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Minister Gašperšič attends TTE Council in Brussels

Brussels, 3 December 2014 – The Minister of Infrastructure, Peter Gašperšič, today attended the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council meeting devoted to transport.

Ministerial Council adopted a set of conclusions on transport infrastructure and the trans-European network, which are vital factors in the Europe 2020 strategy and the Juncker investment plan. This plan is aimed at mobilising 315 billion euros in private and public funds over the next three years. The TEN–T corridor coordinators presented an interim report addressing the opportunities to boost expenditure on European transport infrastructure. The Council conclusions and the aforementioned report stress the vital importance of the TEN-T transport infrastructure investments for kick-starting economic growth in the EU.
The Ministers agreed in principle on a decision to authorise member states to ratify the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Fishing Vessel Personnel (STCW-F), adopted in 1995, in the interest of the European Union. The convention’s objective is to ensure trained staff on-board fishing vessels with a view to minimising potential safety risks to people at sea, as well as to property and the marine environment, and to create and maintain a level playing field in the fisheries sector by encouraging vocational training.
The Ministers agreed a general approach on the Single European Sky II+ regulation proposals (SES II+). The proposals are aimed at bringing the regulations on single European sky into line with the regulations on the European Aviation Safety Agency, and at setting up distinct tasks of the Commission, European Aviation Safety Agency and Eurocontrol. A bilateral issue between Spain and the United Kingdom regarding the application of regulation to Gibraltar is still pending. The negotiators will continue under the Latvian EU Council presidency.
Ministers took stock of progress regarding the political pillar of the fourth railway package addressing further liberalisation of domestic passenger services, infrastructure management organisation and the manner of awarding public rail service contracts. The Ministers reached a general approach on a proposal to repeal the 1969 regulation on normalisation of accounts of railway undertakings.
On the margins of the session, Minister Gašperšič held a courtesy meeting with the Austrian and Latvian Ministers, in the afternoon he met with the Slovenian MEPs to discuss current transport issues, European Commissionaire for Transport Violeta Bulc, and European Coordinator for the TEN-T Mediterranean Corridor Laurens Jan Brinkhorst.