The European Parliament, Member States and the European Commission have reached a deal on the Electronic Freight Transport Information (EFTI) proposal late yesterday.
The new law will speed up the digitalisation of the transport of goods by creating an e-platform where businesses and authorities can digitally exchange information on road operations.
“We laid down the foundations for the digitalisation of freight transport in Europe. Using electronic documents will greatly contribute to cutting red tape and simplifying administrative procedures for both authorities and our companies”, said Andor Deli MEP, the Parliament’s negotiator on EFTI.
“This deal provides solutions which will make the constantly-growing movement of goods in the EU more efficient and reliable. By modernising EU transport, we are not only addressing the challenges of the sector, but we are also improving the functioning of the internal market”, concluded Deli.
EFTI is part of the third ‘Europe on the move’ package, which followed the low-emission mobility strategy and two mobility packages.
The aim of the package is to modernise Europe’s transport system.
Meanwhile, the outgoing EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos, together with the Directors of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) and Europol, Alexis Goosdeel and Catherine De Bolle have launced the 2019 EU Drug Markets Report.
The report highlights the increasing importance of Europe both as market and a drug-producing region and will cover trends along the drug supply chain from production and trafficking to distribution and sales.
It describes how the drug market has wide-ranging impacts on both the health and the security of EU citizens and underlines the need for a holistic approach to effective drug control policies.