The European Commission has begun a public consultation on their proposed 'Euro 5' emissions standard for passenger cars. The deadline for submissions sent by email is 9 September 2005. More information can be found on the Commission website.
Two environmental thematic strategies due to be presented by the European Commission in July - air quality and marine protection - have been officially removed from the EU agenda and postponed until an unspecified date. The decision has been taken by EU Commission President Barroso. The 'Green 10' group of environmental NGOs in Brussels reacted with a letter to the European Commission's President.
EU finance ministers agreed on Saturday to a voluntary levy on airline tickets to fund development aid. The aviation industry opposed the proposals and strongly criticised the agreement in media coverage over the weekend.
In today's Financial Times, Jos Dings, Director of T&E, argues that European Transport ministers missed an opportunity to boost competitiveness in their compromise agreement on lorry tolls. Read the letter.