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Hauliers and T&E's open letter to decision-makers on lorry weights and dimensions proposal

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Ahead of trilogue negotiations on the European Commission's lorry weights and dimensions proposal, the International Road Transport Union (IRU), representing hauliers, and Transport & Environment wrote to the Commission, Council and Parliament. In the letter they urge decision-makers to seize a once-in-a-generation opportunity to support and enable a maximisation of lorry fuel efficiency which will reduce emissions, while creating opportunities to further improve safety and driver comfort. They ask the decision-makers to reject a proposed moratorium and not delay such innovations any further.

New Polar Code ‘too weak’ to protect polar environments

The world’s first code of conduct for ships using the newly accessible Arctic shipping routes has been agreed, but environmental groups say it does not go far enough and, without further strengthening, it is just a question of when a serious incident occurs in the Arctic and Antarctic environments.

Put people, environment and democracy before profit and corporate rights, say 100 European civil society groups

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An EU-wide coalition of civil society organisations representing a broad spectrum of public interests have joined their voices to face the democratic threat posed by the current Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations. To promote social justice, environmental sustainability and human rights it is imperative that investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS), a regulatory co-operation council and the deregulation of standards are clearly excluded in a transparent fashion from TTIP.

Green 10 position on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

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Supported by more than 20 million EU citizens across 28 member states, the Green 10 alliance of leading environmental NGOs at the EU level calls for a comprehensive, evidence-based approach to negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the EU and the US. The approach must seriously consider the environmental and democratic challenges posed by this agreement. The Green 10 are also against the inclusion of investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) and provisions for a regulatory co-operation council, both of which threaten recent and future environmental and social achievements in Europe.

Submission to the European Ombudsman's public consultation on transparency

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Transparency within all realms of policy development are not only treaty-embedded obligations for the European Commission but a practical and necessary condition to secure respectful and beneficial outcomes for European society as a whole. In response to the European Ombudsman’s investigation into transparency within trade negotiations, T&E suggests concrete measures and raises examples of best practice that would enable meaningful and constructive input from civil society across Europe and the Atlantic.

The sweet smell of cartel: why truckmakers oppose cleaner and safer lorries

Margrethe Vestager, European Competition commissioner has announced that she is stepping up the anti-trust and cartel investigation against EU truckmakers. The Commission suspects several truckmakers of price fixing and anti-competitive behaviour. Cartel behaviour hampers innovation in safety and fuel efficiency.

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