Closer: Common Transport Policy
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EUROPEAN MPs won a partial victory last week in their historic legal battle at the European Court of Justice aimed at spurring national Governments into establishing a common transport policy in Europe.
The European Parliament, which took the Council of Ministers to court for failing to discharge its duties, listed 16 proposals in the transport field where it had not yet taken a decision.
The judges found that the ministers were at fiult for not making it possible for hauliers to offer their services freely throughout the EEC.
They had failed to eliminate discrimination based on nationality or the hauliers resident in their member state.
However, the rest of the Parliament's case was rejected by the Court which decreed that ministers had the power of discretion to decide whether or not to adopt measures in the transport field.