Brussels Daily
27 Feb 2019


Brussels Daily

Brexit Preparedness: Commission welcomes political agreement on basic road transport for freight and passengers

Yesterday, the European Parliament and the Council of the EU reached a provisional political agreement on the European Commission’s proposal for a Brexit contingency measure in road transport. This measure is part of the no-deal Contingency Action Plan, which aims at limiting the most significant damage caused by a possible “no-deal” scenario. Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc welcomed the agreement: “I hope that this measure will never be needed, however it is our duty to prepare for a “no-deal” scenario. This Regulation will avoid the most serious disruptions for citizens and businesses by allowing basic road transport connectivity for a limited time between the EU and the United Kingdom. It provides legal certainty for operators and passengers.” The Regulation will allow United Kingdom operators to carry goods and passengers between the EU and the United Kingdom, provided the United Kingdom grants EU operators equivalent rights, it continues to comply with relevant social and technical rules of the EU and fair competition between EU and United Kingdom operators is ensured. The Regulation will also allow United Kingdom hauliers to carry out limited operations within the territory of the EU, decreasing over time. The Regulation will cease to apply at the end of 2019. Following this provisional agreement, this contingency measure will have to be formally approved by the European Parliament and the Council, before it can enter into force. (For more information: Daniel Rosario +32 229 56185; Stephan Meder – Tel.: +32 229 13917)

Agriculture: new cross-border geographical indication from Croatia and Slovenia receives green light from the European Commission

The Commission has approved today the addition of ‘Istra’, an olive oil common to Croatia and Slovenia, to the register of Protected Designations of Origin (PDO). After ‘Istarski pršut/Istrski pršut’, a smoked ham registered in 2015, this is the second time Croatia and Slovenia agree to share a common PDO. ‘Istra’ is an extra virgin olive oil made from olives harvested and processed in the Istrian peninsula. The soil and climate of this region favour olive growing and the activity developed at a faster pace in the second half of the twentieth century. However, its roots are ancient and Roman amphorae discovered bore the inscriptions Oleil Histrici (Istrian oil) and Olei flos (first-press oil). The oil has a moderate to intense aroma of fresh olives with notes of fruit, vegetables or green vegetation of different intensities. The new denomination will be added to the list of over 1,440 products already protected. This is the 21st registered product (food, wine and spirits included) to be covering at least two Member States. More information: webpages on quality products and DOOR database of protected products. (For more information: Daniel Rosario – Tel: +32 229 56 185; Clémence Robin – Tel: +32 229)


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