EU clears German aid programme combating pollution
Brussels, Belgium – The European Commission has authorised the extension of Saxony’s programme aimed at reducing urban pollution caused by exhaust gases from buses and by greenhouse gas emissions. This programme, which was launched in 2001, provides financial support for municipalities and businesses responsible for public transport services. It is aimed at reducing emissions through the procurement of new, more environmentally efficient public transport vehicles and better traffic management.
According to Vice-President Jacques Barrot, the Commissioner with special responsibility for transport: “The drive to improve mobility must go hand in hand with efforts to encourage modes of transport which take greater account of the environment and the quality of life. This is also true in the case of public transport. Saxony’s efforts are therefore in keeping with the European Commission’s objectives concerning the promotion of less polluting vehicles and energy efficiency.”
The Government of Saxony plans to spend a total of EUR 15.9 million on this programme during the period 2006-2008.
The Commission has decided to give the go-ahead for the programme pursuant to the guidelines on State aid for environmental protection.