17 February 2014

The EU Commission has published a proposal (COM(2014) 67 final) for a Council Decision establishing the position to be adopted by the Union at the 53rd session of the OTIF Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods as regards certain amendments to Appendix C to the Convention concerning International Carriage by Rail (COTIF) applicable from 1 January 2015.

The proposal for a Council Decision provides for in its Annex a detailed list of the envisaged amendments, specifying which amendments can be accepted by the Union and which amendments must be opposed.

A majority of the envisaged amendments are considered to be appropriate for the safe transport of dangerous goods in a cost effective manner, taking into account technological progress, and can therefore be supported.