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First moves on company cars

The Commission says it is taking the first steps towards tackling the problem of tax subsidies that come through favourable treatment of company cars. Its draft transport white paper identifies company car taxation as a problem, and earlier this month it co-hosted a seminar to discuss the issue.

Published on March 21, 2011 - 12:56

Time to stop subsidising the most polluting form of transport

Opinion By Jos Dings - T&E DirectorLate last month, the World Trade Organisation told the USA and the EU what it thinks of US subsidies to Boeing (story, page 2). Last June, the WTO delivered a similar verdict on EU subsidies to Airbus. Of course both sides claim that the other’s subsidies are worse – we can’t yet check these claims because the WTO report won’t be published for another few weeks, but it is clear that Airbus received more taxpayer-backed ‘sweet’ loans, while Boeing received more direct subsidies, which are generally recognised as very distorting.

Published on February 11, 2011 - 15:59

Sowing the seeds of smarter transport policy

Opinion by Jos Dings - T&E Director

Did we miss something? Last year, the European Commission didn’t propose a single new legislative measure to clean up transport. To be fair, it has been spending most of its time worrying about the future of the Eurozone. As a result, for T&E this was the sort of year where seeds for smarter transport policy were sown. We’re optimistic that next year could bring a decent crop of positive changes.

Published on December 16, 2010 - 14:23

Poland to join lorry km charge club

Poland is set to join the club of EU member states that have introduced a distance-based charge for lorries. An electronic charge applicable to all vehicles above 3.5 tonnes (including buses) using national roads is due to come into effect on 1 July 2011, but the price per kilometre has not yet been agreed.

Published on December 16, 2010 - 14:06

Solutions to end harmful subsidies in EU Budget revealed in new report

A new report launched today by seven green NGOs proposes concrete solutions to put an end to environmentally harmful subsidies within the EU Budget. In this time of austerity, European taxpayers' money is not delivering what it should, such as public goods and the well-being of Europe's citizens. Our key challenges in tackling climate change, biodiversity loss and resource inefficiency need to be prioritised ahead of funding for unnecessary infrastructure projects and the subsidising of intensive agriculture.

Published on November 18, 2010 - 15:32