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The European Commission is proposing to end seasonal clock changes in Europe in 2019, giving Member States the freedom to decide once and for all whether they want to permanently apply summer- or wintertime.
Non-EU nationals exempt from visa requirements will have to get an authorisation before travelling to the EU, under new rules backed by Parliament.
As of Sunday 1 July, travellers booking package holidays will enjoy stronger consumer rights. Not only will traditional package holidays be covered, the new rules will also protect consumers who book other forms of combined travel, including self-customised packages.
The Council adopted conclusions on the EU's enlargement policy and the stabilisation and association process. It also adopted without discussion updated aviation safety rules, including a revised mandate for the European Aviation Safety Agency and the first ever EU-wide rules for civil drones.
MEPs approved an agreement reached between Council and Parliament negotiators in November 2017 on EU-wide principles for drones and drone operators to ensure a common level of safety and give operators and manufacturers the predictability to develop products and services.
The Juncker Commission is undertaking the third and final set of actions to modernise Europe's transport system. The objective is to allow all Europeans to benefit from safer traffic, less polluting vehicles and more advanced technological solutions, while supporting the competitiveness of the EU industry.
The preliminary 2017 road safety statistics released today by the Commission show, for the second year in a row, a decrease in the number of fatalities of around 2%.
The European Court of Justice finds that that intermediation service must be regarded as forming an integral part of an overall service whose main component is a transport service and, accordingly, must be classified not as ‘an information society service’ but as ‘a service in the field of transport’.
The Council agreed its negotiating positions on four legislative proposals of the Clean energy package. This is an important step towards implementing the Energy Union strategy and reaching the European Union's 2030 energy and climate goals.
The Council also adopted three sets of conclusions: on the progress in trans-European transport networks (TEN-T) and the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for transport; digitalisation of transport; and the mid-term evaluation of the Galileo, EGNOS and the European GNSS agency.
As part of the drive to better protect citizens and improve the Union's security environment, the European Commission and the High Representative are proposing a number of actions to improving military mobility within the European Union.
The Commission proposes new targets for the EU fleet wide average CO2 emissions of new passenger cars and vans to help accelerate the transition to low- and zero emission vehicles.
A common electronic system to speed up checks at the Schengen area’s external borders and to register all non-EU travellers was backed by Parliament.
In line with the European Council conclusions of 19 October, the Council held a policy debate on speeding up work on the digital single market to ensure its completion by the end of 2018. Ministers also held a policy debate on the EU's response to the crucial challenge of cybersecurity.
As of 1 September 2017, new car models will have to pass new and more reliable emissions tests in real driving conditions ("Real Driving Emissions" – RDE) as well as an improved laboratory test ("World Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure" – WLTP) before they can be driven on European roads.
The Council adopted, without debate, a regulation on Energy efficiency labelling which allows customers to be more aware of the energy efficiency and energy consumption of household appliances.
As of today roaming charges in the European Union will no longer apply. “The European Union is about bringing people together and making their lives easier. The end of roaming charges is a true European success story.”