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Digital 29-08-2018

Europe can lead the way in driverless vehicles, MEPs say

The EU should take steps to accelerate the process of putting self-driving vehicles onto Europe's roads to avoid being left behind China and the US, MEPs in the European Parliament’s transport committee said during a debate on Wednesday (29 August).
Transport 24-10-2017

EU auditors to examine passenger rights

The European Court of Auditors said on Tuesday (24 October) it would look into how passenger rights are implemented in the EU to examine whether EU regulation has provided effective protection of those rights, in light of discovered grey areas and legal gaps.
Transport 16-06-2017

How do you put a price on trucks’ impact on society?

Hauliers claim that trucks are overpaying in taxes and charges compared to their impact on the environment and society. But the reality is that road transport is now Europe’s biggest climate problem, writes Samuel Kenny.
Transport 20-11-2015

Commission gives member states report card on transport performance

The European Commission is putting pressure on member states to step up their performance on transport--the Netherlands came in at the top of the list and Romania ranked last.
Violeta Bulc
Transport 06-10-2015

Bulc: ‘More needs to be done on transport pricing and taxation’

Good progress has been made on transport safety and security in the last four years, according to Violeta Bulc. But more work lies ahead when it comes to pricing, taxation and modal integration relying on digitised information systems, she said.
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.
Siim Kallas
Transport 12-03-2015

Transport policy is not a Cinderella

Transport is often seen as secondary, but it is at the core of the EU freedom of movement, writes Siim Kallas.
Transport 16-02-2015

Solvik-Olsen: Norway leads on electric cars

Norway has the world's best incentives for buying electric cars. But a zero-emission vehicles' strategy might not work in EU countries with a strong automobile industry, said Norwegian Transport Minister Ketil Solvik-Olsen.
Transport 20-11-2014

Coalition petitions Parliament to ban night flights

A coalition of 140 organisations met with European Parliament representatives on Tuesday (18 November) to ask for a ban on flights operating at night. It also called on legislators to strip the aviation sector of the tax exemptions it currently enjoys.
Transport 19-11-2014

Michael Cramer: ‘Transport sector is nullifying Europe’s climate efforts’

Unfair competition between transport sectors is one of the biggest obstacles in reducing polluting emissions in Europe, says Michael Cramer MEP. Communities should also change their mobility patterns in order to safeguard the environment.
Transport 15-10-2014

Logistics sector sings ‘cut red tape’ tune in Parliament

The logistics sector will lag behind if the EU does not regulate smarter, warned the Alliance for European Logistics (AEL) at a conference with legislators in the European Parliament transport committee last week.
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Transport 06-02-2012

Ensuring growth and mobility – Stakeholder Workshop

31 January, 2012 Looking ahead at the 2050 Energy Roadmap, the White Paper on Transport, released by the Commission in March, set some ambitious targets for European transport policy. The Council has discussed the White Paper and the European Parliament is expected to give its opinion in January 2012. While the overall paper was received with enthusiasm by many policymakers and stakeholders, some of the initiatives proposed give cause for further discussion. EURACTIV invites you to discuss these issues in advance of the parliamentary debate.
EU Priorities 2020 15-01-2010

EU transport nominee wants ‘bigger money’, fewer projects

Siim Kallas, the EU's commissioner-designate for transport, vowed to defend a strategic vision at a European Parliament hearing on Thursday (14 January), saying he wanted EU money to be spent on large transport infrastructure projects rather than small ones.
Transport 12-10-2009

Ministers debate future EU transport funding

EU transport ministers agree on the future challenges identified by the European Commission, but stress the need to take into account the impact of the current economic crisis on the sector and make passengers pay more for using infrastructure. 
Transport 24-08-2009

High-speed trains ‘not the answer’ for cutting emissions

Heavy investment in high-speed train networks is not a viable strategy for fighting climate change and could place an excessively heavy burden on taxpayers, a report by a Swedish expert group has found.
Transport 18-06-2009

Commission outlines vision for future of transport

The European Commission yesterday (17 June) presented its vision for an integrated, technology-led and user-friendly sustainable transport system after 2010. But environmental NGOs complained that the vision failed to place sufficient emphasis on managing demand and neglected to put sustainability at the heart of future policies.
Transport 26-03-2009

EU completes ‘Single Sky’ airspace shake-up

Cheaper airline tickets, shorter flight times, less pollution and no more air borders: these are the expected benefits of the 'Single European Sky II' package of legislation adopted by the European Parliament yesterday (25 March).
Transport 13-03-2009

Transport: Better use of existing infrastructure essential

Building new road and rail infrastructure will not alone solve transport congestion - better use of existing capacity is needed to ensure smooth mobility of citizens, business and goods, stakeholders argued at a conference.
Transport 11-03-2009

Greening transport calls for more regulation, says EU official

Both market solutions and more regulation are needed to improve the environmental performance of transport, the European Commission at a conference on the future of the sector on 9 March.
Transport 04-03-2008

Technology not enough to cut transport emissions, says EEA

EU policies focusing mainly on improving vehicle technology and fuel quality are not enough to reduce the transport sector's contribution to greenhouse gas emissions, argues the European Environment Agency (EEA).
Transport 27-07-2007

Europeans reluctant to give up cars despite environmental concerns

A majority of citizens believe that the use of less polluting vehicles and public transport should be promoted, but one in five would refuse to use their car less in exchange for better public transport, according to an EU opinion poll.
Transport 20-07-2007

Sustainable Transport

The Commission set out a ten-year strategy on sustainability in the transport sector in its 2001 White Paper on Transport Policy. The strategy focused predominantly on balancing the different modes of transport, harmonising legislation within specific sectors, and enhancing transport safety. But, in an enlarged EU, under pressure from accelerating globalisation, high oil prices and transport-targeted terrorist attacks, the EU is looking to adapt its initial strategy.
Transport 27-02-2007

Report: ‘EU transport policies failing on climate’

The surge in transport demand means that greenhouse-gas emissions from the sector are still steadily increasing, threatening the EU's Kyoto goals, according to the European Environment Agency.
Transport 03-11-2006

Transport: In Brief

A comprehensive overview of the main policies, key players, major milestones, current hot dossiers and future priorities in European transport policy.