4 Dec

The Transport Council held a broad exchange of views on various development objectives of the sector on 2nd December 2019 in Brussels.

The head of the Hungarian delegation, Mr László Mosóczi, Minister of State for transport policy underlined that Hungary is committed to implement the various development objectives of the sector in line with our national interests.

Council agreed its position (general approach) on the proposed reform of rail passenger rights. The updated rules will improve the rights of passengers with disabilities or reduced mobility, ensure a uniform application of the rules, improve the provision of information and promote the use of 'through-tickets'.

The Council also agreed on a general approach on a proposal to streamline permit-granting measures in order to facilitate the completion of the trans-European transport network (TEN-T).

Ministers held a policy debate on 'digital transport services for people: the next steps for sustainable European solutions'.
The Council also held a policy debate on the future of the Single European Sky.

Over lunch, ministers discussed the promotion of alternative fuels.

The Council did not reach a general approach on a proposal to revise EU road charging rules (‘Eurovignette’ directive). The aim of the proposal is to address issues relating to road infrastructure financing, congestion and environmental impact.

'Any other business' included presidency information on the proposal on seasonal time changes. To conclude the meeting, the incoming Croatian presidency presented its work programme.