Great dynamic at first AETIS EU lunch-debate, co-hosted by EP EETS rapporteur Salini MEP!

24.04.2018

AETIS, together with Mr. Salini MEP, the rapporteur on the EC proposal for a new EETS Directive, hosted a lunch-debate on the future of the European electronic toll framework in the European Parliament premises on 24 April 2018.

The aim of that event, which took place exactly one month before the European Parliament Transport Committee vote on the EETS Directive, was to foster an open discussion between key Members of the European Parliament, representatives from the EU Member States, the European Commission and a delegation of AETIS members in view of ensuring the new EETS Directive and Decision – together with the Eurovignette Directive – help establish EETS on a level playing field across all Member States, based on open competition and robust business cases.

The lunch-debate was well attended with key representatives of the three EU institutions, including Mr. Salini MEP, the EP rapporteur on this dossier, Mr. van Miltenburg MEP, the shadow rapporteur for the Liberal group, experts from the Austrian (the upcoming Presidency of the Council), Italian and Swedish governments and Jan Szulczyk, the European Commission policy officer working on the EETS proposal.

After Mr. Salini MEP’s welcome address, Ms. Tzoneva, AETIS President, took the floor to outline AETIS views on the review of the EETS proposal.

AETIS advocates that EETS can only be of added value to the transport sector (to the international operating hauliers as well as to cross-border serving and national operating transport companies) if the new EU EETS framework provides clear and balanced roles to all stakeholders (Member States, Toll Chargers, national toll operators and EETS & national service providers) in this very specific limited market. That is why all amendments clarifying each role and evenly allocating rights and obligations to all stakeholders are of major importance.

AETIS, as the service provider association, is keen to demonstrate that benefits can be achieved not only at EU but also at Member States level. When new toll systems are put in place, including EETS at the very beginning of the process can help reduce costs. As regards existing toll systems, all stakeholders need to invest; so a transparent mechanism for the co-existence of national and EETS services is key.

Ms. Tzoneva’s presentation was followed by a series of lively and fruitful small-group discussions all around the table allowing the participating EU officials not only to exchange views with the AETIS members but also with the representatives of the other institutions.

AETIS would like to thank again all participants for their contributions to the discussions and wish them all the best as they finalise the new EETS Directive!

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