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  • Interview: Extra funding needed for urban mobility

    News | Transport 19-03-2008

    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.

  • Urban mobility – a ‘financial responsibility’ for member states

    Interview | Transport 19-03-2008

    Simply transposing EU environment and transport rules into national law is not enough and governments must take care to free up the money necessary for the implementation of EU objectives, insists Austrian MEP Reinhard Rack, rapporteur on the Commission’s Green Paper on urban mobility.

  • UN launches public transport campaign

    News | Transport 22-02-2008

    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.

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

    News | Transport 04-02-2008

    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.

  • EU proposes clean vehicle procurement plan

    News | Transport 20-12-2007

    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. 

  • MEP Beaupuy: EU efforts to limit urban sprawl ‘non-existent’

    Interview | Sustainable Development 07-11-2007

    French Liberal Democrat MEP Jean Marie Beaupuy, Chair of Parliament's Intergroup on Urban Housing, spoke with EURACTIV on 17 October during a seminar organised by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) on the issue of urban sprawl in Europe. 

    Jean Marie Beaupuy is a member of the Alliance of Liberal Democrats (ALDE) in the European Parliament.

  • Commission unveils urban-mobility strategy

    News | Transport 26-09-2007

    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.

  • Urban Transport

    Policy Brief | Transport 19-09-2007

    In September 2007, the Commission presented the outlines of a new 'urban strategy', which lays out 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.

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

    News | Transport 17-09-2007

    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.

  • Commission sketches urban-mobility strategy

    News | Transport 05-06-2007

    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’

    Special Report | News | Sustainable Development 22-05-2007

    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. 

  • MEP Gyula Hegyi: ‘Making EU cities sustainable’

    Special Report | Interview | Sustainable Development 22-05-2007

    The congestion and pollution problems facing Europe's cities are worsening. MEP Gyula Hegyi, who wrote Parliament's report on the EU urban-environment strategy, tells EURACTIV what he believes that Europe should do to improve the situation.