On the 1st of March 2023, the European Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism met to scrutinise the delay in relation to the Delegated Acts in Regulation 2020/1056 on Electronic freight transport information (EFTI). The representative of the European Commission said that delays are caused by the complexity of the task and provided status updates on each of the Delegated and Implementing Acts. She added that this was a matter of time versus quality, saying that the Commission has opted for the latter.
The representative of the European Commission said that this Regulation is important in that it substitutes paper documents with electronic ones, adding that operators will be able to record cargo-related information via a QR code and share it with authorities, business partners, etc. Authorities are obliged to accept this information. There are no new reporting obligations and harmonisation of existing requirements is ongoing. She said that the benefits are 27 billion euros of savings in administrative costs over the next 20 years. Three Delegated Acts and two Implementing Acts are yet to be prepared. The deadline for first three was in February, so the Commission is slightly behind the deadline. Nevertheless, the Commission has made solid progress and will be able to adopt the Regulation by the summer. She said that delays are caused by the complexity of the task, given that there are around 100 national actors as well as various interdependencies with other processes.
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