Transport committee chair: The aim is to put climate on political agenda in all sectors

(EurActiv, 24 Jul 2019) In an interview with EURACTIV’s partner le Journal de l’Environnement, the newly elected chair of the European Parliament’s committee on transport and tourism (TRAN), French Green MEP Karima Delli, spoke about her new priorities. These include relaunching the rail system, regulating transport in a climate-friendly manner and reducing car pollution.

Karima Delli has been an MEP since 2009. For the second time, an MEP of the European Greens was elected to lead the Transport and Tourism Committee (TRAN) on 10 July. 

How do you assess your first term as chair of the Transport and Tourism Committee (TRAN) in the European Parliament? 

We have succeeded in setting targets for reducing CO2 emissions from trucks and heavy goods vehicles [editor’s note: They will have to reduce their CO2 emissions by 15% between 2019 and 2025 and by 30% between now and 2030].

I am the initiator of a committee of inquiry that lifted the veil on Dieselgate. We have ensured that we will take further action on thermal, which will have to reduce their emissions by 37.5% by 2030. Among other things, that is what we have gained.

The European Parliament’s Transport Committee manages a budget for infrastructure and transports worth €35 billion; it is an important committee with most of its texts being legislative.

We tackle all sectors – urban mobility, cycling, maritime, air and public transport. The issue of global warming is one of the Committee’s main priorities. We are facing a huge responsibility.

The transport sector accounts for 30% of greenhouse gas emissions and is the disease of air pollution (600,000 deaths per year in Europe).

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