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Presentations and conclusions

The publication "Integration of environment into transport policy - from strategies to good practice" (pdf ~880K) provides inspiration and insights about how to promote integration of environmental considerations into transport policy. It is based on messages and issues discussed during a two-day conference held in Brussels in October 2002 on "Good Practice in Integration of Environment into Transport Policy". More specifically, the publication highlights "lessons learned", cases presented and selected conclusions from the various thematic workshops. The full documentation and detailed workshop conclusions of the conference can be found elsewhere on this web page.

The concept of sector integration

A multi-objective approach

Integration of environmental concerns into a sector activity means that the actors in that sector take environmental issues into account on an equal basis with other concerns, such as economic and social aspects. Successful integration requires that environmental objectives are formulated and included in the process at the same time and level of commitment as economic and social objectives.

A Treaty requirement

Sector integration has long been recognised as an important strategic policy-making principle. Integration has been a priority for the Community since the Rio UN Conference on the Environment and Development in 1992. With the adoption of the Amsterdam Treaty, integration gained an even higher profile in the form of Article 6.

The "Cardiff process"

This process was launched to give substance to Article 6. In June 1998, the European Council in Cardiff invited a number of sectors to formulate integration strategies. Responding to this, the transport Council submitted a strategy to the 1999 Helsinki European Council. The strategy was reviewed and reaffirmed by the Council in April 2001. Next review is foreseen to take place during the Danish Presidency in the second half of 2002. In 1998, the joint transport/environment Council invited the Commission to ".facilitate the exchange of information on national and local strategies .taking into account best practice.". This is part of the background for the conference.


Conference programme


Presentations and conclusions

The conference on Good Practice in Integration of Environment into Transport Policy was held on 10-11 October 2002 in Brussels, Belgium.

During these two days policy-makers working with transport policy development at national or regional level, government officials from transport and environment ministries, national authorities, representatives of non-governmental organisations were gathered to exchange examples of good practice and experience on integration of environmental concerns into transport policy.

All presentations and conclusions from workshops presented at the conference can be downloaded by clicking on one of the links below (pdf ~50-8,000K):






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Mr. Niels Ladefoged, Environment DG