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Norwegian comments to Eurovignette

The Norwegian Minister of Transport and Communications, Liv Signe Navarsete, has sent letters to the EU Parliament, the Commission and the UK Presidency concerning the Eurovignette directive.

15/02/2006 :: The proposal for a directive on the charging of heavy goods vehicles for the use of certain infrastructures, the Eurovignette directive, is now in the final stages of decision-making through the co-decision procedure. In connection with this, Norwegian comments have been sent to the EP rapporteur MEP Corien Wortmann-Kool , Vice-president and Commissioner for Transport, Jacques Barrot and UK Transport Minister Stephen Ladyman, current holder of the EU Presidency.

“The directive is EEA-relevant, and may heavily influence current Norwegian road tolling schemes”, the Minister of Transport and Communications stated in her letter.

Minister Liv Signe Navarsete proposes that the directive should allow the Member States to introduce tolls on parts of the Trans-European Networks (TEN) if certain circumstances exists. The grounds stated for the proposal, are that a mandatory charging on the whole of the TEN-network would result in no significant environmental impacts, but could on the other hand jeopardize ongoing and planned investments for improved quality on the TEN-Networks.

“I find it of great importance to maintain the flexibility for the Member States to maintain or introduce charges”, Navarsete says in her letter.

She underlines at the same time that Norway fully support the aims of the proposal to establish a fair and efficient system of charging for the use of road infrastructure based on the users pays principle.

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Minister of Transport and Communications, Liv Signe Navarsete.Photo: Ministry of Transport and Communications.