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.
A presentation by T&E board member Ton Sledsens of SNM at the NGO Investing in Sustainable Development conference, held in Dublin on 1-2 February 2004. This is a Powerpoint document.
Feb 2004 - This year sees the first European Commission-managed Clean Marine Awards aimed at encouraging the reduction of atmospheric pollution from sea-going ships.
Swiss citizens yesterday overwhelmingly voted for sustainable transport by rejecting in a referendum an initiative that would have expanded the road transport system in Switzerland’s environmentally sensitive alpine area. Analysis of the results shows that not a single Swiss Canton was in favour of the initiative. Available in htm or pdf.
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.