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State Secretary Igor Jakomin attends EU Council Meeting of ministers for transport in Luxembourg

Today , State Secretary at the Ministry for Transport, Igor Jakomin Ph.D attended an EU Council Meeting of Ministers for Transport, Telecommunications and Energy, which was held in Luxembourg.

Ministers for transport of EU-27 adopted a political agreement on Draft Directive on road use charges for heavy goods vehicles (Eurovignette). The Directive allows the Countries to include into the amount they charge to heavy good vehicles also costs for air pollution, traffic jams and for loud noise caused by traffic. The proposal also includes that such collected revenue can be earmarked for increasing sustainable traffic mobility, which will depend on decisions made by each individual member state.

During the debate at the Council, ministers of member states coordinated some unresolved questions regarding traffic jams and respective toll variations, exemptions from paying external costs of those vehicles with different EURO emission standards and use of earmarked funds. With regard to external costs for air pollution, Slovenia has supported a proposal that will exempt EURO VI emission stage from payment in the next 4 years (until December 31, 2010). In his discussion State Secretary Igor Jakomin Ph. D., emphasized that Slovenia has supported the adoption of the Draft Directive all along, however it also called for caution. “For us, it was of key importance to maintain the connection between collecting toll for external costs ad the use of this funds." All along, we have supported that the Directive emphasizes in one way or another earmarked use of these collected funds. According Jakomin’s emphasis, it is extremely important to make a sustainable and environmentally friendly transport. At that, we must encourage and develop public transport and update the infrastructure for environmentally friendly means of transport, Igor Jakomin Ph. D. added.

EU's transport ministers also formed a joint position for negotiations on complete agreement on air transport with Federal Republic of Brazil and continued with the debate on Transport 2010-2020: strategy and future. The debate resulted in adoption of additional guidelines by the member stated to the Commission for preparing an upcoming White Paper on EU transport policy that will be published at the end of this year. During the debate, Slovenia also called upon the necessity of taking into consideration the difference in development of transport infrastructure among member states.