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End of charging ban comes at cost of congestion charging

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The EU’s ban on member states charging road hauliers for the unpaid costs of lorry journeys looks set to be partially lifted, after a compromise deal was agreed among member states that could lead to a new Eurovignette directive next year. But the cost of the Belgian presidency getting agreement appears to be the retention of important restrictions on how states can charge for the costs of congestion, plus an air pollution loophole for newer lorries that T&E has described as ‘bizarre’.

Air ticket charge approved but concerns remain over lack of environmental incentives

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The German cabinet has approved the country’s proposed air ticket charge. Environmental groups have described it as ‘a step in the right direction’ but have criticised the fact that it is a flat tax that is not differentiated for environmental impact.

Opinion - This is the moment for a meaningful Eurovignette

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By Nina Renshaw
T&E Deputy Director

There is a moment for everything in life. As a campaigning organisation, we often have to work very hard to create the moment for the things we believe in. The right moment came two years ago for mandatory carbon dioxide emissions standards for cars, and for taking the first tentative steps towards making aviation address its environmental costs. The moment has now arrived for another decisive step towards sustainable transport – the Eurovignette.

Energy taxation: a litmus test for Europe's ability to recover from crisis

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By Jos Dings, T&E Director

Anyone who reads newspapers every now and then knows that this has been an unprecedented month for the European project of which the final outcome is still far from clear. The internal strains in the Union’s core, the eurozone, have become almost unbearable, with leaders recently committing over €500 billion in cash to save the euro.

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