The European Court of Justice has confirmed a ruling which finds Portugal guilty of breaking the EU habitats directive. The case (C-239/04) is interesting for its relevance to several schemes in central and eastern Europe.
EU finance ministers have approved just over €8 billion for trans-European transport network (TENs) projects for 2007-13, amid a growing number of protests against proposed transport schemes – mostly motorways – in the new EU member states.
Environmental campaigners in Slovakia have written to the European Investment Bank, asking it to suspend the financing of a section of the D1 motorway through western Slovakia which forms part of the Transport European Corridor V.
A panel of “independent experts” appointed by the Commission has investigated the concerns of residents in the Susa valley protesting against the proposed Lyon-Torino rail corridor and says their concerns are unfounded.
Billions of euros of EU taxpayers’ money are in danger of being used to fund uneconomic and environmentally damaging transport infrastructure projects in the new member states of central and eastern Europe.
Environmental organisations have strongly criticised the European Parliament for approving new financing rules for trans-European transport networks that they say will lead to unviable projects getting EU funding.
The EU transport commissioner Jacques Barrot has brought back his predecessor Loyola de Palacio to head a “high level” working group looking at expanding the trans-European transport networks to the nations sharing borders with the EU.