The Green9 group of environmental groups today wrote to incoming Commission President Barroso urging his Commission to adopt 'progressive environmental, social and external policies'. Download the letter in full.
During a discussion on Sustainable Road Transport at last week's Environment Council meeting in Luxembourg, Ministers appeared to offer broad support for cleaner vehicles. The Dutch Presidency was effectively 'testing the water' on the subject - the real debate will come when the Commission issues concrete proposals. T&E, along with the European Environment Bureau (EEB), issued a position paper before the meeting advocating stricter targets for the sector. The two organisations welcomed the broad support for such moves offered by several Ministers.
Yesterday’s Transport Council meeting in Luxembourg ended without agreement on a revised ‘Eurovignette’ Directive – the planned framework for charging Heavy Goods Vehicles for use of European roads. Click here for the full press release.
UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has apparently recognised the impact of aviation on climate change (BBC News 15-09-04). In today's Financial Times, Jos Dings challenges him to 'match words with deeds' regarding a proposed disastrous Resolution on the table for the forthcoming International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Assembly in Montreal (starting 28 September). For more information on the environmental threat posed by the Resolution, click here.
The EU Parliament today adopted a Resolution strongly rejecting U.S.-led moves to prevent ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organisation) member states from controlling greenhouse gas emissions from aviation. The Resolution was passed with a large majority.
From 16 to 22 September, cities and towns in more than 20 countries are organising European Mobility Week (EMW). More than 80 million citizens are able to take part in a range of activities dedicated to the promotion of sustainable mobility. This year's theme is 'Safe streets for Children', chosen to support the EU target to cut the death toll on European roads by 50% by 2010. European Mobility Week culminates with 'In town without my car!' day (Car Free Day) which falls on Wednesday 22 September.
The UN’s International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) will open its triennial Assembly in two weeks (28/09/04 – 08/10/04). A resolution is on the table with disastrous wording for the future of environmental policy in aviation at international and regional level. Read this T&E overview detailing the threat and download the letter sent on behalf of six major environment groups to key ministers and representatives urging them to take joint action against the proposed resolution.
The European Parliament took an important step yesterday towards fair and efficient pricing in transport at its plenary meeting in Strasbourg.
Yesterday's transport Council meeting failed to reach agreement on the Eurovignette. This had been the last chance under the present Commission for progress on making transport pay for its full costs, after its failure to propose a framework directive on pricing it had promised in 2001. "We lay the blame for this debacle squarely at the feet of the Commission," said Markus Liechti, Project Manager. Available in both HTM and PDF formats.
A presentation by T&E vice president Magnus Nilsson at the NGO conference Investing in Sustainable Development held in Dublin on 1-2 February 2004. This is a PDF document.