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Draft Common Transport Policy Conflicts with Sustainable Development Strategy

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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Published on June 20, 2006 - 10:00

The ETS is great, but not enough for the transport sector

Editorial by Jos Dings

People sometimes ask me why the environmental movement has not been more enthusiastic about the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). I can’t speak for the entire environmental movement, only for T&E, but I think our views are shared by many others. The ETS is an exciting tool, and the EU’s institutions should be congratulated on introducing a mechanism that encourages an optimisation of energy use and emissions through market forces. But the ETS has an inherent problem that limits what it can do, which means other measures are still urgently needed.

Published on May 15, 2006 - 10:00

What’s good for efficiency is good for the economy

Editorial by Jos Dings

Five years ago Europe was presented with a new Common Transport Policy. Like its predecessor, it is expected to have a life of around 10 years, which means we are reaching the mid-point – and indeed we have a mid-term review coming up which will give us the chance to see if the EU is really living up to its promises.

Published on April 15, 2006 - 10:00