Regarding the proposed guidelines of the EU-Commission for the interpretation of the Public Service Obligations Regulation (PSO), AK commissioned a legal opinion evaluating whether direct awards in rail transport are still covered by them or not. Among other things, the legal opinion concludes that the proposed guidelines contradict both the text and the aim of the PSO regulation in this regard.
There were turbulent scenes in the plenary of the European Parliament on 8 June 2022: the vote on Parliament’s position on the Emission Trading System did not result in a majority for the final report. As a result, voting on the Social Climate Fund and the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism was suspended and all three dossiers were referred back to the Environment Committee.
The EU Commission is currently working on guidelines, which would make direct awards in public transport significantly more difficult. To address this subject, AK EUROPA, together with ÖGB, vida and the European Transport Workers Federation ETF hosted a webinar, where speakers made it clear: Member States should still have the choice whether they want competitive tendering or directly award transport services.
The Brussels Office of the Austrian Federal Chamber of Labour (AK EUROPA), the Brussels Office of the Austrian Trade Union Federation (ÖGB), the Austrian Transport & Services Union (vida) and the European Transport Worker´s Federation (ETF) are pleased to invite you to our webinar.
End Tuesday, 31st May 2022, 15:30
On 27 April 2022, the Vice President of the EU Commission, Věra Jourová, presented a Directive proposal to protect journalists and human rights defenders against abusive intimidation lawsuits, so-called “SLAPPs“.
The railway systems in Switzerland and Austria are widely regarded as the best in Europe. In both countries, most of the railway services are awarded directly. A new study commissioned by AK concludes that the PSO Regulation still entitles Member States and authorities to choose equally between direct awarding and competitive tendering. The new guidelines for the PSO Regulation on which the Commission is currently working should therefore retain this freedom of choice between direct awarding and competitive tendering.
In December 2021, the EU Commission presented new proposals on modernising the EU transport system. Amending the Directive on Trans-European Transport Networks (TEN-T) shall improve connectivity, shift passenger and freight transport to rail and promote the implementation of new digital technologies. AK and vida welcome a speedy completion of the TEN-T Network. However, the measures announced fall short of expectations in terms of regulations on employees and rail transport.
On 14 March 2022, the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) hosted an event on transport poverty, which is gaining ever more relevance next to energy poverty, due to increased commodity prices. Climate compatible mobility services can reduce existing transport poverty and increase participation in the labour market and in society.
In 2017, the EU Commission presented the revision of the Eurovignette Directive to make the toll on European motorways more environmentally friendly. On Thursday, 17 February 2022, the EU Parliament confirmed the final version of the compromise. However, due to the fact that the new Directive will not reduce the volume of international road transport through Austria, in particular Tyrol, all Austrian MEPs voted in favour of renegotiations, but they remained the minority.
On 13 January 2022, EU Commissioner Hahn answered questions on the new own resources package, which the Commission had presented on 22 December 2021. Three new sources of revenues for own resources have been planned for the EU budget: revenues of emissions trading, of the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism and of taxing multinational corporation’s profits. From 2023-2030, these new sources of revenues shall generate on average up to 13.5 billion Euro per year for the EU budget.