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European Commission - Statement

Statement by Commissioner Violeta Bulc after her meeting with the German Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Alexander Dobrindt

Brussels, 20 November 2014

EU Commissioner for Mobility and Transport, Violeta Bulc met the German Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Alexander Dobrindt in Brussels today, and made the following statement:

"Today's meeting was of particular importance, as it marks my first meeting with Minister Dobrindt, my German counterpart, and I thank him for his visit. Minister Dobrindt and I used this opportunity to discuss a number of issues of common interest to us and to share our thoughts about future initiatives.

Of course one important topic was the German Pkw-Maut plans, and Minister Dobrindt made clear that the German authorities have been working hard to meet our concerns and push their plans in the right direction. The Commission will remain in close contact with the German authorities and is ready to advise them on questions related to EU law.

Generally speaking, I am in favour of the principle that users pay for the roads they drive on, but we shouldn't get ahead of ourselves. These plans are only at the beginning of the legislative process in Germany and there is still more work to be done. There can be no discrimination on grounds of nationality, all drivers, German and foreign, must be treated equally. This is a fundamental principle of the EU-Treaty, which is non-negotiable, and the Commission will look at this point very carefully.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Minister Dobrindt for the constructive talks we had today and I look forward to the many meetings we will have in the future."

STATEMENT/14/1980

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