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28th December 2020
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Temporary rules on post-Brexit road connectivity, air connectivity, aviation safety, and fishing operations now published

Today, official publication has been made of four Regulations of the European Parliament and of the Council on limited contingency measures to ensure the continued operation of certain basic connectivity services between the EU and the UK following the end of the transition period provided for in the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement.

These Regulations were adopted on 23 December 2020, following the proposals put forward by the European Commission on 10 December, in the event that no EU-UK agreement on the affected subject-matters is in force by 1 January 2021:

  • Regulation 2020/2224 on common rules ensuring basic road freight and road passenger connectivity. This Regulation lays down temporary measures governing the carriage of goods by road, as well as the provision of regular and special regular passenger transport services by coach and bus between the EU and the UK following the end of the transition period. It will enter into force tomorrow and will apply from 1 January 2021 until entry into force of an EU-UK international agreement on the matter, or until 30 June 2021 at the latest.
  • Regulation 2020/2225 on common rules ensuring basic air connectivity. This Regulation enables carriers licensed in the UK to provide air transport services between the territory of the latter and the territory of the Member States, conditional upon the conferral of equivalent rights by the UK to air carriers licensed in the EU and be subject to certain conditions ensuring fair competition. It will enter into force tomorrow and will apply from 1 January 2021 until entry into force of an EU-UK international agreement on the matter, or until 30 June 2021 at the latest. However, in order to allow for the necessary administrative procedures to be conducted as early as possible, certain provisions will apply as from tomorrow.
  •  Regulation 2020/2226 on certain aspects of aviation safety. This Regulation ensures that various design certificates for aviation products issued to natural or legal persons having their principal place of business in the UK can continue to be used in EU aircrafts without disruption. It will enter into force tomorrow and will apply from 1 January 2021 until entry into force of an EU-UK international agreement on the matter.
  • Regulation 2020/2227 amending Regulation 2017/2403 as regards fishing authorisations for EU fishing vessels in UK waters and fishing operations of UK fishing vessels in EU waters. This Regulation creates the appropriate legal framework to ensure reciprocal access by EU and UK fishing vessels to each other’s waters after 31 December 2020, derogating from the rules that apply to third country fishing vessels and providing for specific conditions and procedures allowing for the issuing of authorisations to UK fishing vessels by the EU for the operation of fishing activities in EU waters. It will enter into force tomorrow and will apply from 1 January 2021 until entry into force of an EU-UK international agreement on the matter, or until 31 December 2021 at the latest.
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