Skiurlaub- günstig mit FeWo-direkt

Center Parcs - der Familienkurzurlaub im Internet!

Hotelsuche in 

1ST LEAD German government seriously considering free public transport idea By Sascha Meyer and Andreas Hoenig, dpa

By our dpa-correspondent and Europe Online    auf Facebook posten  Auf Twitter posten  
Berlin (dpa) - The German government is seriously considering making public transport for commuters free of charge in certain cities in order to improve air quality, at least temporarily, government spokesman Steffen Seibert said in Berlin on Wednesday.

Seibert was reacting to a news of a letter to European Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella, seen by dpa on Tuesday, that was signed by German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks, Transport Minister Christian Schmidt and Head of the Federal Chancellery Peter Altmaier.

The federal government planned to look into the option with the governments of Germany‘s 16 states and municipal leaders, Seibert said.

"We are prepared to take steps," he said. The government move follows a call from the European Union relating in particular to levels of oxides of nitrogen, with the European Commission in Brussels warning of legal action if limits laid down by the bloc are not adhered to.

He said the government was awaiting the commission‘s assessment of Berlin‘s proposals. Everything possible would be done to improve air quality and to avoid bans on the use of the diesel-powered vehicles that are held largely responsible for exacerbating air pollution.

An Environment Ministry spokesman said the aim of the proposal was to stimulate discussion and to increase the leeway for municipalities to act. Subsidies could be considered, he said.

The association of cities and local authorities expressed reservations on the federal government‘s move, which came as a surprise.

"At best this could be a long-term project for the future," the association‘s chief executive, Gerd Landsberg, told a regional newspaper. He noted that more vehicles and staff would be required and queried who would bear the costs.

"In any case, the municipalities and the public transport providers cannot pay for this," Landsberg said. Short-distance public transport took in around 13 billion euros (16 billion dollars) a year, and these funds were needed to maintain and expand services, he said.

In Hamburg the local public transport authority (HVV) said it took in around 830 million euros a year in fares.

Foregoing this would be equivalent to building a new "Elphi," the spokesman said in reference to the northern port city‘s new concert hall, the Elbphilharmonie, which has become a byword in Germany for cost overruns.


Kommentare zu diesem Artikel
Neuer Kommentar
Name *
Email * (wird nicht öffentlich angezeigt)
* Pflichtangaben
Diesen Artikel empfehlen

Absender Empfänger Nachricht (optional)

Tipps der Redaktion aus dem Nachrichtenportal
Pyeongchang, South Korea (dpa) - Germany‘s Mariama Jamanka and Lisa Buckwitz sealed Olympic gold in the women‘s bobsleigh on Wednesday by just 0.07 seconds after four runs - surprising even their own countrymen in the process.Jamanka and
Paris (dpa) - The French government on Wednesday set out plans to tighten up immigration law and double the length of time migrants can be held in detention, from 45 to 90 days.A draft law will also aim to cut processing times for asylum claims to
Rome (dpa) - Silvio Berlusconi guarantees the best future for Italy, and questioning his scandal-filled past "makes absolutely no sense," a leading member of the European People‘s Party (EPP), Manfred Weber, said on Wednesday.The EPP is the
Pyeongchang, South Korea (dpa) - Norwegian cross-country skier Marit Bjoergen became the most decorated Winter Olympian of all time on Wednesday and Italy‘s Sofia Goggia upstaged Lindsey Vonn to claim Pyeongchang downhill gold. There were also
Pyeongchang, South Korea (dpa) - Japan claimed a shock gold medal at the expense of speed-skating giants the Netherlands in the women‘s team pursuit at the Pyeongchang Games on Wednesday, while a storming performance by Norway denied the hosts
Riga (dpa) - Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis on Wednesday called for a swift resolution of the corruption investigation into central bank chief Ilmars Rimsevics."The investigation should not be influenced and must be completed as quickly as
Tipps der Redaktion aus dem Reiseportal
Berlin (dpa) - Figure skating events at the Pyeongchang Olympics, with day and time (in GMT), 2014 champions and athletes to watch.Monday, February 12, 0100: team event (Russia) Thursday, February 15, 0130: pairs (Tatiana Volosozhar/Maxim Trankov,
Seoul (dpa) - An overview of venues to be used to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games in 2018.Pyeongchang Mountain ClusterLocated around 180 kilometres east of Seoul in the Gangwon province. Here there is the 35,000-capacity Olympic stadium for the
Frankfurt (dpa) - Germany will be unable to host an Olympic Games inside the next decade but the subject will not remain closed, a leading official has said."The overall topic of a potential bid has rather a mid- or long-term character," German
Pyeongchang, South Korea (dpa) - The International Olympic Committee advanced plans on Thursday to set up an independent anti-doping testing system following the drugs scandal in Russian sports.The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is also set to
Berlin (dpa) - Medals at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will be made from recycled material as local organizers called on the Japanese population to donate "discarded or obsolete electronic devices" for the purpose."The organizing committee aims to
The Olympic spirit is perhaps best in evidence when, for a brief, shining and historical moment, an outsider from a small nation grabs the glory with their first-ever medal.Rio de Janeiro (dpa) - Tears of joy, being overcome by emotion, instant fame,


(21.02.2018 18:43)

-1 / 4 °C

-1 / 4 °C
-3 / 3 °C
powered by
Stock News

Agenda - The Week Ahea ...
Agenda - The Week Ahea ...

Afghan Farah Governor ...
Ministry Warns Cinema ...

1ST LEAD German Jamank ...
German MEP: Berlusconi ...

BACKGROUND Figure skat ...
BACKGROUND Venues for ...





© europe online publishing house GmbH, Weiden, Germany, | Impressum