(29 April 2020) – The European Commission today adopted a package of measures that should solve practical problems, remove administrative burdens, and increase flexibility.
All transport modes will tbenefit from a proposal allowing for the validity date of certain certificates, licences and other authorisations to be extended. Certain periodic checks in road, rail, inland waterways transport and maritime security will also be postponed temporarily.
For aviation, the relief proposal addresses ground-handling services. The proposal also modifies air carrier licensing rules temporarily to ease financial problems linked to the coronavirus.
A proposal to amend the regulation on port changes will give Member States and port authorities the flexibility to defer, reduce or lift port infrastructure charges for port users, if they so wish.
For rail, the Commission is proposing to extend by three months the deadline by which some Member States must transpose EU law on rail safety and interoperability.
The Commission has also responded positively to requests from 11 Member States for temporary exemption from EU rules on driving times and rest periods that they have put in place.