In July 2003 the European Commission adopted its long-awaited proposal on charging heavy goods vehicles to use Europe's principal roads, amending the so-called 'Eurovignette' directive. T&E believes the proposal has serious flaws which could prevent it doing the job it is supposed to do.
A call from the eight largest environmental organisations in the EU for politicians and parties to give the environment the priority it deserves, ahead of the 2004 European elections and the creation of a new European Commission.
Not all three aspects of sustainability are dealt with equally in European transport. Economics is thoroughly discussed and environmental issues are well-publicised. But transport's social problems are often unclear, and the social/psychological factors supporting transport patterns are often forgotten.
The Green8 published its annual review of the European Commission's environmental performance in July 2003. The performance of Commissioner De Palacio had been particularly bad and she was therefore given an extraordinarily bad rating. To justify this rating, T&E prepared a supporting document on the basis of input from all the Green8.