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Transport 26-04-2017

Oslo, London, Amsterdam lead push for ‘greener’ transport

Oslo, London and Amsterdam are leading the race to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from transport, a study showed on Tuesday (25 April).
Road safety 23-02-2017

Lisbon, Malmö and Skopje announced as sustainable mobility city finalists

Cities from Portugal, Sweden and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia have made it through to become finalists for the European Mobility Award 2016.

‘Netflix-like’ city transport app could mean people buy less cars

The European Commission is pushing local authorities to digitise cities and make them more efficient—one radical plan bubbling up could minimise the number of cars on city streets.
French MEP Karima Delli (Green), rapporteur on the urban mobility report
Transport 10-11-2015

Transport Committee greenlights emission-capping urban mobility report

The European Parliament's Transport and Tourism Committee (TRAN) approved a report on sustainable transport in cities today (10 November) that includes measures on digitising transport infrastructure and capping emissions. The bill will be voted on in a plenary session on 2 December and is intended as a set of recommendations for the European Commission ahead of a legislative proposal expected in 2017.
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 20-09-2013

EU public transport could learn from Bogotá, road lobby suggests

SPECIAL REPORT / The road transport lobby is casting admiring glances at Bogotá’s rapid bus transit system as it looks to vastly increase the number of people using public transport in the EU by 2025.
Transport 11-07-2013

IEA: Transport efficiency gains could save $70 trillion by 2050

Improving the energy efficiency of urban transport systems could save as much as $70 trillion (€54.6 trillion) in spending on vehicles, fuel and transport infrastructure by mid-century, according to a new report by the International Energy Agency (IEA).
Transport 01-10-2009

Commission tables action plan on urban mobility

The European Commission's long-awaited Urban Mobility Action Plan was adopted yesterday (30 September) in a move designed to help local and national authorities make urban travel "easier, greener and better organised".
Sports 15-05-2009

Bicycles touted as ‘first modern post-fossil vehicle’

Cycling is not only good for the health, but can also help tackle global challenges like climate change and oil dependency, specialists argued at the world 'Velo-City' conference in Brussels this week.
Transport 12-02-2009

EU to help cities go ‘green’, buy clean buses

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is developing a financing facility to help cities improve their energy efficiency and buy cleaner bus fleets. An initial 15 million euro is foreseen to assist cities in developing the projects, but actual financing could reach "billions", EURACTIV has learnt.
Transport 22-01-2009

Urban mobility: Parliament takes ‘unusual’ initiative

While the European Commission continues to squabble over its draft urban mobility proposal, the European Parliament yesterday (21 January) presented a draft action plan on the issue, setting out measures to make public transport more attractive.
Transport 15-01-2009

Parliament takes lead on EU urban mobility plan

After the European Commission failed to produce its promised action plan on urban mobility in 2008, MEPs have taken the unusual step of reclaiming the initiative, with a report due before the June European elections.
Transport 17-09-2008

EU delays urban transport plans as Mobility Week begins

The Commission yesterday (16 September) celebrated the launch of the 7th European Mobility Week aimed at encouraging citizens to give up their cars and make cities less polluted. But a much-anticipated EU action plan on urban mobility is being held up.
Transport 03-09-2008

Transport ministers back optional road tolls

Meeting in La Rochelle on 1-2 September for an informal session, EU transport ministers showed some reserve towards Commission proposals to charge truck drivers for the costs they impose in terms of congestion, noise and air pollution.
Transport 19-03-2008

Interview: Extra funding needed for urban mobility

The European Parliament will call on the Commission and EU governments to set up new financing mechanisms to tackle the growing congestion and pollution problems plaguing our cities, Austrian MEP Reinhard Rack, rapporteur on the Commission’s Green Paper on urban mobility told EURACTIV.
Transport 22-02-2008

UN launches public transport campaign

Public transport operators are teaming up with the United Nations in a campaign to encourage people to leave their cars at home and take the bus, metro, train or tram instead.
Transport 04-02-2008

London launches world’s largest ‘low-emission zone’

Trucks driving around the UK capital will be fined up to £200 per day if they are found to be over EU pollution standards in an attempt to improve the city's poor air quality. The initiative will be closely watched in Brussels as the Commission is currently considering action to 'green' transport in Europe's cities.
Transport 20-12-2007

EU proposes clean vehicle procurement plan

As part of its drive to promote more sustainable urban transport, the Commission has revived a proposal requiring government authorities to ensure that their public transport fleets and other public-utility vehicles, such as garbage lorries or delivery vans, are clean and energy efficient. 
Transport 26-09-2007

Commission unveils urban-mobility strategy

Presenting a new Green Paper on Urban Transport, Commissioner Jacques Barrot outlined a large range of potential solutions and areas where the EU could take action in order to tackle the growing congestion, pollution and safety problems in Europe's cities.
Transport 17-09-2007

Interview: ‘EU must give cities strong tools for sustainable mobility’

As the Commission prepares to present proposals for a European strategy on urban transport, Klaus Bondam, chairman of Eurocities' Mobility Forum and vice-mayor of Copenhagen, stresses the need for a "push from above" that would allow EU cities to finance more sustainable transport infrastructure and implement greener urban policies such as congestion charges.
Transport 05-06-2007

Commission sketches urban-mobility strategy

Transport Commissioner Jacques Barrot has outlined his vision of the future Green Paper on urban transport, following four months of stakeholder consultations, which revealed that Europeans do want the EU to take action in this area, which is traditionally reserved for local authorities.

Interview: ‘EU not doing enough on public transport’

MEP Gyula Hegyi, who has drafted a Parliament Report on the EU urban environment strategy, says in an interview with EURACTIV that improving mobility should be cities' number-one priority and that the EU must do more to encourage this. 
Transport 23-04-2007

Barrot eyes congestion-charging as urban-mobility solution

The transport commissioner may propose a European legal framework that would give cities the possibility of introducing congestion charging schemes similar to London's – a move previously forbidden in some member states.
Transport 05-03-2007

Mobility stakeholders urge more EU funds for public transport

The EU can contribute to improving urban mobility through harmonisation, research and benchmarking, but re-directing investment and citizens' mindsets towards public transport will also be critical, according to urban-mobility actors.