AETIS positions

14 January 2021:

AETIS applauds the first official EETS journey to Switzerland

AETIS, the association representing European Electronic Toll Service (EETS) Providers, applauds the first official EETS journey to Switzerland. It took place in Chiasso on 14 January 2021.

We commend the Swiss authorities for joining EETS. Our members are eager and ready to cooperate with the Federal Customs Administration to ensure EETS in Switzerland performs in accordance with the highest standards.

On this occasion, AETIS reiterates its call to all EU Toll Chargers and national authorities to adopt the necessary measures to ensure the new EETS Directive is transposed by 19 October 2021.
AETIS members are ready to actively contribute to making EETS – a flagship EU initiative – a success story.


4 December 2020:

AETIS’ presentation for the 25 November EFP webinar

AETIS would like to thank ASFINAG for hosting the EETS Facilitation Platform’s webinar “Current developments in EETS and Tolling in Europe” and for providing Eva Tzoneva, AETIS Chair, with the opportunity to outline the EETS Providers’ perspective on the challenges, the lessons learnt and the way ahead to secure the swift deployment of EETS across Europe.

While EETS is becoming a reality for more and more EU Member States, EETS is not evenly implemented across Europe. In Eastern Europe especially, EETS is not yet on the agenda of all Transport and Finance Ministries or the expectations from the EETS Providers are not completely realistic.

To secure continuous progress for this flagship EU initiative, AETIS recommends the following key actions:


19 November 2020:

AETIS feedback to the IIA on the review of the ITS Directive

AETIS, the association representing European Electronic Toll Service (EETS) Providers, welcomes the opportunity to inform the work of the European Commission on the review of the ITS Directive.

At this stage of the drafting process, we first and foremost insist on the need for the new ITS Directive to work hand in hand with the EETS Directive, which must be transposed by the EU Member States by 19 October 2021. ITS and EETS being clearly intertwined, we believe that the new ITS Directive must not only help accelerate and coordinate the deployment of ITS but should also contribute to the genuine roll-out of EETS across the EU.

Drawing on the lessons learnt from the implementation of the EETS Directive, we call on the new ITS Directive to help secure:

  • a fair and non-discriminatory level playing field in the broad ITS sector by further clarifying the rights and obligations of the market players;
  • the interoperability and continuity of the ITS-related services by fostering standardization and, when possible, simplifying market-access and accreditation procedures; and that
  • the transfer and sharing of data amongst market players remains in line with the GDPR, the EU data and privacy framework and the EU competition rules.

The new Directive should also put in place mechanisms to ensure the dialogues between the public and private stakeholders operating in the ITS sector cannot be interrupted.

Besides, AETIS welcome the efforts to promote connected and automated mobility as well as multi-modal mobility platforms. Some of our members are working on such services. We would like to stress that initiatives in these fields must be developed in synergy with the deployment of EETS across Europe.

Finally, we would like to conclude by emphasizing the importance of promoting the genuine deployment of ITS and EETS across Europe. They have the potential to effectively contribute to the two overarching priorities of the European Commission, namely the European Green Deal and making Europe fit for the digital age.


25 March 2020:

Covid-19: AETIS members are ready to participate in a collective effort to support road transport companies

Statement unanimously and fully supported by all AETIS members and associated members

Dear all,

We are writing to you on behalf of AETIS, the Brussels-based association representing European Electronic Toll Service (EETS) Providers. Our members enable road users – generally transport companies – to pay electronic tolls throughout the EU with one subscription contract, thus limiting cash transactions at toll stations or other points of sale, eliminating cumbersome procedures, increasing safety, and improving traffic flow. In parallel, we also collect tolls from road users on behalf of the toll chargers and guarantee the toll to the toll chargers, who can then focus on road and traffic management.

As key contributors to the road transport, logistics and freight ecosystem, AETIS members are experiencing first-hand the impact Covid-19 has on road transport companies. For this reason, we applaud and support the European Commission and national governments’ swift initial responses to help this strategic sector for the whole EU economy (road accounts for 75% of freight transport according to the EC Communication on “Green Lanes”) cope with this unprecedented crisis.

AETIS members also actively support road transport companies – our customers and partners – during these challenging times. However, this effort, and the related economic risks, have to be shared amongst all the partners of the road transport ecosystem. Only collectively will we be able to overcome this crisis.

Consequently, as a temporary solution to allow road transport companies to increase their chances of sustaining their operations during this crisis, and in addition to interest-free loans provided by national governments and EU institutions, AETIS would support the idea that all suppliers and partners on the cost side consider granting extended terms of payment throughout the whole chain. Such goodwill coalition would include inter alia oil companies, toll chargers and all involved service providers, including of course AETIS members.

Granting extended terms of payment will increase the risks for all parties involved in this coalition as open payments will raise and affect their own cashflow. However, if the efforts and risks are shared, with caution and proportion, across the entire chain of the road transport, logistics and freight ecosystem, most industry players will survive this crisis.

On the other hand, AETIS does not support the calls to simply annul some costs for road transport companies. As the whole road transport ecosystem is based on a balanced cost-and-payment structure, such a solution would lead the end customers of road transport companies to request a pricing recalculation and in the end not change the overall cashflow situation of the latter. Furthermore, amending the cost-and-payment balance of this industry would jeopardize the mere survival of its partners in the ecosystem; e.g. toll chargers, concessionaires, toll service providers, payment service providers and so on.

Finally, once we will have collectively overcome this unprecedented crisis, AETIS believes it will be time to further foster the genuine implementation of EETS in the EU Member States to secure the smooth transport of goods across Europe while reducing the impact of road transport on the environment.

We stay at your disposal to provide further information and look forward to working with you to develop targeted measures to minimize the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on the road transport, logistics and freight ecosystem.

Sincerely, 

Ewa Conewa (Tzoneva)

Anne Grünkorn

AETIS Chair

AETIS Secretary General

 

AETIS events

24 April 2018:

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

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!