HEADLINE STRATEGIC DEELOPMENTS
- 18 October: Commission adopts its Work Programme for 2023: Tackling the most pressing challenges, while staying the course for the long-term. This Commission Work Programme contains 43 new policy initiatives across all six of the headline ambitions of President von der Leyen’s Political Guidelines, building on her 2022 State of the Union speech and letter of intent.
MAIN EU STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENTS
- 28 October 2022: Zero emission vehicles: first ‘Fit for 55′ deal will end the sale of new CO2 emitting cars in Europe by 2035.
- 27 October 2022: Commissioner Gentiloni’s remarks at IMCO hearing on the 30th anniversary of the single market.
- 26 October 2022: Executive Vice-President Timmermans’ and Commissioner Sinkevičius’ remarks on the new legislative proposals: the Zero Pollution Package.
- 25 October 2022: Commission secures ambitious EU negotiating mandate for the COP27 on Climate and COP15 on Biodiversity.
- 18 October 2022: Statement by President von der Leyen on a new package of measures to address high energy prices and ensure security of supply.
MAIN EU DEVELOPMENTS RELEVANT TO BUSINESS TRAVEL
1. Recovery Monitor developments relevant to the recovery of business travel from the pandemic
- 24 October 2022: Draft Council Conclusions on ‘European Agenda for Tourism 2030
- 18 October 2022: Competitive and efficient use of airport capacity Revision of the airport slot Regulation (legislative, incl. impact assessment, Article 100(2) TFEU, Q3 2023) Work Programme for 2023
- 17 October 2022: War in Ukraine and economic fallout delaying recovery in air traffic until after 2024 according to new EUROCONTROL 2022-2028 forecast
- 11 October2022: Energy, tourism and COVID-19 Publication by EU Joint Research Centre (JRC)
2. Sustainability Monitor developments relevant to the sustainability of business travel
- 18 October 2022: Sustainable transport Greening corporate fleets initiative (legislative or non-legislative, Q3 2023) Work Programme for 2023
- 25 July 2022: The European Commission sought views on an initiative to measure greenhouse gas emissions from transport. ‘CountEmissionsEU’. See upcoming initiatives.
3. Digitalisation Monitor developments relevant to the digitalisation of business travel
- 26 October 2022: Payments: Commission proposes to accelerate the rollout of instant payments in euro
- 26 October 2022: European Parliament TRAN Committee – Meeting of the Tourism Task Force: Exchange of views on the «Added value of block chain and crypto currency in the tourism industry». Summary available on request.
- 20 October 2022: A new tourism Dashboard to support EU destinations to become greener, more digital and resilient.
- 18 October 2022: A common European mobility data space (non-legislative, Q2 2023) Work Programme for 2023
- 18 October 2022: Digitalisation of travel documents and facilitation of travel (legislative, incl. impact assessment, Articles 77(2)(b) and (d) TFEU, Q3 2023) Work Programme for 2023
- 18 October 2022: The Multimodal Digital Services initiative. This initiative aims to address challenges for the multimodal digital mobility services (MDMS) to better integrate public transport and rail services and achieve seamless multimodal passenger transport. The Commission is set to adopt a legislative proposal in Q2 2023.) Work Programme for 2023
- 18 October & 16 September 2022: Commission launched a new consultation on better protection for passengers. The Commission will review the passenger rights regulatory framework, including to ensure its resilience to extensive travel disruptions, and including options for multimodal tickets. The deadline for submissions is 7 December. The revision will be published Q2, 2023. Work Programme for 2023
4. Future funding Monitor developments relevant to broadening the financial resources for BT4Europe
- Sustainability funding under InvestEU: supporting greener business practices. Wednesday, November 9, 2022 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM · 1 hr. (Egypt) Online. Register here.
- COP27 – UN Climate Change Conference will take place from 6 to 18 November 2022 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt
- 1 July 2022: The Programme of the Czech Presidency of the European Council (1 July-31 December)
- The prospective Swedish Presidency of the European Council (First half 2023) have launched their website.
6. Upcoming initiatives
- The European Commission sought views on an initiative to measure greenhouse gas emissions from transport. ‘CountEmissionsEU’ will offer a framework for calculating transport and logistics-related door-to door greenhouse gas emissions in a consistent way, regardless of transport mode, sector or country of operation. BT4Europe submitted evidence and met the European Commission to discuss options. The consultation which closed 17 October 2022 and the proposal is anticipated in the second half of 2023.
(i) This is the eighth Briefing Report for BT4Europe, it will be updated regularly
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