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T&E welcomes five new members

T&E welcomed five new member organisations at its AGM on Saturday 26 March. The Czech Transport Federation, Danish
Society for Nature Conservation, Focus Association for Sustainable Development, Slovenia and Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland joined as full members and Movimento Consumatori, Italy as associate member. T&E now has 49 members in 21 countries.

Happy birthday! But now let’s look forward, not back

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Editorial by Jos Dings

Happy Birthday, EU! It was 50 years ago this month that the European Economic Community was founded, and given the background
against which it began, it has been a great success. It’s hard to imagine now, but it was only 12 years after the end of the second major
war in 30 years, a war that had left Europe in tatters. The EU has been a tremendous success in getting people to the table rather than
the battlefield to sort out their differences.

What role for rail?

The EU should make more efficient use of existing transport infrastructure and overhaul the way it decides what infrastructure projects to invest in to make the process fully transparent and economically sound according to T&E Director Jos Dings speaking at today's high-level European Commission conference on the future of rail.

A stern warning about the need to cut fossil dependence

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Editorial by Jos Dings

In 2006 there has been a rush of high-profile events which are pushing energy and climate issues up the EU agenda. Record temperatures in July, September and October, an ex-US-vice-president making a bold film on climate change, an ex-filmstar-turned-US-state-governor promoting bold climate policies, Russia using gas as a tool to threaten Ukraine and Georgia, soaring oil prices and increasing “resource nationalism” have all made headlines across the globe. Yet perhaps the most significant event in the news last month was the Stern report on the economics of climate change.

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