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.
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.
The EU’s statistical office Eurostat chose Car Free Day to publish details of the growth of car use in the 25 member states.
EU transport ministers have welcomed the Commission’s proposed revision of the environmental objectives of the Common Transport Policy.
In the September edition of Public Service Review - European Union, Jos Dings argues that the EU's revised Common Transport Policy doesn’t go far enough to secure sustainable transport across the continent. Read the full article.
The Commission has approved a revised Common Transport Policy (CTP) that contradicts the EU’s sustainable development strategy published just six days earlier. The juxtaposition of the two documents led T&E to describe the new CTP as “unsustainable and illegitimate”.
Greenhouse gases from Europe’s transport sector are preventing the EU from meeting its obligations under the Kyoto protocol.
The European Commission has today published a new transport strategy paper that ignores the specific objectives and targets to protect health and the environment from the negative impacts of transport agreed by EU leaders last Friday says T&E, the European sustainable transport citizens organisation.
On Friday June 16, T&E wrote again to President Barosso regarding the Common Transport Policy midterm review. "Today, European leaders backed the EU’s revised Sustainable Development Strategy (SDS) at their meeting in Brussels. Next week the Commission is set to publish its midterm review of the Common Transport Policy (CTP). But judging by the latest draft of the CTP review, which we have seen, the Commission has manifestly failed to consider the former when preparing the latter. That a major statement of European transport policy by the Commission should totally ignore the clearly-stated demands of European leaders is as bizarre as it is wrong..."
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