Revision of the Combined Transport Directive 92/106/EEC

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Practical information

  • Composition of the study group
  • Administrator: Aleksandra SARMAN-GRILC, Assistant: Vicentzia Neagu 
  • Foreseen for the TEN section meeting: 26 January 2024
  • Foreseen for the EESC plenary session: 14-15 February 2024


The Combined Transport Directive (Council Directive 92/106/EEC) was one of the instruments of the EU transport policy to support multimodal/intermodal solutions. There were two previous attempts to update the Directive in 1998 and 2017 but after no satisfactory agreement could be reached among the co-legislators both proposals were withdrawn.

The current proposal is part of the Commission´s Greening freight package, which will support the freight sector to contribute its part to the Green Deal goals.

The new proposal will improve the competitiveness of intermodal freight transportation: two or more transport modes will be used for the transportation of goods instead of road-only transport. Thus the rail, inland waterways and/or short sea shipping will be used for the main leg of the freight journey, whereas the more flexible road transport will be used for the first and/or last leg of a journey to reach the final destination.