European Commission

COVID-19: Joint Maritime Transport Social Partners’ letter

Maritime transport Social Partners – ETF and ECSA – sent a letter to the Ministers of Transport ahead of the meeting of European Union Transport Ministers on the implications of COVID-19 on transport.

In view of the vital importance of shipping and related services for the EU and its citizens, ECSA and ETF call on the European Commission and the Member States to take decisive and assertive action in facilitating the supply chains and seafarer travel, providing much-needed support to the industry and workforce.

Statement
18 Mar 2020

COVID-19: Transport workers need protection and Europe needs to act now!

ETF is now once again calling upon the Commission to take concrete action to protect Europe’s transport workers as new developments arise every day. Reports received from around Europe show that some employers are not taking the pandemic seriously, and are putting workers in danger with their failure to act appropriately.

Statement
13 Mar 2020

“People must be put first!” – ETF reaction to the Opatija Declaration

On Wednesday, EU Transport Ministers adopted the Opatija Declaration on the future outlook of EU Waterborne Transport.
ETF welcomes the attention given to some of the ongoing industry challenges, and at the same time highlights several points that we believe merit further consideration and follow-up both of the EU Member States and the European Commission.

Statement
13 Mar 2020

Keep Europe moving!

We were sad to learn about another bankruptcy in civil aviation today – UK’s regional airline Flybe. The spread of the COVID-19 has had an important impact in accelerating the process towards the bankruptcy of the airline, which represents just one of the symptoms of a Europe-wide crisis. Decisive action needs to be taken to keep Europe moving.

To prevent a complete collapse of the air transport networks in the immediate future, the EU, European countries and other key authorities such as EASA need to come up with a detailed, clear and effective contingency plan.

Statement
5 Mar 2020

Effective and ambitious legislation on due diligence is urgently needed

The ETF calls for a European directive on mandatory human rights due diligence and responsible business conduct.

Companies need to finally be held accountable for the impacts of their operations, without prejudice to joint and several liability.  A European directive would bring us closer to stopping violations of human rights that continue to take place in multinational operations, and their supply and subcontracting chains. 

News
5 Mar 2020

ETF meets with EU Commissioner for Transport Adina Vălean

ETF attends first meeting, hopefully, the first of many to come, with EU Commissioner for Transport, Adina Vălean. We hope that this is the start of fruitful cooperation that will shape the future of Fair Transport for Europe.

News
18 Feb 2020
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