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EU transport infrastructure

Proposals on EU funds for cross border transport infrastructure projects from 2014-20 (Connecting Europe Facility), as well as defining the criteria for the selection of these projects, were today voted on by MEPs on the transport and energy committees (1). The Greens expressed regret at the outcome...
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Car noise

The European Parliament's environment committee today voted on proposals to revise EU rules on noise from vehicles. While the Greens were in favour of even tougher rules, the outcome of vote would strengthen current regulations, albeit with certain loopholes. After the vote, Green environment spokes...
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News |

Brussels agenda

Greens/EFA priorities for the week include controversial EU fingerprint database proposals, Fisheries policy reform takes step forward, Noise from cars/vehicles and EU rules, EU cross-border energy infrastructure, EU cross-border transport infrastructure, Tackling youth unemployment, EU tobacco rules and public health
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Publication |

The true costs of automobility

Car use creates benefits for the users. Naturally there are also costs for car mobility: obvious costs but also less obvious ones, such as costs arising from noise and pollution. The study commissioned by the Greens/EFA estimates the magnitude of these hidden costs of car mobility and the ways in which these costs are currently being fin…
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A fair deal for cars

Car use is an important part of daily life in the EU and it clearly creates huge benefits for the users. Naturally there are also costs for car mobility: obvious costs but also less obvious ones, such as costs arising from noise and pollution. We have therefore commissioned a study estimating the magnitude of these hidden costs of car mo…
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News |

Road safety

Another important milestone in the push for an EU-wide urban speed limit of 30 km/h has been reached, with the European Commission having accepted a proposed EU citizens' initiative on the subject. The Greens/EFA group has long pushed for an EU-wide urban speed limit of 30 km/h to be introduced, a d...
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Press release |

Car industry 2020

The EU Commission today presented its CARS2020 action plan on the future of the European car industry to 2020 (1), setting out policy measures. Commenting in the communication, Greens/EFA vice-president and industrial policy spokesperson Reinhard Bütikofer said: "The coming years will be defin...
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Car emissions/fuel efficiency

The European Commission today presented proposals for implementing EU rules on CO2 emissions limits for vehicles for the year 2020 (1). It is welcome that the Commission has given a legislative basis for the car CO2 limits for 2020 but the Greens expressed regret that the proposals fell victim to in...
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Press release |

Oversize trucks

The EP is set to challenge a controversial decision by EU transport Commissioner Siim Kallas to push forward with proposals to reverse current EU policy on heavier and longer trucks (Directive 96/53/EC) without involving the European Parliament and Council as co-legislators. The Commissioner wants t...
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Press release |

Mega-trucks

EU transport commissioner Siim Kallas today announced he would suspend a planned reversal of EU policy on heavier and longer trucks, so-called gigaliners, with a view to legalising their cross-border use. Speaking in the European Parliament transport committee, the commissioner stated he would recon...