Transport Archives

  • Spring Summit 2004


    Since the adoption of the Lisbon Strategy in 2000, the European Council in its Spring meetings has focused on assessing of the progress made towards "making Europe the most competitive knowledge-based economy in the world". The Commission on 21 January 2004 published its 'Spring Report' as a basis for the Summit, which was held on 25-26 March in Brussels.

  • Road Safety for Pedestrians


    In November 2003, the Council adopted a directive on pedestrian safety with the aim to reduce deaths and injuries of pedestrians involved in traffic accidents through changes to the construction of the front of vehicles. The proposal is based on a voluntary agreement signed by European, Japanese and Korean car makers in 2001 and 2002.

  • Fuel Taxation


    In its draft Directive, tabled in July 2002, the Commission proposes to create a separate tax category for commercial diesel fuel, with a single level of excise duty applicable from 2010. At the same time, the minimum tax rates on petrol and diesel for non-commercial purposes are to be aligned. The proposal aims to confront transport users with the real costs ("polluter pays" principle), while creating equal conditions for competition among the EU's road haulage and passenger transport industries.

  • eSafety


    The EU wants to increase road safety through the use of new Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). In that context, the Commission presented on 15 September 2003 a set of measures to develop safer and more intelligent vehicles with the aim of halving the number of deaths from road accidents by 2010.

  • Transport: Modal Shift [Archived]


    LinksDossier on issues concerning the EU's objective of implementing a shift from road to other modes of transport

  • Transport section: Introduction


    Introduction and historical background to the EU's Common Transport Policy