About: Alexander Dobrindt

Electric cars 02-08-2017

German environment minister: Better transport can keep people in rural areas

German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks called for a fundamental change in policy in order to promote emissions-free mobility. In interview with EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel she also warned about competition from China.
A road toll in Serbia [Photo: Shutterstock]
Road charging 30-05-2017

Fifteen EU countries will be forced to change road toll laws under draft rules

Eight EU countries will be forced to change how they charge passenger cars that use public roads by 2023 and nine countries will need to change their systems for trucks, according to draft European Commission plans.
Traffic jam
Road charging 29-03-2017

Czech transport minister: EU labour law for truckers must avoid East-West divide

The European Commission is expected to propose changes to employment law for truck drivers and rules on road tolls in May. Czech Transport Minister Dan Ťok suggested a compromise and said he isn't ready to challenge Germany's controversial road toll bill.
Road charging 24-03-2017

German parliament gives controversial road toll green light

Germany's Bundestag agreed on Friday (24 March) to introduce a road toll for cars registered abroad with prices linked to environmental criteria.
Transport 16-02-2017

Pressure mounts on EU to pull the plug on contentious German road toll law

EU transport chief Violeta Bulc has defended the European Commission's move to vouch for a controversial German road toll bill that has spurred blistering critique and threats of a lawsuit from 11 neighbouring countries.
Transport 01-02-2017

Western member states demand action on low-cost truck drivers

Nine western European countries have called for the introduction of fairer social rules to govern road transport before the sector is opened up to greater liberalisation. This is meant as a warning to Brussels, which is preparing a new set of rules for May. EURACTIV France reports.
Transport 02-12-2016

Bulc says controversial German deal paves way for EU road toll law

German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt and Violeta Bulc, the EU transport commissioner, have ended their prolonged fight over a controversial German road toll—provoking anger from neighbours but paving the way for a European-wide road tolling scheme next year.
Transport 20-10-2016

German transport minister refuses to shoulder blame for Dieselgate

German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt has claimed that Berlin bears no responsibility for Dieselgate, telling a European Parliament committee that "Volkswagen cheated, so Volkswagen is responsible." EURACTIV Germany reports.
Transport 29-09-2016

EU takes Germany to court over planned road toll

The European Commission referred Germany on Thursday (29 September) to the European Court of Justice over a planned road toll that it says discriminates against foreign drivers.
German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt and EU Digital Commissioner Günther Oettinger
Transport 12-01-2016

Transport minister blasts EU inquiry into German road tolls

Berlin's spat with the European Commission over its planned road toll scheme escalated yesterday (12 January) during a visit to Brussels of German Transport Minister, Alexander Dobrindt.
Transport 06-01-2016

Germany encouraged to support Commission’s toll proposals

Brussels expects more support from Berlin for a Europe-wide toll scheme. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Euro & Finance 06-11-2015

Germany set to face difficult financial year in 2016

Wolfgang Schäuble is hopeful that his country will be able to stay in the black for 2016, despite the current “uncertain environment”. EURACTIV’s partner Tagesspiegel reports.

Germany to invest heavily in broadband expansion

The German government wants all households to have access to broadband internet by 2018. Rural areas are to be prioritised. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Transport 22-09-2015

German government decries diesel car emissions

Germany has been in the EU's bad books for a while now over its high urban nitrogen dioxide levels. In the midst of the Volkswagen scandal, Berlin puts the blame squarely on new diesel-powered cars emissions. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Transport 21-09-2015

Expansion of German HGV toll to revitalise national road network

Federal Minister of Transport Alexander Dobrindt believes that the expansion of the HGV toll on 1 October will bring in revenues of over €300 million. An additional toll on light transport between 3.5 and 7.5 tonnes has also been called for. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Transport 18-06-2015

Germany defiant as Brussels thwarts motorway toll plan

The German government suffered a defeat on Thursday (18 June) when the European Commission launched a challenge to its planned road toll. Federal Minister of Transport Alexander Dobrindt defended the proposal, saying it was a matter of national sovereignty.
Transport 16-06-2015

Dobrindt: Commission should not interfere with German toll

The European Commission intends to launch infringement proceedings against Germany this week over the country’s passenger car tolls, causing Transportation Minister Alexander Dobrindt to attack the “sweeping criticism from Brussels”. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Transport 01-06-2015

Juncker says EU will challenge Germany’s road toll law

The European Commission will consider a legal challenge against Germany over road tolls that appear to violate EU anti-discrimination laws by targeting foreign motorists, the Commission's president said.
Digital 27-05-2015

Big telcos take the stage in Germany’s new spectrum auction

Germany launched its first radio spectrum auction today (27 May) since 2010. The auction includes the sale of 700 MHz band for mobile broadband for the first time in Europe, where it has been used for television broadcast up until now.
Berlin is well on its way to passing a controversial regulation introducing tolls on German highways starting in 2016.
Transport 25-03-2015

Berlin paves way for passenger car tolling

Late Monday (23 March) night, the German government agreed on adjustments to the planned law for passenger car tolling, including changes that accommodate the concerns of the European Commission. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Transport 27-02-2015

German Social Democrats hit the brakes on planned highway toll

The Social Democratic Party called for caution concerning Germany’s planned passenger car tolls, and hopes to review them once more, while Transportation Minister Alexander Dobrindt defended the toll as fair and modern. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Digital 30-01-2015

Rural broadband access threatened by Berlin party politics

With the investment package from Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, the German government hopes to boost nationwide broadband expansion. But critics doubt the fibre optic cables will end up where they are most needed. EURACTIV Germany reports.

German minister hopes to bury EU roaming fees

The European Commission and Parliament have long been pushing for a removal of EU roaming fees. But a recent move by German Transportation Minister Alexander Dobrindt could bring Europe closer to phasing out costs for mobile phone users in other EU member states. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Car sharing struggles to challenge private owners in Germany

Despite a growing number of users, car sharing is not expected to displace private automobiles any time soon, causing the German government to come up with new incentives for collective models in the hopes of promoting sustainable transportation. EURACTIV Germany reports.