This legislative proposal refers to the recording equipment for professional road transport drivers, their driving time and rest periods. The Cyprus Presidency will work towards amending the current legislative framework on the tachographs, aiming to enhance the security and functionality of the system, reduce manipulations and frauds and also to reduce the administrative burden for drivers and transport undertakings.
Roadworthiness Tests for Motor Vehicles
This legislative proposal refers to the roadworthiness tests for motor vehicles and their trailers. Due to the rapid increase of road traffic and road hazards, as well as the disturbance caused by motor vehicles in all Member States, the European Commission will promote the amendment of the current directive which defines the testing parameters as well as their frequency. The proposed directive will be discussed during the Cyprus Presidency.
The transposition in EU legislation of the relevant provisions of the ILO's Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) in relation to Port State and Flag State obligations of EU Member States, through the revision of the relevant Directive and the introduction of a Directive concerning flag State responsibilities, is an important development for maritime transport.
The Cyprus Presidency will take forward work on the two legislative initiatives which will improve the working and living conditions for seafarers, to a more secure and responsible maritime workforce, as well as, to a socially responsible shipping industry.
Enhancing the quality and efficiency of EU airports is an important aspect of EU aviation policy. The Presidency will seek to make progress in the negotiations with the European Parliament on the airport legislative package, which aims to improve the quality of operations at airports, to limit noise impacts of aviation around airports and to optimise the use of airport capacity. The package contains three legislative proposals on slots, groundhandling and noise.
The European Earth Monitoring Programme (GMES) is the EU's response to the increasing demands for accurate and reliable environmental data. GMES monitors, inter alia, the status of oceans, atmosphere and land, providing information on a range of issues such as climate change and security of citizens.
The Presidency will ensure the follow-up to the relevant Commission’s initiatives on the European Programme for the establishment of a European capacity for Earth Observation, GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security) with a view to pushing forward this important policy area.
Trans-European Road Network (TEN-T)
The establishment of an efficient transport infrastructure is fundamental in securing a single market with free movement of passengers and goods and also in reinforcing economic ties and social cohesion. The Cyprus Presidency will, give priority and work towards the successful revision of the Trans-European Transport Networks as part of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).
The further development of the Trans-European Networks will contribute both in meeting effectively the new challenges in the transport sector and in achieving the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy. In this context, special attention will be given to the transport systems’ optimal interconnection, in order to provide more efficient and sustainable transport solutions to both the citizens and the transport industry.
The development of the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS- Galileo and EGNOS) was launched by the European Commission and developed jointly with the European Space Agency to provide Europe technological independence from the American GPS and the Russian GLONASS. GNSS services will benefit the full range of transport modes, mobile telecommunications and the safety of persons and property.The Cyprus Presidency will take forward the work on the legislative proposal on governance and financing of the GNSS, for the period 2014-2020.