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German cabinet approves road toll aimed at foreigners

17.12.14 @ 17:56

The German government on Wednesday (17 December) approved a plan to introduce a road toll expected to have the net effect of only foreign drivers paying the levy. The move comes despite protests from the EU and ...

Ghost airports drain EU taxpayers' money

16.12.14 @ 18:18

Twenty EU-financed airports in Estonia, Greece, Italy, Poland and Spain have misspent large sums of EU taxpayers' money for well over a decade. A report out Tuesday (16 December) by the European Court of Auditors found ...

FocusBad week in Europe for Uber

15.12.14 @ 08:49

It has been a bad week in Europe for Uber, the company behind the app UberPop, which allows travellers to buy relatively cheap car rides. Two European courts banned the service, France will ban the service on 1 January ...

Project wishlist for Juncker plan worth €1.3 trillion

08.12.14 @ 13:25

Member states have filed some 2,000 projects they consider eligible for the €315bn investment scheme announced by Jean-Claude Juncker, according to a draft report by the EU commission and the European Investment Bank ...

Ukraine investigators race to recover flight recorders

18.07.14 @ 16:03

The race to locate the black box, flight deck recorder, and the cockpit recorder is underway as investigators make their way to the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 in eastern Ukraine. Kiev dispatched a team to ...

EU legal wrangle may see traffic violators skip fines

06.05.14 @ 18:52

People caught speeding or driving drunk in another member state may evade having to pay a fine after national authorities used the wrong legal basis to transpose an EU bill into law. A ruling by the Luxembourg-based ...

Air passengers to get more rights under EU bill

06.02.14 @ 09:23

Air passengers could receive up to €600 in compensation for delayed flights under new draft rules backed by MEPs in Strasbourg on Wednesday (5 February). “It's a David vs. Goliath story, as only 2 percent of passengers ...

FocusBeja airport: A runway to nowhere?

11.10.13 @ 08:52

From the outside, Beja international airport looks clean and snazzy. Inside, the six check-in desks, car rental services and tourist information office are all ready to serve you. However, there is one problem. For the ...

Parliament endorses controversial EU flight rules

09.10.13 @ 18:00

The European Parliament on Wednesday (9 October) endorsed a draft bill on shorter flight hours for pilots, despite criticism that the new rules could actually increase fatigue and pose risks to passengers. The result - ...

FocusRhetoric and reality on EU car emissions targets

09.10.13 @ 09:20

As much as 17 percent of the EU's greenhouse gas emissions are the result of road transport, second only to the energy production in terms of emissions. This is why strengthening the rules on reducing the carbon ...

FocusWhat does the shale boom mean for transport?

04.10.13 @ 19:37

For good or ill, the shale gas revolution in the United States has turned the global energy market on its head. In a few short years, the US has gone from being a large net importer of gas to an exporter for the first ...

FocusInfrastructure rules threaten alternative fuels bill

04.10.13 @ 16:50

The debate in Brussels over how to develop viable alternatives to petrol and diesel boils down to a version of an age-old question: what comes first, the chicken or the egg? The conundrum facing lawmakers is that ...

FocusDim prospects for EU energy tax reform

16.09.13 @ 17:53

Lawmakers are keen to promote energy efficient and cleaner fuels to combat climate change, to encourage alternatives to petrol and diesel and to get squeeze money out of motorists into the bargain. The result is that ...

FocusAlternative fuels overview

11.09.13 @ 17:09

Politicians say that Europe's reliance on imported oil damages the environment and leaves car-owners at the mercy of speculators. But are there viable alternatives? In this series, EUobserver examines whether ...

FocusEU searches for alternative transport fuels

11.09.13 @ 14:17

Most governments agree that we should use less oil. Less clear is how to do it. EU politicians are currently having their turn at trying to solve the puzzle, primarily through a proposed directive on alternative ...

Russia blames EU for airline data fiasco

11.06.13 @ 09:26

Russia and the EU are continuing to trade blame in a clash on air passenger data, as airlines count down days to deadline. If nothing changes in the next 20 days, EU airlines will from 1 July be forced to hand over ...

EU railway law to halt 'stagnation, decline'

31.01.13 @ 09:29

The European Commission has proposed breaking up national railway monopolies to save passengers money and to stop industry "stagnation." The draft law, put out on Wednesday (30 January) in Brussels by transport ...

EU law to create market for electric cars

24.01.13 @ 18:04

Cars using alternative sources of clean energy are not finding a market due to a lack of fuelling stations and high price tags. EU transport commissioner Siim Kallas told reporters in Brussels on Thursday (24 January) ...

EU to 'stop the clock' on airline carbon tax

13.11.12 @ 09:31

The European Commission is proposing to suspend the enforcement of its controversial aviation tax for one year in a bid to allow dissenting non-EU countries to formulate an alternative global solution. "If this exercise ...

Barroso fights to keep investment pot in EU budget

02.10.12 @ 16:51

The European Commission has started banging the drum for new €50bn pot of money that it says will reinvigorate Europe's economy amid fears that penny-counting member states will give it the chop. With just weeks to go ...

US seeks to block EU aviation carbon tax

01.08.12 @ 09:25

The US congress is preparing to vote in a new law that would make it illegal for US carriers to pay into the EU's carbon aviation tax scheme. A senate committee gave the measure, already approved by the House of ...

Moldova hopes to pull in EU tourists after skies deal

28.06.12 @ 09:26

Moldova is hoping to become the next Czech Republic or Latvia in terms of low-cost tourism after signing an aviation pact with the EU. Its foreign minister, Iurie Leanca, told EUobserver in Brussels on Wednesday (27 ...

China air chief threatens to impound EU planes

12.06.12 @ 18:35

China might impound European aircraft if Chinese airlines are punished for missing Friday's (15 June) deadline on CO2 data, a top executive has said. Wei Zhenzhong, the head of the China Air Transport Association, a ...

VideoBrussels biker protest

22.11.11 @ 17:33

Welsh biker Darren Sharp drove to Brussels on Tuesday (22 November) to join a biker protest outside the European Parliament. The EU is currently reviewing the so-called 'Type Approval' for two- and three-wheel vehicles, ...

EU and US heading towards trade war over airplane emissions

26.10.11 @ 09:16

The US is heading towards a trade war with the EU over greenhouse gas charges for airlines flying into Europe, after the House of Representatives rejected the obligation for American carriers to comply with EU law. On ...

Commission fast-tracks EU 'project bonds' to spur growth

19.10.11 @ 17:59

The EU commission on Wednesday (19 October) proposed that "project bonds" worth €230 million be kicked off next year instead of in 2014, so as to help investments in transport, energy and broadband connections as ...

Germany ditches body scanners after repeat false alerts

01.09.11 @ 09:39

The German interior ministry has decided to postpone a plan to roll out body scanners at airports for security reasons, after a trial phase showed that the devices are incapable of distinguishing armpit sweat from ...

VideoThe threat of Islamist terrorism in the EU

06.05.11 @ 12:00

On the same week that Osama Bin Laden was killed, Members of the European Parliament, Belgian Conservative Derk Jan Eppink and German Green Franziska Brantner talk together about whether or not islamist terrorism even ...