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European Mobility Week

Greens present strategy on changing how we get around

On the eve of European mobility week, the Greens will present a new strategy paper on 'soft mobility', outlining a vision for a comprehensive and sustainable transport policy - changing how we get around - at a press conference on Friday, 15 September. The Greens are organising a number of actions during European mobility week to raise awareness about 'soft mobility' and these will also be presented.

When: Friday, 15 September 2006 at 10.30 a.m.
Where:
Briefing Room, PHS 0A50 Press Centre, European Parliament, Brussels
Speakers:
Michael Cramer MEP (Germany), Eva Lichtenberger MEP (Austria)

Key demands of the Greens include the rapid introduction of a kerosene tax and an emissions trading scheme for airlines, as well as a sustainable concept for 'urban mobility', encouraging people to walk, bike, take public transport and/or participate in car-sharing and carpooling initiatives. This will have clear knock-on benefits for the quality of life in cities.

Green MEPs and staff members will be joined by Belgian cycling legend Eddy Merckx as they cycle to Strasbourg for the for the next session of the European Parliament, setting off on European car-free day, Friday, 22 September at noon. The details of this action will also be presented at the press conference.

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