TRAN Committee holds last session and discusses alternative fuels infrastructure, Maritime Spatial Planning
On 1 April, the Transport and Tourism (TRAN) Committee of the European Parliament approved the agreement regarding the Directive on the deployment of alternative fuel infrastructure.
The agreement was endorsed with 28 votes in favour, 2 against and 2 abstentions. On 15 April, the agreement was then approved by the plenary of the European Parliament.
On the same day, the TRAN Committee approved the agreement regarding the Directive on Maritime spatial planning and integrated coastal management. According to the agreement, maritime area plans should be set up and should aim to contribute to a range of objectives, such as promoting maritime transport, fostering sustainable fisheries and protecting the environment. The plans should be in place in Member States as soon as possible and at the latest by April 2021. The agreement was endorsed with 26 votes in favour, 4 against and 2 abstentions. On 17 April, the agreement was approved by the plenary session of the European Parliament.
On 10 April, the TRAN Committee held the last meeting of the legislative period 2009-2014. The chairman Brian Simpson (S&D – UK, photo) thanked the Committee Members and Substitutes for their hard work and good cooperation over the last five years. He also thanked all the staff that had allowed the Committee to run smoothly, in particular the interpreters and ushers. Group coordinators took the floor and emphasised the excellent working conditions in the Committee over the last five years. The next Committee meeting will take place on 7 July, after the elections.