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|Title:||The dominance of the Lisbon agreement as a barrier for an environmentally oriented transport policy in Europe; the gap between theory and implementation in policy integration||Authors:||Geerlings, Harry
van der Sluis - van Meijeren, M.
|Keywords:||Policy Integration; Sustainable Transport; EU||Issue Date:||2008||Publisher:||EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
ISTIEE Istituto per lo studio dei trasporti nell’integrazione economica europea
|Source:||H. Geerlings, M. van der Sluis - van Meijeren, "The dominance of the Lisbon agreement as a barrier for an environmentally oriented transport policy in Europe; the gap between theory and implementation in policy integration", in: European Transport / Trasporti Europei, XIII (2008) 39, pp. 14-32.||Series/Report no.:||European Transport / Trasporti Europei
XIII (2008) 39
There is an increasing demand for policy integration in a number of policy areas. This is also the case
when it comes to the ambition to realize a sustainable transport system, where seemingly contrasting
issues such as economic growth and the related negative effects, increasing emissions for example, have
to be brought together. This article deals with the theory of policy integration and reviews selected policy
documents at the European level, with the attempt to draw conclusions about the success and
inadequacies of actual policies when it comes to policy integration. With two illustrations, one showing
the efforts to introduce biofuels and another focusing on the introduction of new and more strict emission
standards, the authors present the difficulties that exist. Based on interviews with policy-makers at the
European Commission, the authors present empirical evidence of the barriers. This evidence is the basis
for an analysis and better understanding of the factors that influence present EU-policymaking in the field
of sustainable transport and leads to the conclusion that there is a danger that the Lisbon objective (i.e.
“competitive Europe”) prevails on the Gothenburg objective (i.e. “sustainable Europe”) and that this has a
negative effect on the implementation of a European sustainable transport policy.
|Appears in Collections:||European Transport / Trasporti Europei (2008) 39/XIII|
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