20/12/2012 - 21/12/2012
Where: Justus Lipsius building, Brussels, Belgium
Topic: Environment, consumers and health | Transport and travel
Organiser: Council of the EU
The Council will try to agree a general approach on a proposed update of the common rules on periodic roadworthiness tests for motor vehicles. As a result of the transport ministers' debate at their last meeting in October and of the discussions in the Council's working party, the Commission's original proposal, which provided for an extension of the checks to further categories of vehicles and for more frequent testing of older vehicles, will be substantially amended in the draft to be submitted to the ministers.
The roadworthiness tests proposal is part of a package, which also includes proposals on technical roadside inspections of commercial vehicles and on registration documents for vehicles.
The Council will take note of the state of play on two draft regulations concerning:
The regulation establishes the general rules for the granting of financial aid from the EU budget for the networks. The partial general approach agreed by the Council on the two draft regulations in June did not cover their budgetary provisions. Progress on this issue will depend on the outcome of the ongoing discussions on the multi-annual financial framework for the years 2014-2010.
Furthermore, the Council is due to adopt conclusions in response to the Commission's communication of September on the future challenges for the EU's external aviation policy.
The Council is also expected to authorise the signing and provisional application of an aviation agreement with Israel.
A presidency briefing, agenda and background note will be published on the Council website closer to the date of the meeting.