Tuesday, 2 March 2004

Questions (96)

Jan O'Sullivan

Question:

158 Ms O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Transport if his attention has been drawn to reported comments at a symposium in Dublin Castle earlier in 2004 from a European expert on transport stating that the national roads programme here failed every single one of 27 indicators of good transport policy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6794/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Transport)

I understand that, in the context of a presentation to the conference on investment in sustainable development held in Dublin on 2 February 2004, the vice-president of Transport and Environment Europe, a European non-governmental organisation focusing on transport and environmental issues, reviewed information on 27 indicators relating to transport and the environment published by the European Environment Agency as part of its reported mechanism, TERM, on the impact of transport on the environment.

The indicators are European-level indicators which relate to the transport sector overall. I understand that the presentation referred to by the Deputy related to trends at European level regarding the integration of transport and environmental policies generally and not to the national roads programme in Ireland.