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Germany’s PKW-Maut Bill – update on a potential toll for foreign drivers

14 September 2015 | by

Germany’s controversial PKW-“Maut” bill – a motorway toll that would de facto apply to foreign passenger cars only, originally planned to come into force in 2016, is currently still pending an open infringement procedure from the Commission. The Commission argues that the bill is not compliant with the EU principle of non-discrimination while the German […]

2015 – your last chance for a “free ride” on the German autobahn? – Weighing the German initiative for a toll on ‘foreign’ motor vehicles

5 January 2015 | by

Background On 17 December 2014, despite protest from the European Commission and much scepticism from all political levels in Germany, the German cabinet passed transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt’s (CSU) draft bill on the PKW-Maut – a motorway toll that would de facto apply to foreign passenger cars only. This idea made its way to the […]

Who should pay to fix German potholes? Weighing the initiative for a toll on ‘foreign’ road users [Updated]

15 July 2014 | by

When Germany’s two largest parties – the CDU and the SPD – approved the coalition treaty just before Christmas last year, Angela Merkel’s sister party (CSU) managed to secure a key concession: the possibility of introducing a controversial motorway toll for foreign passenger cars. When the proposal was first launched, not many people in Berlin […]

Who should pay to fix German potholes? Weighing the initiative for a toll on ‘foreign’ road users

12 May 2014 | by

This article is a continuation of a post on the same topic from January 2014. When Germany’s two largest parties – the CDU and the SPD – approved the coalition treaty in December 2013, Angela Merkel’s sister party (CSU) managed to secure a key concession: the possibility of introducing a controversial motorway toll for foreign […]

Tchüss/Salut/Bye Dany! A tribute to Daniel Cohn-Bendit

25 April 2014 | by

2014 sees the departure of many well-known and respected MEPs, each having contributed in their own way to the work of the European Parliament. I would however like to pay special tribute to someone who was instrumental in the evolution of my own personal engagement with the European Parliament, years before I had seen either […]