Proposal for a Regulation on electronic freight transport information

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Series Details COM (2018) 279
Publication Date 17/05/2018
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Legislative initiative adopted by the European Commission in May 2018, which establishes a legal framework for the electronic communication of regulatory information related to the transport of goods across the European Union (EU).

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Movement of goods in the European Union is accompanied by a large amount of information being exchanged among a variety of public and private stakeholders. This has mostly been done through paper-based documents. The lack of a uniform legal framework at EU level requiring authorities to accept freight transport information in electronic form, as well as a fragmented IT environment, were seen as obstacles to the simplification and better efficiency of communication between transport operators.

This proposal - adopted by the European Commission on 17 May 2018 as part of its Third Mobility Package - contains measures intended to achieve three distinct specific policy objectives that directly address the two main problem drivers identified - namely the diverging and limitedly specified current legal framework, and the current co-existence of multiple and non-interoperable systems. The European Parliament approved its negotiating position on 12 March 2019. The Council of the European Union adopted its general approach on 6 June.

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Commentary and Analysis
IRU: Library, 03/10/2018: IRU Position on the EU Commission proposal on electronic freight transport information
EPRS: Briefing, January 2019: Initial Appraisal of a European Commission Impact Assessment
EPRS: Briefing, April 2019: Electronic freight transport information

NLA: News, 09/01/2019: Proposal for an EU Regulation on electronic freight transport information (eFTI)

EUR-Lex: SWD(2018)183: Impact assessment
EUR-Lex: SWD(2018)184: Executive summary of the impact assessment
European Commission: Proposal for a Regulation: Electronic documents for freight transport
European Parliament: Legislatve Observatory: Procedure file for Proposal on electronic freight transport information
EP: Legislative Train: Regulation on electronic freight transport information
Council of the European Union: Press Release, 06/06/2019: Easier use of digital information for freight transport – Council agrees on its position

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