Editorial by Sonja Klingberg
We Germans are always on the look-out for a bargain. And when Germany takes up the EU presidency on 1 January, it should be looking to “buy one and get three for free”.
On 1 January, the liberalisation of the European railway market comes into effect – at least legally.
Cycle campaigners have found support from MEPs in a campaign to ensure rail operators must offer cycle carriage in cross-border services.
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”.