Subsides worth between EUR 270 to 290 billion a year are estimated to go into European transport, according to a preliminary report released by the European Environment Agency today. From this figure, road transport receives EUR 125 billion annually, rail EUR 73 billion, aviation EUR 27–35 billion and water-borne transport EUR 14–30 billion.
The report, 'Size, structure and distribution of transport subsidies in Europe' is a first attempt by the EEA to quantify these subsidies, and is intended to feed the
discussion on the actual subsidy level within the sector.
Over the past 40 years Europe has developed the most comprehensive, ambitious and binding environmental legislation existing anywhere today. And with good reason: these standards should be seen as a ...