Slovenian National Assembly

Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL amending Regulation (EC) No 1073/2009 on common rules for access to the international market for coach and bus services

Scrutiny details

Subsidiarity deadline: 11/01/2018
Scrutiny Information

Scrutiny date: 23/02/2018

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Information on parliamentary scrutiny

Committee on Infrastructure, Environment and Spatial Planning discussed the proposal at its 72nd extraordinary meeting of 15 February 2018.

The Committee on EU Affairs of the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia discussed the proposal again at it’s 162nd meeting of 23 February 2018 and adopted the following Position:

1. The Republic of Slovenia in principle agrees to the content of the Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No. 1073/2009.

2. In the process of adopting the Regulation, the Republic of Slovenia will support the definition of more detailed conditions for the conduct of international bus and coach transport activities, and will pay particular attention to the adoption of an effective approach as regards access to the international market for bus and coach transport and the opening of national markets for regular services (cabotage). In this regard, it supports the approach that takes into account the territorial size of the country when determining the distance to which cabotage is permitted and, accordingly, defines the possibility of carrying out cabotage in regular passenger services proportionately to the size of the country. However, we cannot agree with the current Commission’s proposal that cabotage is allowed up to a distance of 100 km as the crow flies.

3. The Republic of Slovenia disagrees with the proposed method of issuing licences for national regular services. The Republic of Slovenia is a territorially small country and, in the case of the adoption of the proposed regulation, opens its domestic passenger transport market almost completely, bypassing the current regulation of long distance services. This could interfere with the existing service of general economic interest to the extent that it would be necessary to abolish quite a few long distance services that are now in operation. In this respect, the Republic of Slovenia believes that it is necessary to take into account the territorial size of the country and proposes that long-distance passenger services operate up to a distance of 250 km as the crow flies. In the process of adopting the Regulation, the Republic of Slovenia will strive for a solution that will take into account the aforementioned facts.

4. The Republic of Slovenia does not agree to the abolition of the journey forms for occasional passenger services. This would make it more difficult for supervisory bodies to carry out controls and establish fairness in occasional passenger services.

5. Setting up a regulatory body for the road passenger transport sector will require additional employment and new software, proportionately with the needs of operation.

6. The Republic of Slovenia agrees to changing the procedures for issuing authorisations for regular passenger services.

7. The Republic of Slovenia will support the possible use of electronic documents (e-applications for authorisations for international bus and coach services) in the light of reducing administrative burden, yet to the extent that will not make controls more difficult.

8. Moreover, the Republic of Slovenia will pay attention to the adequate arrangement of access to terminals. The Republic of Slovenia will support the solution that will enable access to terminals and will focus on non-discrimination between transport operators.

9. The Republic of Slovenia will try to be flexible in areas where general consensus will be reached.

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