Green8 call on EU foreign ministers - meeting this week in Naples - to improve the draft EU Constitution. There is a risk that what gets dished up in Italy will be left-overs of treaties dating back to the 1950s and 1960s, when environmental awareness was still in its infancy. Available in htm and PDF.
Reaction to the compromise on Ecopoints reached late in the night of 25 November. T&E urges the European Parliament to reject the compromise, as the environmental benefits of the scheme would be practically non-existant. Available in htm or PDF.
T&E, BirdLife International and WWF have put out a joint press-release, in response to the European Commission's new proposal for the revision of the Trans-European Networks for Transport guidelines. The press-release, entitled "Sustainability dismissed in Commission plans for TENs revision" is also available as a PDF file.
The Directive 2003/59/EC, on training for professional drivers entered into force on 10 September. From now on, all professional drivers will have to undergo training in order to minimise safety risks as well as reduce environmental impacts by cutting fuel consumption. For more details, see the European Commission press release here.
31 July The European Court of Justice last week ruled that governments can pay subsidies for public transport without breaking EU competition rules, but only as long as they are for clearly-defined public service.
On 23 July, the European Commission adopted a communication on the revision of the Eurovignette Directive. The new proposal, long awaited by NGOs and other stakeholders, is a disappointment. T&E has called for its rejection by the European Parliament and the Council. It confuses the concepts of pricing and financing, does not encourage sustainable transport and, overall, is insufficient and unambitious in scope. For more details see the T&E briefing and the T&E press-release or contact Markus Liechti.