in September, but plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit in Germany have been advised to scrap their case. Find out why here.

The mayor of Paris finally lost patience with e-scooter users. New rules say they cannot be parked on sidewalks or in parks. The speed limit will also drop.

UK climate targets mean more electric cars are needed. That will require the global production of cobalt, a key ingredient in batteries, to double, says a new study. The same goes for copper and other materials.

Ryanair, the top emitting airline in the Emissions Trading Scheme, will start publishing monthly CO2 figures: a first for the industry. The Netherlands also announced plans to set up a minimum carbon price.

Denmark unveiled the first all-electric ferry in the world. “Ellen”, an EU-funded project, wants to show that electric is a feasible propulsion system.

Did you know that there’s a bus in Brussels that takes you to a mystery location? Other destinations include Stalingrad and Wiener.

What else I’m reading:

  • High Speed 2, only option for Britain’s railways [The Independent]
  • Shanghai finishes world’s largest hydrogen fuelling station [Yicai]
  • Metallica encourages fans to bike to Brussels show [Brussels Times]
  • Do Eurocrats dream of hydrogen sheep? [E&T]

Next stops:

Romania’s EU presidency hosts the International Railway Conference today and tomorrow in Bucharest.

First meeting of a Horizon 2020 expert group tasked with looking at the ethical issues related to driverless cars, 14 June.

The International Maritime Organisation’s safety committee continues, is due to wrap up on 14 June.

The Paris airshow starts on 16 June.

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