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Railway safety & connectivity with the UK; Council adopts Brexit contingency measures

The EU is ensuring continuity of train services between the EU (France and Ireland) and the UK in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal. 

The Council has adopted a regulation on a temporary extension of the validity of certain authorisations, certificates and licences that are needed to run the services. The aim of this extension is to allow the parties concerned to conclude the necessary agreements and take any other measures to avoid disruption, taking into account the status of the UK as a non-EU country.

These measures are conditional on identical standards, requirements and procedures being applied to cross-border rail connectivity by the UK.

The regulation will be applicable the day after the EU treaties cease to apply to the UK unless a withdrawal agreement concluded with the UK has entered into force by that date. It will cease to apply nine months later.

Given the urgency of the matter, the Council adopted the regulation by means of a written procedure. The European Parliament voted on 13 March.

This is the last Brexit contingency regulation to be adopted in the field of transport. Five other Brexit-related regulations in the area of transport were adopted by the Council (General Affairs) on 19 March. All these legal acts will be signed by representatives of the Council and the Parliament on 25 March and subsequently published in the EU Official Journal.

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