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EU Greening Transport Package

On 8 July the Commission of the European Union presented a package comprising various initiatives for environment-friendly and sustainable transport. The package includes a strategy for internalisation of external costs in the transport sector, a proposal for a Directive on road tolls for lorries, and proposals for reducing the perceived noise from rail freight trains.
According to "Bündnis LSVA für Europa", inadequate use will continue to be made of pricing policy to establish steering instruments for lorry traffic, and the rules for differentiating between urban and non-urban routes to calculate external costs are incompatible with the Alpine Convention. But they also see positive signals insofar as road use charges can now be doubled for air and noise pollution in sensitive mountain areas.
Sources and information: (en/de/fr/it/sl),
nachrichten-2008-07.htm (de)