Election cornerstones for the European Parliament election

By Back on Track / Stay Grounded

This questionnaire is meant to distribute among country parties standing for European election May 2019. Parties shall answer before end of February.

The parties will be informed, that we will publish results on national and regional level as well as on the Back-on-Track platforms. We will make a summary of results in beginning of March. And then issue an international Press release from Back-on-Track via our various countries.

Back on Track and Stay Grounded work for better cross‐border rail connections instead of an ongoing growth of flights. We would be very interested in the positions of your party on the following topics:

  1. Since air travel is the most climate harming form of transport, what do you propose in order to make more people use trains instead of planes for trips up to 1000 km in the EU and which role should night trains play in this concern?
  2. What will you do in order to level the playing field between the different modes of long-distance travel or would you even give stronger support to the more climate friendly modes of transport – and how?
  3. How do you judge the success of the hitherto existing EU-policy of liberalization of the rail market as the way to achieve good national and cross-border train connections? Do you support this policy or would do you plan to introduce an alternative?
  4. There are ideas for a Europe wide interconnected day and night train cross-border network (e.g. the “LunaLiner”) as an alternative to short and mid distance flights. What do you think about these plans, and if you support them what would you do in order to implement this?
  5. The European Court of Auditors calls the European high-speed rail network an “ineffective patchwork” that does not lead to good connections on the EU level (see report No 19 from the European Court of Auditors). What do you plan in order to improve this situation?
  6. Recently EU rail passenger rights were under debate. What is your position concerning the future of passenger rights in rail and other modes of public transport? This particularly concerns cross-border services and a journey chain involving two or more operators? Should operators be able to refuse compensation if a service is cancelled or severely delayed because of “exceptional circumstances” and, if so, how should “exceptional circumstances” be defined?
  7. What is your position on an EU-wide kerosene tax? And if you support it: What will you do in order to get it implemented?
  8. Would you support a general ban on short distance flight in the EU? If yes: Which should be the minimum distance to allow flights? If no: Which other measures to limit short distance flights do you plan to implement?
  9. Since the new international agreement CORSIA (Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation) and the EU-ETS (Emissions Trading Scheme) are not sufficient to tackle aviation emissions, what other measures do you envisage in order to regulate aviation (e.g. a tax on kerosene, tickets, VAT; a frequent flyer levy; a moratorium on airport infrastructure expansion; a ban of certain flights, e.g. short haul flights, …)?

Approved translations to use in these countries

Italian

Castilian

Catalan

German

French

Machine translated documents to be corrected in various countries

Swedish

Danish

Dutch

Polish

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