T&E has responded to the European Commission's Public Consultation on Passengers Rights in Multimodal Transport. Through-ticketing has been essential for the growth of aviation and connectivity in Europe. By contrast, national rail companies have largely avoided these types of agreements because of competitive reasons and accordingly the opportunity for cross border rail travel has suffered enormously. Rail companies should start sharing data to make through-ticketing possible for train travel.
In 2017 the European Commission will publish its draft review of the Combined Transport Directive. This legislation is linked to the Commission’s own target to get more freight on both rail and inland waterways by 2030. In our response to the consultation on amending the directive, T&E argues that freight multimodality needs to become more attractive for shippers if we are to increase the use of cleaner modes for the majority of a freight shipment. This review provides an opportunity to take steps towards achieving that. Download T&E's response to the consultation below.
Unlike other transport modes, aviation is fully exempt from VAT. This distorts the internal market, and amounts to a subsidy of €7 billion per annum to this fossil-intensive sector. T&E calls for this exemption to be ended.
T&E has consistently denounced the flawed ISDS mechanism (investor- state- dispute settlement). One of the main concerns is that claims by foreign investors, or even threats of claims, could deter the EU or Member States from adopting measures to protect the environment.
Transport & Environment’s reply to the public consultation of the Commission's proposal for the 3rd Real-world Driving Emissions (RDE) test package.
The Commission opened a public consultation on the “Eurovignette” Directive, which defines how Member States can charge heavy goods vehicles for the use of certain roads. The Directive will be reviewed in 2017. This is T&E’s response to the consultation.
The European Commission released on 20 July a proposal for regulating emissions of the non-ETS sectors: the Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR). It was followed by a “feedback period” on which stakeholders could provide comments and suggestions to the proposal. This is T&E’s feedback to the ESR.
An ETS with 85% free allowances, combined with the fuel tax and VAT exemptions, while charging buses and trains and thus distorting competition, is simply self-defeating. Member states and the European Commission vice-presidents must take responsibility for these failures and start to address aviation in a joined-up way, not via silos where directorates abrogate joint responsibility for addressing cross-cutting questions such as fuel tax, VAT or state-aid scandals. Non-CO2 emissions must be taken seriously and measures should be prepared.
Response prepared by Transport & Environment (T&E)
The European Commission opened a public consultation on “Preparation of a sustainable bioenergy policy for the period after 2020”, which closed on 10 May 2016. The objective of this consultation is to consult stakeholders and citizens on an updated EU policy on sustainable bioenergy for the period 2020-2030, as part of the EU renewable energy package, expected by the end of 2016. This is T&E’s response to the consultation.